Persevering through life to Preserve Tibetan Culture (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice

Essay by Experimenter Stephanie In spite of being in India, the culture and experiences one has in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala will make it seem as if McLeod Ganj is its own country. In McLeod Ganj, you see a combination of western and eastern influences; you see Indians and Tibetans living together; you see street vendor …

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Our stay in Kayakalp (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

This photo represents our stay at the Kayakalp institute. Kayakalp's treatment philosophy is centered around naturalistic ayurvedic practice, and intends to heal visiting patients through cleansing and conditioning. The grounds on which the institute is located are lush and teeming with verdant growth, intended to provide oxygen to the local communities. In this photo, the …

The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in India (Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

The annexation of Tibet by the Chinese has led to brutal oppression and the revocation of basic human rights of Tibetans, but the surge Tibetan migration and the fleeing of the Dalai Lama has caused a more widespread recognition of Buddhism, as well as a newfound interest in Tibetan culture. As the Chinese government began …

Health Center and Taj Mahal (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

On July 3rd we visited two health centers in the Bahraich area. Students learned about common practices in the area as well as some national health initiatives India is working on implementing.¬† Students receiving a tour of one of the health centers Archna-ji, our in-country leader, shares information about women's health with students. Everyone learned …

Description vs. Interpretation (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Description vs. interpretation is everything. What you see here is an image of students gathered in a circle, smiling, and holding hands. Many people will think that it is just a picture of students happy to be together. But, there's definitely more to this image. This image is about people uniting; it's about people embracing …

Village Visit (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

During our visit to Baraich district, where we learned about infant and maternal health as well as child rights, the group visited a small village and had the opportunity to interact with local families in the community. Experimenter Brendan interviewed four other group members to understand their different perspectives regarding this experience. What did you …

Orientation to Indian Culture and Society (India: Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Social Justice)

Our group of 15 incredible Experimenters from all over the U.S. have united in India to learn about some of the most pressing social justice issues facing marginalized populations in the area of community health. During the first week, students engaged in capacity building workshops to enhance their communication, leadership and intercultural competence skills. They …