Volunteering for Ophthalmologists in Nepal
Professional Ophthalmologists volunteering in Nepal work at an eye hospital in Chitwan.
This project is perfect for anyone qualified considering voluntary work abroad or ophthalmologists on a career break.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can volunteer ophthalmologists help in Nepal?
As a volunteer eye doctor you can use your knowledge and training to treat patients and help to train students at the hospital.
Volunteers may also be able to participate in outreach programs with disadvantaged groups in the local area.
You can work on tasks such as:
- Carrying out assessments and prescribing treatments.
- Assisting in afternoon surgeries.
- Teaching medical students.
The difference in facilities, medical practice, language and culture mean you will need to take some time to observe and get to know the local staff before you will have the opportunity to do any practical work.
Most volunteers work from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, although this may vary.
Please note senior hospital staff and Projects Abroad staff are able to speak English but most Nepali patients will not.
This project runs all year round so you can join at any time. You decide how much time you can spare and we will help you get the most out of it. Volunteers should note that it can take time to adjust to some cultural differences and to gain the trust of local staff. Therefore, the longer a volunteer is able to stay, the more they and the hospital will gain from the project.
What will I gain from this project?
You will get the chance to work independently and gain experience of treating patients in a basic environment. You will also work with local staff members who can provide an insight into the difference between practices in the East and West.
You will learn about Nepalese culture and their way of life through speaking to your new colleagues. Staff and patients will want to hear about your life back home and your family and friends. We call this "cultural exchange" and we think it helps our volunteers gain a new perspective on life.
What will Projects Abroad provide?
We have over 20 years’ experience of running volunteer projects. We provide you with the following support to make sure your time in Nepal is successful and enjoyable:
- Safe accommodation with a Nepalese family close to your project.
- Friendly and dedicated local staff available to help 24 hours a day.
- Collection on arrival at Kathmandu airport. You will spend your first night in a local hotel.
- Medical and travel insurance.
What skills or qualifications do I need?
You need to be a qualified ophthalmologist, have a relevant license to practice in your country of residence and 2 years’ experience.
Please contact us if you think your knowledge may be useful on this project but you do not have the required experience.