Nepal | Medical Internship

4 Week Volunteer Adventure | From $1595 USD

Overview

Observe local professionals and perform routine tasks in various departments as you work directly with doctors & nurses to heal patients in Kathmandu, Nepal.

 

MyGapYear Medical Internships offer motivated nursing, pre-med and medical students the chance to experience on the job training and gain valuable insight into daily operations of healthcare services in a developing country.

 

Interns joining the Medical internship program get the opportunity to work at local government & private Nepalese Hospitals and medical clinics. Interns receive hands-on clinical experience as well as the opportunity to observe & experience the healthcare system in Nepal.

 

Medical internships in Nepal are perfect for medical students and undergraduates interested in gaining valuable medical experience. Internships are available in a selection of medical fields including A&E, pediatrics, maternity, mental health and surgery, and a variety of other fields.

 

If you have the motivation & desire to learn more about healthcare in a developing country, gain more experience, or just hope to help those less fortunate, then a MyGapYear Medical Internship is for you!

The Project

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.

 

hospital-nepal

 

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;

  • Pediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Nursing
  • Dental
  • Ambulance/Emergency

 

Typical Day

  • 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.

 

Highlights:

  • 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

Need to Know

Age & Required Experience

  • At least 18 years of age
  • MyGapYear requires all Volunteers participating in the Medical Internship Program be either current medical/nursing students or be able to provide proof of Qualifications or relevant experience in the medical & healthcare industry. Current medical & nursing students must provide a letter from their school advisor confirming enrolment status.

 

Minimum Length

Due to the nature of this project a minimum commitment of 4 weeks is required. However, we can tailor all our programs to suit your ideal adventure. If you wish to volunteer for longer than 4 weeks please contact us & we will put together a package to suit your desired length of stay.

 

kathmandu

 

Accommodation & Meals

All accommodation is included. For the complete traditional Nepalese experience your accommodation will be a homestay with a local Nepalese family. You will have either your own room or a room shared with another volunteer.  All accommodations have running water, electricity, WiFi and basic amenities.

All your meals at the home stay are included (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner).

Daal Bhat is the national dish and is usually served for breakfast and evening meal every day. It is a dish comprised of rice, lentils and seasoned vegetables.

If you wish to have a western meal every now and again then there are western restaurants you can go to for some home comforts at your own expense.

 

Orientation & Support

MyGapYear offers unlimited support prior to departure. Upon receipt of your deposit you will receive your MGY Handbook, which includes comprehensive information on Nepalese customs, culture, what to wear, traditional Nepalese meals and important words in the Nepali language.

 

You will have 24/7 in country support on the ground in Nepal. An orientation session will be conducted on arrival, in addition to a meeting with representatives from the hospital or clinic to determine how to best utilise your skills and experience during the internship. There will always be an English-speaking staff member available at the hospital or clinic to direct and assist you with anything you may need and help you get settled into your role.

 

kathmandu-street

 

Child Protection

MyGapYear follows the principles and guidelines of ‘ChildSafe International’ in protecting children from all forms of abuse and preventing child exploitation and trafficking.  As part of our mission to empower and protect youth; we require all volunteers who are 18 years of age or over and who plan to work with children; provide a Criminal History printout.  This printout is available from your local Police Station and may take up to 4 weeks.

 

MyGapYear has partnerships with other like-minded organisations across the globe. This particular Adventure is operated in partnership with GapNepal. We guarantee that all of our partners offer the best value, exciting & safe Adventures you have come to expect from MyGapYear. For more information on who our partners are and how we handle your trip please contact us at info@mygapyear.com.au.

About Kathmandu

For many, stepping off a plane into Kathmandu is an eye-opening experience that defies belief. Whether you’re barrelling through traffic-jammed alleyways in a rickshaw, marvelling at the medieval temples or dodging trekking touts in the backpacker district, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place.

 

The Kathmandu most travellers experience is Thamel, a melting pot of hotels, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, bookshops, imitation trekking gear, pirated DVDs, and touts flogging tiger balm and hashish. But there’s more to this secretive city than meets the eye. The old city is studded with temples and splendid architecture. Sacred cows, holy men, beggars and street urchins roam the streets; and its narrow lanes are bursting with life, echoing sounds of bicycle bells, motorbike engines, religious music, construction and car horns. All the while the streets reek with the smells of incense, spices, sewage and exhaust fumes.

 

With a fast-growing population of around 1.7m, Kathmandu is Nepal’s biggest and most cosmopolitan city and although the 2015 earthquake brought devastation to parts of the city, many areas emerged unscathed, and the spirit of the city remains.

Highlights

ASSIST doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals in one of Kathmandu’s busiest hospitals or clinics.

HANDS-ON experience in selected fields where medical practices can differ considerably to those in Australia.

EXPLORE the bustling streets & alleyways that make Kathmandu a haven for thousands of trekkers every year.

IMMERSE yourself in Nepal’s ethnic and religious diversity, and surrender yourself to a traditional Nepalese way of life.

Adventure Details

LENGTH: 4+ Weeks

START DATES: Select dates apply

PRICE: $1595 USD

MEALS: Some included

FLIGHTS: Not included

Included

All accommodation (home stay & hotel)

3 meals a day at home stay

2 night/3 day Chitwan Adventure

Induction tour & transfer to placement

Airport meet & greet

24/7 in-country support

Unlimited pre-departure support

Pre-departure pack

MyGapYear placement t-shirt

Legitimate, sustainable & safe Medical Internship placement in central Kathmandu

Not Included

Airfares

Visa requirements

Vaccinations

Travel insurance

Spending money

Meals unless otherwise indicated

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