Enshrined in the values of Satya (truthfulness), Ahimsa (Non Violence), Seva (Service) and Tyaga (Sacrifice), Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) is engaged in building a new civil society in India through its grassroots to policy-level action in Health, Education and Community Development sectors. SVYM is rendering its service to the rural, tribal and marginalized community in Karnataka from the past 3 decades.
Vivekananda Institute of Indian Studies (VIIS) an initiative of Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement is a global initiative to build thought leaders in the social space through exposure to the Indian context and value perspectives.
Through our years of research and analysis, we create bespoke offerings of educational courses, field trips and hands on learning that take students through an scintillating journey of Indian Immersion.
Hear what they say
Thank you so much for everything. You made us feel SVYM like a second home! I am so blessed and grateful to have had this opportunity with you all and I’m so so so sad to leave. Thank you!!! India is such a beautiful place filled with amazing people. The culture is so rich and I can’t wait to tell people back home about how amazing it is. I cannot wait to come back! I’m going to miss India very very much.Helen Heyer Walsh - University of Minnesota
It's hard to encapsulate my impressions of India without writing many pages - to keep it short my stay has been fantastic and I would love to come back to explore more of the country. The people, culture, food, and scenery has been excellent and I would not change many things about my experience here.Dawson Cooper - University of Minnesota
India is so rich in culture, diversity, and very welcoming. I hope to tell people back at home about my experience here. Even though I faced challenges and experience culture shock, overall, I have a good impression about India and it's history.Lillian Chen - University of Minnesota
I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity to experience a little bit of Indian culture and to have learned about a non-Western country’s perspective on health!Emma Norton, Allegheny College
I think that working hard and trying my best to understand expectations in a calm, direct way is a big take away. I would like to pursue a major in psychology along with my global health major now.Blair Proteau, Allegheny College
Some of my most memorable experiences include the mobile health unit and having tea in a tea stall after going to a temple with community health workers and visiting a village.Emma Sillman, University of IOWA