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  • Locations: Chennai, India
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Maymester, Spring, Summer
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  • Program Sponsor: Experiential Learning International 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/15/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Maymester 2025 01/01/2025 02/15/2025 TBA TBA
Fall 2025 03/15/2025 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Pre-Health Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Apartment-Shared, Apartment-Single, Independent Housing Program Type: Internship Abroad
Program Description:
ELI offers opportunities in a variety of hospitals and clinics in and around Chennai and Madurai. You can request to work in a general care facility providing care for the underserved poor, or you can shadow doctors in a state-of-the-art western style hospital. Sankara Nethralaya is an organization devoted to ophthalmologic health. Sankara was founded in 1978, and since then has been described as ?The best charitable organization in India?. Among Sankara?s main activities are outreach programs in rural villages throughout India. In India, close to 80% of people with vision problems suffer from cataracts. The villagers are screened for cataracts, diseases, and other vision problems. Once the villagers requiring surgery are determined, they are taken by bus to have surgery performed. Everyday, doctors at Sankara perform an average of 100 free cataract surgeries. Sankara also funds a clinic that provides general medical care to the poor. Gremaltes is a hospital founded in the 1970s by a German foundation with the goal of working to eliminate Leprosy in India. In 1981, the incidence of leprosy in India was 57.6 cases per 10,000. Since then, the incidence has dropped to 3.5 cases per 10,000. Gremaltes also provides general care to the poor, especially focusing on communicable diseases. Gremaltes has been very active in the fight against HIV/AIDS, providing free HIV testing to sex workers and leading several very active hygiene programs. This is an ideal placement for anyone with an interest in health education and educational outreach programs. MIOT, The Madras Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, is a cutting edge facility a few miles from the airport. MIOT was founded in 1994 and since then has become one of the premier Orthopedic and Trauma centers in India. MIOT has started welcoming patients from all over the world, becoming part of the growing trend of ?medical tourism?. Despite its reputation for a high level of service, MIOT has been true to the ideal of medicine and constantly gives back to the community. MIOT has an air-conditioned free ward where poor patients can receive care free of charge in the same facilities as wealthy patients. MIOT also has a program that provides necessary surgery at no charge for the poorest patients. Interns at this placement must be medical school students. The Voluntary Health Service delivers a number of free medical services to the indigent. The projects include a program for 40 diabetic children who come in for daily blood checks and insulin injections; participation in Tamil Nadu?s AIDS Prevention and Control Project; eye camps to screen the poor for cataracts; blood donation drives; and many more. This placement requires some knowledge of the Tamil language. Christian Mission Hospital is a church-funded hospital providing care to the underserved poor in Madurai. Participants will have the chance to both shadow and assist the hospital staff. Madurai is an ancient center of learning and pilgrimage. The city is most famous for the Sri Meenakshi Temple, which is the center of all tourist activity in the city. Housing Participants will stay in housing provided by their placement. The accommodation includes three basic vegetarian meals a day. Start Dates The start dates for the India programs are completely flexible. Program Includes *Pre-departure Materials *Airport Pick Up in Chennai *Orientation *City Tour *Accommodation Provided by the Organization *Most Meals *24/7 In-country Support Program Does Not Include *Round Trip Airfare to India *Return Trip to Airport *Required Travel and Medical Insurance *Visa Fees Insurance is not provided. Other organizations sometimes include insurance, but charge you much more. We prefer to let you decide what you need. Please see our insurance page for some ideas. How to Apply To apply for this program, please fill out an application online along with a copy of your resume or CV and the $100 application fee. This fee is non-refundable, unless we are unable to make a placement that matches your request. You can send your application to us at: ELI Associates 2828 N. Speer Blvd. Suite 230 Denver, CO 80211