medical nepal

Program Details

  • Date

     February 8, 2017

  • Departing

     Departures every Monday

  • Price

    For 2017/2018
    Minimum of 2 wks - maximum of 10 wks
    Medical Internship
    £1115 - 2 weeks
    £1235 - 3 weeks
    £1355 - 4 weeks
    £1475 - 5 weeks
    + £120 per extra week

    (Currency Converter)

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     nepal-internships, Single Project Interns, Nepal, Programs


Peaks, prayer flags and paddy fields
Majestic and Spiritual

Nepal is so much more than Mount Everest and the snow capped Himalayas. Majestic temples, prayer flags, paddy fields, jungles and the kindest nation of people you will ever meet come together to create an amazing, historically spiritual country.

Struggling back from the earthquakes of 2015, their resilience is notable and their appreciation for help tangible. Whether your intention is to help on one of our care, medical or relief disaster projects or maybe you just want to trek amongst the snowy peaks, you will be helping this country get back onto its feet in some shape or form.

Nepal has historically been a shrewd trader with both India to the South and China to the North. It is also in a transitional stage from royal autocracy to a form of democracy, promoting a dynamic and more modern metropolis. Western influences mean that you'll witness monks chatting on mobile phones and slick looking businessmen wandering about briefcase in hand.

Medical Internship in Nepal
Observational Medical Internships

Our medical internships provide the perfect opportunity to gain an understanding of health care in the developing world whilst learning from some of the most skilled practitioners in the country. You’ll find the facilities are generally quite basic when compared to those in the west, but the dedication and care unbeatable.

All our internships are in facilities which provide healthcare to the underprivileged and many have social development aspects. In some cases the medical care is free or subsidised.

Your medical role will be observational and hugely rewarding in hospitals based in Kathmandu or in Chitwan. You will have the opportunity to shadow doctors in pediatrics, orthopedics, ENT, basic surgery, maternity, wound treatment, ICU & emergency room, laboratory, gynecology, psychiatry, physiotherapy and in/out-patient.

You’ll find the hospitals are at their busiest in the mornings, so after 2 pm you can use the time to study. You will need to be pro-active in your role as there isn’t a daily supervisor to direct your time.

Medical internships available in:

Referral centers for mobility

Referral centers for the functional mobility of physically disabled children. Most of the cases are due to neglected orthopedic conditions, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, or spinal injuries.

Teaching hospital

Large teaching hospitals which provides intensive care, emergency, and highly sophisticated diagnostic and other therapeutic services, with the aim of serving the local community.

Tropical diseases

We also offer internships in departments specializing in diseases which you are extremely unlikely to have seen in the west. Many of these conditions, with symptoms such as diarrhea and with their origins in malnutrition, are easily preventable and you get involved in campaigns to increase public awareness around health issues and to help improve the quality of life by educating people about health and sanitation.

Medical Outreach Work

Volunteers working at one of our hospitals may be able to take part in our outreach programmes, which are organized by the hospital. These programmes take place on a monthly or bimonthly basis outside of the rainy season (June to September) and offer free health checks and basic medication to suburban or remote communities in Nepal.

Volunteers working in Chitwan may have the opportunity to visit local schools to lead health and hygiene classes.

There are many medical related opportunities in Nepal. If you wish to let us know your particular interests, we will try to arrange for you to work in that specific area. For all Medicine placements in Nepal you should speak at least intermediate English.

Read more about our medical projects here ->

This project is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

Intern Essentials

How it works in country, from where you stay to who looks after you.
Nepal Overseas Staff
Project Staff - A Network of Support

The main office is in the centre of Kathmandu where the Country Director and all members of staff base themselves. The office acts as a general meeting point for all the volunteers in and around Kathmandu and everyone is welcome to come in, hang out and use the wi-fi.

All our staff are trained in-country to follow best practice procedures, including monitoring, security, and emergency procedures. They are responsible for organizing the projects and accommodation to ensure everything runs smoothly.

They are there to assist with any concerns, problems, advice, and general administration that may arise during your time away - available during the day at the office and directly contactable 24 hours a day by phone.

On arrival

On arrival you will appointed with a project supervisor who will go through your ‘induction’, work schedule and will be your first point of contact.

Your induction will include:

  • A Welcome Pack with details of the local office and other volunteers, maps, and other useful information (such as banks, doctors, and public transport).
  • A tour of the area on local transport that you'll need to use regularly.
  • Advice on local customs and what to expect while you are away to help you feel confident in your new environment.

    Project Details: One month before you go you will be allocated your project details. These include addresses and phone numbers of your host family, project and supervisor.

  • Nepal Flights
    Picked Up and Dropped Back

    We will help organise your flights to Nepal.

    You will need to fly into Kathmandu International airport where you will be met by a member of staff who will accompany you to your host accommodation, by taxi.

    You will be given an International Embarkation/Disembarkation Card on the flight - please mark status as 'Tourist'.

    A taxi will be organised for you at the end to take you back to the airport.

    Nepal Accomodation
    All Organised for You

    You will stay with host families whilst on your internship, in basic but friendly homes. Some families take up to 4 volunteers and a couple can accept up to 12, which is similar to living in a hostel. Generally expect 2 volunteers per room in all accommodation.

    You will be provided with 3 meals a day of local style food – expect to eat Dal bhat for most meals (rice and lentil soup)!

    Smoking and drinking will not be permitted in any accommodation.

    You will need to bring your own cleaning products and toilet paper, as Nepalese are used to using just water.

    At the weekends most volunteers head to Thamel (Kathmandu centre) or further afield away so they can do touristy activities and/or go out for a drink/meal.

    Nepal Spending Money
    Budget to Explore

    Their currency is the Nepali Rupee, where 100 rupees = US$1. There are plenty of ATM’s in the city so it is easy to get money out, little and often.

    An average weekly allowance would be about US$30 depending on how often you go out etc. and more will be needed for the weekends if you do some adventure activities.

    Typical costs are:

  • Transport - you might spend about 200-500 rupees (US$2-5) per week on transport.
  • Food - 500-1000 rupees/$5-10 for a western meal at a nice restaurant.
  • Social - US$6 – 10 per social event (including nights out, cinema, museums).
  • Laundry - 50-100 rupees per kg.

  • Nepal Backpacker Favourite
    Backpacker Favourites

    On your days off there's always something going on. Kathmandu attracts pilgrims as well as tourists, so there are plenty of religious festivals and temples to visit and the adventurous will be easily satisfied.

    Taxis, buses, tempos (three wheeled buses), auto-rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws and bicycles are the tried and tested ways to get around the Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley. But please always use the tourist buses and not the local ones.

    Top adventures would include:

  • Trekking in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Trekking the Annapurna circuit and around Lukla - 10-14 days needed to do it properly.
  • Everest base camp trek – requires 3 weeks.
  • Safari in Chitwan National Park - 5 hours from Kathmandu.
  • Pokhara is another favourite which is around 6 hours from Kathmandu.
  • White water rafting, biking and climbing.

    Please note:

    Independent travel is easily arranged in Kathmandu. Many trips/activities can be organised through our trusted hotels and reputable agencies. Our in country staff will advise on arrival.

  • Nepal Weather
    From the Mountains to the Jungle

    The information below relates to Kathmandu. The weather is milder in the mountains and warmer/more humid in the lowlands (e.g. Chitwan).

    Hot season

    April-Aug expect warm daytime temperatures, up to 30-35°C, going down to about 20°C at night (still as low as 11°C at night in April).

    Rainy season

    June-mid September, which is also the warmest and most humid period. Do not expect to trek during this time or to have good views of the mountains.

    Dry season

    Oct - Dec, the start of the dry season. This is one of the best times to travel - clear skies with good visibility of the mountains and the country is lush following the monsoon.

    Cold season

    Nov - Feb are the coldest months, with temperatures no higher than 19°C and down as low as 2°C at night. There is no indoor heating, so be prepared with coats and other warm clothes, especially when indoors.

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