Involvement Volunteers IVI

Medical Hospital Internship

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Gain first hand in depth experience shadowing doctors and nurses in government, private or community hospitals. Great option for medical students and aspiring students

During the internship, you will gain valuable experience and learn by observing the procedures of the in-house doctors. The internship can take place in either government, private or community hospitals around Kathmandu. This program is aimed for medicine students or those with a medical background.

For those practising or aspiring to practice medicine, the hospital internship is an amazing experience which will help you appreciate the challenges faced in developing countries around medical care.   As a Medical intern, you’ll shadow registered doctors and nurses and may take part in medical procedures dependant on skill levels.  The majority of work will be observation based only within government, private, or community hospitals in Kathmandu and in around Kathmandu Valley.

There will not be any hands-on work unless you are very experienced. If not, then most of your learning will be through observation.  Many options are available for volunteers depending on your skill level.  You’ll spend the first couple days observing and being assessed for your experience level which will be discussed and agreed to with the head doctors or nurses in order to optimize your contribution to the hospital.  Experienced participants can be delegated daily roles as nurses and doctors.  See first hand treatments you may not have access to seeing in your home environment.

You will need prior knowledge & experience in the medical profession to apply.  

For most visitors to Nepal, Kathmandu Valley is the arrival point and the primary focus of the visit. This small, mountain-sheltered valley is the historical centre of Nepal, a place where kingdoms rose and fell, where palaces and temples were built and rebuilt, and where Nepali art and culture was developed and refined. Rivers and streams interlace with the landscape, the brick-red villages cling to ridges to preserve precious land and even from the bustling centres of each of the cities, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Himalayas against the intense blue skies.

Typical day

Example day to day (breakfast lunch, dinner included daily)

  • Monday-Friday – The schedule is highly flexible and depends on local needs and your skills. You can expect to accompany the doctor on his rounds every morning and be prepared to assist in various tasks based on your own level of experience.  The Hospital Director will schedule your program when a resume and qualification certificates have been received.
  • Weekends – are always free.  Relax at the volunteer center or expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in Kathmandu. 

Details on Arrival

Weekend arrivals preferred

Free-time activities

Kathmandu is the gateway to the Himalayas and as such mountain sightseeing, hiking, white water rafting are popular options as well as various cultural sights with Buddhist monasteries, temples and historical villages.   Our local team will help you organize activities alongside your newfound volunteer friends and family.

Climbing
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at medical or healthcare background or interests level
Required Documents
CV
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 from 09:00 - 14:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Involvement Volunteers IVI (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI

Includes:

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport

Pick up from Kathmandu airport included on weekends only.  Approx 1 hour drive from the airport to the volunteer center

Accommodation
Located in a central part of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, the large volunteer center has 4 bedrooms which hold up to 12 people maximum, with 3 to 4 people sharing one room. They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room; a fully furnished living room; live-in staff on call 24/7; a garden complete with a comfortable, covered area for smoking and drinking alcohol and 24/7 security.  Amenities include;
TV with SKY, DVD player, computer with internet & several gym’s nearby.  ATM’s approx  5 minutes walk from the center.  Local supermarket is a 5 minute walk from the centre.  Personal SIM card for your mobile: You can buy at the local shop.  The volunteer house has free Wi-Fi, however please be aware the quality is not always great with slower speeds and irregular connections occasionally.   Most people bring their own devices and buy a local SIM with data plan instead.

For those seeking more privacy, there are accommodation upgrades available at an extra cost. (approx US$150 p/room p/week).  This must be booked in advance and availability is limited.

Kathmandu accommodation includes;

  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays,  2 Meals p/day weekends (mostly vegetarian cuisine)
  • 4-6 persons p/room
  • Wifi in public areas (Quality is not the best though.  You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan)
  • T.V, DVD player, computer
  • Laundry facilities (at an additional fee)
  • Lockable rooms
  • Hot shower
  • Private bathrooms
  • Bed Linen (no towels)
  • Mosquito protection
  • Fans (no air-con)
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once per week. You can chose to eat out at any of the local restaurants.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$595.00
3 weeks
$765.00
4 weeks
$934.00
5 weeks
$1,104.00
6 weeks
$1,273.00
7 weeks
$1,443.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$2,290.00
Average fees
$244.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in kathmandu/Nepal between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Nepal.
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 Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Asia Southern Asia Nepal  Kathmandu, Kathmandu

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