Yuva for Sewa Internship in Bengaluru, India


By Sai Khisty
HOUSTON: I write this as a reflection of my summer in the beautiful city of Bengaluru (in the state of Karnataka, India), working for an NGO called Youth for Seva (YFS). This experience had many flavors weaving in and out of each other, creating a rich and vibrant combination.

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I chose to do this internship with a team called “Doctors for Seva”, the health initiative of Youth for Seva in Bengaluru. The program is focused primarily on raising awareness and accessibility to public health services for marginalized slum populations and students of government schools. For my first taste of Doctors for Seva in action, I accompanied a team of volunteers to a small village near the city of Tumkur (about a 3 hour drive away from Bengaluru). The schedule for the day included a corporate-sponsored school kit distribution carried out by corporate volunteers from Dell. In addition, the DFS initiative for the day was a female menstrual hygiene awareness workshop.
I was fortunate to have been connected with Indian and Swiss interns from whom I was exposed to the status of health care policy and delivery in a spectrum of global environments. I also represented the US in two scholarly panels conducted in medical colleges.
And for those of you reading, I urge you to travel. Measure your knowledge in the amount of places you’ve visited, the people you’ve met, and the experiences you’ve been immersed in. Travel is a beautiful catalyst for personal growth and ultimately aids us in making optimum contributions to our global society.
Log on to http://www.sewausa.org/yuva-sewa-appeal for more information. Interested candidates, can apply online @ http://www.sewausa.org/yuva-sewa-2013, the applications are accepted on rolling basis, final deadline being April 15, 2014. Sooner you apply sooner you get the decision.
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