While the official languages of the Indian government are Hindi and English, each state also designates its own official language, making a total of 22 official languages.
India is undergoing an epidemiological transition, as both non-communicable and chronic diseases are now the leading causes of death. There is no national health insurance, so private companies are the only option. Most families pay their healthcare expenses out of pocket, often leading to catastrophic health expenditures and medical payments that damage a family’s ability to maintain a basic standard of living.
Join ISL in serving alongside local relief organizations and learn about global health in a unique cultural context.
Communities We Serve
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Volunteers arrive in India via the Delhi Airport (DEL), then take a flight from New Delhi to Visakhapatnam (VTZ). After going through Customs and picking up their luggage, volunteers are met by their Program Leader and transported to housing. Transportation and housing are both arranged and paid for by ISL through your program fees.
Volunteers book and pay for their own flights to and from Visakhapatnam (VTZ). Specific flight arrival and departure time frames will be provided to enrolled volunteers. Please do not book your flights until you are provided this information.
Our volunteers have the opportunity to visit important historical and cultural sites such as ashrams, temples, and palaces, sightsee, and enjoy delicious Indian cuisine. To finish off the trip, you will get to visit the Taj Mahal!
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 are available 24/7.
- Internet is available at most housing locations. If internet is not available at their hotel, volunteers will be transported to an internet location periodically.
- Laundry services are provided at least once a week for a small fee.
- If food or drug stores aren’t within walking distance, Program Leaders make sure volunteers are transported to shopping areas as needed.
- ISL provides breakfast each day, unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
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.