Medical & Rehabilitation Internship

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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High­lights

Learn from doctors and nurses in hospitals and rehabilitation centres
Gain practical experience by doing basic health checks and administering medication on community outreach days
Gain invaluable insight into the healthcare system of a developing country. This is what will give your CV an extra edge
Based either in Kathmandu or Chitwan District, you are bound to enjoy a memorable and immersive experience in the midst of the majestic Himalaya mountain range
The country’s extraordinary natural beauty and rich cultures, makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore
Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
You'll be working in either a hospital or rehabilitation centre. In both cases, there's a massive scope of work for medical interns in Nepal. 

Your work will be split in four main areas:

Observation

Shadowing and observation are a huge part of this project. You’ll follow local doctors and nurses as they go about their daily tasks. While doing this, you will learn about the area’s common diseases, their diagnoses, and treatment.

We aim to create a platform for a true cultural exchange, with you learning from local staff and then sharing your experiences with fellow interns.

Outreach Work

We also organise outreach days to give you some practical medical work experience in Nepal. You'll take time out from your regular schedule and join other interns together as a group.

During these outreaches, you will assist doctors and nurses with free health checks and administering basic medication in the suburban or remote communities of Kathmandu. This could include:

  • Blood pressure checks
  • Weighing
  • Heart rate monitoring

Hygiene workshops

From time to time we arrange health and hygiene classes at local schools. Here you will help teach local children a few basics, such as:

  • Dental/oral hygiene
  • Hand washing techniques
  • Personal hygiene

First Aid

Nepal is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, such as earthquakes. Because of this, you’ll help us run basic first aid workshops for care centre staff, parents, and community members. By doing this, you equip them with the necessary skills to help out during a disaster.

Please note that your role as a medical intern in Nepal is strictly observational, as the government does not permit practical involvement in hospitals from those who are not licensed medical professionals.

Typical day

On any given day, you will work shifts alongside your professional supervisors.

Whether you start early in the morning or sign up for an evening shift, you will be shadowing local doctors and nurses closely as they make their rounds.

At least once during your placement, you’ll get the opportunity to join an outreach for a day or two, which will take you to rural communities or local schools.

During the hours you aren’t working, you’ll have ample free time to explore with your fellow interns, taking in Nepal’s rich cultural heritage and spectacular natural beauty. Visit one of the many temples in the old city centre of Kathmandu, sample the delicious local food or go for a hike in the mountains.

Since you will be living with a local host family, use any opportunity during free time to get to know them better, and fully immerse yourself in their way of life.

Free-time activities

When you think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Himalayan Mountain Range. This is just one example of the country’s extraordinary natural beauty. Combined with rich cultures, this makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore.

There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal. You can drive off-road through Chitwan National Park, go biking through Kathmandu Valley, or trek in the foothills of Annapurna.

In the evenings and over weekends, it’s worth taking some time to see the sights in Kathmandu. This includes Durbar Square, where you can stand in the midst of an ancient palace. The towering spectacle of the Boudhanath Stupa is also a must-see.

Nepal is one of our most popular destinations, so there will be many other volunteers in the country with you during your trip. This gives you the freedom to spend your leisure time either exploring alone or in a group. 

Sightseeing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu, a Projects Abroad staff member will be there to welcome you. They will then drive you to your accommodation in the city, where you’ll be able to relax and settle in. It’s about a thirty minute drive from the airport to the city centre.

Conservation volunteers will generally spend one night in Kathmandu, before travelling to Pokhara the next day. You can travel by bus to Pokhara, which is between six to eight hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

If you’re being placed in Chitwan, you’ll also spend your first night in Kathmandu, before travelling to Chitwan the next day by bus.  

The cost of your airport transfers are included in your project fee.  

Accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Kathmandu or Chitwan. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Nepal and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
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 Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The Start Dates are completely flexible.


Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,303
2 weeks
$1,493
3 weeks
$1,683
4 weeks
$1,873
8 weeks
$2,633
16 weeks
$4,153
50 weeks (max. stay)
$10,611
Average fees
$758 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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 (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Medical & Rehabilitation Internship

Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal.

$579/week

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