Global Community Health Exchange Program

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The Global Community Health Exchange Program is a great opportunity for JJVS to showcase our work in the promotion of local health workers, Gunis, and to expose traditional tribal practices to a broader international audience. The tour involves visiting Traditional Medicine Facilities, Medicinal Forestry Tours, general sightseeing, and several village visits to Guni clinics around Udaipur. Participants are invited to interact and exchange knowledge with the Gunis and staff whilst learning about the health concerns and traditional treatment practices, such as bone-setting and herbal prescriptions, that currently exist in the area. Participants will also be involved in several health camps during the tour and are invited to exchange knowledge and treatments to Gunis and patients. This exchange runs directly in line with JJVS’s mandate to provide the best care for patients by offering a range of integrative health options.

JJVS’s work is spread over 130 villages in selected tribal blocks of Southern Rajasthan. We have 20 full-time employees and several part-time staff, with field knowledge and specialization in Agriculture, Ayurveda, Myotherapy, Forestry & Environmental sciences, Finance, and more. Most of our team members have 20-25 years of grass-root experience working amongst the community. We have a well-furnished administrative office and guesthouse in Udaipur and 3 field offices with basic facilities.

This is a unique opportunity for travelers to learn firsthand about the daily struggles that families and communities face in accessing quality healthcare as well as learning about AYUSH and Traditional Medicine Practices in rural India. Our tour blends comfort, adventure, cultural and knowledge exchange, and offers Health Practitioners from all disciplines a chance to experience and understand the health situation in India.

Catered for groups of 8-12 people, these tours run throughout the year and can be accommodate University groups, Associations, and individuals. Our team in Australia and India provides detailed logistical support and accompany you throughout your in-country journey. Tour prices are inclusive of accommodations, local transport, most sight-seeing, meals and drinking water. For groups, package deals can be arranged to include flight and visa costs.

Please enquire by sending us an email at jagranudr@gmail.com for more information.

Sample Itinerary

Day Programme Details *
Day 1
  • Arrival Day
  • Lecture on JJVS Health and Work Sites (2 Hours)
Day 2
  • Orientation Day
  • Lecture on Guni Medicine (3 Hours)
Day 3
  • Lecture on Indian Traditional Medicine (3 Hours)
  • Health Camp: Clinical Observation of Gunis and Doctors (4 Hours)
Day 4
  • Health Camp: Clinical Observation of Gunis and Doctors
Day 5
  • Clinical Practical with Myotherapists and Ayurveda Doctor
Day 6
  • Naturopath Hospital visit with Naturopathic and Ayurveda Doctors (2 Hours)
  • Lecture on Ayurveda Medicine (3 hours)
Day 7
  • Ayurveda Hospital visit with Naturopathic and Ayurveda Doctors (3 hours)
  • Lecture on Ayurveda Medicine (3 hours)
Day 8
  • Student placement at Naturopath and Ayurveda Hospitals to observe Doctors/Patients and do rounds with medical students. (6 hours)
Day 9
  • Rest Day
Day 10
  • Homeopathic College (including lecture) visit with Homeopathic and Ayurveda Doctors (3- 4 hours)
  • Lecture on Ayurveda Medicine (3 hours)
Day 11
  • Sight Seeing
  • Lecture on Medicinal Plants (1-2 Hours)
  • Lecture on Indian Health System given by Doctor (3 hours)
Day 12
  • Lecture on Ayurveda and TCM Tongue Diagnosis (2 Hours)
  • Field visit
Day 13
  • Clinical and Practical with Myotherapist and Ayurveda Doctor on PSM and Digestive issues, diagnosis, protocol, treatments, and associated massages
  • Lecture given by Medical students as part of their education program (2-3 hours)
Day 14
  • Reflection and Rest Day
Day 15
  • Farewell and Drop off at Airport

*Program subject to change due to cultural, seasonal and festival activities.

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Policies

These guidelines support a deeper cultural experience while providing safety and security to both to interns and volunteers during their time at Jagran. They also help to ensure the longevity and success of the international intern/volunteer programs for the future.

You are expected to abide by JJVS policies and guidelines at all times. Should any problems arise, interns and volunteers are expected to address them first with their project coordinator(s). Failing to adhere to any of these policies, your project coordinator will determine the appropriate course of action.

Failure to abide by the policies of JJVS may result in expulsion from the program. Should an intern be expelled from the program, he or she is responsible for all costs associated with the remainder of his or her stay as well as the cost of his or her subsequent departure from India.

Respect Jagran staff and property

Be aware you are entering into someone’s workplace. Jagran staff are happy to share their space with you, so please be polite to staff and respect office property. Jagran is a non-government charitable organization and it not able to provide unlimited resources.

No alcohol or illicit drug taking

It is expected that interns or volunteers do not drink alcohol or use illicit drugs during their time at JJVS. There are areas of India where alcohol is banned. Harsh penalties exist in India for drug users and the following drugs are illegal: heroin, cannabis, opium, hashish, amphetamine, ecstasy, LSD.

Eating in the workplace

For religious and cultural reasons, the staff at JJVS do not consume meat. Please abstain from bringing meat onto the JJVS offices, including the main office in Udaipur and all field offices.

There are several places in Udaipur, particularly in the Old City, which are tourist friendly and serve meat. However, you are advised to eat meat with caution, as non-vegetarian food is uncommon in India and may not be hygienically prepared. Feel free to ask your project coordinator(s) for recommendations of safe, non-veg restaurants.

Remove your shoes before entering into a group eating area.

Wash hands before and after cooking and eating.

Clothing and Presentation

Pyjama suits (Punjabi or Salwar Kameez) are available in local bazaars around Udaipur. Short or three quarter sleeve tops reaching the knees combined with loose-fitting trousers covering the ankles is the most appropriate style for women.

A light-weight scarf draped over the chest area is an essential part of the Indian dress code for women. In Hindi the name for a woman’s scarf translates literally as ‘honor’. For men, collared shirts and long trousers are recommended. Hair should be groomed.

Safety

Do not walk in the dark after hours unless in a group. Although this area is very safe, you are advised to catch public transport. Arrange to be driven or escorted if you are unfamiliar with your destination.

Curfew

10pm is considered late in Udaipur and the gates at the office will be locked at this time. If you expect to be later, please advise your volunteer coordinator.

Relationships

Romance between intern/volunteers and staff or locals is not permitted and relations are to remain strictly professional.

Indian culture dictates that men and women do not look each other directly in the eye as it is considered flirtatious. This particularly applies when meeting tribal people and traditional Indians. However, in a professional working context it is appropriate.

When working closely with staff of the opposite sex, organize to have another volunteer or staff member with you. This helps to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings and protects everyone involved. False accusations can therefore be avoided.

Bad language is not permitted

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