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Medical Nursing Internship

Dharamsala, India

Give your nursing and medical career a much needed throttle by interning in India under the nursing internship program. Get an edge over your batch-mates.

The project

Interning in the medical internship program in India, Palampur-Dharamsala area, is a very challenging and learning experience wherein interns get to work and understand the medical system in India.  Interns are placed in hospitals and clinics in the region where they work alongside the medical staff and attending to the needs of the patients. 

Your role as a volunteer

Students mainly shadow and assist the medical staff depending on their level of experience and the skills they possess. While first, second and third year medical students mainly observe and shadow in the medical procedures, senior medical students are able to perform hands on tasks depending on their skill level. 

Our placements include general medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics as well as in Ayurveda and Naturopathy clinic and hospitals. This is a great internship opportunity for medical students to observe and check patients from varied backgrounds and with different diseases.

For groups of medical students we also arrange medical check up camps in schools and visit to local communities as well as different medical colleges in and around Palampur area where they get to know more about the Indian medical and healthcare system.

Daily Routine

A list of daily routine of the intern volunteers includes general tasks as given below:

  • Depending on skills, assist with procedures like suturing wounds, giving vaccinations etc.
  • Shadow the Doctors on critical surgeries and operations.
  • Being involved in the daily procedures of the hospital.
  • Conducting hospital rounds with the doctors.
  • Maintaining files.
  • Routine patient check-ups like measure Blood pressure, check fever.
The minimum duration to join this program is 2 weeks, and can be extended up to 24 weeks.

Typical day

A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;

Sunday : Arrival in Palampur

Monday : Orientation + neighbourhood familiarization tour. Orientation session will be conducted by the local coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behaviour, food, and other suggestion over things to do in Palampur-Dharamsala.

Tue to Fri : Volunteer work

  • Breakfast - 08:30 am onwards
  • Working hours at the placement - 09:00 am to 01:00 pm and 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
  • Lunch - 1:00 pm onwards (Provided at the accommodation)
  • Dinner - 06:00 pm onwards

The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onwards 

Weekends : Free to explore the city

Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.. 

Details on Arrival

Below are the available start date for this internship program;

August        13   27

September 10   24

October        08   22

November 12   26

December 10

The start date you choose will also be your arrival date in Palampur. Volunteers will have to fly in to Delhi airport, and then can take a connecting flight to Dharamsala, where our local coordinator will pick them up from the airport. Alternatively, volunteers can also choose to take direct bus to Palampur.  

Free-time activities

Palampur is a great location for volunteering since you also have ample options for quick weekend getaways. Hill stations like Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, and Manali are nearby which can be visited over the weekend.  Adventure activities like trekking and paragliding can be taken up during weekends. Billing, which is a few kilometers away from Palampur, is a world famous site for paragliding.

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Healthcare at Pre-med/Pre-nursing level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport, Letter of Recommendation and Statement of Motivation
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 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

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The total cost for the internship program includes;

  • Pre departure information and support
  • Airport Pickup and drop from airport
  • Orientation 
  • Three meals a day
  • Welcome dinner
  • Accommodation in a home stay 
  • Local market tour
  • Visit to Tea garden and Tea factory
  • Visit to nearby tourist attractions within 20 kms
  • Yoga and meditation class once a week 
  • 24*7 staff support

Airport Pickup at Gaggal Airport

Volunteers who are arriving by flight to Palampur will be picked up by the local coordinator at the Dharamsala Airport, and will be transferred to Palampur. Volunteers who choose to reach Palampur by bus, will be picked up from Palampur bus stand. 

Airport pickup is arranged between 06:00 am and 10:00 pm. 

Accommodation

We would provide you accommodation in one of our volunteer homes in Palampur. The accommodations are neat and clean and provide a safe living environment. Both our houses provide dongle internet facility, hot water and heaters during winters, modern toilets and comfortable beds to sleep on. 

Guesthouse Bedroom (Double) Camping
Food & Beverages
We have cooks at the home who prepare meals for the volunteers. A sample of the meals you can expect are below:

  • Breakfast - Parantha, Bread, Tea (chai), Jam, Butter, Porridge etc.
  • Lunch/ Dinner - Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (indian bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
Vegetarians are welcome!
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 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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$840.00
3 weeks
$990.00
4 weeks
$1,140.00
5 weeks
$1,290.00
6 weeks
$1,440.00
7 weeks
$1,590.00
8 weeks
$1,740.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4,620.00
Average fees
$306.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Dharamsala/India between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in India.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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