Restless Development India

Restless Development

Restless Development 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, supported fully by their governments, their communities, businesses and civil society institutions”.

Restless Development India has been working with young people in India since 1985. More than 200 volunteers are working with Restless to deliver eight programmes that acknowledge young people’s concerns, from the engaging urban communities in the Delhi slums, to delivering DfID’s International Citizen Service in Tamil Nadu. Restless Development India is increasingly integrating a rights and gender based approach across all 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.

Meet our alumni

Tara Duncan, Session 3 2018, Restless Development IndiaRD India Alumni

What 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.

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

UnitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
PACE360Winter Vacation/
Session 3 (same time as activity)
Winter Vacation/
Session 3
Research into alternate means of youth-led fundraising campaigns, and conduct institutional donor analysis on funding regional work
INTS305Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Conduct needs assessments of communities and develop a framework for health education to parents and their children
LAWS452/LAWS899Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Research and understand local Indian laws relating to RD's programs
MAS350Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Develop online promotional material, fundraising campaigns,marketing collateral and web based portals to engage and communicate with young people
SSCI301Session 1/
Session 2 (before activity)
Winter Vacation/
Session 3
Monitor and evaluate youth resource centres and youth livelihood programs.
HLTH300Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Students will support projects focusing on youth empowerment, female representation and the education of girls, particularly focusing on contemporary health issues affecting women and girls in Delhi
INTS305Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Students will support projects focusing on youth empowerment, female representation and the education of girls, with scope to participate in the analysis of business functions such as marketing, economics or finance.
MEDI308Session 2 (same time as activity)Winter VacationCurrently in Delhi, RD are implementing a range of programmes, which are Plan-It Girls Programme, Disha Project, Youth-Led Accountability for SDG 5 and FP 2020, Youth Forums on SDGs and Quest Alliance programme. RD are also looking for expanding these programmes, thus the intern will work closely with the programme team in office and on field.
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