Project Abroad : Teens Volunteering Abroad

New Delhi, India

Overview

Throughout the two weeks you'll spend time in a variety of medical institutions, from busy multi-specialty hospitals to specialist clinics. You will be able to observe surgery, visit leprosy clinics to see therapy methods, and even experience 5000-year-old traditional Ayurvedic medical treatments.

This project is an eye-opener, an amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to study medicine. Based in Madurai in southern India, it offers you a unique insight into medicine in the developing world. Throughout the course of the trip you will have the chance to spend time in a variety of medical institutions. Half of your time will be spent shadowing the doctors of a busy multi-specialty hospital in Madurai. The doctors are eager to show you all they can and share their knowledge. Do not hesitate to be proactive, asking them questions and taking notes!In addition to the hospital time there will be other activities to make sure you get a broad experience of the Indian medical system. One day you will have the chance to learn about 5,000-year-old traditional Ayurvedic medical treatments. Another day you will visit the Family Planning Association, where you will be introduced to family-planning concerns specific to India. There will also be the opportunity to attend a medical outreach project to provide healthcare services or knowledge to local communities.

On arrival you will be briefed on India's medical system and Indian culture. Tips and advice will be given by your coordinators to make sure that you get the most out of the experience. Accommodation on this project is either staying in a hotel with other members of the group and Projects Abroad staff or with a local host family.

During the weekend you will get to experience more of the local Indian culture by visiting some of the most interesting spots in and around Madurai, such as the Gandhi Museum and the famous Meenashki Amman Temple. There will also be time for other leisure activities and souvenir shopping during the evenings and weekend days.

India is an extremely complex country. On one hand, it is now the fourth largest and second fastest growing economy in the world. On the other hand, endemic poverty persists, and four-fifths of the population lives on less than $2 a day. The Indian currency is the rupee, and one dollar is worth about 40 rupees. Four major religions were born in India: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.

For those who want to do a longer stay, you can sign up for a 4-week program on select dates. Staying for 4 weeks will allow you to double the amount of experience and gain a deeper understanding of medicine and southern India. You may also get the chance to visit a nearby national park on one of the weekends.

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