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

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.

  • Leadership
  • Peace, Politics, and Human Rights
  • Social Change
  • Language
  • Homestay
Washington D.C.
United States of America
Program Categories
1-3 Months
Host Family
Price Details
This program is fully funded for accepted participants.

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Program Reviews

based on 6 reviews
  • Growth 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 10
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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!

How can this program be improved?


Yes, I recommend
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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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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.

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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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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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Yes, I recommend
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(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 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. One of the group activities was an opportunity for each of us to tell our story. When I was first told that we were going to do this, my heart sank because I felt as though I would never be able to open up so vulnerably to a group of fourteen other teenagers and four group leaders. However, when it came my time to tell my own story in the small village of Bahraich where we were staying, I was so supported by everyone that the words came freely from my mouth. When I was finished speaking, I looked around the group circle and saw the most accepting and understanding looks in every person’s eyes. I have never felt such whole-hearted acceptance on this incredibly deep level by anyone in my life, even within my own family. This was the turning point in the program where I began to see myself as a leader in all aspects of the word and appreciate my own personal leadership abilities, recognizing that all people have a different manner of leadership. 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. On the second to last day of the program, I was able to stand in front of some other Experimenters, group leaders, and four members of the World Learning team, and speak passionately about a problem within my community and the efforts I am going to take to pursue a solution to this problem. I stood in front of this group of remarkable human beings and knew that I was going to be listened to and everything I was saying was valid, because I am a leader and my opinions will be appreciated by these people. When I was finished speaking, I had nearly the same level of support that I had had in Bahraich when I told the group my life story. 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.
One of the most famous quotes from Ghandi states, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever,” and it holds so much truth to it, more than I ever knew before. After this experience, I am seeing my life and what I am capable of doing in a whole new light. The most positive light possible. I will no longer shrink away from opportunities because I am too afraid to use my voice and express my opinions; rather, I will stand up for what I believe and continue striving to learn, taking on as many challenges as I can. I will question others and listen to their responses, and understand what their perspectives are and why. I will continue to challenge myself and chase my dreams, even if I am told that I cannot do it because I know now that I am capable of doing what I put my mind to if I continue to be determined. 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.

How can this program be improved?

The only improvement that I can think of would be a longer homestay in Bahraich, rather than just one night. We had very little time to connect with that family, and I think a few more additional nights with them would have been very beneficial.

Yes, I recommend

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.

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