DMU Square Mile India – A Germ’s Journey

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Undergraduate and postgraduate students from Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science and Nursing and Midwifery courses who are enrolled on modules where infection control is studied (including, but not exclusively PHAR1601, PHAR2601, PHAR3601, PHAR4601, PHCO1304) and third year Education studies students, MA Education Practice and PhD students are eligible to apply for this trip. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 20 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the groups.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


As part of DMU Square Mile India, current DMU students will travel alongside DMU Square Mile staff to Ahmedabad to volunteer together and make a difference.

A Germ’s Journey is a set of educational resources to teach children about health-hygiene in particular microbiology. The Germ’s Journey project has an impact on children’s lives, through facilitating effective health education and enhancing hand washing hygiene in young children, these skills can be lifesaving in India. The Germ’s Journey book which has been a great success in the UK has been re-developed into Gujarati and the images made to be culturally relevant.

This trip, is in part to launch the new “around the world resources” to enable greater public good in the area of health education, donating 900 books and other resources. We will also be working with the media in India to disseminate this project.

The students will be training teachers and community health workers in effective hand washing techniques and how to use the Germ’s Journey educational resources with children. The group will collaboratively work with a charity (Mavna Sadhna, Ghandi ashram ) & the ESI (Environmental Sanitation Institute, India) to meet WHO and UNESCO sustainable development goals, specifically to improve the quality of teaching.

Lastly we will be working with children in the slum community centre to create a hand washing song, this will include creating a musical performance that will be recorded and made into a media tool for teachers across India to use with children.

Cultural activities

During the trip students can use their free day to explore Ahmedabad, visit some of the beautiful temples, street markets  and historic sites, or volunteer with Manav Sadhna.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – DMU Square Mile will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Indian immigration requirements.

The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required. You must ensure that you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted on to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Most students will need a visa to visit India, and more information can be found on the website. Contact the High Commission of India to find out how to apply for a visa. The Square Mile Team will be able to help and advise with obtaining a visa.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 19 January 2019
  • Return date: Friday 25 January 2019
  • Overall estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £700
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food & drink, visa and vaccinations (£30)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am