Hyderabad, India

Empowering Girls through Health Education

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Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 9 – 29, 2019 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 7 – 27, 2019 (3 weeks)


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Guide teen girls as they find their voices and chart their futures – and find your own path to enlightenment along the way.

Morning yoga and intercultural classes inspire you for your daily mission: teaching, learning, and making a tangible difference in the lives of marginalized teen girls eager to break through the constraints of traditional social norms. Here you’ll work with an innovative NGO called VOICE 4 Girls, which teaches life skills and spoken English through activity-based camps covering topics such as hygiene, puberty, sexual health and well-being.

This program has been recognized as an effective way to build confidence and communication skills – as well as a powerful preventative measure to stop cycles of poverty and inequality. Their goal? To educate one million girls by 2020.

In Hyderabad, you’ll see all sides of Indian life – from poverty to luxury, from traditional to ultramodern. During classes at the university, working onsite with the NGO, and back home in your hotel, you’ll bond with your all-female CIEE cohorts and reflect on your daily insights. Cultural activities and excursions will take you to amazing palaces, mosques and temples, and on a mesmerizing overnight train ride to Hampi – a UNESCO World Heritage site in Karnataka. What else will you do?

Dabble in henna design and Bollywood dance. Take Indian cooking classes in the Biryani capital of the world. Learn yoga at a whole new level – through morning instruction plus a day-long workshop. Savor some osmania biscuits with a cup of Irani chai, a classic Hyderabad tradition introduced by the Persians long ago.

For one week during the program, you’ll stay in a dorm on a boarding school campus in a rural village. Partnering with schools in regions where the female rural literacy is below the national average, VOICE 4 Girls is able to reach girls who need their services most.

Be a part of this growing movement and see how far it goes. Return home with 50+ hours of International Service Learning, a rare perspective and the intercultural experience of a lifetime.


The Take-Aways

  • Leadership

    Teach and mentor teen girls through activity-based camp programs and English conversation practice

  • Service

    Work with VOICE 4 Girls to educate adolescent girls on health topics, practical life skills and spoken English

  • Certificate

    A certificate of International Service Learning (50+ hours)

Location & Culture

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A hilly city on the banks of the Musi River known for its film and tech industries, historic mosques and palaces, and upscale restaurants.

The capital of the southern state of Telangana is less touristy than other major destinations in India, but is rich in culture. There are bustling markets and dozens of places to find delicious food, including Hyderabad’s signature dish biryani and haleem, a stew popular in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. Irani chai with osmania biscuits is the must-try combo at every market and café.

On your guided city tour you’ll visit famous Hyderabadi monuments, including Charminar, a majestic 16th century mosque set above the city’s main marketplace, and Chowmahalla Palace, an ornate architectural landmark with 19 huge chandeliers in the throne room alone. With so many historic sites, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Your tour also features: Mecca masjid, a massive mosque containing bricks made of soil from the holy site; the Qutb Shabi tombs, one of the most significant Islamic sites in India, and the adjacent Golkonda (“round shaped hill”) fort, excavation site of the Koh-i-Noor and Hope diamonds; Birla Temple, built of nearly 2,000 tons of white marble; and Salar Jung Museum, one of only three national museums in India.

In Hyderabad you’ll live in a hotel or service apartment. You’ll eat breakfast in the hotel and lunch at the NGO or a local restaurant. For dinner you’ll either head back to the hotel or go out with group to explore a range of different restaurants. Lentils, rice, potatoes, chickpeas, vegetables and yogurt are the mainstays, but some restaurants offer South Indian meals like biryani with meat and seafood as well. Popular foods include the crepe-like dosa, stuffed paratha bread, samosas and poori (puffed rotis deep fried in oil).

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blogs.

  • Housing

    Hotel in Hyderabad for the first two weeks and dorm in the village for the final week.

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members


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Activities & Excursions


  • Get an inside view on a guided tour covering the culture, history, and food of Hyderabad.
  • Take classes in Bollywood dance, henna design, and Indian cooking.
  • Learn the ropes at morning yoga classes – then master your poses at an all-day yoga workshop.
  • Bike through the city’s scenic, tree-lined cycle park – chances are you’ll spot a peacock!
  • Attend a music concert and check out the local farmers’ market.
  • Go rock climbing or get your thrills on the Tarzan swing at Deccan Trails adventure park.
  • Tour Ramoji Film City, the world’s largest film studio. (Like Universal Studios, it has rides too!)
  • Practice your bargaining skills while shopping for bangles and handicrafts at the vast Shilparamam market.
  • Volunteer with the Akshay Patra Foundation, helping to wash rice and prepare lunch for local schools.


Take a once-in-a-lifetime train journey past mountains and magical scenery to Hampi – a famous UNESCO World Heritage site. See ancient ruins, temples, shrines, mandapas and royal and sacred complexes comprising more than 500 monuments. Visit the bazaar and take in the local Karnataka food and folk dance. 

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program only open to female participants
  • Program open to current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insureance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


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Start Date

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Summer Session I 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 9, 2019 Jun 29, 2019


Summer Session II 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 7, 2019 Jul 27, 2019


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