- Washington, United States; New Delhi, India; Brattleboro, United States
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- 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.
Compare India with its neighbor, Nepal, as you travel to meet with a network of youth organizations to explore issues of public health and gender rights. Learn about Nepal’s public health and disaster response as well as their social entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives.
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:
- 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.
Based on 5 Reviews
- Best Six Weeks of My Life09/01/18
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.
The program's theme of Public Health and Community Development is seamlessly woven into everyday life of the program. The format of the program is incredible. The first of the six weeks are spent in DC learning about leadership skills and social justice. Each day was packed with activities, site visits to local organizations, and group bonding exercises. The next four weeks of the program is spent in India, where we traveled across the northern region while really focusing in on the theme. My favorite part of our time in India was the Homestay in the foothills of the Himalayas. During the homestay, we learned about the work that an NGO is doing there and had the ability to see what daily life is like for people living in the village. I will never forget the time spent with our wonderful homestay mother learning how to cook, specifically Bread Pakora. I also loved playing UNO with our 12-year-old host brother every evening before dinner. The program does a good job of weaving in many different cultural visits in India, without becoming too touristy. The final week was in Vermont working on our post-program projects. I am looking forward to continuing my project work throughout the coming year. The staff does an amazing job of guiding you through the process. Overall the program was transformative; it has changed my life. I met the most incredible people and know that I have formed friendships that will last a lifetime. I would 100% do this program again if I could.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Dhanyavaad, Dhanyavaad, Dhanyavaad!!!11/08/17
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
Development and Public Health program. Through long bus rides in India’s harsh traffic, hikes through the foothills of the Himalayas, and many mango feasts, I bonded with my peers and made sweet, unforgettable memories. The trip was laced with many hospital/ clinic visits and the chance to talk to locals and professionals about health care in India. Along with all the experiential learning, we also explored some of India’s famous sites such as the Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort, the Red Fort, and the famous Jaipur Foot. My in-country hosts filled my trip with lots of laughter and love. India is a country I look forward to returning to. I highly recommend India and all other Experiment programs!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best Experience Ever!10/09/17
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.
The culture shock was insane, India is a crazy, overwhelming place, but it is also beautiful, incredible, and inspiring. The people are so welcoming and warm, and love that you want to learn about their country. This trip is so worth going on, I learned more than I thought I ever could, became life-long friends with incredible people, and became passionate about public health.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Most Transformative Summer of My Life10/06/17
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
the DC orientation, and while we were in India, the program center that hosted us were incredibly hospitable and accomadating. Without a doubt, I believe this experience has permanently changed me for the better. My perspective was 100% expanded, and I now feel as though I have a better understanding of myself and the world in which we live. I highly recommend this program for anyone looking to leap outside of their comfort zone and is interested in other cultures.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Experiment Leadership Institute: India Public Health and Community Development11/29/16
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
to the Experiment Leadership Institute because I knew that this was my time to use my voice and use my words to contribute to this incredible group, rather than just take away from it. The other students participating in the Experiment, as well as, the group leaders, created an environment where every single person’s words, opinions, and emotions were valid and there was no negative judgement in existence. From the very beginning in Washington D.C., I began to feel as though my voice was, in fact, valid and that others wanted to hear what I had to say. This feeling was so foreign to me, and it took much effort to step out of my quiet comfort zone, but because of the group dynamics and experiences we shared, I feel as though I grew tremendously, and my confidence in myself and my opinions soared. Every single day was a challenge in India, whether that be communicating with my host family, or participating in a group workshop, but each challenge allowed me to grow in more ways than I thought possible, but we had this saying, “All feelings are valid,” that encouraged me to continue being vulnerable and opening myself up to the group. Because of this, I was able to dive into the experience headfirst and take every challenge as it came to me, with a determination to not let my usual quiet manner get in the way of my learning. With the support of every single group member, I was able to soar above what I thought I was capable of doing and feel genuinely comfortable in my skin, and confident of my beliefs. By the time we returned to Vermont, I felt strong. I could hold my head up high and not be afraid of being approached because I knew who I am and that I am capable of taking risks and using my voice for good. These experiences are ones that I will always remember and will apply to my life in the near future, as well as the far future. The Experiment in International Living has had the most positive impact on myself and how I see myself. I have learned more in the six weeks on program about myself, others, and the world; more than I thought was possible. I will take these lessons I have learned and apply them to all future challenges I face in my life, and will always keep this experience very close to my heart.read moreBottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend