What will I do at my nursing placement in Nepal?
A nursing internship in Nepal is the perfect opportunity to explore your interest in the field, while working in hospitals.
- Shadow experienced nurses during their rounds in busy hospitals
- Rotate through departments on a weekly basis, depending on your interests
- Gain practical work experience during health checks at outreaches
Your work can include these activities:
Shadow nurses on their rounds
Each day, you’ll shadow a nurse or doctor, watching them as they work with patients. You can learn a lot from them through observation! When you see diseases, or a procedure being performed, and you don't understand, you can ask questions. The nurses and doctors will be happy to explain what they're doing and what you're seeing. We encourage you to make extensive notes about the things you learn at the hospital.
Rotate through a variety of medical departments
Besides being able to shadow nurses or doctors, you have the opportunity to see various hospital or clinic departments. Does the paediatrics ward appeal to you? How about the orthopaedic department? Or do you see yourself learning about caring for newborns in a maternity ward? Tap into your specialisation interests as you work your way through various hospital and clinic departments in Nepal.
Help do health checks during outreaches
If organised, you will accompany medical staff to medical outreaches. These are organised by hospital staff outside of monsoon season. Many disadvantaged and rural areas have limited access to regular healthcare services. Free health checks are completed at these outreaches, and basic medication is distributed.
Where in the Nepal will I be working?
Kathmandu or Chitwan will be your home for the duration of your nursing internship in Nepal.
Kathmandu Valley has an estimated population of 3 million people. For disadvantaged people, quality healthcare is a challenge. You will work with professional nurses and doctors at your placement, observing as they help people in need. Many of the hospitals placements where you work in Kathmandu are well-equipped and have a strong team of healthcare professionals.
As one of the larger cities in Nepal, Chitwan is also home to a number of our nursing placements. The lowland area will be your base for the duration of your internship. You might be placed in a private community hospital or teaching hospital for example, all with their own learning opportunities.
With the Himalayan mountain range around the corner, weekends should be about exploring and discovering all Nepal has to offer! Learn about the country’s rich culture, tap into your inner peace during a retreat at a monetary, or eat your way through Nepal’s delicious cuisine.
These programs are ideal for medical or healthcare science students looking for a practicum experience abroad. As a practicum student, learning comes to life as you observe doctors and participate in healthcare outreaches. You’ll get a first-hand insight into medical practices in developing countries and actively learn from professionals in the field.
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.
Leisure activities and free time
When you think of Nepal, the first thing that comes to mind is the majestic Himalayan Mountain Range. This is just one example of the country’s extraordinary natural beauty. Combined with rich cultures, this makes it a unique country to volunteer in and explore.
There are a whole host of ways you can explore the stunning and incredibly varied landscapes of Nepal. You can drive off-road through Chitwan National Park, go biking through Kathmandu Valley, or trek in the foothills of Annapurna.
In the evenings and over weekends, it’s worth taking some time to see the sights in Kathmandu. This includes Durbar Square, where you can stand in the midst of an ancient palace. The towering spectacle of the Boudhanath Stupa is also a must-see.
Nepal is one of our most popular destinations, so there will be many other volunteers in the country with you during your trip. This gives you the freedom to spend your leisure time either exploring alone or in a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Nepal
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