The ILR School has partnered with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) in Karnataka state, India to develop the India SVYM GSL Program. SVYM is a community development, non-religious, non-political organization working for the benefit of indigenous and rural people in southern India through effective education, accessible healthcare and sustainable empowerment initiatives. The organization boasts several academic initiatives, including a Master's degree in Developmental Studies offered through a local university as well as housing a grassroots policy research institute (GRAAM) in collaboration with the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs.
Together with global health minor students, ILR students will participate in 2 weeks of courses at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies to prepare for work in their service-learning placements. For more information about the courses of study, visit the Courses page. Students will then participate in 4 or 6-week service learning projects in SVYM project sites that are both interesting to the students and beneficial for the organization. For more information about the service-learning component of the program, visit the Service-Learning page.
Description of Project Component
Following the initial 2-week Learning component, students will be placed in either 4-week (ILR students) or 6-week (GH students) Service projects at an SVYM site. Projects will be selected during spring semester before going to India, and an attempt will be made to match the students' top choices and interests with the needs and desires of SVYM. ILR students have two options for service projects:
The program is split into 2 parts.
Part 1. During the first two-weeks in India, students will take course at the Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies in Mysore, Karnataka state, India (http://www.viis.in/). The courses are:
- Indian Civilization and Culture
- Gender in India
- Indian Labor Economics or Global Health in the Indian Context (depending on program track).
- Elective course in yoga and Kannada (official language of Karnataka) as well as local outings in the afternoon.
Part 2. After 2 weeks of courses, students will take part in 4 or 6 week service projects at one of SVYM’s field sites in Mysore, Bangalore or Hyderabad. The service project sites will be determined during the spring semester, prior to the students’ departure.