The Leadership Institute | India: Community Development & Public Health
Your Experiment begins with intensive leadership and activism training in Washington, D.C., prior to traveling to India’s capital, New Delhi, to learn about the country’s history, explore open air markets, and visit Gandhi’s tomb and the Red Fort. 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 equity and health care rights, challenges to gender justice, the political economy of health, social determinants of health, caste discrimination, and other critical issues.
Strengthen your understanding of public health practices by participating in debates, Q&A sessions, and small-group activities and discussions. With your group, 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 across northern India.
As your knowledge of India’s community development and health care issues grows, you will experience Indian culture and daily life through a twoweek homestay with an Indian family in a mountain village in the Himalayas. Experience local cuisine and learn the importance of religious and cultural celebrations. Learn the basics of the Hindi language and practice in markets, restaurants, and train rides across the Indian countryside.
Visit the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to the U.S. for guided project planning in Vermont. During this final stage of the program, you will begin working on a postprogram project of your choice to be implemented in your home community.
To learn more and view a sample itinerary, visit experiment.org/LII.