If you are considering a career in medicine, Kaya’s medical volunteering in Nepal gives you an outlook how the government is trying to provide adequate health services for the poorer members of Kathmandu’s urban community. Hundreds of thousands of Nepalese people are estimated to suffer unnecessarily due to a lack of basic health care. Tackling a wide range of diseases and ailments affecting the local population and gaining an understanding of how local practitioners work in a team using their training and experience to treat their patients.
The hospital is based in Kathmandu and has many departments including x-ray, laboratory, in- patient wards, OBGYN, ECG, dental, eye-care, pre and post op care. Doctors make daily rounds using diagnostic processes and giving treatment to approximately 250 patients per day. Pre-med volunteering gives you the opportunity to broaden your view of the Nepali healthcare system. Participate in Kaya’s medical volunteering in Nepal and learn first-hand about basic healthcare in a third world country and the challenges facing medical professionals and patients.
Why choose this project?
All aspects of the health-care system in Nepal are underfunded and understaffed and local staff face and face many challenges. Volunteer non-medically trained students can come and observe doctors and nurses in action building an appreciation of Nepalese healthcare by shadowing experienced doctors, discussing diagnosis and treatment. The project is a great opportunity for volunteers who are studying within the medical profession to have increased medical exposure through observation, discussing treatments and challenges to a lack of resources as well as being an opportunity for cultural exchange with staff and patients. It will also be a great addition to your CV/resume.
Role of the volunteer
During the course of your daily rotation your level of involvement in these areas will be observational than hands-on, as would be the case in many countries. Please remember that foreign nationals would not be allowed to come to your country and start treating patients, and this is the same in Nepal. Nonetheless, the placement still offers a fantastic insight into how the health care system in a Third World country works, and you will learn a great deal, especially how roles crossover, unlike at home.
The doctors love to quiz and challenge volunteers and they will regularly ask you to offer your thoughts on the diagnosis or treatment of patients and discussing different areas of the hospital, so it will be an interesting and interactive experience for volunteers. You can also scrub up and watch the different surgeries taking place which the staff will be happy to discuss with you, giving you an excellent, first hand insight on a variety of medical procedures.
It is recommended that volunteers only spend 2 weeks on this placement and those wishing to remain longer in Nepal should combine their hospital placement with one of the community placements on offer to compete their experience.
Volunteers should be pre-med, with no previous medical training or experience. Volunteers should have a good grounding in biology and chemistry in their studies – you will be asked to provide a CV/resume detailing your studies. Unqualified volunteers will not become involved in the treatment of patients and qualified medical professionals are unfortunately unable to practice in Nepal without gaining permission from the government.
A positive attitude is expected from volunteers as you will be working in a hospital. Many of the staff will not have English as a first language, so please be patient. Good communication skills are required and some understanding of basic medical terms is helpful. It is important that any volunteer on this project is enthusiastic, proactive and asks questions.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
Gain work experience in a different setting
Need to gain an insight into the challenges of working in an under-resourced healthcare system
To have an interesting and interactive experience
The capital of Nepal, and the country’s only major city, Kathmandu is a fascinating place. Whilst Kathmandu is a chaotic and polluted city, other areas are architecturally stunning and home to numerous notable Hindi and Buddhist temples and ancient buildings. Add on an extra week or two at the end of your project if you wish to undertake some independent traveling before you head back home!
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 weeks
- Costs: £1199 / $2099 for 2 weeks
£348 / $608 for each extra week
- Requirements: Age 18+
- Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
- Project activities: May include observations, accompanying doctors on their rounds, taking vitals, diagnosis and treatment discussions, health awareness programs
- Working hours: Mon-Fri, hours vary
- Project availability: Projects begin every Monday
- Arrival: Saturday/Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house, western bathrooms, terrace
- Food: 2 meals per day, mainly vegetarian
- Airport Pick-up and drop off
- Training: Healthcare ethics & culture doc, pre-departure info pack, learning reflection manual, on-site orientation and project induction provided
- Support: 24-hour support
- Excursion planning: Staff will help organise trips and activities in your spare time (activities may cost extra)
What is not included
- Police background check: US and UK citizens processed through Kaya (admin fee applies) all other nationalities must provide local police check.
Easy 3-step application process
APPLY ONLINE Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.
TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.
GET PREPARED When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.
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