At a glance
- Kick-start your dentistry career in Nepal. Shadow experienced dentists in a hospital, gaining an insight how dentists work in a developing country.
- You’ll also work on our dental outreach initiatives, travelling to marginalised communities and teaching children how to care for their teeth and gums.
- You’ll be based in the city of Chitwan where you’ll live with a local host family. In your free-time you can explore the surrounding areas including Chitwan National Park.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is a Dentistry internship in Nepal right for me?
Our Dentistry internship in Nepal is perfect if you are pursuing a career in dentistry. You’ll get a deeper insight into dental practices in a developing country, and you’ll be able to build your knowledge of practical dentistry. This kind of work experience will add value to your CV, and give you interesting points to talk about in applications and interviews.
No previous experience is needed at your dentistry placement in Nepal. We have professional staff on hand to guide you, and answer your questions. This is the perfect opportunity to discover first-hand if this is the career for you, and what your life might be like as a dentist.
This project runs all year round, so you can organise a trip whenever it suits your schedule. You can join for as long as you like, with a minimum duration of four weeks.
What will I do on this Dentistry internship in Nepal?
You’ll work in the dental department of a private community hospital. There are plenty of ways you can learn and gain dentistry work experience in Nepal during your internship. These are some of your main tasks:
- Shadow and observe local dentists and experience their daily routine
- Raise awareness of the importance of oral hygiene during outreach work
- Participate in a case study project comparing Nepal and your home country’s dental practices
Your work will focus on these areas:
Shadow and observe local dentists and experience their daily routine
The main focus of your internship is to observe dentists as they work in the dental department of a private community hospital. You will see procedures and minor surgeries such as dental restorations, root canal treatments, or tooth extractions. You can use this time to expand your practical knowledge, and get a first-hand look into the reality of being a dentist in a busy hospital.
Raise awareness of the importance of oral hygiene during outreach work
When possible, you will help at Projects Abroad medical outreaches. You will speak to children about the importance of oral hygiene, and show them how to brush their teeth through songs, games, or fun activities.
Participate in a case study project comparing Nepal and your home country’s dental practices
You will be asked to participate in a case study programme during your internship. You will observe how patients are diagnosed and treated in Nepal in comparison to your home country. You will also research how such ailments would be treated in different countries around the world. Your final task will be to give an informal presentation to other interns on your findings.
Where will I be working in Nepal?
Your dentistry work experience will take place in Chitwan.The city is known as being the medical city of Nepal and is home to a number of top-rated medical institutions. Here, you will work in the dental department of a private community hospital. The hospital aims to provide quality health services at an affordable price for the local community.
Most of your time will be spent at your dentistry placement, but free time is yours. You can explore the cultural and tourist side of Nepal during weekends. Plan a souvenir shopping expedition, use a weekend for a trip to the city of Pokhara, or plan to trek the Himalayan mountain range!
A typical day on the Dentistry internship in Nepal
A typical work day in Nepal will be from Monday to Friday, with a 5 to 6 hour morning or afternoon shift. This will vary depending on when procedures or outreaches are scheduled.
Each day, you’ll eat breakfast and dinner with your host family. You’ll have lunch at the hospital canteen. Use meal times to chat with your host family, other interns, or hospital staff.
During your shift, you’ll shadow dentists as they treat and speak to patients. We encourage you to take notes, ask questions, and learn as much as you can from the procedures and interactions you see.
You will also take part in regular Projects Abroad outreaches. These are focused on providing disadvantaged or vulnerable people with much-needed dental and medical care.
When you’re not working, spend your free time exploring Nepal with fellow interns. Use this opportunity abroad to learn more about Nepal’s rich culture and natural wonders. Seeking adventure? Go trekking, white water rafting, or enjoy a jungle safari.
What are the aims of this internship?
The aim of this project is to give you the opportunity to expand your practical knowledge of dentistry. We also work to help disadvantaged people gain better access to basic dental care.
Almost 25% of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line. With this statistic so high, access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups can be a challenge. We work with a private community hospital that aims to provide quality health services at an affordable price for the local community. In addition, we also run outreaches in underprivileged communities. At outreaches, the focus is on raising awareness about the importance of good oral hygiene.
Projects Abroad medical outreaches are free for people that attend.
To ensure that we continue working towards long-term, sustainable outcomes, we have committed to several goals in our Medical Management Plan:
- Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promote an exchange of medical knowledge
- Improve hygiene standards
- Promote awareness of non-communicable diseases
- Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups
Join us on a Dentistry internship in Nepal to kickstart your dental career today.
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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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