Healing Little Hearts – Square Mile India

Opportunity type:

Ref: SQM-R1-003-2018


Students studying in 2nd/3rd year on Photography & Video, Children’s Nursing and Marketing related programmes are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The minimum number of students for this trip to go ahead will be five. DMU staff will be accompanying the groups.

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


Healing Little Hearts  was launched in 2007 providing Free Heart Surgery to children who need it the most. They send teams of medical specialists to perform lifesaving heart surgery in centres including in India, each team stays for one week and operates on between 10-12 children per trip. They also train junior doctors and nurses in children’s heart care with the eventual aim of helping the centres to become more self-sustaining. Working in partnership with the charity students will be travelling to India to attend a child heart surgery camp. This trip is open to Photography & Video, Nursing and Marketing students as there will be some tasks to complete as part of the trip. Photography & Video students will be required to produce a video that promotes the work that Healing Little Hearts does. Marketing students will use this video to create a marketing campaign and Nurses will be able to observe and assist the heart camps and provide assistance where appropriate.

NOTE: Photography & Video students will be required to submit a short show reel highlighting their video skills (max 4 mins). This will need to be submitted to Martin Shakeshaft via mshakeshaft@dmu.ac.uk or on memory stick to VPDW 4.53.

Cultural activities

Students will be accompanied by a member of De Montfort University staff and the Healing Little Hearts team and will be able to take part in cultural activities of their choice. This may include visits to temples, markets and other cultural sites. There will also be cultural activities embedded into daily activities.

Travel and accommodation

Flights and accommodation for this opportunity will be booked by DMU Square Mile.

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 gov.uk 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 3 November 2018
  • Return date: Saturday 10 November 2018
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation and UK and in-country transfers: £900
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Square Mile India bursary: £100
  • Healing Little Hearts bursary: £400
  • Students will be required to pay for their Visa (approximately £60) and food and drink.
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED