International Nursing Internships in Nepal
- PLACEMENT LOCATION: Kathmandu and Chitwan
- ROLE: To gain knowledge by observing local nurses and other medical staff at work
- Requirements: None
- TYPES OF PLACEMENTS: Hospitals
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
- START DATES: Flexible
Projects Abroad Nursing interns in Nepal work in hospitals and other medical centers in and around either Kathmandu or Chitwan. Through observing local nurses you will be exposed to many conditions and diseases you would not normally see at home.
During your internship you will likely come into contact with many easily preventable diseases and illnesses, many of which originate from malnutrition. Departments you could work in include general health services, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dental services, ENT, x-ray, and ultrasound.
There are a variety of hospitals or centers where you could work. For instance, you could intern at a facility dedicated to the field of trauma, orthopedics, or rehabilitation. Alternatively, you may be based at a leading center for the functional mobility of physically disabled children.
If there is an area of nursing you would like to specialize in we should be able to arrange it. Please let us know what your preferences are when you apply. Projects Abroad will help match you to a placement that will best suit you.
Please note, the role of all medical interns is observational. Because volunteers are not licensed medical professionals in Nepal, the government does not permit them to do practical work in hospitals. You will, however, get involved with practical work during outreaches.
Interning Abroad as a Nurse in Nepal with Projects Abroad
The local nurses in Nepal will mostly deal with the direct treatment of the patients. As an intern you will shadow the nurses and observe their work. You will find that things are done much differently than you are used to. For instance, much of the basic care for patients is usually handled by the patients’ families.
During your project, you will not be assigned to a specific doctor or nurse for the duration of your project. On your first day, you will be introduced to the head of the department you will be working in. Throughout your project, you will shadow whichever doctors or nurses are on duty at the time.
You may have the chance to spend time on community outreach projects organized by the hospital where you are working. These are usually done on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, except during the rainy season from June to September. The outreach projects offer free health checks and distribute basic medication to suburban or remote communities. Interns working in Chitwan may have the opportunity to visit local schools to lead health and hygiene classes.
Projects Abroad also arranges monthly lectures or training workshops for Nursing and other medical interns in Nepal.
During your time in Nepal you will live with a local host family. You will be part of our Projects Abroad volunteer community to spend time with when you are not working. Kathmandu is full of temples and culture, and there are areas around Chitwan that are fantastic for hiking and adventure sports.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Nepal Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.
Nursing internships in Nepal are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.