An intern participates in health screenings as part of their medical work experience in Nepal.

Medical Internship in Nepal

Gain invaluable medical experience while working alongside knowledgeable nurses and doctors in Nepal

Join us for a Medical internship in Nepal and kick-start your future career in medicine. You’ll learn from local doctors and nurses as they go about their daily tasks in either a hospital or rehabilitation centre. This will give you invaluable insight into the healthcare challenges of a developing country.


You’ll also gain practical experience in doing basic health checks and administering medication on one of our medical outreach days. This will all be under the supervision of a local professional.


Be prepared to learn about rare diseases you’ve only read about in text books. We’ll teach you about their diagnosis and treatment and show you practical examples to back up the theory.


Based either in Kathmandu or Chitwan District, you are bound to enjoy a memorable and immersive experience in the midst of the majestic Himalaya mountain range.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01903 708300 for more info.

When you apply you only pay £195, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01903 708300 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

Kathmandu , Chitwan (Read More)

Accommodation:

Host family Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is this Medical Internship in Nepal right for me?

This Medical internship in Nepal is open to all ages and ideal for those with a keen interest in pursuing a career in medicine.


It’s a great opportunity to gain some practical experience while working alongside doctors and nurses in Nepal.


Whether you’re a high school student preparing for university applications, or already enrolled in a medical degree, this project is sure to add value.


It’s also an excellent opportunity to gain invaluable insight into the healthcare system of a developing country. This is what will give your CV an extra edge.

A group doing medical internships in Nepal help teach young children about oral hygiene at a local school.

Medical Electives for Students

This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.


Read more about how we organise healthcare electives.  

What will I do on this international medical internship in Nepal?

You'll be working in either a hospital or rehabilitation centre. In both cases, there's a massive scope of work for medical interns in Nepal. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to do during your placement:


  • Observe doctors and nurses doing their daily rounds
  • Assist in free basic health checks during outreaches
  • Present hygiene workshops at schools
  • Lead first aid trainings for care centre staff and parents

Your work will be split in four main areas:


Observation


Shadowing and observation are a huge part of this project. You’ll follow local doctors and nurses as they go about their daily tasks. While doing this, you will learn about the area’s common diseases, their diagnoses, and treatment.


We aim to create a platform for a true cultural exchange, with you learning from local staff and then sharing your experiences with fellow interns.


Outreach Work


We also organise outreach days to give you some practical medical work experience in Nepal. You'll take time out from your regular schedule and join other interns together as a group.


During these outreaches, you will assist doctors and nurses with free health checks and administering basic medication in the suburban or remote communities of Kathmandu. This could include:

  • Blood pressure checks
  • Weighing
  • Heart rate monitoring


Hygiene workshops


From time to time we arrange health and hygiene classes at local schools. Here you will help teach local children a few basics, such as:


  • Dental/oral hygiene
  • Hand washing techniques
  • Personal hygiene


First Aid


Nepal is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, such as earthquakes. Because of this, you’ll help us run basic first aid workshops for care centre staff, parents, and community members. By doing this, you equip them with the necessary skills to help out during a disaster.


Please note that your role as a medical intern in Nepal is strictly observational, as the government does not permit practical involvement in hospitals from those who are not licensed medical professionals.

Types of placements available

During your international medical internship in Nepal, you will be able to work in a number of different departments, such as:


  • General health services
  • Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Dental services
  • ENT
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Ophthalmology


If you’re interested in a specific department, please feel free to contact us and we can help advise you.

A hospital in Chitwan, Nepal, where Projects Abroad places medical interns.

Where you will be working in Nepal

Depending on your fields of interest and/or skills we will place you at either a hospital or a rehabilitation centre for disabled children.


These placements will be located in either Kathmandu or Chitwan.

Kathmandu

A sprawling city where Himalayan adventurers rub shoulders with ascetic holy men, Kathmandu truly is a feast for the senses.


With an estimated population of 3 million living in the Kathmandu Valley, health services are often stretched thin, especially in rural areas.

Chitwan

Known as the Medical City of Nepal, Chitwan is home to a variety of top-rated medical institutions.


Drawing people from all across the country, northern India and other parts of the Himalayan region, it’s become something of a medical tourism hot spot over the past few years.

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Nepal Arrival Procedures page

What your typical day will be like

On any given day, you will work shifts alongside your professional supervisors.


Whether you start early in the morning or sign up for an evening shift, you will be shadowing local doctors and nurses closely as they make their rounds.


At least once during your placement, you’ll get the opportunity to join an outreach for a day or two, which will take you to rural communities or local schools.


During the hours you aren’t working, you’ll have ample free time to explore with your fellow interns, taking in Nepal’s rich cultural heritage and spectacular natural beauty. Visit one of the many temples in the old city centre of Kathmandu, sample the delicious local food or go for a hike in the mountains.


Since you will be living with a local host family, use any opportunity during free time to get to know them better, and fully immerse yourself in their way of life.

A female Projects Abroad intern is pictured cleaning a patients wound whilst on her medical internship in Nepal.

What are the aims and impact of this project?

The main aim of this project is to give you the opportunity to expand your medical knowledge and give you insight into healthcare practices in a developing country. 


With up to 25% of the population in Nepal falling under the poverty line, access to basic healthcare does remain a challenge for certain vulnerable groups. We arrange for you to provide free basic healthcare to some of these groups. This is done through our outreach programmes, under the supervision of local professionals. We also enable you to help raise awareness about some of the more pressing health issues facing the country.


To ensure that we stay true to our long-term vision, we have committed to four goals as outlined 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


Gain medical work experience in Nepal while helping us achieve these goals.

Female Projects Abroad intern taking a photo with local doctors towards the end of her medical internship in Nepal.

Management Plans

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.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll stay with a host family in Kathmandu or Chitwan. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Nepal and have a truly unique experience.


We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fee includes three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

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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