…will be opening soon! Here is one of our winter programs:
This program engages students in learning the basic elements of the holistic grassroots development strategy of the village-based Sarvodaya Movement, with special focus on the implications of individual, family and village health.
Here is a student who participated this past January:
Abbey Zacharski is a senior majoring in Biology with a certificate in Global Health.
Academic Life: We had the opportunity to learn hands-on in the field. We still had lectures on a variety of topics: chronic kidney disease, environmental justice, women’s rights; however, we had the opportunity to visit clinics and NGOs to hear these lectures and discuss topics with lecturers, rather than sitting in a lecture hall. We also had the ability to learn from the people of Sri Lanka by staying with families in a village for a portion of the experience.
Memorable Moment: I celebrated my birthday during our village homestays. I was woken up by my host family greeting me with a pink frosted birthday cake. I was touched by the kindness of my host family. I remember cutting into the cake, taking a bite, and then having to go around and give every family member a bite of the cake as well. Participating in these traditions provided me with an insight into new aspects of the culture.
Learning about Yourself: There were many times on this program where I felt completely out of my comfort zone: examples include using squat toilets, or during the village homestays. Although these situations were awkward and uncomfortable in the moment, I learned so much more from handling these situations. I feel that I am now more prepared to handle uncomfortable situations in the future, whether that be in another country and culture or here at home.
Finding Connections: In staying with a host family, I realized that even though we are from completely different cultures, we really are similar in many ways. I remember talking with my host sister on the first night. She was telling me about how she wanted to go to school to be a doctor. Since I also have the same goal in mind, we were able to bond over our interest in medicine.