2017 NID INFORMATION
 
Sep 25, 2016
 
Dear Fellow Rotarians
 
Re:  16th Polio Eradication (NID) trip to India – January - February, 2017
 
District 5240 is putting together another team of Rotarians to India to participate in a NID (National Immunization Day) on January 29 - 30, 2017.
 
The trip will most likely start on January 23rd and end around Feb. 4th 2017.  Besides the activities on Jan. 29th, door to door immunization will be done over a few days starting on the 30th (we will do door to door immunization only for 1 day).  This will entail some long hours and lots of walking (which means you need to be in good shape, physically and mentally).
 
Here are some guidelines that will influence the selection process:
 
  1. Team size will be limited to constraints of our host Rotarians.
 
  1. A club sponsoring a participant can consider this as an international service project and should be prepared to explore worthy projects from the host districts in India.  It is strongly suggested that the team member makes a presentation to the club on their NID experience.
 
  1. Preference will be given to those who have not participated in previous NIDs.
 
  1. Team members must be in good physical and mental health considering the stress and strains of long flying time and a busy and hectic schedule while in India.  This requirement is very important.
 
  1. The District expects that the team members will become ambassadors of the Polio Eradication Program in their respective clubs and their local communities.
 
  1. A rough estimate of the total cost, including air travel, is around $3000-3500, ($600 out of this amount is required to be sent with the Participation Form).  This does not include any shopping sprees.  You can reduce your cost by sharing the hotel room with another team member.  Once we have the team finalized, you will get a copy of the participants with their contact information.  You can contact other people on the team and seek for roommates.
 
  1. We will have a day or so to do shopping and sightseeing in New Delhi.  We will also go to Agra for a day to see the Taj Mahal.
 
  1. Once we are in India, the team will be split into teams of 3-5 people and each team will go to different location.  Some internal travel will be involved which will be arranged by us.  Cost of that travel and the international travel is all inclusive in the total estimate.
 
  1. Please make sure that your passport is current and does not expire within 6 months of the trip completion.  Once we have the team in place, we will give you directions on how to obtain a Visa for India (you will need 2 passport size photos for this).
 
  1. One, 3 to 4 hour’s orientation program will be held on Jan. 8th , 2017 at my home, 655 Oldstone Place. Simi Valley, Ca, for education on polio and other cultural nuances.  It is mandatory to attend this session.
 
  1. Our role on this trip is three folds: (1) To boost the morale of the workers who have been doing this for many years and they are getting fatigued and tired, (2). To increase the visibility of the immunization program, and lastly, (3) get a chance to give oral polio drops to the children.
 
  1. Once the team is put together, you will be asked to send more funds/credit card info to purchase airline tickets.  You will be paying for the hotel stay directly to the hotel when we are in India.  Usually, our hosts will pay for our meals when we are in the field, but the meals taken in the hotel are paid by you.  We will complete all the accounting at the end of the trip and any refunds due will be sent  after we return.
 
  1. We will be making all the arrangements for air travel to India, travel within India and the hotel stay.
 
Please complete the attached forms (PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS TO THE LEFT TO DOWNLOAD FORMS) as early as possible and send to the address below but no later than Nov. 15th, 2016.  Please make sure that your Bio is more about Rotary and please don’t send me your resume.  I would prefer if the Bio is printed on the computer or typed.  Hand written Bios are very hard to read.  They will be sent to the hosts in India.  All the material should be sent to me together and not in installments.
 
Anil Garg
655 Oldstone Place
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Res      805 583 0246
Work 805 520 9790
Cell     805 300-9790
Fax      805 584 9790
E Mail : Anil.Garg@LPL.com