Join the rural health volunteering project in Nepal and experience a different side of the healthcare system in a developing country. This is a great placement to observe and experience the challenges rural emerging countries face on a daily basis when it comes to treating the local population. Volunteers will arrive in Kathmandu, spend their first night there, and then transfer to rural Nepal. There, you will learn how a rural community has pulled together in the provision of adequate health services for their people by working at a small clinic alongside a small team of local staff. Hundreds of thousands of Nepalese people are estimated to suffer unnecessarily due to a lack of basic health care. You will have the chance to experience two types of clinics: a government health post and a local clinic on site where you will be staying. The government health post you will be involved in is located in Goganpani in the Dhading District. These clinics are run by nursing staff and offer essential services to a rural community based approximately 2 hours outside of Kathmandu.
In the rural clinics, there are many different cases and the nurses will be happy to discuss different cases and the Nepali healthcare system, giving you a multi-faceted insight into the differences between rural developing country healthcare and westernized health practices. Come and volunteer on this rural health placement in Nepal and work under the supervision of local medical staff and gain experience supporting local communities.
Why choose this project?
All aspects of the health-care system in Nepal are underfunded and understaffed and therefore cannot meet the needs of everyone who receives care there. Shortages in staff mean that duties are often shared and students can gain an invaluable insight into the coping strategies deployed to manage patient numbers by shadowing experienced staff, discussing how access determines the treatment that is given. This two-centre placement provides the volunteer with an opportunity to document the experience on their CV/Resume.
Role of the volunteer
You will shadow experienced staff on a daily basis and might be involved in some treatments where your training and experience allows. You will be able to help out with basic duties. Volunteers must already be working on their medical studies when starting their volunteering. Your abilities will be assessed by the local team. You will be able to observe and discuss the healthcare challenges facing medical teams in rural settings, which will enable you, as a medical student, to reflect on your studies and put your home-country practices and treatments into context.
Any volunteer with an interest in global health can apply for this placement. Qualified medical professionals are unfortunately unable to practice in Nepal without gaining permission from the government. Good communication skills are required and an understanding of medical terms is needed. Local staff gladly supervise volunteers in all tasks they are asked to perform. It is important that any volunteer on this project is enthusiastic, proactive and asks questions.
You will be required to submit a full CV/resume detailing your experience. Transcripts from your university/college will also be required so that your level of experience and knowledge can be determined. While you are welcome to join us as a volunteer, be aware that you will be unable to treat or be involved in patient care to the same extent as you would be back home.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To gain vital work experience alongside your medicine or nursing studies
Learn about challenges facing medical staff in urban and rural settings
Interest in experiencing true Nepalese lifestyle and culture
Nepal’s only major city and capital, Kathmandu is unique. An array of sights and senses, Kathmandu is home to temples that are hundreds of years old, bustling streets and great food and shopping. Your placement will be based in a little village in a rural setting, 2 hours away from Kathmandu allowing you to become immersed in local Nepalese life during the week and a more relaxed way of life. The government post clinic is based about 1 hour away walking.
If you would like to do some independent travelling once your project has finished, add on an additional week or two so that you can explore some of Nepal’s different sights.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 4 -26 weeks
- Costs: £1740 / $3046 for 4 weeks
£309 / $541 for each subsequent week
- Requirements: Age 19+
- Location: Rural Nepal, approx 2 hours away from Kathmandu
- Project activities: May include observations, accompanying doctors on their rounds, taking vitals, diagnosis and treatment discussions, health visits, assisting in health awareness programs
- Working hours: Mon-Fri, 6-8 hours per day
- Project availability: Projects begin every Monday
- Arrival: Saturday /Sunday
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared room in a volunteer house in both locations, western bathroom, terrace
- Food: 2 meals per day during first week stay in Kathmandu and 3 meals per day in rural Nepal
- 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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