Join us for a Medical internship in Nepal and kick-start your future career in medicine. You’ll learn from local doctors and nurses as they go about their daily tasks in either a hospital or rehabilitation center. This will give you invaluable insight into the healthcare challenges of a developing country.
You’ll also gain practical experience in doing basic health checks and administering medication on one of our medical outreach days. This will all be under the supervision of a local professional.
Be prepared to learn about rare diseases you’ve only read about in text books. We’ll teach you about their diagnosis and treatment and show you practical examples to back up the theory.
Based either in Kathmandu or Chitwan District, you are bound to enjoy a memorable and immersive experience in the midst of the majestic Himalaya mountain range.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Travel and medical insurance
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Medical Electives for Students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
What will I do on this international medical internship in Nepal?
You'll be working in either a hospital or rehabilitation center. In both cases, there's a massive scope of work for medical interns in Nepal. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:
- Observe doctors and nurses doing their daily rounds
- Assist in free basic health checks during outreaches
- Present hygiene workshops at schools
- Lead first aid trainings for care center staff and parents
Your work will be split in four main areas:
Shadowing and observation are a huge part of this project. You’ll follow local doctors and nurses as they go about their daily tasks. While doing this, you will learn about the area’s common diseases, their diagnoses, and treatment.
We aim to create a platform for a true cultural exchange, with you learning from local staff and then sharing your experiences with fellow interns.
We also organize outreach days to give you some practical medical work experience in Nepal. You'll take time out from your regular schedule and join other interns together as a group.
During these outreaches, you will assist doctors and nurses with free health checks and administering basic medication in the suburban or remote communities of Kathmandu. This could include:
- Blood pressure checks
- Heart rate monitoring
From time to time we arrange health and hygiene classes at local schools. Here you will help teach local children a few basics, such as:
- Dental/oral hygiene
- Hand washing techniques
- Personal hygiene
Nepal is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, such as earthquakes. Because of this, you’ll help us run basic first aid workshops for care center staff, parents, and community members. By doing this, you equip them with the necessary skills to help out during a disaster.
Please note that your role as a medical intern in Nepal is strictly observational, as the government does not permit practical involvement in hospitals from those who are not licensed medical professionals.
Where you will be working in Nepal
Depending on your fields of interest and/or skills we will place you at either a hospital or a rehabilitation center for disabled children.
These placements will be located in either Kathmandu or Chitwan.
A sprawling city where Himalayan adventurers rub shoulders with ascetic holy men, Kathmandu truly is a feast for the senses.
With an estimated population of 3 million living in the Kathmandu Valley, health services are often stretched thin, especially in rural areas.
Known as the Medical City of Nepal, Chitwan is home to a variety of top-rated medical institutions.
Drawing people from all across the country, northern India and other parts of the Himalayan region, it’s become something of a medical tourism hot spot over the past few years.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
I was able to shadow doctors throughout many departments within the hospital. This is where I was able to watch my first surgery! It was quite the experience. I was also able to volunteer in the outpatient department as well as the radiology oncology unit.
Medical Internship in Nepal
From the moment I got off the plane in Nepal, I felt the support of Projects Abroad. They picked me up from the airport, took me to the hotel, went over the project I would be working on and then showed me around Thamel.
Medical Internship in Nepal
Meet the team in Nepal
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