Nursing in Ahmedabad, India

Ref: 10003131


Second and third year BSc Nursing students enrolled on the modules Professional Responsibility (NURS2000/NURS3000) are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

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


The population on Ahmedabad was 5,633,927 in 2011 and about 34% of the population lives slums or chawls. There are approximately 700 slum settlements in Ahmedabad which house near to 2 million people. Slums are the product of broken down village life. The irregularity of rain, prevalence of unemployment, the caste system, the appeal of city life, and a lack of facilities are some of the factors that lead people to migrate from their villages to urban spaces. These spaces are congested, unhealthy, and lack basic health and education amenities. People in these settlements earn their incomes by driving rickshaws, rag picking, cleaning homes, shining shoes, and working as potters or day labourers. Despite government efforts to improve the standard of living in these communities, problems with addiction, health issues, superstitions, backward traditions, high-interest loans and illiteracy, leads to a cycle of despair and poverty for some slumdwellers.

Manav Sadhna are a charity based in Ahmedabad who work with some of these communities to promote the values and teachings of Gandhi and provide education and awareness among the children and women, hoping to eradicate many of the challenges the residents face so that they may become more empowered to change and uplift their standard of living. Students on this trip will have the opportunity to work with these communities getting the chance to practice the skills and knowledge acquired on their nursing course, learning about health inequalities from a global perspective. Previous students who have attended this trip found it to be truly transformational in their learning and development.

Cultural activities

There will be opportunities for students to participate in cultural activities throughout the trip organised by DMU Square Mile India (pre-booking will be required). Students will also be encouraged to independently visit cultural sights and points of interest – details of which will be shared in a volunteering handbook, provided to all participants. On the last day, a farewell dinner will also be organised at the Seva Café, a payforward café ran by Manav Sadhna.

Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation will be booked by DMU Square Mile India for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the remaining amount following confirmation of their place. The #DMUglobal bursary will be deducted from the cost of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Indian immigration requirements. Most students will require a tourist visa. Some nationalities qualify for an e-visa, a list of nationalities that qualify for an e-visa application can be found here . For nationalities that do not qualify for an e-visa, please note that application times and cost may vary and do not guarantee that a visa will be granted in time.

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, including visa drop-in sessions to complete the e-visa application

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 23 November 2019
  • Return date: Saturday 30 November 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel, accommodation: £900
  • Students will also be required to pay for: cultural activities, food & drink and visa
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: Wednesday 29 May 2019 9am