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START DATES

ANY SUNDAY YEAR-ROUND

PRICED FROM

825 USD + 249 USD REGISTRATION FEE

DURATION

15 DAYS (FLEXIBLE TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS)

MINIMUM AGE

17 YEARS OLD ON TRIP START DATE

PMGY INDIA GROUP MEDICAL TRIP

Organise your 2 week group medical trip to India today! Group leaders travel free and your 15 days in India will be fully structured, inclusive and led by our experienced team. Your base for your medical volunteer placements will be the industrial city of Faridabad in the suburb of Delhi. You will give back to the local community in a variety of medical settings including primary health camps in the slum communities, GP clinics & hospital settings. Such placements will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into Indian health care. You will receive an orientation into life in India before your medical placements begins.

 

Outside of the medical volunteer placements, you will spend a couple of days exploring Old and New Delhi. At the end of your group trip to India, we will arrange more adventure travel as you explore India’s Golden Triangle. This will include exploring the breadth of the Pink City Jaipur, taking in sunrise at a Wonder of the World in the Taj Mahal and enjoying a guided tour around Agra Fort. Cultural activities will be provided throughout the itinerary including yoga and cooking classes as well as Bollywood movies and dance lessons. Everything is included in your 2 week India expedition from the airport transfers and meals to accommodation, medical donations, entrance fees and cultural activities.

 

INDIA GROUP TRIP HIGHLIGHTS WITH PMGY

  • A FULLY STRUCTURED, MOST AFFORDABLE, SAFE AND ALL INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE
  • A PERFECT BLEND OF VOLUNTEER, TRAVEL, ADVENTURE & CULTURAL IMMERSION
  • TRIP ITINERARY, ACTIVITIES & DURATION EASILY TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS & WANTS
  • GAIN EXPOSURE INTO THE INDIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN A VARIETY OF MEDICAL SETTINGS
  • PMGY WILL ENSURE A TRUE AUTHENTIC INDIA EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR GROUP

HOW IT WORKS FOR MEDICAL TRIPS

Plan My Gap Year has the expertise, experience and networks to make your India expedition accessible, safe and stress-free. We pride ourselves on safety management and we have risk assessment documentation for all our overseas trips including to India that outline how we ensure participants are kept safe while overseas.

 

Organising an overseas trip for your group involves lots of preparation. From flights and insurance to pre-trip training and that’s even before you’ve looked at organising the itinerary! So that’s where PMGY come in. We really do specialise in the group’s overseas expedition area providing exclusive group trips whilst accommodating large groups of students, on full board options. We guarantee to provide trusted and vetted medical project settings that provide great insight, exposure and learning opportunities for students. In addition, we will sandwich in some fantastic travel opportunities around India for students to enjoy on their rest days. We can organise:

  • FLIGHTS (PMGY ARE ATOL PROTECTED), TRAVEL INSURANCE & FULL VISA GUIDANCE
  • ALL-INCLUSIVE TAILORED VOLUNTEER AND/OR TRAVEL-BASED ITINERARIES
  • FULL PRE-DEPARTURE PREPARATION AND 24/7 INTERNATIONAL & IN-COUNTRY SUPPORT

As a social initiative, we are able to guarantee affordable prices without sacrificing the quality of our programs. We frequently have groups joining our programs as they are looking for a more affordable alternative to their existing provider. We can tailor a trip around your requirements and work with you to create your personalised group medical trip itinerary. So why not follow the PMGY ten-step journey below to making your bespoke group medical trip to India a reality!

TEN STEP JOURNEY & OUR SUPPORT ROLE

Step 1: Arrange a Call – Should this trip be the one for you, get in touch by email or call and one of our group expedition specialists can discuss and tailor your India medical trip. Alternatively, let us know the best way to reach out to you and we will do so at a time convenient to you.

 

Step 2: Meet & Greet – After initial contact has been made and ideas progressed, our group expedition specialist will travel to meet you and any of your colleagues in person. As a result, a face can then be put to the name, the India trip planning can be evolved and any initial questions can be answered.

 

Step 3: Information Session – Once the itinerary, duration and dates are in place for your trip to India, our group trip specialist will come and host an information session with all interested travellers and parties. We will convey all necessary content and information about the trip and hold a Q&A session after the presentation to ensure all attendees are as informed as possible before signing up.

 

Step 4: Confirm Trip Numbers – Once the internal deadline for registrations has passed and the trip numbers are known, PMGY will arrange the invoice procedures for the overall group deposit payment to confirm the trip go ahead. For every 10 students, 1 group leader spot will be provided for free! We can also arrange and provide flights and insurance options for all travellers should this be applicable.

 

Step 5: PMGY Pre-departure Support – Throughout the build-up to your India group medical trip, we will be on hand to support you whatever way possible. Whether it be through creating your bespoke trip handbook, completing risk assessments, communicating safety management procedures or providing project preparation webinars, we will have all bases covered.

 

Step 6: Pre-departure Session – Around 2 months before your group trip begins in India, we will conduct a final pre-departure session with all travellers and relevant persons. This will ensure that everything is in place before your group head overseas and the content covered will align with this accordingly. We will also distribute PMGY T-shirts to all travellers at the session!

 

Step 7: Before You Go – In the days before your arrival into India, we will be in close and regular contact with you to make sure everything is in place for your trip. This will include a range of emails and phone calls ensuring your arrival procedures are all in place, dietary requirements & medical conditions are catered for and that our ground team in India are well prepared for your group’s arrival.

 

Step 8: Enjoy the Trip! – When on the trip, our ground team will become your day to day port of call. We will touch base with them daily to make sure your trip is running smoothly. If required, we will be available 24/7 from afar. We will check in with you across the trip to see how everything is going. We know you will be in safe hands with our trusted, experienced and vetted ground teams!

 

Step 9: Return Home – By the time our team have dropped you safely back at Delhi Airport, the travel blues may already be starting to kick in! We hope all travellers have had an unforgettable trip! Each trip participant will receive a certificate of completion. Furthermore, we will check in one final time with you in the days after your trip for feedback on your India experience.

 

Step 10: Future Planning – After a few weeks away from India and once the travel blues have well and truly settled in, it’s now time to be planning your next group medical trip with PMGY to create more magical memories! Whether it be back to India or to a new destination, PMGY will be on hand every step of the way again to facilitate your new adventure. Back to Step one we go!

MEDICAL CASE STUDY - UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD, UK

Who – University of Sheffield from the United Kingdom. 14 medical students including 1 group leader from the University of Sheffield travelled to India on a group medical elective with PMGY.

 

What – A 21 day medical elective to India in total. The primary health campaigns in the slum communities of Faridabad were the core of students medical experience in India. Students would rotate their time across different slum settings in the Faridabad community. Most of the program was centralised on providing free primary healthcare and medical check-ups to members of local slum communities. Students would have consultations and processes explained by the healthcare professionals whilst also undertaking basic hands-on involvement taking blood pressure, blood sugars and dressing minor wounds. Students also spent time shadowing doctors and nurses in a hospital setting and witnessing a range of surgeries as and when they happened. PMGY also arranged a 4 day trip for the students to enjoy outside of the elective placement settings. As a result, students got to explore India’s famous Golden Triangle as they visited Old and New Delhi, The Pink City of Jaipur and headed to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

 

Where – University of Sheffield students experienced so much and a range of locations in their 21 days in India. Arriving in Delhi, the main segment of the trip was the medical placement settings in the industrial town of Faridabad in the suburbs of Delhi. This was the students base for the 3 week elective period. When students had free time, the group used the time to explore Northern India through a 4 day trip developed by PMGY. Whether it was old and new of Delhi, the temples in Jaipur, the sunrise at Taj Mahal or the walls of Agra Fort, Sheffield medical students experienced the breadth of India.

 

When – University of Sheffield students from a range of medical disciplines regularly join PMGY’s medical programs on overseas electives each year. Expanding on this, 14 medical students arranged a 3 week medical elective inclusive of a Golden Triangle trip with PMGY in the spring of 2019.

 

Why – PMGY has a strong reputation of providing affordable, accessible and structured medical elective experiences for University of Sheffield students. This is not just limited to India, but expanding to PMGY’s medical and healthcare programs across Ghana, Tanzania, Bali, Sri Lanka, Peru and Ecuador. A group of students from the University of Sheffield wanted a medical experience where they could get as hands-on as possible and have as much exposure to a different healthcare system in a range of medical settings. India is generally seen as PMGY’s strongest medical program due to the exposure students get and the range of projects involved. As such, India became the destination for 14 Sheffield medical students overseas elective experiences.

 

How – The group leader of the 14 students who went to India originally contacted PMGY on the back of strong word of mouth recommendations. Such recommendations had come from previous Sheffield students who joined PMGY’s medical program in India for an overseas elective as individuals previously. The group leader wanted to put together a structured 3 week group medical elective experience in India for 2nd Year Medical students at the University of Sheffield. PMGY provided the student will all necessary marketing materials to promote the trip and handled all the administration and organisation for the trip to take place once the group numbers were confirmed. The group leader received a free spot on the trip inclusive of all the trip services and travel experiences for their role in marketing and recruiting fellow students to join the trip. Each student received extensive pre-departure support in the build-up to their trip which was tailored to include a group trip of India’s Cultural Triangle outside of the project commitments.

 

Feedback – “Myself and 13 other students had a memorable medical elective in the amazing country and culture of India. As the group leader of the trip, I collaborated with PMGY to ensure I could promote the trip around campus to my students as effectively as possible. PMGY were great in providing all the marketing tools I needed as well as all the hints and tips from my PMGY group trip mentor to promote the elective experience as best as possible. The pre-departure support was extensive and seamless throughout meaning me and my fellow students could look forward to the elective experience in India without it providing any additional stresses to our academic work. Our goal was to have as much exposure and insight into the India healthcare system as possible and develop our learnings accordingly. Working in the medical camps in the slum communities and playing a basic, but important role in providing free primary healthcare to people that would otherwise go without was the highlight of the trip. Not only did we learn so much and receive so much information and insight from all the doctors and nurses, but we got to embrace new opportunities and give back to the communities that needed it most. The PMGY India coordinator Vishy does so much for the slum community and provided so much more to our experience than we could have imagined. Whether it was dressing up in saris and enjoying a Bollywood dance class or travelling the Golden Triangle and enjoying a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal, there was so much more we embraced to our India experience outside of the medical placements. To summarise, not only did we learn so much about the Indian healthcare system and the challenges in particular that the overcrowded slum communities face, but we developed great memories to bring back home with us whether that was making friends with the doctors, embracing the culture or travelling in our free time. ”

MEDICAL VOLUNTEER PROJECT SUMMARIES

Background – Despite advances in India’s healthcare system, the majority of the population still experience poor health. This is largely due to a lack of awareness of health issues. Additionally, many Indians simply cannot afford regular, if any, medical treatment.

 

Poor environmental conditions, lack of sanitation and inadequate diets result in many health challenges in India, especially in the slum communities. Children are the most vulnerable, particularly the poor children living in urban slums. At least 30% of children in India’s slum and rural communities face exclusion from essential health services and other services like safe drinking water, sanitation, education etc.

 

The projects we support therefore offer free, or highly subsidised, healthcare to local people from slum and rural communities. Our main project for India where students will support is the medical camps within slum communities. In these areas, there is a prominent lack of health education and access to medical help. To contribute to improving this, we have established our own primary healthcare clinic, running all year round in the heart of the core slum community we support. Additionally, our team establish pop-up clinics across some of the local area’s poorest communities. This helps to ensure our team and international volunteers are able to make the biggest impact possible.

 

As a medical volunteer in India, you will have the opportunity to experience a variety of different medical facilities. This can range from shadowing in surgeries to sitting in on GP consultations. We offer medical placements for people of all backgrounds. In short, students will have a fantastic opportunity to gain first-hand experience and insight into Indian health care. Working with highly trained local staff and healthcare professionals, students will gain exposure and tuition that they are unlikely to obtain in their own country.

 

Eco-School Slum Clinic – The healthcare clinics we run really are the core of the medical program in India. Our main clinic that students will experience is based in our Eco Slum School. The centre acts as the main point of health access for the local community. This is particularly important since individuals here may not otherwise have access to any other form of healthcare. Our medical staff can see anywhere from 40-100 patients daily. There are two clinics where doctors undergo consultancies – one general and one gynaecology. There is also a lab.

 

The gynaecology clinic is a newer development, with hopes of further expansion in the future. This clinic provides women from the local community with education about female health. We have also developed our own lab at the program. Here, the lab technician carries a variety of health checks. This often includes testing urine glucose levels, blood type and for pregnancy. Since the clinics are located within the slum school our team also run, students will also have the opportunity to engage with the local children.

 

Students may be assigned some very basic hands-on involvement. This may include taking blood pressure, blood sugars and dressing minor wounds. This is all undertaken under the supervision of the staff you will be attached to during your time. The local staff are extremely welcoming and very keen for volunteers to learn. Although the patient interactions will be in Hindi, the doctors speak English and will explain everything to you in English.

 

Slum Outreach Health Campaigns – Based on the same principles of the Eco-School Slum Clinic, we will extend this service to run free medical camps across other poor communities in Faridabad. The slums we work in at any point in time are dictated by the communities that have the greatest need. The core provision of these health campaigns remains to offer primary healthcare and medical check-ups to members of local slum communities.

 

We hire a local doctor to lead the campaigns and supervise students. Our team will also supply the relevant medical supplies and equipment needed. An interpreter is also recruited to help students overcome the language barrier when interacting with patients and further their knowledge.

 

At the health camps, students have the chance to learn basic skills. This might include taking blood pressures, checking blood sugars and assisting doctors in seeing the patients. You will also get the chance to see and learn about interesting clinical signs and syndromes typically found in slum communities. Students receive ongoing training and mentoring from the local doctor, enabling each participant to get as involved as possible. The range of health conditions encountered in the slums is vast. Although many patients only have simple problems, there are many that would benefit immensely from specialist input.

 

Hospital Placement – We have a number of hospitals within our network. Generally speaking, students will have the opportunity to shadow within hospital departments. Here, individuals may be able to carry out basic health checks on patients during doctor’s rounds. Common departments medical students will be placed within include ultrasound, paediatrics, ophthalmology, non-urgent care and theatre.

 

Students can also witness surgeries during their time at the hospital. Naturally, these will take place on a more ad-hoc basis. In short, it will be a real eye-opening experience for students to see the difference between hospitals in India compared to those at home.

 

GP Clinic – Here, participants have the opportunity to work alongside a local doctor. Students will assist in carrying out basic health checks on members of the local community in a bustling street market. Usually, the doctor sees up to 100 patients daily. The clinic can run in both morning and late evening time, usually around 2-3 hours each session. This may allow for basic hands-on involvement if students choose to undertake such an opportunity.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

We have put together a sample 15 day itinerary that incorporates the ultimate group medical trip in India. For the reason that it provides a perfect blend of volunteering, travelling, adventure and cultural immersion. Moreover, the trip itinerary is fully structured and inclusive throughout. However, we understand each group has different objectives from an overseas trip and different criteria to meet. As a result, we can tailor the sample itinerary below into a bespoke itinerary that matches your goals and objectives for an overseas group medical expedition in India.

 

In short, we can tailor a trip around your requirements and work with you to create your personalised group trip itinerary so the students can get the most from the experience. Whether you wish to extend or shorten the duration of the trip, solely focus on volunteering, or would like to incorporate volunteering into a wider trip with travel opportunities – we can work together to create the perfect itinerary for you. Above all, we will ensure your group trip to India remains fully affordable, structured, safe and inclusive.

 

Days 1-2 - Arrival & Orientation

Welcome to India! Your group will arrive into Delhi International Airport (Indira Gandhi International Airport). On arrival, you will be greeted by Vishy from the PMGY India team who will be easily visible in his PMGY T-Shirt.

 

We will then transport you by private bus to your volunteer accommodation in Faridabad. The journey takes around 60 minutes. Faridabad will be your base for the volunteering segments of the trip. You will have the chance to settle into your accommodation and enjoy your first Indian cuisine with a freshly prepared welcome meal awaiting you.

 

Feeling re-energised after an evening sleep, you will have your first Indian breakfast before beginning your orientation on day 2.

 

The day will kick-off with the theoretical aspects. During this, our team will cover everything from health and safety, language, money matters, cultural differences, rules and regulations. They will talk you through what is in store for the next 2 weeks. This part of the orientation usually lasts between 1 and 2 hours in the morning.

 

It’s then time to re-fuel with a filling lunch before getting ready to explore the local area in the afternoon. We will venture out to explore a local temple and visit the market. After a trip to the supermarket to pick up some essential snacks, students will return to the accommodation for a local Indian dinner and catch an early night’s sleep for the busy first day at project tomorrow.

Days 3-5 - Eco-School Slum Clinic & Cultural Activities

We will start our project work on day 3. After a good breakfast at the accommodation, we will transport you by private transport to the project site. For the next 3 days, you will be based at the Eco-School Slum Clinic located in the heart of the main Faridabad slum communities that we support. The centre acts as the main point of free health access for the local community who otherwise would not have access to any other form of healthcare.

 

Students may be assigned some very basic hands-on involvement. This may include taking blood pressure, blood sugars and dressing minor wounds. This is all undertaken under the supervision of the staff you will be attached to during your time. The local staff are extremely welcoming, speak English and are very keen for students to learn. Expect to volunteer on the health campaign program between 4 and 5 hours each morning at the Eco-School Slum Clinic.

 

After busy mornings volunteering, it will be time for a well-earned Indian lunch to top up energy levels. After lunch, we will provide cultural activities for you to enjoy. This will allow you to immerse yourself into the Indian culture and lifestyle further and ensure your days remain action-packed! Examples will include watching a Bollywood movie, partaking in a pottery class and enjoying a cooking lesson.

Day 6 - Old Delhi

It’s time for our first full day of exploring as we head into Old Delhi. The walled city of Old Delhi is always fast-paced so we will need to make sure to keep up with the buzzing locals.

 

We will first visit The Red Fort, a historic fort which housed emperors for over 200 years. We will stroll the grounds and take in the overwhelming sites of Delhi’s most famous landmark.

 

Our next temple of the trip will be the Hindu temple, Birla Mandir. This major Delhi monument is home to some of the most beautiful buildings we will see on this trip.

 

We will finish the day at 7 wonders of world park. Make sure you bring your camera, as in just one park we will get to see all 7 wonders of the world! Maybe not the real ones, but this park holds replicas of all 7 famous monuments, and it is all made out of scrap and recycled material. So, snap away and enjoy these iconic buildings. We will return back to the accommodation in time for the evening meal.

Day 7 - New Delhi

We will wake up bright and early as we head back into Delhi. It’s out with the old and in with the new as today we take in a full day exploring New Delhi. We will have breakfast at the accommodation and drive around 1 hour to get into the hustle and bustle of the capital. The day will include famous sites around the city.

 

Our first stop will be the Lodhi Gardens, one of Delhi’s most picturesque parks. We’ll get a chance to stroll around the beautiful grounds exploring the famous tombs or kick back and enjoy the incredible buildings such as the beautiful dome building. Across the day we will also make our way to the imposing India Gate located in the heart of New Delhi. The Arc de Triomphe-style gate commemorates the Indian soldiers that lost their lives in the First World War.

 

We’ll also visit Humayun’s Tomb, a splendid site built-in memory of Emperor Humayun. Learn about the life of the Emperor as we explore the grounds and get an insight into the history of the country.

 

Our final stop of the day will be the Gandhi Museum, where we will learn about the life and principles of the famous Mahatma Gandhi. Get an insight into the man who led India into independence. Learn about his teachings that altered the whole country into what it is today.

 

We will return to the accommodation for dinner and have the rest of the evening free to ensure you have some time to relax after our hectic couple of days in the crazy capital.

Days 8-9 - Hospital Placement & Surgery Observation

After two days full of sightseeing and exploring, it’s time to continue our medical volunteer placements in Faridabad. Students will head to a local hospital in the Faridabad districts and spend time shadowing doctors and nurses. More specifically, students will be able to observe, ask questions and gain unique exposure from the healthcare professionals as they carry out health checks during their daily rounds across a range of departments. Examples include ultrasound, paediatrics, ophthalmology, non-urgent care and theatre.

 

You will continue your afternoons at the hospital. Activities can usually be quieter than the mornings, but the hope is there will be some surgeries to observe as the day goes on. Naturally, we cannot guarantee what specific surgeries will take place or what time they will be. However, our team have great relationships with the hospital staff. As a result, when surgeries do take place then it is guaranteed that students will be welcome to observe and gain a unique experience.

 

In any case, it can be a real eye-opening experience to see the difference between hospitals in India compared to those at home. Students can choose to spend more time in departments that they have a specific area of interest in. Cultural activities will continue in the evenings with a yoga class and a Bollywood dance class.

Days 10-11 - Slum Outreach Health Campaigns & GP Clinic

It’s time to head back into the Faridabad communities, as we extend our health campaigns to provide free primary healthcare to other slum communities of Faridabad. Extending on the work we do in the Eco-School Slum Clinic and the learnings developed here, we will expand the health camps to other poor communities of Faridabad. The exact location of the slums we support and set up the medical camp in will be dictated by those that have the greatest need at the time.

 

Expect to be busy and take lots of experiences in quickly as we would anticipate over 100 patients each morning benefiting from the health campaign service. The core provision of these health campaigns remains to offer primary healthcare and medical check-ups to members of local slum communities. Local doctors will be in place to lead the campaign and supervise the students. Although resources may be more limited than at the Eco-School Slum Clinic, our team will supply the relevant medical supplies and equipment needed.

 

Students will continue to have the opportunity to undertake basic hands-on involvement at the health campaigns. The range of health conditions you will encounter in the slums is vast. Students are encouraged to embrace all of the learning opportunities that will come their way.

 

Afternoons will be spent working alongside a local doctor at a GP Clinic. Students will spend a couple of hours each afternoon assisting in carrying out basic health checks on members of the local community in a bustling street market. The doctor speaks good English so will be able to explain each consultation to you and answer any questions that you may have.

Days 12-13 - Jaipur - The Pink City, Stairwells & Temples

After the final days of volunteering in Faridabad, it will be time to travel and explore the world-famous India golden triangle, starting with Jaipur. We will be leaving early in the morning as the drive to Jaipur from Faridabad is approximately 5 hours.

 

We’ll kick off the trip with an early departure from the accommodation as we make the long drive to Jaipur. The first port of call in the pink city will be the visit to the Amber Fort, the former palace of the Kachchawahs. Amber Fort sits on a hilltop and faces out over the Maota Lake. It’s a truly beautiful sight to behold.

 

We will then travel onto the Albert Hall Museum, Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal (a palace located in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city). Take the evening to rest up and relax as we have another full day of exploring Jaipur to follow after a good nights sleep!

 

Day 12 provides another exciting opportunity to explore the famous pink city further. After breakfast, it’s time to begin our day of exploration before we head to Agra.

 

We will begin at Charan Mandir, an ancient Hindu temple, dedicated to the honour of Lord Krishna. Built like a mini fortress, and located deep within the forest, the temple was created before Jaipur was even established. It is believed that Lord Krishna once stepped through the grounds of the temple! Not only does this temple represent a significant place of worship, but it also offers a stunning panoramic view of the city and surrounding forests.

 

Our second stop of the day is to Chand Baori Stepwell. This landmark is believed to be one of the oldest, and most picturesque in the region. Stepwells are pond-type structures, encased within a staircase enclosure. They are a type of storage tank, created with an intention to manage seasonal fluctuations in water availability by conserving water. In the past, Chand Baori was a hotspot for members of the Jaipur community during the heated summer months, who gathered together in an attempt to cool down by the waters.

 

Our final stop in Jaipur is Jagat Shiromani Temple, another Hindu temple, this time dedicated to the Hindu Gods of not only Krishna but Meera bai and Vishnu. We will then travel another 5 hours to the historic city of Agra in the evening where we will have dinner and get a good night’s sleep ready to be up early for the big day tomorrow.

Day 14 - The Taj Mahal & Agra Fort

Time to get up early for one of the most memorable days you will ever have, to explore one of the wonders of the world!

 

The Taj Mahal needs no introduction. Arguably the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal is the undoubted sightseeing highlight of any trip to India. We’ll be up bright and early as we make our way to the Taj Mahal for sunrise – epic photo opportunities guaranteed. An English speaking guide will teach us all about the story which inspired the building of the Taj Mahal and the tragedy involved in creating it.

 

We will then spend the rest of the day exploring Agra Fort nearby and its historic fort. The Agra Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site not to be missed and is more informally described as ‘the walled city’.

 

After a full morning at the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, we’ll get something to eat, go round one of the local markets and then head back to the accommodation after what has been an action-packed weekend trip in the North of India!

 

We will return to the accommodation in the evening time. Use your final night in India to reflect on what an amazing 2 weeks it has been.

Day 15 - Farwell Faridabad & Hometime

Sadly, all good things must come to an end as we spend our last day in Faridabad. There will be a chance to say final farewells at the Eco-School Slum Clinic, have one last supper with the team and head to the market for any last-minute souvenirs.

 

Our team will transfer you back to Delhi International Airport in good time for your return flight home. It’s been a great two weeks!

ACCOMMODATION - HOTELS

 

During your group trip to India, you will predominantly stay in hotel-style accommodation. All accommodation is comfortable, secure and vetted. The first hotel is located in Faridabad, where the medical volunteer placements will take place. This will be the base of your stay across your 2 weeks in India. You will be located in a peaceful and safe part of town.

 

Each room is provided with fans, bed linen and mosquito nets and will fit up to 8 people per room (same-sex). Group leaders will have their own separate rooms. There are communal areas for students to relax and play games in. There is also a kitchen with a refrigerator to store any items you need to keep chilled.

 

You will have cupboard space to store clothes and accessories; we encourage you to bring some small padlocks/store any valuables with the local team. We will transport you via private transport to and from your medical project every day.

  • FANS, MOSQUITO NETS & BEDDING ALL PROVIDED
  • LOCAL LAUNDRY SERVICES AVAILABLE & WESTERN STYLE BATHROOM FACILITIES PROVIDED
  • ROOMS ARE SINGLE-SEX & GROUP LEADERS ARE PROVIDED WITH THEIR OWN ROOMS

 

Bathrooms are shared. Each bathroom has a shower and western style toilet. The water is cold but this shouldn’t be a problem as India is hot and humid all year round! A member of our local team will also live at the accommodation as well. This ensures you have round the clock support and security.

 

During the travelling aspect of the trip, you will stay in our partner hotels in the various places we will visit. This will include when exploring the Golden Triangle and spending 1 night in Jaipur and 1 night in Agra. You will share a room with fellow students and this will usually be up to six people per room (same-sex). All rooms will be fanned and have western bathrooms. The rooms are basic but very clean and comfortable. Group leaders will again be provided with their own rooms.

MEALS

You will be served three meals per day during your group medical trip to India. Meals will be provided at the accommodation in Faridabad when volunteering. Across the travelling days in India, there will be either buffet options or set menu options to choose from at local restaurants. Most meals are traditional Indian dishes. Typically, these are made up of vegetarian ingredients. Our team do their best to ensure that dishes are not too spicy, however, remain flavoursome.

  • EXPERIENCE THE UNIQUE TASTES OF TRADITIONAL INDIAN CUISINE
  • WESTERN DISHES WILL BE OCCASSIONALLY PROVIDED ACROSS THE TRIP ITINERARY
  • VEGETARIAN OPTIONS ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE TRIP

 

Indian cuisine consists of a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to the Indian subcontinent. Biryani is one of the most famous foods in India. It is a mixed rice dish. All meals will be freshly-prepared each day. On occasion, the local team will prepare western dishes, such as pasta and vegetarian burgers. It’s best to avoid tap water in India. Bottled water is available everywhere.

 

Here is an example of the meals you can expect:

* Please note our local team will do their best to cater for all dietary requirements. Any dietary requirements will be requested by the PMGY team in advance of your group trip arrival into India. Such details will be forwarded to the local team, but it is a good idea for the relevant staff/student to re-iterate any dietary requirements to the local team on arrival into the country.

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TRIP COSTS

DURATION

PROGRAM FEE

TRIP DEPOSIT FEE

TOTAL

15 days
825 USD
249 USD
1,074 USD

* These fees apply to each individual student.

 

In order to confirm your group trip to India with PMGY, you need to pay a trip deposit fee of 249 USD for each student. The remaining Program Fee of 825 USD per student is then due no less than 60 days prior to your India trip start date. During this period if you need to make a change to your trip (destination, itinerary or trip numbers) then we will aim to facilitate this without any administration fees. Furthermore, we are happy to facilitate an instalment payment option should this be more beneficial for your group.

 

Payments can be made via bank transfer and PMGY will create and send the invoices and payment receipt details once the trip numbers are confirmed. Alternatively, we can establish payment links directly through our website using all major debit and credit cards. We will outline instructions to make payment in our email communication with you. Please note credit card payments are subject to a 3% additional fee to cover the bank charges that PMGY incur.

  • GROUP LEADERS TRAVEL FREE FOR EVERY 10 STUDENTS THAT SIGN UP
  • THE TOTAL FEE FOR EACH STUDENT IS GREAT VALUE, TRANSPARENT AND FULLY INCLUSIVE
  • ONLY A SMALL TRIP DEPOSIT FEE PER STUDENT IS REQUIRED TO MAKE YOUR TRIP HAPPEN

 

The prices are based on group numbers of 20+ and do not include flights or insurance (these can be arranged separately through PMGY). For every 10 participants, we are able to provide 1 free spot for the staff or academic leaders. Consequently, no trip deposit fee or Program Fee will be required for each staff or academic leader participant on the trip.

 

Included in the Fees – 2 x pre-departure briefing sessions, financial protection, airport transfers, private transportation across India and to/from project, 3 meals a day, all accommodation, volunteer placements, medical donations, travel activities including all applicable entrance fees, cultural activities, 24/7 International & Indian based support, extensive pre-departure support opportunities, PMGY India t-shirt and an International Certificate of Completion. (Group leaders will receive all of these inclusions complimentary).

   
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • ACCOMMODATION (HOTELS)YES
  • MEALS (BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER) YES
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS (24 HOURS)YES
  • IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATIONYES
  • PRIVATE TRANSPORT THROUGHOUTYES
  • MEDICAL PLACEMENTSYES
  • TRAVEL ACTIVITIES & ENTRANCE FEESYES
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIESYES
  • PMGY INDIA T-SHIRTYES
  • 24 HOUR IN-COUNTRY SUPPORTYES
  • 24 HOUR EMERGENCY SUPPORT YES
  • PMGY GROUP SPECIALIST CONTACT YES
  • PRE-DEPARTURE SUPPORT MEETINGS YES
  • INFORMATION SESSIONS YES
  • VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK YES
  • 100% FINANCIAL PROTECTIONYES
  • REGULAR PROGRAM INSPECTION YES
  • FREE GROUP LEADER SPOTS YES
  • CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONYES

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • FLIGHTS TO DELHINO
  • TRAVEL INSURANCENO
  • SPENDING MONEYNO
  • VISANO