The idea was provocative. To some, it was contagious. Several even came to India to help. Others told us we were crazy. Some said it would be impossible to do. The power of Indicorps' attraction was in its simplicity... Indicorps' experiment meant causing an attitude shift amongst both the diaspora and local communities.
- Journeys in Service, 2011
Young people in the Indian diaspora longed to contribute to and understand their homeland. This young population of Indian origin was well-poised to turn a brain drain into a "brain gain" by applying their talent and global exposure to the frontlines of India's development.
Indicorps materialized as an experiment to legitimize a year of service to India. A meaningful and intense approach, Indicorps kept simple living, full community immersion, and self-understanding at the core.
A decade of change later, we have witnessed this shift through the growth of service opportunities from within India and around the globe. Dozens of new fellowship programs have emerged. Numerous Indicorps partner organizations have also created structured volunteer opportunities of their own.
Observing this trend with pride, Indicorps now asks: As an organization, can we do more than we set out to do? What happens if we move beyond what we do well and ask ourselves to set the bar even higher?
We strongly believe that there has never been a greater need for values-driven, action-oriented leadership in India and around the world.
- Anand Shah, Indicorps Co-Founder