I have never written a blog, but many people have requested documentation of my travels to India. So here you go!
My flight departs January 3rd from Atlanta, GA. I have an 11-hour layover in London where I plan on having some mini adventures drinking a pint or 2, eating fish and chips, seeing the Tower of London, riding the London Eye, and going out and about on one of those red double-decker buses. If I don't freeze...because its January in London....
I then fly from London to Delhi, India. I will be staying with a host family, most likely in the town of Faridabad (in the National Capital Region, close to Delhi). The house is said to have electricity and running water. I will be able to get wifi at internet cafes in the city, but I am not sure how often per week I will have that chance once work starts. I have not received my exact placement yet, but IVHQ partners with multiple hospitals in the NCR and does a few mobile clinics. I will be able to work within the scope of my certification, and the people who stay longer get to do even more things (which is good for me, since I am staying 5 months). I return to the US June 2nd.
I am still packing and making preparations. Thankfully, my passport was returned from the Indian Embassy with my visa, so I am good to go in that area. I need to get together a digestive first aid kit (not looking forward to "Delhi belly" with the way my GI tract behaves), and purchase some more scrubs.
For those interested, here is a link to IVHQ and what I will be doing in the Health Program. You can navigate the rest of the site as well to see the other programs offered and other countries they have programs in :) http://www.volunteerhq.org/volunteer-in-india-delhi