Volunteer for Medical Care in Faridabad, India

Faridabad, India Health & Medicine

Program

Description

Travel to India and gain experience and insight into local healthcare practices with Plan My Gap Year! Based in Faridabad, you will work at one of PMGY’s free medical camps in a slum community, operating through a network of hospitals. If you are a medical or nursing student, or even just have an interest in medical care, this is a great opportunity to gain experience in the following areas:

- Accident and Emergency

- Anaesthetics

- Dentistry

- General Surgery

- Maternity and Midwifery

- Nursing

- Obstetrics and Gynecology

- Occupational Therapy

- Ophthalmology

- Pediatrics

- Pathology

- Physiotherapy

- Ultrasound

If you do not have adequate medical or healthcare experience, you will take on a more observational, rather than hands-on, role in your volunteer program. In addition to working or observing in a clinic setting, you will have the chance to engage in health outreach campaigns within the community.

Impact

During your stay in India, you will learn about local medical and healthcare practices, assist when possible on basic checkups and other tasks, and participate in health education and outreach campaigns. All of this is incredibly important to ensuring the local slum community has access to basic healthcare rather than suffering from common illnesses and diseases. While the hands-on work that you assist with is dependent on your background, length of stay in India, and the doctor supervising you, you at least will be able to develop new skills and learn more about medical and healthcare for vulnerable people in great need.

Field conditions

There are several different placements through PMGY’s India Medical Volunteering program, including the following:

Eco School Slum Clinic: This clinic operates year-round and is a great program for volunteers who do not have background experience in medicine or healthcare. At this placement, you will have the opportunity to observe and assist with basic tasks such as taking vitals and treating minor wounds with supervision from a local doctor. This free clinic sees 20 to 50 patients per day, and is the main access point for basic healthcare treatments for the local community.

Hospital Shadowing: On this program, you will shadow a doctor at one of several hospitals in PMGY’s network, including the Royal Hospital, the Ghal Hospital, and an eye care hospital. Here, you may observe surgeries and assist with basic health checks on patients.

Government Hospital Lab: As a volunteer, you will work with a health assistant whose role is to carry out pregnancy checks, urine glucose levels, blood type tests, hemoglobin tests, and other work - you also may have the chance to visit a labor ward.

GP Clinic: You will shadow a local doctor carrying out basic health checks in the morning or late evening.

Slum Outreach Health Campaigns: One of PMGY’s medical volunteer placements gets you involved in educating slum communities about healthcare practices, and offering primary healthcare and medical checkups. Medical and pre-med students on this program may learn basic skills such as taking blood pressure, checking blood sugar, and helping doctors with seeing patients. The goal for this program is to develop these monthly camps into a permanent clinic to provide healthcare and checkups for locals.

Your level of involvement on any of these programs is dependent on your background experience, length of the program, and the discretion of the doctor who is mentoring you during your volunteer program.

Arrival and orientation

This program starts on Sundays. You will arrive to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on your selected start date, and be greeted by a local staff member or appointed driver holding a sign with your name on it. From there, you’ll head to the volunteer house in Faridabad, where you will get settled in before starting your volunteer program.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

The volunteer house that you’ll stay in during your time in India is in central Faridabad, 15 miles from Delhi - here you’ll find restaurants, convenience stores, and ATMs within walking distance. You will live with other fellow volunteers and a host family that coordinates PMGY’s projects in India. The house is basic but comfortable, and can accommodate up to seven people per same-sex room. Bed linens, fans, and wifi are provided - wifi access may be intermittent. The house also has a communal area and facilities to hand-wash and dry clothes. Laundry service is also provided for a small fee. PMGY will take you to and from your volunteer project each day.

June through September are PMGY’s busiest volunteer months, so you may be placed at an alternative location such as a nearby guest house or a different volunteer house. You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day at the volunteer house. Breakfast usually consists of cereal, milk, bread, jams, fruit, and juice; lunch can include mixed rice, vegetables, curries, chapati, or omelette; and dinner can consist of pasta, noodles, samosas, and soup.

Location

Volunteers will stay in a volunteer house.

Cost

from $290 USDper week

from $290 USDper week

Costs...

What’s included

  • Certificate of completion

  • Regular program inspection

  • 100% financial protection

  • Live pre-departure webinars

  • Comprehensive volunteer handbook

  • Unlimited email and telephone support

  • Dedicated pmgy travel mentor

  • 24-hour us-based emergency support

  • 24-hour in-country support

  • In-country orientation

  • Private transfer to and from the project site

  • Airport pickup

  • Meals

  • Accommodation at volunteer house

What’s not included

  • Criminal background check

  • Visa

  • Return airport transfer

  • Travel insurance

  • Airfare

Start dates

This program starts on the first and third Sunday of each month year-round.

Founded in 2011 by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Years works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact in the world. Our structured programs create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in your host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with them. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure their setup is safe and that their volunteers are making a positive impact. There is also a great social element to our programs. We put you in touch with all of your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way.

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