Medical Internship Abroad in Delhi, India

Delhi, India

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Volunteering Solutions

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  • From $790 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 12 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 And Older

Description

Overview

The Medical Internship in India is a specialized volunteer opportunity for students who are studying in the field of medicine. The program is designed to give students an in-depth look at what it’s like working in a hospital, and you'll get hands-on experience interacting with patients and medical staff at the hospital in Delhi. Regardless of whether you're pre-med or in medical or nursing school, this medical internship promises to be a fun, rewarding, and informative experience that will help set the foundation for your future medical career. Not only will this volunteer program offer you a unique chance to get real medical experience before most of your peers, but it will also provide you with a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, explore India, and immerse yourself in a new culture.

As a volunteer medical intern, you'll be paired with a nurse or doctor at a large full-service hospital in South Delhi. You'll spend your time shadowing and observing your designated medical professional, while also performing basic assistance work. The hospital you'll be volunteering at has a good infrastructure for patient care, excellent facilities, and multiple departments, including:

· Emergency and critical care

· Pharmacy, blood bank, and laboratory

· Radiology and imaging

· Inpatient and general wards

· Occupational therapy and physiotherapy

· Dialysis unit

· Orthopedics

· Nursing

· Obstetrics and Gynecology

You'll have the opportunity to put in a preference request that lists up to four departments where you'd be interested in volunteering and you may have a chance to rotate through some or all of these departments, depending on your internship period. Your daily routine will involve tasks like observing critical surgeries and operations, going on rounds with the doctor, performing routine checkups like measuring blood pressure and monitoring fevers, maintaining and updating files, and being present for the daily proceedings of the hospital.

You won’t, however, ever be put in a position where you're expected to perform or participate in a medical procedure you're not experienced with or qualified to conduct. Rather, the opportunities you'll have during your internship will include performing minor tasks based specifically on your individual education and experience. For example, if you're a pre-medical student, much of your time will be spent observing the hospital’s medical professionals. On the other hand, if you're in your third or final year of medical or nursing school and have had some related work experiences, you can expect some more hands-on opportunities, such as administering vaccinations and suturing wounds.

In general, volunteers follow the same daily schedule that includes breakfast around 8:30 a.m., placement at the hospital between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a break between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. for lunch, followed by dinner anytime after 6 p.m. It’s important to note, however, that each placement runs at a different pace and that medical staff schedules fluctuate, so it’s possible your daily routine may vary slightly. The volunteer coordinator and medical professionals at the hospital appreciate your patience and flexibility with scheduling changes.

You'll have evenings and weekends free to explore the city, visit the markets, check out the internet cafés, and dine in any of Delhi’s many restaurants. On the weekends, you'll also have plenty of opportunities to travel and see the surrounding areas, and can use the Travel Desk to book excursions and trips to nearby destinations, such as Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, or even Nepal.

Arrival and Orientation

You'll arrive in Delhi on a Sunday and will be met at the airport by a volunteer coordinator, who will also drive you to your accommodation. You'll have the rest of the day to familiarize yourself with the area and explore Delhi. On Monday, there will be a half-day orientation that will teach you all about the culture of India and Delhi, proper greetings, safety, how to get around the city, facility locations, basic language skills, appropriate behavior, and other things you'll need to know. After the orientation, the local coordinator will take you on a tour of the neighborhood to show you where things are, point out highlights, and mention things to do and see in the area.

Bonus week-long orientation: For volunteers who want a more enriched experience, you can sign up for the one-week language and culture orientation program, which will give you a chance to learn about the area and the people before getting started with your internship.

Accommodations

During your internship, you'll be staying at the volunteer house in South Delhi. The house is a neat and clean home away from home that’s fully equipped with all the modern amenities you'd expect, including filtered water, modern toilets, comfortable beds, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, air conditioning, on-demand water heaters, and more. Plus, the house is within 30 minutes of the hospital, meaning you can make it to and from your placement with ease each morning and evening. There are also a number of nearby amenities, including ATMs, restaurants, cafés, shopping areas, banks, and more.

You'll be provided with breakfast and dinner every day of the week, except Sunday (this is to encourage you to experience the local offerings). The in-home cooks at the volunteer base love to showcase the diverse flavors, aromas, and colors that make Indian food famous. Breakfast will include foods like paratha with butter, jam, and tea, dinner will include a variety of foods, such as roti bread, dal (lentils), curries, vegetables, rice, pickles, yogurt, and more.

Lunch isn't provided, but you can explore the different options that are close to the placement. The coordinators can show you some of the nearby favorites, where you'll be able to get a filling and delicious meal for as little as $3.

Field Conditions

The medical internship in India takes place in South Delhi, close to some of the best markets and areas in the city. July and August can be quite rainy, and it’s typically always hot no matter what time of year you visit. It’s important to bring lightweight and comfortable clothing, but you'll still want to wear long sleeves and long pants because some areas of Delhi are quite conservative.

Most of the locals speak English well, so you won’t run into many problems with language barriers. When you go shopping, don’t be afraid to bargain about prices; otherwise, you may end up paying a lot more than you have to for some things. Another important thing to know about Delhi is that sanitation isn't the best, so don’t drink the tap water unless it’s filtered, and wash your hands frequently to avoid getting sick. Other than that, everything you need for a comfortable stay will be provided, including accommodations, local travel, meals, and your trips to and from the airport.

Your Impact

Doctors, nurses, and medical staff all over the world are typically overworked and have too much on their plates, and the same is true in Delhi. During your internship, you'll be providing much-needed assistance to the hospital’s medical staff by helping them with daily administrative duties and other tasks. Along with freeing up time for them, this will also result in better patient care and an improved patient experience for those seeking treatment at the hospital.

The specialized Medical Internship in India is an invaluable experience for pre-med, medical, and nursing students. On top of gaining international exposure in the field of medicine, you'll also gain insight into new techniques, get hands-on experience with the daily operations of a hospital, and have an experience that will forever distinguish you from your peers.

Location

Delhi, India
  • Where you will be volunteering
    South Delhi, India

    Volunteers will be working in a hospital in the South Delhi region.

  • Where you'll be staying
    South Delhi, India

    Volunteers will be staying in a volunteer house.

  • Nearest Airport
    Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), Delhi

Cost

<p>The cost listed includes a $250 application fee.</p>

2 Weeks
12 Weeks
2 Weeks

$790 USD

What’s Included

  • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

  • Accommodation

  • Food (2-3 times a day)

  • Orientation

  • Pick up from the airport

  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from staff

What’s Not Included

  • Vaccinations

  • Visa Fees

  • Local Transportation

  • Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)

  • Airfare

Project Start Dates

Select Sundays year round.

Organization

Volunteering Solutions is a highly respected and accredited organization that coordinates volunteer abroad opportunities for high school students, individuals, couples, and even corporate groups. They’ve been running volunteer traveling programs since 2006, and in that time, they’ve helped more than 12,000 volunteers complete trips that have been life changing not only for them but also for the people they’ve helped. Volunteering Solutions operates in 19 countries, and provides over 100 types of volunteering and interning options in areas like child care, medical, education, conservation, community development, and much more. By coordinating volunteer efforts with local social welfare organizations around the world, Volunteering Solutions guarantees that your impact truly benefits the people you're there to help.

To help you get the most out of your journey, and to make the trip as safe and stress-free as possible, Volunteering Solutions takes care of the placement, accommodations, travel, meals, and security for each volunteer. That way, you're free to focus your attention on what's important, like helping the community, helping the people, growing as an individual, and exploring a new country, new cultures, and new practices.

Reviews (52)

Laurine

Dec 03, 2017

To give a summary, the last five weeks have been the most amazing five weeks of my life.
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Sep 26, 2017

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Sep 25, 2017

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