About India

While the official languages of the Indian government are Hindi and English, there is a myriad of languages spoken throughout the country. Each state designates their own official languages, making for a total of 22 official languages.

India is undergoing an epidemiological transition with both non-communicable and chronic diseases being the leading causes of death. There is no national health insurance, so private companies are the only option for health insurance. Most families pay their healthcare expenses out of pocket, often leading to catastrophic health expenditure, a medical payment that damages a family’s ability to keep a basic standard of living. Join ISL in serving alongside the Sevak Project, and help make a difference for those in need of health care services.

Communities We Serve

Volunteers will be working with the “Sevak Project”. This is a unique health care project implemented throughout the state of Gujarat.

The Sevak Project is a statewide intervention of chronic disease prevention and management. It is an evidence-based project to improve sanitation and health education in rural communities through improved awareness and knowledge of chronic disease prevention and management. It uses the US Navy’s Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) model for training and work on a smaller scale.

Sevak workers, known as “Sevaks” were trained at Baroda Medical College, Vadodara, with emphasis on lifestyle intervention and health screening for diabetes, hypertension, obesity, immunization, and chronic diseases. Sevaks also receive training in sanitation, environment, water purification, infectious diseases, and how to build toilets and smokeless stoves.

This project started in July 2010 and has screened over 10,000 people. It is one of the most successful non-governmental projects in India.

Logistics

Volunteers arrive for service in India via the Delhi Airport (DEL), then take a short flight from New Delhi to Vadodara/Baroda (BDQ). After going through customs and picking up their luggage, volunteers are met by their Team Leader and transported to team housing. The daily commute from housing to work sites can be 20 minutes away or take up to two hours when working in more remote communities.

Volunteers will book their own flights arriving in New Delhi and departing from New Delhi at the beginning and end of the program. Specific arrival and departure timeframes will be provided to enrolled volunteers. Please Do not book your airfare until you are provided this information. ISL will be booking your internal flights (New Delhi to Baroda, Baroda to New Delhi) and these internal flights are included in your program costs.

Recreational Activities

Our volunteers have the opportunity to visit historical sites such as Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram, well-known temples, historic palaces, go sightseeing, shop at local markets, and eat delicious Indian cuisine. To finish off the trip, you will get to visit the Taj Mahal!

 

Lodging

ISL has strict housing standards for cleanliness, safety and comfort. Each volunteer shares a room and shower facilities, but has their own bed. Housing locations are selected according to proximity to program sites. ISL staff members stay with volunteers and are always available 24/7.

  • Internet is available at most housing locations. Volunteers are transported by their Team Leaders to an internet location periodically if internet is not available at their hotel.
  • Laundry services are provided at least once a week for a small charge.
  • If food or drug stores aren’t nearby, Team Leaders make sure volunteers are transported to shopping areas periodically or as needed.
  • ISL provides breakfast each day, unless otherwise specified in the team itinerary.

India's Staff

We love our staff and we are positive that you will too! Each staff member is professional, courteous, and has the same passion as you do: to serve others.

Monika Sawhney
Country Coordinator