Medical Internship

The Medical interns program is an ideal platform for those medical and nursing background students that motivated to learn about medical care in a developing country. Nepal is one of the poor and developing country. Thousand of people suffer and die from various diseases due to lack of basic medicinal and timely treatment. The medical internship program of the volunteers can join this program at both private and public community hospital. Participants will obtain an opportunity to learn more about health care and disease in such a developing country. Interns will get the observation to learn about the medical practices at the hospital or health post. All the medical practices observation will be under the guidance of professional doctors and nursing staffs. 

Medical volunteers will also be place in both community and private hospitals, urban, semi urban and rural location. Rural area hospital or health post have no well equipped and efficiency because of urban oriented staff. Where the most essential is health care service to public. As a medical internship or health care you may also have the opportunity to take part in local community medical campaigns. You may assist in conducting seminars to motivate and educate local villagers on healthcare initiatives. Medical Volunteers can assist with include observing the operating room to be familiar with procedures in the surgery ward, examining burn wounds and changing patients, dressings in the burns unit, participating in emergency room rounds, following the main emergency room physician, learning about family planning and immunizations and helping mothers of newborn babies.

This is ideally appropriate for medical students to achieve valuable experience and will be a merit to your medical career. Volunteer for Nepal is always ready to support and organize on your convenient time bound. 

As a Volunteer you will

1. Assist with procedures,  suture wounds, giving vaccinations etc. It depends on skills.
2. Shadow the doctors on surgeries and operations.
3. Involving in daily procedures of the hospitals.
4. Conducting hospital rounds with the doctors.
5. Routine patients blood pressure, fever check up.
6. Files maintain.

Orientation

You will be picked up at the airport by VfN staff upon your arrival and taken to the Hotel. You are provided a day induction which will include basic information about your placement. This is a great chance to assimilate with other volunteers and get to know the team. Included in orientation:

  1. History, culture and traditional insight about Nepal
  2. Learning the basics of the Nepalese language words of welcoming, greeting and expressions.
  3. Safety and health issues, as well as communication system in Nepal.
  4. Information and tour to Kathmandu’s most visited tourist spots.

Accommodation

In orientation period you will be placed at a guest house or hotel in Kathmandu. During the volunteering the living condition will be far from luxurious but you will get own single room or share with group friends. Host family are always supportive, welcoming and caring for volunteers. The accommodation have running water and electricity is sometime unreliable . Squat toilet is common in Nepal and western toilets might be unavailable in Host family or hostel. WiFi is available but we recommend to get SIM card with data package to keep in touch with family. This is an excellent opportunity to stay with Nepalese family in order to learn and experience the way of life. We highly recommend in winter season to pack warm cloths and a sleeping bag.

Meals

You are given Nepali meals three times in a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner in the placement. Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari (pulses, rice and curry) are staple food for most Nepalis. Tarkari is vegetables curry, pickle, and occasionally meat curry also will be provided to you. Additional foods, you should self afford. For drinking water, you are given two mineral bottles (one liter of each bottle) in a day, or you can buy self of which total cost may comes to be about US $5 dollar in a week. If any of you have special dietary habits and requirement, please let us know on the time of you do apply so that we could make arrangement for.  We do our best to well taking care of volunteers. Meanwhile, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We highly appreciate the flexibility of volunteers.

Project Location

On this program location, volunteers can make a great experience of vibrant city of Kathmandu, as well as rural life of surrounding the valley and neighbour districts. On the placement volunteers will stay with local host families or hostel in the Kathmandu Valley.

  1. Kathmandu & Patan.
  2. Nuwakot
  3. Shankhuwa Sabha

Cost

The program fee listed below include the cost of accommodation and meals on volunteering duration. Also the cost cover your pick up and drop off, sightseeing of major heritage sites in the town. Though flight ticket, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, personal extra spending money and excursions are not included on this program fees.
Volunteer for Nepal always try to make its fees to be affordable.

S.N Weeks Cost €
1 1 Week 300€
2 2 Weeks 400€
3 3 weeks 500€
4 4 Weeks 675€
5 Each additional week 100€

 

FAQ

What kind of volunteer work will I be doing?
We offer a range of placements in such as education, child care, orphanage, monastery and healthcare. Each program its own unique challenges so your role will vary depending on the project nature you’ll be working on. For more details, please you do mail us.

Why should I volunteer with Volunteer for Nepal?
-Provides quality programs on the cheapest program fee.
-Supports participants on pre-placement, in placements and post placement phases.
-Concerns about participants’ safety 24/7 support service.
-Experienced staffed members.

What is the application process?
You can apply on clicking Apply Now or download the form and send us. It will be highly obliged for completing the form. We do response as quickly as possible.

What should be the age of volunteers?
The minimum age should be 18 years. If you are below 18 year (16 or 17) we should talk with parents or guardian. There is no age limitation for maximum age to those who are mentally and physically efficiency for the programs.

How do I get Visa for Nepal?
You can get the visa on the spot when you arrive in Nepal, either at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) of Kathmandu or at road borders.

Why do I have to pay to Volunteer?
Volunteer for Nepal is non-profitable organization. Till now no grants from any organizations or donors. So the costs are to provide food and housing for volunteers, training, supervision and safety precautions as well as certain costs included in running the projects successfully. The cost varies depending on the programs.

What is included in the cost of Volunteering?
The cost covers various things depending on the project itself. Basically, included the following in the cost:
– Accommodations on your staying.
– Food (lunch & dinner)
– Airport pickup upon arrival and drop off.
– Orientation and training to familiarize volunteers with their surroundings and the work they will be doing.
– Sightseeing the most touristy area.

When do I have to pay full payment?
You can pay the program fee on the time of arriving and meeting with program coordinator.

How long do the programs last?
The first and second days of the program will be orientation and escorted for sightseeing, you can yourself explore some places and may do shopping as well. After all of this you will go to the placement for volunteer.

Do I need travel insurance?
It is mandatory to have a travel medical insurance.

What vaccination will I need?
Consult your doctor before flying to Nepal. These basic vaccinations are Tetanus, Hepatitis and Typhoid for your safety.  If you have altitude sickness, you should ask your doctor to prescribe proper medicines.

What skill and language are required?
There is no mandatory specific skill and language to volunteer. Basic english colloquial is enough. For the english teaching program you have to have writing and speaking English.

How safe is it to volunteer in Nepal?
Nepal is one of the safest destinations in terms of traveling and volunteering. There is no any organized terror groups who involve in violence and murder. Our all placements are located in very safe location in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lamjung, all of our working location have police station.

What cost do I need to consider?
The cost you need to consider in addition to program fee, like flights, travel insurance, visa cost buying bottle of water, food during orientation, and spending money.

How can I communicate with my family back home?
Now these days Nepal also developing information and Technology quite speedily compare to other sectors. So you can communicate with your family and friends back home via mobile phone, internet, email etc.

Can I buy a Nepali sim card upon arrival?
Definitely you can buy Nepali sim card there are two cell phone companies Nepal Telecom and NCell have wide range of Network. It cost 2$ with few minutes credits. You need to have copies of passport size photos and a Xerox copy of your passport.

Can I talked to people who have volunteered before, if yes then how?
Literally as a newly established organisation we don’t have more volunteers few numbers had volunteered, however, we do encourage volunteers to contact with former volunteers participants. We will provide their contact no or email upon request. All of our previous volunteers are as an ambassador who deliver message to other who are interested.