INDIA – HOLI

Company : International Medical Relief
Location : India
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 1750 to 2500 $ Dollars (US)

Take part in the Holi Festival, also widely known as the Festival of Color, in Mumbai, India to come together with locals and tourists from all over the world to celebrate color and love. Holi Festival will take your breath away....

India has significant public health issues in spite of well trained and functional health care system.  Sanitation, overcrowding, and poverty all contribute to illness, especially among the poor.  Join International Medical Relief in providing quality medical care for the communities surrounding Mumbai.

This is a festival trip! Holi, the festival of colors, is truly one of the most magnificent sites to see! In Mumbai you’ll see music, rain dances, and the classic colored powder thrown all throughout the streets to celebrate the coming of spring. Some of the colors are tricky to wash out of clothes, so be sure to bring clothes that you don’t mind staining. Bring a white shirt for a colorful memorable keepsake!

 
You can expect to see a high patient load with a variety of chronic & acute illnesses. The most common include dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. Skin infections and parasites are extremely common and very detrimental to healthy communities. Children are especially at risk for developing acute illnesses in this area of India. In addition to medical care, dental care and eye care are two highly sought-after specialities in this region.

After clinic, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Mumbai! One afternoon, your team will enjoy a boat ride to the Elephanta Island to visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  You will see awe-inspiring carvings in the cave temples created over 3,000 years ago

No adventure to Mumbai is complete without a visit to the Gateway of India. This iconic arch is often referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai”. Towering at 85 feet high and located on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder, it’s easy to see why this is a top attraction.

Sample some of the most exquisite cuisine in the world. Enjoy several cups of classic Indian chai throughout your week. Your team will also visit the Muslim quarter to walk through hundreds of stalls of fresh produce. And of course, explore the colorful sites of Bollywood while learning a Bollywood dance! There’s so much to be seen in Mumbai!

In the evening, reconvene for dinners & a debriefing after your day at clinic.  You will have some time to socialize with new friends and enjoy knowing that your clinic day was a success.
 
The team will be staying in a safe and comfortable hotel. The accommodation provides air conditioning, private bathrooms, and a great lounge area to spend time getting to know your fellow team. Everyone will have their own bed.  If you fly on the group ticket, all transfers will be arranged for you and are included in your fee. 
 
While the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be caring for the people of India, the team will also have the opportunity to visit some of the country’s top attractions. The trip’s highlights include participating in India’s free-for-all color festival, visiting the famous Gateway of India, exploring the Elephanta Caves, and learning a traditional Bollywood dance.  
You’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of India’s top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators! Choose between an adventurous safari through Ranthambhore National Park or visit the classics like the Taj Mahal & the winding streets of Old & New Delhi.

Start Dates

March 7-15, 2020

Costs / Benefits

$1,800-$2,700

Requirements

Medical mission trips with IMR provide short-term volunteer opportunities abroad for medical professionals and dental professionals, students, and non-medical volunteers with any level of experience. Our medical and dental clinics provide free healthcare and health education in more than 70 countries in areas where care is limited or difficult to obtain.

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