Volunteering for Doctors in Nepal
- POSITION: Doctor
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Chitwan
- REQUIREMENTS: Full qualifications as a doctor, relevant licence, and 2 years’ experience
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
Professional doctors volunteering in Nepal will work at a hospital or health post in Chitwan.
Only 15% of Nepal’s population is provided for by its National Health system. The hospital we work at in Chitwan is a private hospital. It charges approximately one fifth of what many private hospitals in Kathmandu charge, thus providing more affordable health care for poorer members of the community. In addition to this, a hospital trust fund, partly funded through Projects Abroad, provides discounted and free healthcare for some patients.
Many medical students train at the hospital in Chitwan. The health post provides basic healthcare for patients who live further away from the hospitals.
This project is perfect for anyone qualified considering volunteer work abroad or doctors on a career break.
Here you will find answers to the following questions:
How can volunteer doctors help in Nepal?
As a volunteer doctor you can use your knowledge and training to help local staff improve standards of healthcare. Most of the facilities we with work with are not short staffed. However, volunteers are vitally needed to improve the standards of healthcare through training.
Volunteers may also be able to participate in outreach programs with disadvantaged groups in the local area.
You can work on tasks such as:
- Organizing and leading lectures, workshops, and on the job training for staff and students at the hospital or health post.
- Helping to develop clinical protocols.
- Observing or in some cases working with existing staff to treat patients in order to gain an understanding of medical practices in Nepal.
- Taking part in outreach programs in the surrounding areas, where possible.
The obvious differences in the local facilities, medical practice, language, and culture mean you will need to take some time to observe and get to know the staff before you will have the opportunity to teach or do any practical work.
Most volunteers work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, although this may vary.
The hospital staff is specifically on the lookout for volunteers with experience in cardiology, neurosurgery, pediatrics, thoracic surgery, laposcopic surgery, emergency medicine, and micro-surgery. They would also appreciate anyone with experience of hospital management.
Please note senior hospital staff and Projects Abroad staff are able to speak English but most patients will not be able to communicate in English.
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 takes time to adjust to 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?
This professional volunteer work abroad will allow you to observe how medicine is practiced in the developing world. You may also experience diseases, medical conditions, and treatments that are uncommon in your home country. You will gain new skills through your work training local staff and students.
You will learn about the Nepalese culture and 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 be provided?
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 fully qualified as a doctor, 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 do not have the required qualifications or experience.