The Experiment Leadership Institute | India: Community Development & Public Health

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Your Experiment begins with leadership and activism training in Washington, D.C., before traveling to New Delhi to learn about the country’s history, explore open air markets, and visit Gandhi’s tomb. Advance your leadership skills and knowledge of global health. Through site visits, lectures, and workshops, you will explore equity and health care rights, challenges to gender justice, the political economy of health, caste discrimination, and other issues.

Strengthen your understanding of public health practices by participating in debates, Q&A sessions, and small-group activities and discussions. 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.

Try local cuisine and experience Indian daily life through a homestay with a family in a mountain village in the Himalayas.

Highlights
  • Leadership
  • Peace, Politics, and Human Rights
  • Social Change
  • Language
  • Homestay

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9.78 Rating
based on 9 reviews
  • Growth 9.9
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.8
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Evelyn
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Leadership Institute: India and Nepal

This program is special because there are two weeks in the United States- one before and one after your in country experience. The week before is in D.C, and during this week you get to know everyone in the leadership institute while learning about today's biggest issues and how to be a leader in them. The week after is in Vermont where you have a chance to readjust to the United States while still being in the bubble of your group and getting to work on your project and having enough time to say goodbye to all of the amazing friends you will make. This program is for someone who wants to get out of their comfort zone, learn about another country in the best way possible, and meet other people who are going to change the world. It was an amazing experience, and I am so much better for it.

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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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. The programs 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 is 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 a 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.

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Logan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer 2018

Even though it is an extremely lengthy application process, I can guarantee it is worth the effort. I don't have one regret about going with the Experiment Leadership Institute. I was able to bond with my two group leaders and the group while intensely learning about the Indian culture through a homestay and site visits. Another aspect I enjoyed was the focus on public health during our in-country portion of the program. If you're looking for a way to study abroad but are worried about paying for it, this is the program to apply to. This is an extremely amazing opportunity to get to have.

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Dorcas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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 The Experiment Leadership Institute India: Community Development and Public Health. 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!

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Max
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Leadership Institute | India: Community Development & Public Health

Going to India with The Experiment was one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. Every aspect of the experience was transformative, whether it was the time spent in India, the pre and post programs in D.C. and Vermont respectively, or connecting with my peers that came with me. This program shattered my expectations of both what a summer program could be like and what a cultural immersion can teach me, and I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of it. I would highly recommend this program if you are given the chance to attend.

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Charley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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. 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.

Ella
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Most Influential 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 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.

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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Forever changed

The Experiment in International Living has been by far the best study abroad organization I have worked with. I was provided with so much continuous support! I really enjoyed being apart of the Leadership Institute. The Leadership Institute program model is really built for success: pre-departure orientation in D.C., four weeks spent in India, post-program orientation in Vermont. The relationships I created with the people on this program are not temporary. We created such a beautiful bond and still stay in contact. I never expected India to affect me the way it did, but I am so happy I have this experience in my life. I couldn't imagine it otherwise! I miss wearing typical Indian clothing, eating great food, taking bucket showers, and drinking tons of water. You won't regret your decision on applying to this program!

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