India: Health Care & Traditional Medicine

Peace, Politics, and Human Rights

Learn about modern and traditional healthcare practices in urban and rural Indian communities while exploring larger social issues related to health access.


July 3, 2018



Peace, Politics, & Human Rights


Physical Activity



Program Description

Your journey begins in New Delhi, India’s capital, where you will attend Hindi language classes, visit the Gandhi memorial, and explore Dilli Haat, a famous open-air food market. You will visit a healthcare NGO to begin learning about public health in India. Gain important insight into state-administered and grassroots approaches to improving access to public healthcare, especially in relation to women, children, tribes, and other marginalized communities.

Travel west with your group to Bahraich, a rural community near the Nepal border, where you will spend time in tribal villages and meet with village health workers and other community members to learn about local medicinal practices. You will investigate the realities of public health services in India and learn how health-focused NGOs throughout the country are working to educate communities and actively engage the government on matters of social justice and policy advocacy. Then, continue to bustling Agra to see the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You’ll travel to the rural Himalayan town of Palampur to participate in Ayurveda, a holistic approach to medicine, and yoga workshops. A highlight of the program will be your homestay with a Tibetan family in Dharamsala, the residence of the Dalai Lama. You will experience day-to-day life with your host family and engage in activities with local youth groups to learn about Tibetan culture and healing practices. You will discuss Tibetan diagnosis and treatment systems with local doctors at Men-Tsee-Khang (the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute), and meet with the Dalai Lama’s representatives at the Tibetan government headquarters in exile. After a month of learning about public health, social justice, and traditional medicine within a variety of Indian communities, you will return to New Delhi for a final day of exploration and reflection.





July 3, 2018 - August 1, 2018 (4 weeks)

Program Fee:


(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost:


Depart/Return City:

New York


New Delhi, 3 days


Dharamsala*, 10 days

Other Accommodations:

Guest houses, school dormitory

Past Group Leaders

  • Linsey Ybarra

    Linsey teaches high school and adult ESL during the school year and does free-lance photography on the side. She was born and raised in Utah, where she graduated college at Brigham Young University in 2015 with a degree in Visual Arts-Photography and a minor in Anthropology. Her interests include art, travel, education, documentary work, and human rights. Linsey has worked with students of all ages and enjoys teaching just about any subject (but especially photography!). She also loves living internationally and immersing herself in foreign cultures. She spent a year and a half living in Argentina and did a field study in India, both of which were life-changing experiences. She enjoys research and can often be found working on artistic and photographic projects that focus on culture, society, and the human experience.

  • Anna Wolf

    Anna’s interest in cross-cultural engagement began in high school, when she participated in The Experiment in International Living in Costa Rica and Morocco. During college, in addition to studying abroad in Chile and backpacking through the Andean highlands, Anna received grants to conduct research on sustainable development and human rights in Ghana, Peru and India. Upon graduation, Anna moved to Hyderabad, India for three years, first participating in a social enterprise fellowship and then working for an anti-trafficking organization called Prajwala. After completing her Master of Social Work degree and obtaining her clinical license in Maryland, Anna served as a bilingual mental health therapist at a public high school, and led experiential education programs to Mexico, Peru, and India through The Experiment. Anna is a certified yoga instructor and Wilderness First Responder, and in her free time can be found rock climbing, biking, dancing salsa, and enjoying the outdoors.

Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2018

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