Restless Development India

Restless Development

Restless Development India is part of an is an international non-government organisation that has a global vision of “young people taking a leadership role in addressing the most urgent issues facing their countries and the world”.

Restless Development India has been working with young people in India since 1985, integrating a rights and gender based approach across their programmes, and exploring how technology can both empower communities and support Restless Development’s dynamic accountability approach.

Find out more on the Restless Development website.

PACE international activities with Restless Development support the achievement of the organisations operational strategy of promoting youth participation and decision making in the areas of Civic Participation, Livelihoods & Employment, Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Restless Development can often shape activities to suit the skills and interests of students. Activities can be general suiting students who are proactive and adaptable, benefitting those seeking a real community development experience in India.

Accommodation: Typically hotel twin-share accommodation.

Activity Timing*: Winter Vacation (June - July), Session 3 (December - February)

Activity length:4-6 weeks

PACE Units*: INTS3050, LAWS4052, LAWS8099, MAS3050, MQBS3000, SSCI3010

*Please note: unit availability, timing and activities are dependent on partner needs and are subject to change. Not all units are offered each session.

Location and highlights 

Restless Development is located in Delhi (The National Capital Territory of Delhi) an ancient city which been continuously inhabited since the 6th Century BCE, serving as the capital of various kingdoms and empires. Students are located in South Delhi, in the suburbs of Hauz Khas and Greater Kailash, where many cultural sights as the Tomb of Firoz shah Tughlaq, Hauz Khas village, Metcalfe House Monument and Nandan Van are found.

Students can experience Purani Dilli (Old Delhi) and its chaotic bazaars, the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate. Most importantly, students can visit the wonderous Taj Mahal and get their own photo with this stunning marble mausoleum.

Previous Activities

MediaStudents developed online promotional material, fundraising campaigns, marketing collateral and web based portals to engage and communicate with young people in their language.
Social ResearchStudents conducted a needs assessment and developed a framework for delivering sexual and reproductive health education to parents and their children.
FinanceStudents supported the finance team to prepare field offices for an internal Restless Development audit, conducted internal audit activities and implemented recommendations.

This decision reflects a similar decision that has been made in respect to Macquarie International student travel.

This means that all PACE International in-country activities (including student-nominated activities) in Session 1 and Winter Vacation will need to be cancelled.

Our students’ health and safety is our primary concern at PACE International.

We understand this news will be quite disappointing and some of you may have queries or concerns regarding your unit enrolment.  Please contact our teams at PACE International, or your appropriate Faculty, if you would like to discuss this further.


PACE International applications are open to all currently enrolled students at Macquarie University. To be eligible you must:

  • Have completed one session at Macquarie University
  • Be enrolled – or eligible to enrol - in a PACE unit as listed in the Partner search on the PACE International website
  • Hold a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) on or above 60* (LAWS units require a LAWS WAM of 70* or above).
  • Be assessed as suitable using the PACE International Selection Criteria

* If you do not hold the minimum required WAM you can apply for special consideration in your application form.

Please note that placements are allocated based on number of places available at the partner organisation, students’ skill set, student preferences and unit requirements. While we aim to place all eligible students, some placements are very limited, and applications will be considered competitively. Please also note that activities and partners are subject to change.

In assessing your suitability, PACE International will review all components of your application including your application form, academic transcript, CV, and referee report. We may also seek advice from your home Faculty, Student Wellbeing, and/or Macquarie International.

If your WAM is under 60 (or under 70 for LAWS), or if your transcript lists Academic Caution or Disciplinary Issues, you will need to complete a special consideration form alongside your application to provide further information.

In some cases, we may require additional information to properly consider your suitability and may invite you to either submit additional supporting documents or to attend an interview with PACE International staff.

Before I apply

  • Use the PACE International Partner Search to learn more about our opportunities
  • Receive academic advice to see how a PACE International activity will fit into your degree
  • Check you meet the eligibility requirements
  • View the PACE International information session online or visit one of our drop-in sessions
  • Read through the Application Top Tips for advice on submitting your best application
  • Review the Example Application Form to plan how you will answer application questions
  • Refer to the Ethical Volunteering Guide for more information about ethical community engagement and how PACE International works internationally.

How do I apply?

  • Submit an online application form during the key opening dates and apply through the Current Opportunities page.
  • Select your preferences for host organisations (if applicable). Please research our partner organisations before you apply.
  • Attach to your online application a copy of your curriculum vitae (CV), your academic transcript and the contact details of your referee

An automatic reference check will be sent to your referee on submission of your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will be notified via email on the outcome of your application.

Application Timing

SessionApplicationsOverseas Activity
Winter VacationFebruaryJune-July (4 weeks)
Session 2AprilSeptember (2-4 weeks)
Session 3JulyJanuary (4-12 weeks)

Activity Cost

PACE International managed activities incur an activity cost. The Activity Cost is dependent on the location, work requirements, time frame and duration of your activity. Additional costs, not included in your activity cost, are paid for directly by you. Financial support is available through grant funding.

  • Accommodation
  • Pre-departure training
  • In-country orientation
  • In-country management
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance for activity duration
  • Field trips
  • International airfares
  • Visa (where applicable)
  • National Police Checks
  • Unit tuition
  • Vaccinations (where applicable)
  • New/renewed passport (where applicable)Personal travel insurance and all related expenses for personal travel and leisure activities
  • Incidental living and travel costs (e.g laundry, transport, souvenirs)

Funding options

There are a range of funding options available to assist you with the associated costs of a PACE International activity. For more information on eligibility and application requirements see the Funding tab on the PACE International website.

Contact us

Phone: +61 2 9850 4473
Instagram: @mqpace

Make an appointment or attend a drop-in session: If you would like to speak to a PACE International staff member, please email us at

Student experiences - Tara Duncan

RD India AlumniWhat do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Arts – International Communication. I was fortunate enough to go to Restless Development in New Delhi, India.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

I was a Communications Intern, which enabled me to dabble with various other departments both within India, and globally with their head office in the UK. My main role was to disseminate on-brand material, which involved various platforms. Not only did I create content digitally through toolkits and blogs, but I also delivered a workshop to college students surrounding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. There was a real mix of opportunities.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

As I was approaching the conclusion of my degree, I wanted to continue to explore what opportunities were available that incorporated both travel and workplace experience. PACE International was the perfect fit for this, and the study element tied in seamlessly with the key learnings from both of my degrees. The global element was highly attractive, as being adaptable to new cultural environments is becoming one of the more demanded skills of graduates. PACE made this a reality.

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE International activity?

Apply! The program makes it incredibly easy to gain real-life, global work experience. From the financial aid, to the support that you receive prior, during and post the activity, PACE International will add an element of appeal to your transcript and your life.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

It’s hard to pick just one! A few key highlights for me would have been extending my networks to new locations globally, visiting the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and knowing how beneficial my experience is to not only the university but to our government, and of course the travel! The weekends are yours to go exploring with the other people on your program, and you get really great insider tips from the other employees at your workplace that makes you feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller.

Student experiences - Sophie Nyssen

"The time I spent in India working with Restless Development through the PACE international program was an unforgettable, enriching experience that allowed me to learn lessons I could never learn inside a classroom. The project I undertook, the people I met and the wonderfully vibrant culture of India equated into one of the best times of my life so far!" – Sophie Nyssen

Student experiences - Alisha Saini

“The PACE program is a must in a life time. It not only gave me the confidence to interact with other people professionally but also to be independent... one comes back transformed. Words don’t do this project justice, its the experience which will truly leave an impact. ” –Alisha Saini

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