Nursing Assistant Internship

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Coordinator | Bethany
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Learn directly from nurses and get practical work experience in medical outreaches
See a number of different hospital departments and learn about various conditions, diseases, and patient care
The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional
Explore the extraordinary natural beauty and rich cultures of this unique country
Explore Nepal, hike the Himalayas, or relax with your host family
Shadow nurses in hospitals or clinics and gain practical work experience during outreach work. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+

A nursing internship in Nepal is the perfect opportunity to explore your interest in the field, while working in hospitals.

  • Shadow experienced nurses during their rounds in busy hospitals
  • Rotate through departments on a weekly basis, depending on your interests
  • Gain practical work experience during health checks at outreaches

Your work can include these activities:

Shadow nurses on their rounds

Each day, you’ll shadow a nurse or doctor, watching them as they work with patients. You can learn a lot from them through observation! When you see diseases, or a procedure being performed, and you don't understand, you can ask questions. The nurses and doctors will be happy to explain what they're doing and what you're seeing. We encourage you to make extensive notes about the things you learn at the hospital.

Rotate through a variety of medical departments

Besides being able to shadow nurses or doctors, you have the opportunity to see various hospital or clinic departments. Does the paediatrics ward appeal to you? How about the orthopaedic department? Or do you see yourself learning about caring for newborns in a maternity ward? Tap into your specialisation interests as you work your way through various hospital and clinic departments in Nepal.   

Help do health checks during outreaches

If organised, you will accompany medical staff to medical outreaches. These are organised by hospital staff outside of monsoon season. Many disadvantaged and rural areas have limited access to regular healthcare services. Free health checks are completed at these outreaches, and basic medication is distributed.

Typical day

Your day starts by getting ready in your host family home and having breakfast. On your way out of the door, you grab your white lab coat, lunch, notebook and bag. On your first day, our staff will be there to show you the way.

Each day, you work between 4-6 hours at the hospital, Monday to Friday.

The supervising nurse will lead you around the hospital, explaining different conditions and answering any questions you have. Do any of the conditions sound similar to ones in your home country? How would they be treated back home? We encourage you to write down your observations in a notebook.

Mornings in the hospital are the busiest hours. In the afternoons, when nurses and doctors are less busy, you can study and spend more time with them. Gain nursing work experience in Nepal by using this time to learn more about the different hospital wards like pediatrics, orthopedics, maternity, wound treatment, or the Emergency Room.

The end of another busy day at the placement is merely the start of your leisure activities in the evenings, or over the weekends. Relax in your host family home or connect with the global network of interns and volunteers currently in Nepal. You can also explore the country in your free time.

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. 



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

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

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

  • 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.

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.  


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.
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


Details on arrival

We have a number of nursing placements in hospitals and are flexible when it comes to your start and end dates. The project runs throughout the year and you can join at any time.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
8 weeks
16 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$845 /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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