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Medical Internship Nepal

Join, learn and contribute to much-needed medical care support in our projects
The Medical Internship Nepal program remains one of our most popular at Nepal Volunteer . As an Intern in Nepal, you will have the opportunity to observe medical work in a variety of departments.

The Medical Care Situation in Nepal
In both Nepal's urban and rural communities, access to quality medical care is a major issue. After the civil conflict, many individuals relocated to Kathmandu in search of better possibilities. Because of this, a large portion of the city's public medical infrastructure is now severely overworked. Visiting a doctor is simply not an economical choice for the poor. Meanwhile, there are not enough healthcare services in rural areas. A deficient transportation system and a lack of investment are the main causes.

What can an Intern do?
Each internship is customised to fit your interests and degree of experience. The following projects offer alternatives for conducting internships:

  1. Health Camps
    At the schools, volunteers lead health camps. You can begin doing health checks on the students at the schools with the properly completed forms from Nepal Volunteer. One class at a time, the children will exit the room and queue up for the health check. The child's height, weight, lungs, vision, and teeth will then be examined. Among your discoveries are youngsters who frequently have dental problems, some who may be underweight, and some who may have vision impairments. There are occasionally more severe situations, such as infections, skin rashes, even clefts or indications of abuse.Depending on your findings, you advise the school and the parents whether to take the kids to the doctor for treatment or how they can better care for them. Your decision to present a health workshop to classes and schools will depend on the results of your research. Taking care of your teeth, living a healthy lifestyle, and maintaining good hygiene are a few examples.

  2. Hospital Rotation
    You will be touring various hospital departments where you may see how patients are being treated. The doctors are available for conversation and questioning. After a few days, you will decide which department you will devote the remainder of your time to. You can assist patients and share your knowledge and abilities with the doctors and nurses once you have gotten to know them and built a solid rapport with them. Please take note that the amount of time you have and the relationships you develop with the physicians and nurses will determine what you can do while working in hospitals. You must stay for at least two weeks, according to the hospital. We will try our best to position you in the departments of your choice, but we cannot guarantee that they will all be open.
    Most hospitals have the following medical departments:
    • General Medicine
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • ENT
    • Neurology
    • Pneumatology
    • Oncology
    • Urology
    • Orthopaedic
    • ICU
    • Ophthalmology
    • Stomatology
    • Emergency (requires at least 6 years medical training)
    • Surgery (requires at least 3 years medical training)
    • Burn and Plastic Surgery
    • Community
    • Medicine
    • Paediatrics
  3. Workshops
    Children and adults would both enjoy learning more about health issues, healthy lives, first aid, and hygiene at our schools, disability centres, and women's centres. You can create medical workshops and deliver them to them in a way that will benefit their general health and wellbeing. You will carry out a knowledge gap analysis along with the Nepal Volunteer personnel, organise the workshops, and deliver them. For the workshops, it would be fantastic if you could utilise modern technologies like YouTube videos and Powerpoint presentations.
  4. Health Clinics
    Health clinics are the primary destination for patients in many isolated locations because there are no hospitals nearby. Typically, this is a little establishment with a tiny pharmacy attached, where one nurse or doctor works. Health clinics frequently only have limited hours in the early morning and late afternoon. The doctor and nurse will be available for conversation as you get to know them. You can help with the patients and share your knowledge and abilities with them once you have gotten to know the physicians and nurses and developed a good relationship with them.

  5. Your role as a Medical Internship Nepal
    Your job as a medical intern will change based on your training and experience. You will start out at the hospital observing the local Nepali staff. You will be rewarded with increased responsibility if you are enthusiastic and establish good rapport with the doctors and nurses. The hospital's amenities are modest, and the level of care provided there may not be what you are accustomed to. Be ready to witness some horrible cases, and try not to become attached to the patients.

Once you arrive we organise an introduction for you. We deem this to be highly valuable and it’s a program valued by many volunteers in the past. By means of an introduction you can acclimatise and prepare for your volunteering. You can begin your project rested and prepared. In this way you can be really effective. Arriving to work in a foreign country can be a nerve-wracking experience, this is why at Nepal Volunteers, we provide a friendly and in-depth welcome. The in-depth welcome encompasses basic language training, cultural training and sightseeing through Kathmandu and surrounding. This is what you can expect from the moment when you touch down at Tribhuvan Intl. Airport. The program may vary depending on your time of arrival. We will manage to include all below mentioned activities in your introduction program.

Day 1 Arrival & Introduction
You will be received & welcomed at the airport by our staff & you will be taken to either Nepal Volunteers office or a hotel in Kathmandu for recovering from the Jet-lag . Here you can drop your bags and relax.The Nepal Volunteers director & and team will come to meet you to clarify your program for the first days. Depending on when you arrive, you will begin Nepali language class or a sightseeing tour of some of the world heritage sights of the Kathmandu valley. In the evening you will enjoy your first Nepali dinner.

Day 2: Nepali lessons and local amenities and sightseeing
After a leisurely start and breakfast, so you can recover properly from your journey, you will start your Nepali language course at the Nepal Volunteers office. After meeting the entire team you will have 2 lessons from around 10.30 to 12.45 with our highly experienced language teachers. This will also give you a chance to meet any other volunteers joining at the same time. In the afternoon, one of our staff will take you round the local area where the office and homestays are for the induction period. Later that afternoon, you will be driven round being shown where all relevant amenities are: the nearest bank, shopping centre, internet café, food shops, post office. You will also be shown the local buses that can take you to Kathmandu or to Bhaktapur and also where you can catch a taxi. You will also be told where to keep your valuables and general information about life in Nepal. In the end of the afternoon, you will be driven with our guide to see some of Kathmandu’s famous UNESCO world heritage sites. One of our Guide, has years of experience taking foreigners round the ancient city and can answer any questions you have on ancient and contemporary Nepal. During your introduction, you can visit the famous Buddhist Boudanath and Swayambhunath stupas as well as the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath. The Durbar squares on Patan and Kathmandu are also essential visits. If you have other sites you are particularly interested in then this may be integrated as well.

Day 3: Nepali lessons and Nepal Volunteers projects
In the morning we will continue the Nepali language training. Be aware we are aiming for a basic understanding. For example to say ‘yes and no’ and to introduce yourself. We do not expect you to speak the language fluently after the training. After the lesson, you are driven round some of Our projects in the Kathmandu Valley. This may include our women Group, our orphanage in, or a visit to the village where you will see environmental projects as well as Family FarmersYouth Entrepreneurs. In the afternoon, you can do more sightseeing with our guide in Kathmandu, or if you desire to take some time for yourself that’s even so possible. This afternoon, it’s also a good opportunity to stock up with anything you may have forgotten before heading up to a rural placement. The tourist hub of Thamel will be able to furnish you with anything from Marmite to an extra pair of Merino socks.

Day 4: Introduction Host Family and Start Project
After about two days of language classes and sightseeing, you will be moved to the host family. They will be fully trained about hosting volunteers and you won’t be left in the dark about anything: toilets, drinking water, bedding, how to work the shower, where to buy anything you need nearby, basic etiquette. If you want an early night then that is fine, but you will also be given the opportunity to ring home or send emails from the Nepal Volunteers office so any parents or loved ones won’t be worrying about you. It’s possible we already start this day at your project. If time appears to be short, we will start the next day in the morning. Our director will discuss and finalise your program at arrival so you know what to expect the first days in Nepal.

While you volunteer with Nepal Volunteers, you will be staying with a Nepali host family. By living with a family you will gain a greater insight and understanding of Nepali culture. You will be part of a Nepali family, eat together with the family and play with the children. Many volunteers tell us this unique insight into the culture of Nepal is a key part of why they come back again and again.

The standard of lodging will depend on whether you are in a rural or urban area. In a rural area the facilities will be basic with minimal running water and a squat toilet. In an urban placement you will have a flushing Western style toilet and a shower. All of your food will be provided for you at your home stay and you will never be more than 30 minutes from your place of work. For more information on what to expect in a home stay have a look at our food and accommodation page.

All our host families have conducted training regarding hosting volunteers adequately. They know how to ensure hygiene and provide security. They will treat you as a member of the family.

When you arrive on placement you will be introduced to your host family by the Nepal Volunteers representative and given a full tour of the premises. Many of our host families have children and many of our volunteers enjoy helping them with their English, learning to cook Nepali food and mixing in with their life. The other way around, we experience volunteers learning a lot from the hosts and children regarding life in Nepal. At the host families you will stay with fellow volunteers. It is always possible to stay as a couple or group of friends in one host family. You should consider the host family as your temporary family in Nepal. They can help you regarding how to discover the neighbourhood, advice on travels and offer you warmth in times of homesickness.

You should not expect luxury on your stay in Nepal. Nepal is a developing country and may well be different from what you are used to at home. However, you will have your own room unless requested otherwise, and the rooms are always clean and comfortable. The quality of toilet and washing facilities vary significantly between placements. If you are based in Kathmandu you may find you have a hot shower and a Western style toilet in your homestay. However, if you are in a rural placement then it is more likely that you will have a traditional squat toilet and a cold shower. If you feel like having a hot shower and flushing the toilet is a priority then make this clear when you are applying and we will see if it is possible to find you one of our better equipped host families.

The electricity supply in all areas is good, but sometimes there is a power cut which can last up to 5 hours. In the cities some houses have backup batteries that will run low power bulbs in key rooms, but in the rural areas you can expect to use candles. A head-torch is a very useful thing to bring.

On placement you will usually eat with the family and share the same food as them. At least two meals a day are provided for you while volunteering. The usual meal times are between 9 and 10 AM and 6 and 8 PM. You will usually be served the national staple of Dal Bhat Tarkari which is a tasty and filling plate of rice, vegetable curry, lentils and pickles. It may occasionally have meat such as chicken or mutton in it, although if you are vegetarian this can easily be explained. This may be supplemented occasionally by noodles, eggs and other snacks dependent on your host family and placement

Your host family will provide you with clean drinking water on your placement.

The Placement Is Available At The Following Beautiful Places as well as all across Nepal

Kathmandu Valley
The Kathmandu Valley lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and Buddhists. The cities of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur and Chobhar are located in this valley, and each displays excellent examples of Newar art and architecture. The valley is the cultural and political hub of Nepal, but this melting pot of traditions and different Nepali

Himalayan Region- Baglung ,Dhorpatan ,Pokhara ,Kaligandaki ,Parbat Kushma Myagdi Beni , Mustang ,Manag ,Muktinath ,and so on ….

you can teach in Schools, teach English in a monastery, work in a Health Clinic or work in Construction.Volunteer at Community Health Post ,Community Forest ,Community Farm ,Family Farm. It is everything you would imagine from the mountain region: beautiful landscapes, hillsides dotted with villages, a lively weekend bazaar, a Tibetan camp, and many spectacular Buddhist monasteries. Recently a road has been connected and regular jeep services operate from Kathmandu, taking about 10 hours.

Accommodation & food are in simple lodgings at the local host family with a shared bathroom, squat toilet, but will have running water. There is now also basic internet in the town too.

Pokhara and Kaskikot
Pokhara valley is located at the very center of Nepal and is dominated by the peaks of the Annapurna mountain range. The town of Pokhara (913 metres), is only fifty kilometres from Annapurna 1 (8,091 metres), and the sharp decline of six thousand metres within the short distance of only twenty-nine kilometres gives the region. It is famous for the peaceful Phewa Lake and the magnificent

Why pay for volunteering?
You probably asked yourself on occasion. Why pay for volunteering? After all…you’re offering your services free of charge… and on top of that you have to pay? How ridiculous is that?? The question one should ask though is: “what is it I’m paying for?” In the following points, we will shed light on this question, and hopefully will have answered any misconceptions many people have on volunteering. As a potential intern/volunteer you need to understand that below is a list of reasons why a program fee is required.

1. Airport Pickup & Transfer
After travelling halfway around the world to a country you’ve never visited, there should be someone who will greet you at the airport who then grabs your bag and whisks you away in a car. When it comes time to leave, you have someone willing to help you lug your bags back to the airport and see you off.

2. Logistics
The most difficult part of picking up your life and plopping down in another country is all the logistics involved. From finding a place to live to obtaining the perfect volunteer placement, the details are much easier to accomplish when you have a local there to guide you or take care of it for you — who, obviously, needs an income. Additionally, we have our own project developed to place our volunteers and have also developed relationships with many schools, hospitals, and orphanages in every part of Nepal where we can get you to the placement there.

3. Language and Orientation
As a volunteer, you can be very useful. However it takes time to understand not only your role but how your placement organisation works as well as local cultural practices and etiquette, which is why orientation and training are a crucial part of any responsible volunteer program. The orientation will include language training or cultural orientation by our staff. The fees paid by you will help us to develop our training programs and hire quality individuals to run them.

4. Food & Accommodation
We charge a fee not only to set up your accommodation but also include the cost of living in your program fee. The program we arrange at a homestay, you will have your meals cooked for you by the host family, in which case you would be charged in advance.

5. In-Country Assistance
Perhaps the volunteer placement isn’t all you hoped it would be. Or you need help sorting out a banking issue, renewing a visa, or tracking down a doctor who speaks English. Having associated with an organisation in-country to help with issues that inevitably arise can be invaluable, especially if you aren’t fluent in the local language. We know which doctors to visit when you’re sick, where the best place to buy a bus ticket is, how to avoid being scammed, and so much more! Plus we are around to help at all hours of the day, so if an emergency happens on a weekend or in the night, we are always available for you to call. We also keep in touch with family members if the unlikely happens and you need to be evacuated from the country or fall seriously ill. For those with worrying parents the peace of mind might be worth the money!.

6. Programmatic Support & Continuity
We charge a fee not only to set up your accommodation but also include the cost of living in your program fee. The program we arrange at a homestay, you will have your meals cooked for you by the host family, in which case you would be charged in advance.

7. Trips and Excursions
We offer you to choose trips for you a wide range of volunteering, trekking, tour, rafting, peak climbing, jungle safari, home stays program including tours to Tibet and India to experience the unique beauty of the Himalayas region, to enjoy the customs and food of the diverse people who call Nepal home; to be awed by the mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, jungle and ancient cities and to have the journey of a lifetime, this is a great way to see the country without being responsible for the logistics. Plus it means you will have the opportunity to better acquaint yourself with your fellow volunteers and local staff. Note: In some cases, you may work directly for the organisation in need of volunteers and there may be volunteering programs with little fee. These organisations may be local or international, and their process for applying generally differs from our organisation as it will be more tailored to their requirements and needs and less so on those of the volunteers. But, be aware that they usually are unable or unwilling to provide above mentioned logistics and support like arranging housing, orientation, sight -seeing, language classes, visa Assistance, 24/7 support and social and Cultural activities etc.

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