Nepal Children's Hospital Medical Project

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1. In Brief

The landscape of Nepal is the most spectacular in the world. The world's highest mountain ranges plunge into lush valleys teeming with exotic wildlife and throughout, remote monasteries and villages adorn the landscape. Here, you'll find over 800 species of birds, bears, monkeys, and even royal Bengal tigers. The human population is no less engaging and comprises a mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures, where ancient traditions and nomadic lifestyles bring colour to modern life. 

Your internship offers a period of apprenticeship where you can work off-campus to gain valuable experience in a specific career field that combines learning with frontline observations in working health clinics. This practical learning experience within the workplace provides an invaluable addition to classroom learning and an ideal opportunity to develop your future career.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit one of the most intriguing destinations in the world
  • Observe medical practices first hand!
  • Gain lifelong friends

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Intermediate level of English
  • Up to date CV

FAST FACTS

Location Kathmandu, Nepal
Activities Examining patients
Checking blood pressure
Observing and shadowing medical staff
Helping out with administration
Cleaning wounds
Keeping records
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Volunteer House

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This is an ongoing programme with the guiding principle that health is not just an issue for doctors, social services and hospitals – it is a matter of social justice. The project aims to provide a universally accessible primary healthcare service to all people, regardless of their ability to pay. Its goal is to be an internationally recognised model of self-reliant, comprehensive healthcare and resource centre with the full participation of the community. Your working day may typically be from 8:30am until 3pm, although work programmes are flexible and your detailed project schedule will be agreed with your project coordinator on arrival.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Depending on your level of skills and experience, you will either be placed in a local childrens hospital or orphanage. We work with the largest childrens hospital in Kathmandu, that is happy to facilitate placements for medical interns with a range of experience. Whichever health centre you will be based at, you will gain an incredible insight into the medical and healthcare service so your days will be varied and full of interest. The centres that we work with are typically staffed by a team of doctors and nurses working to provide a general healthcare service to local families.

This project is best suited to medical students and medical practitioners. Your internship will give you invaluable preparation for a career in medicine. The placement will allow you to observe medical practices and give you the opportunity to experience the day-to-day running of a hospital or clinic. Those with determination, enthusiasm, aptitude and the right inclination may be able to assist the doctors and nurses in their duties of administering healthcare to the Nepali people. Doctors in Nepal typically visit a number of different health centres each day, spending two hours attending to patients before moving on to the next hospital or clinic. During this time you will be permitted to observe procedures, depending upon what cases have been received.

Your work may consist of basic healthcare activities such as making beds, observing procedures, shadowing medical staff, taking histories, administering prescriptions and diagnosis of ailments and giving assistance to the existing medical staff. However, please note that your level of involvement will depend completely upon your own previous experience, skills and qualifications as well as the needs of the hospital/clinic at the time of your visit. It is therefore important to remain flexible. Those volunteers with little experience could be given the opportunity to get involved with various community outreach programmes such as medical camps, health education, community visits and other relevant activities, or shadowing the in-house nurse at a local orphanage. The most successful volunteers will be flexible and will approach the placement with an open mind and the commitment to help in any way that they can.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You'll be met upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport on the Sunday by a friendly Frontier representative and transported to your accommodation for your introduction week in Kathmandu.  Please arrive on the Sunday. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During this project you will be staying in shared accommodation at our volunteer guesthouse. All bedrooms are basic but clean and comfortable and have locks on the doors; lockers are also available upon request.  At the volunteer house there is free wifi available, hot and cold showers, common room with TV and DVD’s, roof top terrace and an open kitchen as well as communal books and bicycle. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 2 meals a day whilst staying at the Volunteer house in Kathmandu. For lunch volunteers usually eat out, with colleagues or at the projects themselves as they are away from the volunteer house. There are a wide variety of cusines available in Kathmandu, both Western and Nepalese. The most prevalent Nepali dish is daal, bhaat and tarkaari (lentils, rice and vegetable curry). This is the main course served in most Nepalese houses for both lunch and dinner. Nepali food is much less spicy than Indian food, and many dishes are Tibetan in origin. It seems that Indian influence is only confined to south-western part of Nepal. The rest of Nepal has more of Tibetan and Chinese influence in their cuisines.

Two of the most exclusive and authentic Nepalese delicacies include momos, a meat or vegetable filled dumpling and Tibetan bread and honey – a puffy fried bread with heavy raw honey. Both of these items are good for a light breakfast but are insufficient for a full meal. The Newars of Nepal are considered to be great connoisseurs, so watch out for Newari restaurants for a special Nepalese gastronomic experience!

4. The reviews

NEPAL MEDICAL PROJECT - A REWARDING EXPERIENCE  | 11 Feb 2013
During my first week I stayed just north of Kathmandu. I met other volunteers from different inte...

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A good hospital experience in a beautiful place  | 6 Aug 2012
During my first week I stayed just north of Kathmandu.  I met other volunteers from differen...

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A Simply Amazing Experience...  | 19 Jan 2012
‘It is 6am and I am awoken by the sound of a women ringing a bell to mark the time of sunri...

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Hospitals, festivals and buses all part of the experience!  | 9 Sep 2010
Nepal was an experience that I will never forget! Being able to see things that you would never b...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time you are welcome to either relax and enjoy the serenity of local life or try your hand at conquering the Himalayan countryside as you climb, trek, mountain bike, river raft and shop your way through the region. At the end of your stay you might even get time to visit the famous Chitwan National Park where you can ride elephants, spot rhinos and even stalk the elusive tiger.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,395

Extra week US$445

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please arrive on the Sunday. 

DURATION

2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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