Take in healthcare from a global perspective while getting hands-on medical experience in the tranquil hills of southern India.
Practice yoga surrounded by fruit trees on an ecological farm. See healthcare from a fresh yet ancient perspective when you study India's traditional healing system, Ayurveda. Visit a wildlife sanctuary, explore ancient temples, and tour the scenic waters of India's southwestern coast. During this in-depth look at the world of medicine, you will challenge your abilities, serve communities in need, and get comprehensive experience in a fascinating area of global health.
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Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.
India Global Medicine offers 3 health science college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 50 hours of documented community service.
This program explores the world of medicine on a global scale, and gives students who want to pursue medicine or public health a rare chance to experience a global healthcare system full-circle. Get hands-on medical experience on visits to local hospitals and assisting professionals in rural clinics. This program introduces you to not only academic subject areas taught in medical school or a public health program, but also field experience in public health initiatives.
Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in India, volunteer on several medical and public health initiatives in the communities you visit including:
Your journey begins in mystical Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama himself. A short plane ride from Delhi brings us to this slice of Tibet in India, where we spend a few days uncovering Tibetan cultural history and it’s role in northern India’s history. Nestled in the hillside, Dharamshala and its surrounding verdant landscape offer sweeping views of the Dhauladhar mountains and Kangra Valley, where we hike to the highest peak in the area, Triund Hill. Discover the secrets of tea cultivation on a visit to a local tea company farm as you get acquainted to life in India and get excited about the adventures to come.
Retreat to lush Kodaikanal, nicknamed ‘The Gift of the Forest’ for two weeks of immersive medical experience with a local nonprofit organization. Participate in both clinical and health education projects, support public health initiatives, and practice face to face with real patients. Spend mornings in clinical practice shadowing physicians during hospital rounds, conducting public health surveys in local homes, visiting the pharmacy, volunteering at the local crèches and contributing to ongoing medical campaigns. In the afternoons, shift to a public health focus by preparing educational materials and teaching at a women’s group and working with children at a local clinic. Take a pause from your medical work to explore the town of Kodaikanal, including the Silver Cascade waterfall, botanical garden and solar observatory and to volunteer in the community garden or on a chimney building project.
Take a weekend break in the heart of the Kodaikanal forest to recharge and partake in the ancient Indian practice of yoga. Surrounded on all sides by misty jungle vistas, take part in daily yoga and meditation sessions, exploring the physical, mental and spiritual core of the practice. Learn to move and breathe with both concentration and relaxation, and discover the heart and mind opening effects of meditation. You’ll also learn about Ayurveda, India’s traditional system of healing. On this beautiful ecological farm, reflect on your experiences in India thus far while soaking in the symphony of the forest.
Use the last days of the trip to put India’s healthcare into context and survey some of the country’s cultural highlights. Travel to Kerala to float along the majestic Kerala Backwaters, a long network of waterways hugging the coast. Spend an evening on a houseboat, and watch coconut trees, paddy fields and traditional Indian homes float by from your wooden balcony. From visiting villages to exploring the local landmarks and going ‘toddy tapping’, extracting a non-alcoholic ‘beer’ from palm trees, you’ll spend your last days in India collecting just a few more new experiences to take home.
Overall, this trip was amazing and I got to experience some incredible moments with my peers. We got to tour around great cities like Kodalkanal and interact with real-world experts in the field of Public Health. This adventure opened my eyes to the world around me which I had previously not recognized as so fascinating and I would recommend this trip to anyone with an adventurous, flexible and positive personality.
Broadreach’s India Global Medicine trip was amazing! From caves to creches to classrooms this trip has it all for the aspiring health professional!
Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.
Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.
For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.
Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.
Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.
Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.
We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.
Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.
Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).
We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.
Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.
We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).
We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.
Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.
Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.
We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic high school and college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more details, click here.
In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.