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Medical and Health Care Supporter

by GoEco

Intern at medical facilities around Palampur! This internship is designed for pre-medical, medical, and nursing students looking to shadow experienced professionals.


Palampur is a small town nestled in the Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh. While it is a fairly small town, it serves over 50 villages in the surrounding area, so it can get quite busy at times. Palampur is not only famous for its beautiful tea plantations and its low lying pine forests, but also for its two existing universities. One is an Agricultural University, and the other specializes in Veterinary Medicine. Although Palampur seems isolated, it is actually very well connected to other parts of India. There is an airport in Dharamsala,  the home of the Tibetan government in exile as well as the Dalai Lama, and it is only an hour's drive away from the town. There are also daily air-conditioned buses to Delhi and other major cities in North India, making it easy to get around and explore all this beautiful country has to offer.

About the Project

This project aims to provide pre-medical/pre-nursing and medical/nursing students with a unique medical internship in Palampur. Placements are located in hospitals, clinics, medical colleges, and community clinics. There are also specialized placements for Physiotherapy, Midwifery and Speech Therapy students in Palampur, for those qualified and interested. The program's goal is to expose all medical and nursing students to India's method of medical practice and teach students about different diseases, treatment methods and experience what its like to intern at a hospital with limited resources.

Orientation Week (Optional)

Prior to your volunteering start date, you can join an extensive and interesting one-week orientation program in Delhi. You will have the opportunity to visit Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, tour the the Akshardham Temple (the largest Hindu temple in the world), take Hindi language classes, learn about India's unique culture, watch a Bollywood movie, and eat at an authentic Indian restaurant.  This is a fun opportunity to familiarize yourself with the country and meet other like-minded interns from all around the world. The extra fee for this week is US$250 and you may book this following registration.

Intern Work and Contribution

Following orientation week in Delhi, interns continue on to their designated projects in Palampur.

As an intern, you work alongside experienced medical staff while they carry out their daily routine. Pre-med/nursing or those in first or second-year of medical/nursing school will primarily shadow the team. Medical and nursing students will have the opportunity to observe as well as assist the doctors and other medical staff at their placements. You will be given tasks according to your level of knowledge, skills and confidence. If you have experience, please bring a copy of your certifications.

The project tasks are mainly observational and shadow-based, unless you have the certification to do more. Your main role will be to work with and learn from local medical professionals in some or all areas of the center, though you will usually work in the general medicine or OPD in the hospital.

To make the most out of your placement, it is very important to build trust with the local medical staff and respect India's methods of medical practice and treatment, as it may be very different from what you are used to in your home country.

Important Notes

You should to apply to this project at 1 - 2 months before your chosen start date in order to ensure that you have enough time to obtain the proper visa.  The visa process is lengthy and can take up to 2 months.

Suitable for


Typical day

You will intern for about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Your hours may vary according to the volume of patients visiting the center where you are placed. Your responsibilities will also vary based on your level of experience and schooling. If you have a broad knowledge and extensive experience in the healthcare and medical field, you may receive a slightly more hands-on experience.

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Must be a pre-med, medical, or nursing student at University level
Required Documents
CV / Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Immunizations (consult your doctor)

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

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

You are encouraged to explore India on your time off. Take a trip to Dharamshala, experience the culture of India through its colorful festivals, unique dance, and diverse architecture. On the weekend you can also go Paragliding at Bir ( One of the most famous paragliding sites in India) or do a trek with the other program participants at Triund.


Included Services

What's included?

Besides Accommodation, Food and Airport Pickup the fee includes:

  • Support: Local in-country team and 24hr emergency support
  • Internet access: Free internet access is available at the local office in Palampur
  • Recreation: Yoga class once a week
  • Insurance: Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
  • Pre-Departure Kit: Full project details will be sent following registration

Airport Pickup at Gaggal Airport

We will pick you up on arrival.


You will stay in shared, mixed gender rooms in one of two intern houses in Palampur. You will be placed in accommodation depending on the distance from the project and the type of program you are completing. Living is comfortable and intern houses have electricity, running water and hot water heaters. (Please be advised that centralized heating systems are not commonly installed in Indian households). You will be provided with a basic bed, mattress, pillow, bed sheet and blanket.

The accommodations are within walking distance of most of the projects. Transportation to Dharamsala is just 40 minutes by local bus. Accommodations are located approximately 20 minutes from the main Palampur town market.

Internet: Available at the accommodation.

Food & Beverages

3 vegetarian meals are provided daily. Breakfast is usually comprised of tea, bread, butter, jam, and paranthas (Indian bread stuffed with vegetables). Lunch and dinner is usually comprised of dal (lentil curry), mixed curry, vegetables, salad, roti (Indian bread), and fruit.

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.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
12 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees

You can volunteer at the project site in Palampur/India between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco 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 GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in India

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for India. Please check the visa regulations for India.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in India and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in India.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Gaggal Airport (DHM) in Dharamsala. We assist you to find cheap flights to India.
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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in India you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for India.
What can you do in leisure-time in India while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Palampur, Palampur, India

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