India Medical Relief & Holi Festival

Study Medical Sciences & Public Health in India

According to the World Health Organization, India is recording very high mortality rates, particularly for infants, due to malaria from improper diagnosis, treatment and care. It is imperative for continuity to help the people in India and overcome these health conditions.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Upon arrival, your group will be transferred to your hotel, where you can check into your rooms and enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. You’ll meet your team with our partner, International Medical Relief, and get settled in! At this point, you’ll likely be ready to get a good night’s sleep. Get some rest before an extraordinary day tomorrow.

Wake up for an early breakfast before your first day of clinic. You can expect to see a high patient load with a variety of chronic and acute illnesses. The most common include dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. Children are especially at risk for developing acute illnesses in this area of India, so prenatal care will be necessary.

After clinic, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Mumbai! One afternoon, your team will enjoy a boat ride to Elephant Island to visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Awe-inspiring carvings await in the cave temples created over 3,000 years ago. No adventure to Mumbai is complete without a visit to the Gateway of India. This iconic arch is often referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai”. Towering at 85 feet high and located on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder, it’s easy to see why this is a top attraction. Sample some of the most exquisite cuisine in the world. Enjoy several cups of classic Indian chai throughout your week. Your team will also visit the Muslim quarter to walk through hundreds of stalls of fresh produce. And of course, explore the colorful sites of Bollywood!

There’s so much to be seen in Mumbai! In the evening, reconvein for dinners & a debriefing of your day at clinic. 

Today is the Holi festival! Across the country, citizens celebrate the victory of good over evil, as well as the demolishment of the demon, Holika. Enjoy a cultural day visiting the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Dhobi Ghat and learning Bollywood dance while embracing a full immersion in an explosion of colors!

After one last tasty Indian breakfast, you will have the day to explore before returning to the airport for your international flight home. Airport transportation is provided for all group flyers.

The city Mumbai, previously known as Bombay, is a port city situated on the west coast of the Indian peninsula. It is one of India’s dominant urban centers and is one of the largest, most densely populated cities in the world. Deriving its name from Mumba Devi, a goddess of the local Koli fishing peoples, Mumbai was developed around a British fort established in the mid-seventeenth century to protect their trading interests along India’s western coast. The city’s natural harbor provided a focal point for sea routes crossing the Arabian Sea, and Mumbai soon became the main western gateway to Britain’s expanding Indian empire. The city emerged as a center of manufacturing and industry during the eighteenth century. Today, Mumbai is India’s commercial and financial capital, as well as the capital city of the Maharashtra State.

The city of Mumbai (Bombay) has a population of roughly 12 million (2011) while the Mumbai urban agglomeration exceeds 20 million resulting in Mumbai being India’s largest metropolis. “Bombay” is a corrupted form of the Marathi name Mumbai, derived from the name of a local goddess, Mumba Ai (Mother Mumba). After several other Indian cities had assumed their precolonial names, Bombay was also officially renamed as Mumbai by an act of the Indian Parliament in 1997.

Holi, the festival of colors, is truly one of the most magnificent festivals in the world. In Mumbai you’ll see music, rain dances, and the classic colored powder thrown all throughout the streets to celebrate the coming of spring. Bring a white shirt for a colorful and memorable keepsake!


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