Program Details

Examine public health priorities as well as community development in urban and rural areas of northern India as you strengthen your leadership and social change skills.
Washington, United States; New Delhi, India; Brattleboro, United States
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

The program begins with intensive leadership training in Washington, D.C., where you will visit community organizations and explore what it means to be a change maker. Depart for India’s capital, New Delhi, to learn about the country’s history, explore open air markets, and visit Gandhi’s tomb. 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 health care rights, challenges to gender justice, the political economy of health, social determinants of health, caste discrimination, and other critical issues. Work with local youth to create your own community development project.

As your knowledge of India’s community development and health care issues grows, you will experience Indian culture and daily life through a two-week homestay with an Indian family in a mountain village in the Himalayas. There, you will meet with community leaders, public health specialists, and grassroots activists. Learn the basics of the Hindi language and practice in markets and restaurants and on train rides across the Indian countryside. Visit the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue to advance your leadership skills as you return to the U.S. for guided project planning in Vermont. Throughout your senior year, you will work with a Leadership Institute mentor and cohort of peers to implement a community project in your hometown.

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:
For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email for more information.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 6 Reviews

  • Leadership Institute: India

    Before leaving for India, you go to D.C. for a week, and after your in country experience you go to Vermont for a week. This is a really special aspect of the program that I am very grateful it has because it gave me the chance to get to know people,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Best Six Weeks of My Life

    The Experiment in International Living Leadership India program will always remain as one of the best memories of my life. I can not think of a better way to spend my summer. The program is fully funded, so there was no economic burden placed on my family.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • 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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