SUMMER 2021 Update: Due to current safety guidelines and travel restrictions, the Global Health Summer Program in India will be offered virtually for Summer 2021! Students will continue collaborating with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM.org) and local partner organizations.
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Note that students taking part in the program are required to take ILRIC 4260 (graded, 2 credits), Wed, 2:45-4:00 pm. The course will meet in Ives Hall in a hybrid format (in-person or virtual option). Once admitted into the program, the student will be added to the course (students may not self-enroll). In addition to the Wed course, a 1-credit Kannada Language course (KANAD 1100) will be offered on Mon at around 3pm (details will be provided). Kannada is the official language of Karnataka State, where SVYM is located.
All Global Health students must have successfully completed NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health prior to engaging in this program. NS 2600 can be taken concurrently with the other pre-departure course, ILRIC 4260.
Since 2011, the ILR School has partnered with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) in Karnataka state, India to develop the India SVYM GSL Program. SVYM is a community development, non-religious, non-political organization working for the benefit of indigenous and rural people in southern India through effective education, accessible healthcare and sustainable empowerment initiatives, including a Master's degree in Developmental Studies offered through a local university as well as housing a grassroots policy research institute (GRAAM) in collaboration with the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs.
In 2015, SVYM was named the #1 NGO in India.
Together with Cornell Global Health students, ILR students will participate in 2 weeks of courses at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies to prepare for work in their service-learning placements. For more information about the courses of study, visit the Courses page. Students will then participate in a 6-week service learning projects in SVYM project sites that are both interesting to the students and beneficial for the organization. For more information about the service-learning component of the program, visit the Service-Learning page.
Global Health students apply using the link below; ILR students should apply to the ILR India Global Service Learning Program.
Note that for the 2021 India program, recommendation letters will not be required for the application. The application is on a rolling-basis and will close once the positions are filled.