India: Health Care & Traditional Medicine

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Begin in New Delhi, where you will attend Hindi language classes, visit the Gandhi memorial, and explore a famous open-air food market. You will visit a healthcare NGO to learn about public health in India. Gain insight into how to improve access to public healthcare, especially in relation to women, children, and tribes.

Travel with your group to Bahraich, a rural community near the Nepal border, to spend time in tribal villages and meet with village health workers and community members to learn about local medicinal practices. Continue to Agra to see the Taj Mahal.

You’ll travel to the rural Himalayan town of Palampur to participate in Ayurveda, a holistic approach to medicine, and yoga. You will experience daily life with a host family and learn about Tibetan culture. Discuss diagnosis and treatment systems with local doctors at the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, and meet with the Dalai Lama’s representatives. Finally, return to New Delhi for exploration.

  • Peace, Politics, and Human Rights
  • Social Change
  • Language
  • Physical Activity
  • Homestay

Questions & Answers


based on 4 reviews
  • Growth 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.8
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Expect the Unexpected (Honest Review)

If you are a person who enjoys spontaneous adventures, India is the place for you. While in India, every day brought new wonders. One of my favorite moments during this was the homestay. This is the time when the Experimenters start to get some more freedom and choose how they spend most of their days. During the less rainy nights in McLeod Ganj, I could see a million stars from the rooftop of my Tibetan home. Stargazing became a favorite evening activity of mine in the evenings along with journaling. This trip is one that will push you out of your comfort zone. You will see the unseen and face the unknown. Also, if you are an animal lover, you will love the cute kittens that come by your home, the monkeys that climb up and down your balconies, and the cows that stroll by your streets. India is a lively and vibrant country. You will be amazed by the various ways of transportation throughout the country, many being very eco-friendly, and the lively Indian music during car rides. Many of the people I met were so welcoming to our group. Before you go or apply, I would recommend that you do a lot of research on some of the social encounters foreigners face to understand how comfortable you will be with the new challenges. My trip to India was the first trip I ever had abroad, and the first time I ever was on a plane. I was very scared about the new risks I expected to experience, but I was also very much excited about facing these expected and unexpected risks head on. By the end of the trip, with all the difficulties I did face with this completely different atmosphere and culture, I can definitely say I learned various new lessons which better my understanding of the world today. I am now more vocal about my struggles, difficulties, and experiences. Overall, this was such a meaningful trip, and I would definitely go back. Namaste!

How can this program be improved?
This program can be improved by providing more guidance for the research project. It would also be really cool if the high school students in this program would be paired up with the college students in the SIT program if both program schedules collide in the same area.
Yes, I recommend
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Great summer in India!!

My group was the first Experiment group that wasn't a leadership institute. I loved my time abroad in India! It was beautiful, fun, and everyone there is so loving. It pushed me outside my comfort zones and I wouldn't trade my experience for the world. I made so many new friends that I am still connected to. I did get sick a lot and contracted parasites while I was there I did get great medical care and I came home almost 100% healthy. I recommend this program to people that do not feel the need to live up to the American standards of "clean" such as showering everyday. You will also be required to take your shoes off a lot in public, but it actually isn't bad besides wet feet in some places. The main thing you have to be okay with is the bugs. They are everywhere!!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe 3 weeks instead of 4. It was a huge culture shock and I was exhausted almost every night.
Yes, I recommend
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India: a utopia to a curious mind

Going to India with the Experiment in International Living (EIL) has easily been one of the most memorable experiences of my life so far. This experience was a like heaven to a curious mind. Coming from NYC, "the city that never sleeps," where life moves fast, its hard to find time to sit and wonder. It's hard to find time to ask the questions, let alone get answers. But in India, with EIL I was not only given time to develop these questions but instead, I was encouraged to ask. I recommend this program to anyone with questions, anyone who wants to further develop their own voices, and most of all anyone who wants to have fun. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world and look forward to continuing as a world learner!

How can this program be improved?
More organized itinerary-- some days were more uneventful that I would have liked it to be
Yes, I recommend
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I had the opportunity to study abroad this summer '17 and go to India! If you are a planning or have interest in going to India and are a high school student I strongly encourage you to go with an amazing organization called the Experiment in International Living. I will not lie, it wasn't all easy but if this is a piece of advice that I can give you is not to let any stereotypes of ANY country stop you from going. You will learn why things are the way they are and why they may seem different to you. Another piece of advice that I can give you YES YOU the one who wants to leave for the summer is JOURNAL!!!! it doesn't have to be everyday but if it weren't for the experiment to have told me that I wouldn't have anything else to reflect back on other than pictures. India is an amazing country, and you will have amazing in-country leaders so don't be scared! If I could do it all over again I would. The Experiment in International Living has been an amazing and strong support system all the way providing you every detail you and your family need to know to ensure your safety. I SAY TAKE THE EXPERIMENT TO GO!

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About The Experiment in International Living

The Experiment in International Living provides 3-, 4-, and 5-week summer programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country.

Programs equip students not only...