Program Details

An Experiment Leadership Institute Program This highly competitive Experiment in International Living program is specifically focused on leadership development. Participation for accepted students is fully funded.
Washington, United States; New Delhi, India; Brattleboro, United States
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Your Experiment begins with intensive leadership and activism training in Washington, D.C., prior to traveling to India’s capital, New Delhi, to learn about the country’s history, explore open air markets, and visit Gandhi’s tomb and the Red Fort. Against the backdrop of this dynamic environment, advance your leadership skills and knowledge of global health and its relationship with community development.

Through site visits, lectures, and workshops in four Indian states, you will explore equity and health care rights, challenges to gender justice, the political economy of health, social determinants of health, caste discrimination, and other critical issues.

Strengthen your understanding of public health practices by participating in debates, Q&A sessions, and small-group activities and discussions. With your group, consider strategies for community development and health care advocacy within the public health arena as you meet with community leaders, public health specialists, physicians, professors, and grassroots activists across northern India.

As your knowledge of India’s community development and health care issues grows, you will experience Indian culture and daily life through a twoweek homestay with an Indian family in a mountain village in the Himalayas. Experience local cuisine and learn the importance of religious and cultural celebrations. Learn the basics of the Hindi language and practice in markets, restaurants, and train rides across the Indian countryside.

Visit the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to the U.S. for guided project planning in Vermont. During this final stage of the program, you will begin working on a postprogram project of your choice to be implemented in your home community.

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Setting Description:
Students receive intensive leadership training in Washington, DC, followed by a four-week experience focused on public health and community development in India. Finally, students return to the US for debriefings, synthesis and reflection sessions, and reentry workshops on the School for International Training campus in southern Vermont.
This program is fully funded and offered at no cost to students who are accepted.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
The Experiment in International Living is committed to helping students from a diversity of backgrounds participate through a variety of need-based scholarships. In 2016, The Experiment awarded a total of $2.4 Million in financial aid and scholarships.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 4 Reviews

  • Dhanyavaad, Dhanyavaad, Dhanyavaad!!!

    This summer, I got to live the summer of my dreams thanks to the Experiment in International Living. I travelled to India with 14 of the most incredible people I have ever met and two amazing group leaders on the Leadership Institute India: Community

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Experience Ever!

    This program was the greatest experience of my life. The people I met, the places I went, and the things I learned will stay with me forever. The group leaders (both American and Indian) were some of the wisest, nicest, inspiring people I have ever met.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Most Transformative Summer of My Life

    This six-week, full scholarship program studies Community Developement and Public Health while incorporating highly cultural immersive components. Needless to say, I loved everything about this program. The Experiment did an amazing job readying us during

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Experiment Leadership Institute: India Public Health and Community Development

    For the majority of my life, especially throughout my teenage years, I have been a very closed off person, feeling as though my opinions or feelings towards a subject were not valid enough to be spoken. For this reason, I was worried when first coming

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    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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