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CONTACT INFORMATION

Tejinder P. Singh, BDS, MDS, MPH
Faculty Director
tp.singh@utah.edu

Pamela Lyon
Administrative Program Coordinator
pamela.lyon@utah.edu
801-585-5303


India (Himalayas) Learning Abroad





The India (Himalayas) Learning Abroad Program is a 3-week faculty-led summer learning program based in Kaza and Spiti Valley, India. Like other regions of India, the Himalayan people suffers from disease, poverty, and other pressing social issues. While in Kaza, India, students will travel abroad to work on field projects related to geosciences, public health, dentistry, engineering and business aimed at improving health, fostering sustainable development through entrepreneurship and creation of livelihoods. The group will team with local communities, key contacts and community development partners to establish and assess ongoing activities in that region. Students will be able to observe, interact and work directly with community leaders and our partner, Ecosphere (a social enterprise NGO) to understand and improve the overall health of the Himalayan people.

QUICK INFO:

Location: Kaza, India

Program Length:
      3 weeks

Number of Credits:
      4 credits

Eligibility:
      The Program is open to all UofU students and
      Non-UofU students

DATES:

Summer
      June 3 - 25, 2022

Application Deadline: February 15, 2022

PROGRAM COST (estimate):

      Undergraduate: $4,940
      Graduate: $5,000
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India (Himalayas) Learning Abroad Program’s objective is to provide high quality educational experience for students through hands-on field work (group projects) and cultural experiences.  Through participation in the pre-departure orientation sessions and on-site field work, students will learn about cultural, social, and health issues currently challenging communities most vulnerable living in the remotest parts of the world. Participants will see the workings of the Indian non-governmental, government, academic, and community systems in the region. While in country, participants will divide into teams and work in rural communities to strengthen relationships with local partners, conduct surveys, and assess conditions that affect health and development. Fieldwork will take students into rural communities, homes, health posts, non-profit partner organizations, and government facilities. Research projects and interventions will be co-constructed with host entities and the University of Utah.

Fieldwork will be conducted in Kaza and surrounding villages. Besides being involved in education, service and research projects, the students will get enriching opportunities of cross-cultural learning and global citizenship as this region offers an insight to Buddhist way of life with a Tibetan influence. The region is dotted with ancient gompas (monasteries) which are a treasure house of paintings, scriptures, and artefacts dated as far as back to the birth of Buddhism. Tabo monastery, the oldest in this region, dates back to more than thousand years. Weekend trekking and camping in the remotest and highest parts of the world across the mighty Himalayan landscape will be a unique experience. The trip will end with a visit to the Taj Mahal. We will be using a community-engaged approach to assure our work is focused on the needs of the rural and peri-urban communities.

Education and Exploration Activities:

    • Women's Health (Menstrual hygiene management: understanding current practices and self-help group participation at village level)
    • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (water quality assessment)
    • Indoor Air Quality (among school going children, youth and adults in the communities)
    • Oral Health
    • Health Systems (Understanding the local Primary healthcare model which is a mix of Western and traditional Tibetan medicine)
    • Rural Development

Excursions – Experience the landscape, history and culture of India

Students will be given time to enjoy the rich culture that India has to offer. With each city visited time will be taken as a group to visit places of historical, cultural and geographical significance. Travel arrangements will be made by the program coordinator. Price of the excursions will be included. Independent travel may be done after the learning abroad course, at the students own expense.

    • Local Sightseeing- Kaza and Spiti Valley
    • End of Travel to Taj Mahal, Agra


Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India

Kaza, Himachal Pradesh, India is a town at 12,500 feet above sea level in the Lahaul and Spiti valleys of the mighty Himalayas. Built on the banks of Spiti river, it is the administrative hub of the district. It is surrounded by towering peaks and offers a gorgeous vista of pristine natural beauty of the Himalayas. Kaza is about 470 miles from New Delhi, the capital of India, and accessible by road all year around. You will visit the highest village in the world connected by road and work and hike at 14,500 ft.



TP Singh
Tejinder P. Singh, BDS, MDS, MPH
Associate Professor
Division of Public Health
Family and Preventive Medicine


Details & Costs
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Length:
      3 weeks
Number of Credits:
      4 credits
GPA: 2.75
Program Open To:
       All UofU and Non-UofU students

Program Dates and Deadlines:
      June 3 - 25, 2022
Program Deadline:
      February 15, 2022

Program Cost: (estimated)
      Undergraduate: $4,940
      Graduate: $5,000
What is included
Learning Abroad
    • Orientation
    • Tuition
    • Shared hotel accommodations
    • In-country transportation (bus, train, airfare)
    • Excursions
    • Meals: All meals
    • International health insurance
    • Welcome and farewell social events

Service Component
    • Pickup at Delhi airport
    • Travel to Kaza
    • Accommodations: Hotels
What is not included
    • International airfare
    • Passport fees
    • Visa fees
    • Personal expenses
    • Optional excursions
    • Independent travel




Partners include academic, civil society, and village leaders and members in Kaza, India.

    • Ecosphere - Ecosphere is a reputable community based social enterprise working in Spiti region of the Himalayas. Its focus is sustainable rural development in the remotest parts of the Himalayas. A wide range of activities are undertaken by Ecosphere including but not limited to economic empowerment, development and conservation with a sharp focus on preservation of the fragile ecosystem of the region. Key to these is engaging with the inhabitants of the region who offer a rich heritage of traditional practices; Ecosphere is deeply invested in it.

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    • Typically, projects are broadly related to research or service. Where possible, students will have the opportunity to review various projects in order to match their interests or skills to a particular activity. See below for examples of new, ongoing and past research and activities:

      • Women’s Health (Menstrual hygiene management: understanding current practices and self-help group participation at village level)
      • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (water quality assessment)
      • Indoor Air Quality (among school going children, youth and adults in the communities)
      • Oral Health
      • Health Systems (Understanding the local Primary healthcare model which is a mix of Western and traditional Tibetan medicine)
      • Rural Development