SRLC offers holistic, multi-pronged community support and it’s comprehensive development programs are powered by genuine empathy, love, and the care of highly motivated volunteers. SRLC constantly endeavors to deliver high-quality, charitable, and sustainable initiatives for the welfare of mankind, animals, and the environment.
Students and young adults have the unique opportunity to hone leadership skills and give back to their global community by participating in internships. Through this internship program, as students become embedded in a greater plan for change, global issues that were once remote become tangible, and distant concepts turn into people with faces, names, and stories. Working side by side with other volunteers and partners, students become engaged in understanding how the service they provide accelerates critical, community-led initiatives. Many of our alumni leave our programs valuing the time they spent on service sites most.
As a non-profit with ever changing needs, SRLC offers a flexible program that can be customized based on the interests of the intern.
Shrimad Rajchandra Mahila Gruha Udyog Or the Women’s Co-Op is centered around empowering rural women by providing them with employment opportunities leading to social acceptance and financial independence. As the co-op continues to grow, interns help with market studies for expansion, product development, increasing capacity, cost savings strategy, streamline operations etc.
Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital is a charitable, multi-specialty hospital located in Dharampur that offers a wide range of services and uses high-quality medical technology rarely seen in rural hospitals. SRH is one of the best-equipped hospitals in the area, and the Government of Gujarat has designated it as a First Referral Unit (FRU) in the Valsad district. Medical Interns would get an opportunity to work with unique cases and have a huge, hands-on impact on the lives of hundreds, who otherwise would lack access to great medical care. Medical Interns could learn more about processes and procedures in India and could help improve processes.
SRLC has implemented multiple green initiatives with the Water Conservation Program, the Grow Green Drive, and the Alternative Energy Program. Interns work on sustainability solutions for improved farming, agriculture, transportation and alternate energy source studies.
SRLC celebrates experiential learning through immersion, cross-cultural exchange, and guided reflection. Students participate in interactive experiences that help them explore diverse cultures, arts, value systems, and histories in ways that no textbook could convey. The program welcomes high engagement, critical thinking, and a willingness to see the world through different perspectives.
In the past, SRLC has hosted individuals from Stanford University (California) and Université Laval (Canada). Below we have included descriptions of what their students have worked on in conjunction with SRLC.
Nestled on a quiet hill in the outskirts of the town of Dharampur in Southern Gujarat, and spread over a lush expanse of 223 acres, the spiritual sanctuary is a vibrant center of activity dedicated to the pursuit of a higher existence. The facilities boast of comfortable, safe, accommodations, lecture halls, places of meditation, gardens, and more.
Residents range from youth to elders, all with a variety of backgrounds (students, doctors, professionals, etc.). The Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital is conveniently located within 2 miles and cars are available to transport interns to the various areas. Wholesome, nutritious vegetarian meals are served daily in the dining hall, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Vegan food is also available.
As a part of the internship program and fees, transportation and accommodation are included.
In April 2018, a team of 4 medical professionals from Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford, USA, visited Dharampur to train senior nurses and doctors of Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital (SRH). The one-week training was followed by a State-Level Neonatology Symposium. Delegates were mainly pediatricians, heads of government hospital NICU programs.
A team of six from Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford, USA also visited Dharampur in February 2019 to provide advanced training to senior nurses and doctors of SRH. This was followed by a second Annual State Level Symposium.
Two medical students, Emily Han Singer and Edouard Roy, worked with Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital, for an internship program, conducted in Dharampur for nine weeks, starting June 25, 2018.
In 2019, Laval planned an internship program for five students (three resident family doctors and two medical students). Of these:
Through these internships, Université Laval provided its healthcare professionals with insights and a deeper understanding of diseases and health-related problems, while getting them involved in the communities they served.