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Medical Internship Abroad in Kathmandu, Nepal
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From $710 USD for 2 Weeks
2 - 16 Weeks
Select Start Dates
18 And Older
The medical internship program in Kathmandu is ideal for pre-med, medical, and nursing students who are looking for a leg up over their peers, and the opportunity of a lifetime to experience what it’s like to work in a medical practice in Nepal. It is unlike any other travel experience, and there's no telling the people you'll meet, the patients you'll help, the medical professionals you'll assist, and the sites you'll see. Nepal is a beautiful and unique country, and the things you see, hear, do, and experience here will stay with you for a lifetime. On top of giving you a head start on your medical career, this volunteer travel opportunity will also give you the chance to see Kathmandu in a way that most travelers never will, and that includes living and experiencing the city like a local.
The structure of the healthcare medical internship program in Nepal is simple: you get paired with a local doctor or nurse for the duration of your trip, shadow that person’s daily life in the clinic, and provide basic help and assistance where possible. In return, you get to experience life as a medical practitioner in Kathmandu, get hands-on experience at a private or government hospital or medical clinic, and learn about medical practices in Nepal. This is an experience that will be very unique, and that will set you apart from your peers and fellow medical and nursing students.
During your time in Nepal, you'll spend the weekday hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. volunteering at the hospital or clinic. In the middle of the day, you'll get a break for lunch between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., during which time you can return to your accommodation for the provided meal at 1 p.m. It’s important to note, however, that different placements have varying schedules and rhythms, so your routine may vary slightly from this typical schedule. The tasks that you'll be assigned during the day will depend greatly on your level of education and previous experience, but in general, pre-med students will spend more time observing while third- and fourth-year medical and nursing students can expect more hands-on opportunities. You may also be asked to help with charts, file maintenance, and other administrative duties that are necessary as a medical practitioner.
In the evenings and on weekends, you'll have free time to explore the city, including visiting the temples and monasteries, hitting the markets, and trying the local restaurants. In fact, you won’t have to worry about returning to your accommodation for lunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, because you'll have an opportunity to explore the traditional, modern, and international cuisines that are available from different restaurants around the city.
Arrival and Orientation
Your journey will begin on Sunday when you arrive in Nepal, and you'll be picked up from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and driven to your accommodation by one of the local coordinators. If you're already in Nepal, you can arrange to be picked up by a coordinator at a designated meeting point instead. For the remainder of the day on Sunday, you'll have time to get settled in, meet your fellow volunteers, and head out to explore the city if you're feeling adventurous.
On Monday there will be an orientation to welcome you to the city, and to go over important information, such as the culture and language in Nepal, staying safe in the city, appropriate behavior when you're out and about, and where to get the best food. You’ll also find out where to go for money and other necessities, getting around, and things you should check out during your visit. After the orientation, your local coordinator will take you to your placement facility for a brief tour and to introduce you to the people you'll be working with.
Extended orientation: If you're looking for a longer trip that allows you to discover more about the people and culture of Nepal, you can sign up for the week-long language and culture orientation program in Kathmandu.
One of the highlights of the medical internship in Nepal is the accommodations because you'll either be staying at the volunteer house in a guest house, or at the home of a local Nepalese family, which gives you a true taste of what life is really like in Kathmandu. In both cases, the home you'll be staying in is clean, tidy, and comfortable, and equipped with basic amenities like running water, electricity, hot water, and Wi-Fi. The house will be close to your placement, meaning you can easily get to and from in the morning, at lunchtime, and in the evening when your work is complete.
Depending on your schedule, you'll have two to three meals provided for you every day. For breakfasts at 8 a.m., you can look forward to staples like bread with butter and jam, sandwiches, tea, and other breakfast fare. For dinners around 7 p.m., expect delicious meals that include dal (lentils), vegetables, rice, chicken or other meat, and more.
Kathmandu is an extremely safe city where you won’t have to worry much about your personal safety or belongings. However, there are many sacred areas and places of worship where only loose and modest clothing is appropriate, so come prepared with the right clothes. Nepal is also in the lap of the Himalayas, meaning the temperatures tend to be cooler, and you'll want to bring some warm but lightweight layers and jackets. Although the city is very safe, it’s still important that you pay attention at the orientation to get a refresher about safety guidelines for your trip.
Your daily duties during the medical internship will vary depending on your skill, experience, and education. Your responsibilities could range anywhere from basic administrative duties to more advanced procedures and anything in between, such as:
· Maintaining files
· Going on daily hospital rounds
· Shadowing doctors and nurses as they perform surgeries and procedures
· Checking blood pressure
· Monitoring fevers
· Participating in the hospital’s daily routines
· Administering vaccinations
· Suturing wounds
Along with providing assistance to the local medical professionals and allowing them to spend more time on patients, your time in Kathmandu will also allow you to gain valuable experience that will benefit your future medical career.
Where you will be volunteeringKathmandu, Nepal
Volunteers will be working in a hospital.
Where you'll be stayingKathmandu, Nepal
Volunteers will be staying with a host family or in a volunteer house.
Nearest AirportTribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
The cost listed includes a $250 application fee.
What’s Not Included
Return Trip to Airport (Can be arranged at extra cost)
Project Start Dates
Select Sundays year round.
- December 2018
- 16 Sunday
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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.
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