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Himalayan Community & Ayurvedic Medicine

Himalayan Community & Ayurvedic Medicine
» Introduction
A common villager would spend twice the more for the same illness as a common urban person. The local community in a village would walk at least 28kms to get basic Health care treatment.

Nature Quest India works to improves access to healthcare for remote communities in and around Thangaon village, situated on the foothills of Himalaya at an altitude of about 4,000 feet above sea level. We partner with local community to improve the performance and reliability of health systems in the most inaccessible and isolated area of Dehradun /India. Our mission is to provide very basic Health care and built a community health care infrastructure for all the surrounding villagers.

The Himalayan Community and Ayurvedic Medicine program gives students a distinctive prospect to learn about Indian Medicine system at the grass root level. A small Nature Quest Clinic based in Thangaon Village caters to around 9 surrounding major villages. Our expert team of a doctor and Nurse put up 2 medical camps in a week to reach for local community who are not reachable to our clinic.

» Duration
This 4 week program can be extended up to 8 weeks, depending on an individual.

During this 4 week program student(s) would stay for one week in Thangaon village, where they experience the Himalayan Medi - care at grass root level, One week in Dehradun city and experience urban Indian Medical system, One week in Rishikesh Ashram to get exposed to Ayurvedic Medicine, and One week in Mussoorie community Hospital, and see specialized doctors working under one roof which is relatively a new concept in India.

» Accommodation
In New Delhi, students stay at a local guesthouse /Hotel when they arrive. While in Than Gaon Village, accommodation is provided in simple cottages built at the Nature Quest site. Please note that the accommodation does not include facilities like air conditioning and Internet. The food provided in the program is traditional Indian vegetarian cuisine. In Dehradun city volunteers can experience the Indian Culture at the grass root level by staying with an Indian Family and exchange their cultural experience. In Rishikesh students get to experience their stay at an Ashram. In Mussoorie students stay in the Hospital guest rooms.

» Communication
You will be assigned a mobile phone (with free unlimited incoming calls) for the duration of your stay. All-important phone numbers will have been pre-programmed along with a limited amount of airtime for emergencies. To make calls over and above the airtime included, you can purchase pre-paid phone cards locally.

You will be required to sign a $100 release form in order to receive the cell phone. You will not be charged the $100 fee if the phone is returned in good working order to your program coordinator.

» Program Cost
The cost of the program is $2070.00 for 4 weeks and includes the following services:

Pre-departure orientation and support
Airport pickup on arrival
Overnight stay in a New Delhi Guest house / Hotel
Transport from New Delhi to Dehradun
Intercity transportation
Yoga classes, lectures etc
Students work support and monitoring
Cultural adjustment, health and safety orientation
Shared accommodation with three meals a day
Weekly monitoring of the program
24 Hour emergency support
Cellular phone for incoming calls and emergency use

The cost will NOT include:

Daily local transportation around Dehradun during your clinical rotation or free time. However, proper guidance will be provided to participants on how to use local transport systems.
Air ticket to and fro New Delhi, India, visa fees and any travel insurance will be the responsibility of the students.
Weekend and overnight excursions outside the program activities will have to be paid by the students directly.

Expenses of personal nature like table drinks, mineral water, international telephone calls, or any other expenses which are not included in the above list as included.

» Fees & Schedules
Minimum duration 4 weeks
Can be extended upto 8 weeks
Registration fees $80
Program fees $2070
Program schedules February 2013
January 2014
Additional weeks fee per week: $380
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