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You’ll be based in Palampur, the “Tea Capital of North India.” Situated in the foothills of the mighty Himalaya mountain range, it is a world away from the bustling major cities of India. Located in the Kangra Valley, you will be surrounded by beautiful scenery, with tea gardens, pine forests and mountain views. To the west is Dharamsala which is most significant for being the location of the Tibetan government-in-exile and the Dalai Lama’s residence and to the East is the Bir-Billing area where you can take on paragliding. The whole area has many great treks, temples, art galleries and tea gardens for you to explore!
Central to what we do is assessing the needs of the community in our partner schools and local health clinics. Participants have the opportunity to address these needs by using their skills and knowledge to contribute to making a long term and sustainable difference.
Health teams will have the opportunity to run health programs in the schools focusing on a range of health topics such as first aid, hygiene, sanitation and nutrition. Participants will also have the opportunity to work in the health clinic, which is attended by many of the community members for most of their primary care. This will allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of the health issues that are faced in a developing country.
|Contact Name||Departure/Arrival Date||Availability|
|All Students||5th January – 19th January 2018 (Ext. 25th January)||Book Now|
|All Students||15th June – 29th June 2019 (Ext. 5th July)||Book Now|
|All Students||29th June – 13th July 2019 (Ext. 19th July)||Book Now|
|All Students||13th July – 27th July 2019 (Ext. 2nd August)||Book Now|
Please note that dates are subject to minor changes and these will be broadcast well in advance to your departure.
On arrival into the airport in Dharamsala, you will be met by a member of the Challenges Abroad team and transferred to your accommodation in Palampur.
On the second day you will have your orientation and visit the project you’ll be working on. We’ll brief you on your schedule for your time in Palampur and any other information to get you prepared for the two weeks ahead
As a participant on our Health Promotion Challenge in India you will be working in Palampur, addressing the major issues that have been identified through ongoing needs assessments. Topics may include hygiene, sanitation, first aid and nutrition. Participants could expect to also be involved in providing training sessions at local schools or in the community. Researching health problems and completing needs-assessments, assisting with the renovation and development of healthcare facilities and helping to develop health education curriculum. Participants are encouraged to use their enthusiasm and creativity to develop an engaging and fun program for the children utilising games, activities, sports and any other interactive activities.
This would suit a range of students including Nursing, Nutrition, Midwifery, Public Health and Dentistry. All you need is a passion to improve the health of communities abroad.
On the 14th you will be transferred back to the airport for a safe journey home or continue your journey on the thrilling 7 day Indian extension!
Today you can either begin your onward journey home or you can take part in our incredible week long tour of India. The extension week takes you on the most spectacular travel adventure in India – the Golden Triangle tour! Busy street life, tranquil havens, culture shocks and architectural splendours await as you tour Delhi, Agra and Jaipur to see some of India’s greatest cultural gems. You will discover Delhi, the sprawling, fascinating Indian capital, experience Agra, which boasts the unparalleled beauty of the Taj Mahal and explore Jaipur, capital of the desert state of Rajasthan, and home to some of India’s most historic forts and palaces and some of Asia’s best bazaars.
Optional Travel for $875
You will be picked up from your accommodation in Palampur and transferred to Amritsar. From the city you will then travel on to the Wagah border (between Amritsar, India and Lahore, Pakistan) in time to witness the famous ‘lowering of the flags’ border closing ceremony.
Today is full of sight-seeing around Amritsar. After breakfast you will start at the Golden Temple, considered the cultural and spiritual centre of Sikhism. From there you will move on to the Durgiana Temple, an important Hindu temple renowned for its carved silver doors. To round off the day you are free to explore the local markets! In the evening you will continue to soak up the local atmosphere by getting the chance to sample some traditional Punjabi cuisine.
Today you will be traveling by train from Amritsar to Agra. On arrival you are then free to explore the city as you wish!
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Its finally time to see the Taj Mahal! An early morning trip to India’s most famous landmark won’t disappoint, and new profile pictures will follow! Following the Taj Mahal you will go onto the historic and enormous Red Fort.
Today will start by visiting the Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, south west from Agra. Purpose built as the capital of an empire, it was then abandoned shortly after completion in the 16th century. You will then take the overnight train to Jaipur for the final stop on your Golden Triangle tour.
Arriving by elephant at the Amber Fort Palace will be a stunning start to your time in Jaipur. Its extraordinary hill-top location overlooking the Maota Lake makes it a fantastic experience. You will then return into Jaipur to visit the City Palace, where you will discover why it is known as the Pink city!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Your final day in Jaipur will allow you to take in some rather more unusual sites at the Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal. The afternoon will give you more time to do some last haggling in the local markets to ensure you have got all the souvenirs you need.
Today you will transfer back to travel back to Delhi by train ready for your flight home the following day.