Adequate health care is a basic human right that should be accessible to every person on the planet. Sadly, every year thousands of Nepali people, especially women and children, suffer unnecessarily due to a lack of basic medical facilities.
Often hospitals are poorly resourced, lack experienced staff and do not have the funds to pay for otherwise routine medical treatments; leaving many patients with serious illnesses usually preventable with proper healthcare. The hospitals and clinics that our Nepal partners work with are striving to fulfill these needs and are always searching of an extra pair of hands to assist in daily operations.
Interns will assist doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff to provide healthcare in one of Kathmandu’s busiest hospitals or clinics. Whilst qualified nurses and doctors can assist in the provision of the day-to-day treatments of illness, medical & nursing students have the opportunity to work in several departments including A&E, pediatrics, maternity, mental health and surgery.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience in selected fields where medical practices can differ considerably to those in Australia. Many Volunteers find this experience very challenging at times, but also hugely rewarding.
Role of the Volunteer
Medical interns will be paired with local doctors and nurses. Depending on your knowledge and skills, you will be asked to assist with various procedures such as suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, being involved in the daily procedures of the hospital – observing or directly providing various sorts of assistance to existing doctors and nurses.
Interns may also be expected to assist in administrative tasks such as; conducting hospital rounds with the doctors, maintaining files, routine patient check-ups, measure blood pressure, body temperature, record patient’s height, weight, and more.
Your role at the hospital/clinic will depend on your level of education and any prior experience you have. In most cases interns will begin by shadowing the local hospital staff before being transferred to one of the departments in the facility. These departments include, but are not limited to;
- 7.30 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast with the host family
- 8.00 AM – 9:00AM: Volunteer leaves home and travels to the project
- 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM: The volunteer joins with the local staff. You will be given a duty roster and a plan for your work. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break. Work and hours is dependent on the project and location that the volunteer is participating in.
- 2.00 PM – 5.00 PM Work at the project usually ends. The volunteer at this point is has free time to explore Kathmandu, catch up with friends and/or do any necessary shopping.
- 7.30 PM: Dinner with the host family.
Chitwan Tour (Included)
Explore the stunning flatlands of Nepal’s Terai and Chitwan region on a 3-day package tour that explores the area’s biodiversity, and includes a visit to one of Asia’s first Elephant Breeding Center.
- Explore the waters of the Rapti River by Canoe
- Become entranced in a Traditional Tharu Stick Dance
- Visit Asia’s first Elephant Breeding Center
- Check out a traditional Chitwan Village
- Get your hands dirty helping the Elephants bath
- Spot over 500 species of bird on a Bird Watching Tour