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India Medical Volunteers

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2 - 12 weeks  ·  Age 17 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
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Volunteer project with the highest quality. This project sets unprecedented standards in quality - an unparalleled level of excellence.

Highlights

  • 70% of PMGY volunteers are 18-22 years old
  • Work inside slum clinics on PMGY’s top-rated medical volunteer program
  • Have a large exposure to a variety of different healthcare settings
  • Learn from local doctors & medical staff & get involved in supporting them
  • Structured weekend trips to the Taj Mahal & Jaipur

Especially suitable

Age 17+
Singles
Couples
Groups

About the program

Gain practical experience and insight on the medical program in India, whilst bringing support to a large population and under resourced facilities.

Considering the advances in India’s healthcare system, the majority of the population still experience poor health. This is due to a lack of awareness on health issues and the simple fact that many Indians cannot afford regular, if any, medical treatment. The projects we support offer free, or ...

About the program

Considering the advances in India’s healthcare system, the majority of the population still experience poor health. This is due to a lack of awareness on health issues and the simple fact that many Indians cannot afford regular, if any, medical treatment. The projects we support offer free, or highly subsidised, healthcare to local people from slum and rural communities.

We place volunteers at PMGYs’ free medical camps in the slum communities, local clinics and throughout a network of hospitals. The feedback this programme receives and the opportunities and exposure volunteers receives makes this PMGYs’ top medical experience across all our destinations.

The programme is not only for general medicine and nursing students, but also for all those with health-related interests. This opportunity is available to school leavers and those who have never studied medicine before. Some of the areas in which our volunteers can gain experience include:

  • Accident & Emergency, 
  • Anaesthetics, 
  • Dentistry, 
  • General Surgery, 
  • Maternity & Midwifery, 
  • Nursing, 
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 
  • Occupational Therapy, 
  • Ophthalmology, 
  • Paediatrics, 
  • Pathology, 
  • Physiotherapy, 
  • Ultrasound.

Please note that these areas may be one-off placements. We cannot guarantee the time period in which a volunteers spends in one department. It may be the case, for example, that a volunteer shadows in A&E for one evening only. Placements cannot always be guaranteed and are dependent on hospital staff, rules and regulations.

Travel Tips

You should arrive into Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi (airport code DEL) on the selected Sunday start date.  Programmes start on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. You will be met at the airport by one of our local staff or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign. They will take you to your accommodation where you will spend the rest of your day at leisure.

The programme ends on the Sunday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day.

Can I use this program as part of a university or college placement? 

It is certainly possible to use one of PMGY’s programmes as part of your university or college placement. Project staff can sign off any paperwork required by your course tutors. PMGY regularly receives medical, childcare, psychology and nursing placement students at our projects around the world and we have ties with some of the leading universities.

If you’re a course tutor and would like further information about how one of PMGY’s programmes could meet the placement requirements for your degree course then please contact us.

Is it safe to travel to PMGY destinations?

Although our volunteers work in the developing world, we always ensure our host locations are safe. Each programme has been extensively researched and has passed our strict vetting process. Our UK team undergo an extensive routine when establishing our in-country infrastructures and we continue to monitor our safety procedures on a regular basis. Furthermore, we monitor the stability of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis. Through our constant contact with consulates and embassies and our reports from our overseas teams, we are able to ensure that our volunteers are never placed in unstable regions.

The PMGY team have visited and participated in every programme we offer and verified them based on our own independent criteria. We carefully inspect every little detail of our set-up. From inspecting the living conditions, checking out the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, to tasting the food you’ll be eating – each and every programme we establish has gone through a lengthy and rigorous vetting process. Risk assessments have been written for all areas in which PMGY operate and our experienced local coordinators are always on-hand to manage any emergencies that may occur. Our UK team are always on the road reviewing our risk management procedures in the field and monitoring local conditions. 

In emergency situations we have the necessary protocols and equipment in place and we are able to evacuate our volunteers from potential dangers. Our local coordinators are trained to deal with emergency circumstances. 

When you join PMGY we will send you a Volunteer Handbook. This document addresses a range of issues such as health, safety, visa issues etc. Furthermore, our UK team are only ever a phone call away should you wish to discuss any aspect of your upcoming programme. When you arrive in-country, you’ll be given a comprehensive safety briefing during your orientation course by our local coordinators. We will go through everything from emergency procedures, how to use local transport and cultural differences. You’ll also be given the opportunity to purchase a local SIM card, something we strongly suggest, so you’re contactable at all times. We will provide you with a full list of the important contact numbers that you’ll need to know.

All our local teams are experienced development professionals who have years of experience in hosting international volunteers. They are our representatives on the ground and will assist you 24/7 throughout your stay. Whether you need to call home, travel at the weekend or require urgent assistance – they are there to support you.

While we cannot guarantee your volunteer experience to be 100% trouble free we have taken all the necessary precautions to make sure each programme is as safe as possible.



Typical day

Your level of involvement at the project is dictated by medical experience, duration of programme and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision, so it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in ...

Typical day

Your level of involvement at the project is dictated by medical experience, duration of programme and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision, so it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in hands-on procedures. Whilst previous PMGY volunteers have been given the chance to administer IV injections, dress wounds etc, we can never guarantee or promote hands-on involvement for participants regardless of their medical experience or background.

Generally speaking those with little or no medical experience assume a largely observational role. If you are studying medically related degree, then you should have more opportunity to undertake some more basic hands-on involvement. However, to reiterate we can never guarantee or endorse hands-on experience should you choose to get hands-on, as the decision ultimately lies with the medical staff.

A list of our more common placements that tend to run throughout the whole year include:

ECO SCHOOL SLUM CLINIC

These primary healthcare clinics run all year round and are perfect for participants who have little or no medical experience. The doctors will act as your mentor, explaining cases to you and answering any questions you might have.

Volunteers will have the chance to undertake basic hands-on involvement, if they choose to do so, such as taking patient measurements, checking vital signs and treating minor wounds under the supervision of the local doctors. Although the patient interactions will be in Hindi, the doctors speak English and will explain everything to you in English.

The clinics are based in our Eco Slum School – one of which is general medicine and the other is gynaecology. In both cases, volunteers aid the doctor in assessing patients from the local slum community. We currently have one male and one female doctor based at the healthcare clinics. These clinics are the main point of access for the local community, who may not otherwise have the opportunity for any other form of healthcare. Doctors can see anywhere from 20 to 50 patients arrive daily to the slum clinic for healthcare.

The slum clinic is the main point of access for health treatments as it is free for local people. There is two clinic rooms where doctors undergo consultancies and also a pharmacy room where patients details are taken and medicines arranged and prescribed.

Volunteers will be able to support within the pharmacy room as well as supporting the doctors in carrying out blood pressure; blood sugar; pulse and learn to give injections if permitted by your University. The doctors are extremely welcoming and very keen for volunteers to learn demonstrating delivery of injections, nebulizers and more.

The gynaecology clinic is a newer development with hopes of further expansion in the future, as women from the local community are educated about female health. A total of four volunteers can work between these two clinics at one time. With both clinics located within the slum school, the volunteers will also have the opportunity to engage with the children, and are also encouraged to involve themselves in the assembly activities.

SHADOWING IN A HOSPITAL SETTING

We have a number of hospitals within our network, where we can place volunteers. The main hospitals we work with are the Royal hospital, Ghal hospital and an eye hospital. It is possible to get experience in multiple departments; however you should plan to spend at least 3-5 days in each department in order to gain a comprehensive insight.

Volunteers wishing to witness surgeries can do so as we work with many hospitals whereby volunteers can gain invaluable shadowing experience in theatre and to surgeries. However, these are ad-hoc and so you will be notified a day in advance or even on the day, once the surgeries have been confirmed. Naturally we cannot guarantee that specific surgeries will take place.

Generally speaking, volunteers will have the opportunity to shadow within the hospitals and carry out basic health checks on patients on the doctor’s rounds. It can be a real eye-opening experience to see the difference between hospitals out in India in comparison to those at home.

GOVERNMENT HOSPITAL LABS 

Volunteers sit with a health assistant and aid her as she carries out pregnancy checks, urine glucose levels, blood type tests, haemoglobin tests etc. There may be the opportunity to visit the labour ward here if there are any births at the time, although these of course cannot be guaranteed. Two volunteers can participate in this project at one time.

GP CLINIC

Here volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside a local doctor in carrying out basic health checks on members of the local community in a bustling street market.

Usually the doctor sees up to 100 patients daily and can run in both morning and late evening time. This may allow for basic hands on involvement if volunteers choose to undertake such an opportunity.


Free-time activities

PMGY volunteers are based in Faridabad, a satellite city of Delhi located In the National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi. Just 25km from Delhi, volunteers are far enough away to enjoy a quieter setting (by Indian standards!) but close enough to absorb all the magic, mystery and mayhem that Delhi ...

Free-time activities

PMGY volunteers are based in Faridabad, a satellite city of Delhi located In the National Capital Region (NCR) of New Delhi. Just 25km from Delhi, volunteers are far enough away to enjoy a quieter setting (by Indian standards!) but close enough to absorb all the magic, mystery and mayhem that Delhi has to offer.

Faridabad is a comfortable, well-connected location to live and work in. There are a few tourist spots worth a visit such as: Baba Farid’s tomb (its believed Faridabad was named after him); Badhkal Lake and Raja Nahar Singh Palace. There are also some interesting temples and local parks for you to visit as well as markets and shopping malls, including a cinema if you fancy going to see some Bollywood flicks!

Our participants are situated in a great location to explore the local sites and also travel further afield.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 17 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (intermediate level)

Criminal Background Check

required

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

If you are under 18 please ensure you have the consent of your guardian before you apply for this programme.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Plan My Gap Year

  • Accommodation 
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Airport Pick Up
  • Private Transport To/From Project
  • In-Country Orientation
  • 24 Hour Support

Airport Pickup at Indira Gandhi International Airport

You should arrive into Indira Gandhi International Airport (airport code DEL) on the Sunday. The airport pickup is available 24 hours. 

On arrival a member of our local team will be waiting for you outside the arrivals terminal, holding a sign with your name on it. They will drive you straight to the Volunteer House in Faridabad where you can relax and settle in. This journey takes around 1 hour depending on traffic.

Accommodation

Volunteer House

During your time with PMGY in India you will live in our Volunteer House located in central Faridabad, a satellite city 15 miles from Delhi. You will find restaurants, convenience stores and ATMs all within walking distance. You’ll be living with other PMGY volunteers from around the world, so you’ll make plenty of friends along the way.

The accommodation is large, basic but comfortable with free Wi-Fi. Each room has bunk beds with up to 7 people per room in same-sex rooms. Volunteers are provided with fans in the room and their own bed linen. Bathrooms are shared, have a shower and western style toilet.

The house has free Wi-Fi (although intermittent) and a communal area for volunteers to hang out. We encourage you to bring some small padlocks and/or store any valuables with our local team in their private area. There will also be fridge space available for volunteers to store any items they need to keep chilled. There are facilities for volunteers to hand-wash and dry their clothes. A laundry service is also available for a nominal fee. 

Volunteers are housed with a wonderful host family who coordinate our projects in India. Volunteers have their own separate living quarters, but still have regular interaction with our local coordinator. This accommodation setup offers volunteers the unique experience of living with lots of other volunteers as well as getting the cultural immersion of staying with a host family. It really is the best of both worlds!

The majority of our projects are not within walking distance of our Volunteer House. PMGY will take you to and from the project each day and the cost of this service is included in your Programme Fee.

During our busiest months (June to September) you may be placed at alternative accommodation. This could be a nearby guesthouse or one of our summer Volunteer Houses. 

Food & Beverages

You will be provided with three meals a day. All meals are freshly prepared and made up of vegetarian ingredients. Furthermore, most meals are typical Indian dishes, although pasta and other such western dishes are prepared every now and then. If you are not a huge lover of spicy food don’t worry, there will always be a more mild option available!

Volunteers are advised to notify our local team if the food is not to their taste who will aim to adjust the food appropriately.

* Please inform us in your application if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. We assist you to find cheap flights to India. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for India provides security and is a plus to have. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

This program starts on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

2 weeks (min. stay) 612€
3 weeks 759€
4 weeks 906€
6 weeks 1,200€
8 weeks 1,494€
10 weeks 1,788€
12 weeks (max. stay) 2,082€
Average fees 239€/week

Program fees

239€ per week 2 - 12 weeks Age 17 - 50+

Payment methods

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NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

2 - 12 weeks

Deposit

The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.


Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with Plan My Gap Year during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Plan My Gap Year

Excellent 4.8 rating (860 reviews)

Agency - founded in 2011

Verified by Volunteer World

  Excellent response rate

Coordinated by

Josh

Spoken languages: English

About the project

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK.

Meet your organization

Plan My Gap Year is an award-winning international volunteer placement organisation based in the UK. We provide safe, affordable, need-driven volunteer programmes from 1 to 24 weeks in 11 countries worldwide.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US…

Founded by volunteers for volunteers, Plan My Gap Year works with local communities in the developing world towards long-term sustainable goals. We know there is no better way to travel and make a positive impact on the world.

We work extremely hard to ensure that our opportunities are affordable for everyone who wants to make a difference. So fees are 100% transparent, something our volunteers really appreciate.

Plan My Gap Year structured programmes create the perfect platform for you to see the world, meet like-minded people and engage in meaningful volunteer work. We have teams in the UK and in our host destinations who will support you 24/7 throughout your time with us. Furthermore, every project on our network is regularly risk-assessed by our UK team to ensure our set up is safe and that our volunteers are making a positive impact.

There is also a great social element to our programmes. Plan My Gap Year puts you in touch with all your fellow volunteers via Facebook before you set off. Our projects receive volunteers from around the world throughout the year, so even if you’re travelling solo, you’re going to meet heaps of people along the way. Plus you’ll have plenty of opportunity to travel the country with your newfound travel buddies – it’s all part of the PMGY experience!

So if you’re thinking of doing something a bit different on your next trip abroad, then why not drop us a line and find out what extraordinary things you could be doing.

AFFORDABLE & TRANSPARENT FEES

Our aim is to make our programmes accessible to motivated travellers irrespective of their financial capacity. Plan My Gap Year focuses on providing the core requirements of a volunteer programme: safety, structure and sustainability.

We are 100% transparent with our fees. That way you know exactly how much of your money goes towards the local community.

Compared to the large majority of volunteer organisations out there, even most charities and not-for-profits, PMGY’s opportunities are significantly cheaper. Furthermore, as our reviews will testify, our support service and structured programmes are second to none.

SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT

Your safety is our top priority. All of Plan My Gap Years' programmes have been personally inspected and vetted by the PMGY team – which is not an industry standard by any means. We carry out independent risk assessments on an annual basis and our local teams constantly review the safety precautions we implement. This includes regular staff and safety appraisals.

 Our local teams are made up of highly experienced volunteer coordinators. They have hosted international volunteers for many years and are prepared to react in the unlikely event of an emergency. Whatever the problem, big or small, our local teams are available around the clock.

As part of our commitment to your safety, we keep in constant communication with local embassies and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to ensure we can identify potentially dangerous situations and act upon them immediately. Our UK team are available 24/7 to assist volunteers and their families.

TRAINING & SUPPORT

We support our volunteers every step of the way. Before you go we will provide you with a detailed Volunteer Handbook, which will guide you through how to prepare for your trip. This Handbook contains literally everything you need to know – from what to pack, to how to obtain a visa, to local language guides.

Our experienced UK team are always available to provide assistance. Plan My Gap Year is always available to answer our questions and support you in anyway we can. 

On arrival, a member of our in-country team will collect you from the airport and help you settle in. Your orientation course will teach you everything you need to know about the country, how to stay safe and what to expect from your upcoming volunteer experience. 

Our local team are on-call 24/7. Whether you’ve lost your passport or just want some help in planning a weekend trip, our friendly in-country coordinators provide that safety net to ensure you are well looked after.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Plan My Gap Years' responsibility is not limited to our travellers but also the projects we support. That is why all our volunteers must provide a Criminal Background Check before they travel.

It is essential that our projects are need-driven and sustainable. We work closely with our local partners to ensure that our volunteers are contributing to bring about long-term development.

PERSONAL TOUCH

We really know our programmes. Our UK team have stayed in the accommodation, volunteered at the projects and met the volunteers. We carefully assess each application we receive so that your personality and skills are suited to the project. Whatever your query, you can feel assured that you will be speaking to someone who can tell you exactly what to expect.

HAVING FUN

One of the best aspects of volunteering is meeting some amazing like-minded people. We place over 2,000 volunteers every year so wherever and whenever you go, you have the peace of mind in knowing you will be living and working alongside other PMGY volunteers. In many of our destinations, we run our own Volunteer House accommodation, which ensures all volunteers live together, and therefore guaranteeing a strong social element. In addition, our local team are always there to help you plan any independent travel or give you some tips for what to do at the weekend.

860 reviews · rating4.8

Stephanie Wallis rating5

2023 at India Medical Volunteers

PMGY India was an amazing experience. I think a standout for me was the great group of other volunteers in the program who were really friendly and created a great atmosphere. Vishy and Neelesh from the PMGY India team made all of us feel at home and organised amazing volunteering activities (I was ...
Molly Upton rating5

2023 at India Medical Volunteers

The variety of opportunities presented to me during my time in India was astronomical. I worked with dementia patients, rehab patients, witnessed procedures such as endoscopies and c-sections, and learned so much about Indian healthcare. On top of this, cultural visits and weekend trips were in ...
Laura Louise Holden rating5

2023 at India Medical Volunteers

Everyone was so kind, and made sure that I was supported before and during the program. I can’t thank everyone enough for everything I’ve been taught during my time in India and Vishy for helping to make sure we can experience a bit of everything in our ...
Emily Parry rating5

2023 at India Medical Volunteers

Had an absolutely incredible experience! I saw so much and learnt so much 😊 Vishy and all the people at the volunteer house were so accommodating and really made sure we got the most out of our experience. Would definitely recommend to ...
Lee Joshua Melo rating5

2023 at India Medical Volunteers

Excellent organisation and staff before and throughout the work experience. Excellent variety in work experience and hospitality care was very good. Pastoral care was adequately provided. Overall, an unforgettable ...
Matteo Burnett rating5

2023 at India Medical Volunteers

I had a life changing trip with Plan My Gap Year this summer in India. As a student applying to pre-med this medical summer course exceeded my expectations with incredible opportunities including giving injections, observing surgery and learning about medications. The house had a great atmosphere ...

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