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Are there any neccesary vaccinations for my trip?
When traveling abroad, it is important to make sure that you are prepared to manage certain personal health risks that you would not normally encounter in the United States. Since there are no physicians on the Dr. Interns staff, we cannot legally consult you on which vaccines you should or shouldn’t receive. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you consult your primary care physician, a travel-health physician, and your healthcare provider to determine the specific steps to take in order to stay healthy in Surat, India. For more detailed health information for travelers, please visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website regarding India.
As a pecuniary reminder, the cost of doctor’s visits and vaccines are not included in the program fee.
What documents do I need to travel abroad?
All travelers to India are required to have a valid US passport and tourist visa. You will need to have your passport before you apply for the tourist visa; please visit the U.S. Department of State’s travel website for more information on passports. For our purposes, you will need to obtain a tourist visa from the Indian Consulate. This process is outlined in our pre-departure program guide. We recommend that you apply for these documents at your earliest convenience, because they can take up to a month to process.
As a pecuniary reminder, the cost of passports and tourist visas are not included in the program fee.
How can I contact my friends and family while abroad?
The main form of communication while in India will be through the internet. There are wireless hotspots in both the dormitories and the hospitals. Many interns bring their laptops, tablets, and/or smart phones in order to reach their friends and family through social media, instant messaging, and internet phone services like Skype. If you would like to set up cellular phone services, then that will be up to your discursion – keep in mind, we cannot guarantee service in all locations, nor can we reimburse you for any charges or loss of property.
Where am I going to be housed during my stay?
India: Interns are housed in a dormitory adjacent to Shree Prannath Temple, which is located about 200 yards west of Shree Prannath Hospital. Two interns are housed per room with twin beds to sleep on. All linens and pillows are provided. Each room is equipped with all the amenities of a typical Western motel: air conditioner, lighting, sink, toilet and shower (in a separate room) and a balcony. Each room can be locked from either the inside or the outside. To ensure the safety of our interns, the entire compound is guarded by security staff and surveillance cameras 24/7, and is locked at night.
What will my food options be?
India: Food will be provided by the Shree Prannath staff. The dishes will be vegetarian, since the temple follows strict vegetarian practices for religious reasons. Most, if not all, of the dishes will be traditional Gujarati meals. For more information on traditional Gujarati dishes, please click here. Some meals will be taken at local restaurants, where the interns will be able to further explore the Gujarati cuisine. We do, however, encourage interns to bring their own snacks, especially if you have any food allergies or other food restrictions.
Do women face certain challenges in India?
Unfortunately, the male and female genders are not seen as completely equal in India. Even though woman’s rights groups have made strides over the past decade, most of India still adheres to strong gender distinctions. While this is the case, the biggest challenge our female interns may face is being ignored by certain doctors or staff.
However, if female interns form their own questions and speak up, they will not be overlooked outright. Shree Prannath Hospital has proven to provide a welcoming atmosphere, with many female staff members, nurses, and physicians.
What kind of clothes should I wear?
India: Yes, the rumors are true: it does get very hot in India! We suggest that interns wear light, breathable clothes. As noted above, it is important for the female interns to respect Indian culture and wear clothes that do not show their shoulders or their legs above the knee. Therefore, it is best to pack t-shirts, linen sundresses, long skirts, and pants. For the males, we recommend t-shirts, light button ups, pants (for hospital), and shorts. However, keep in mind that it is very rare for males in Surat to wear shorts. For footwear, we recommend you bring a pair of comfortable, closed toed walking shoes and a pair of easily removable sandals or slip-ons. Also, it is important to note that monsoon season goes from June to September in India, so it might be nice to bring some form of raingear.
What activities will I participate in while abroad?
As this is a Medical and Cultural Internship, we attempt to have a wide varity of activities inside and outside the realm of heathcare. Interns visiting India in the past have played sports such as cricket and basketball, learned ritual dances and prayers, and also practiced the standard hospital rotations and surgeries viewings. They have also rode camels! Each year our activities may change due to circumstance, but the hospital rotations remain unchanged for the most part.
Do the physicians / staff speak English?
Many of the staff members and physcians only speak their native languages. However, we always ensure we have translators available, many of which are our own program directors.
Will I be safe abroad?
Safety is Dr. Interns number one priority. We take neccessary precautions to ensure the safety of every intern when traveling abroad. We even purchase health insurance on your behalf. Prior to your departure, we do a thorough safety checklist to prepare you for the country you will be traveling to. If you would like a detailed list of our safety measures, feel free to contact us directly via email@example.com or by contacting a team member.
What are the program dates?
The two, two week options are June 15th - June 30th, or July 1st - July 15th, each year.
What if I want to travel past the program dates?
Interns in the past have often wanted to travel to other countries past our specified program dates, or arrive from another country than the United States. Dr. Interns reviews these cases on a one off basis, and takes neccessary steps before approving these situations. If you would like to travel beyond the scope of the program dates, please contact us.
How much does the program cost?
Our programs require a $200.00 deposit and a $2,000.00 program fee. Please note, these amounts do not include the cost of airfare, vaccinnations, or visa and passport fees. These costs are the responsibilty of the intern. For more information, please visit our payments page.
What if I can't afford the program fee?
We know it can seem like a large amount of money to travel abroad, but believe it or not, many of our interns succesfully raised enough money to cover their program expenses. Many of those interns used programs such as GoFundMe, Razoo, or Crowdrise to do such. If you're looking for some ideas, don't be shy, drop us an email and we can help you out!
How do I make a program fee or deposit payment?
The payment links are located at the bottom footer of our website for each program.
Is my program payment tax deductible?
Dr. Interns is a 501(c)3 certified non-profit. A certain amount of your program payment may be tax deductable. Please consult a tax professional for more details.