Gain invaluable experience assisting in a hospital in Nepal, where you will be able to work with and observe some great local medical professionals. This will allow you to gain greater appreciation and understanding of some of the challenges that Kathmandu faces.
Our medical volunteers are placed in a range of hospitals and clinics located in the Himalayan Kingdom in Nepal, offering both private and government healthcare.
This unique experience is the perfect project if you are embarking on a career in medicine and will offer you a wide range of out-patient healthcare activities – suitable for both medical students and medical practitioners. Not only this but it will help to boost your C.V. or further education application and clearly distinguish you amongst your peers, giving you an edge for your future career in medicine.
Under the guidance of professional doctors and nurses, you can make a huge difference helping out in the hospitals offering an additional pair of hands as a medical assistant. You may also get the chance to work in more rural health clinics to help establish more sustainable standards of health and hygiene.
Tasks will be assigned strictly on the basis of experience, but typical tasks will include performing minor procedures, physical examinations, clerical duties, patient observations and routine check-ups.
With scenery not often witnessed in many parts of the world, Nepal is simply spectacular. With Himalayan mountains as a back drop to a mix of spiritual temples integrated with more modern and vibrant cities. Get ready for some amazing experiences, unforgettable memories, truly rewarding moments in this beautiful area.
You will spend your days in the hospital or clinic caring for those in the local community. You will be typically volunteering around 4-6 hours per day from around 9:00am Monday to Friday. During the week you may do the following:
Assessments and care duties
You will help daily assisting in general patient check-ups, including checking blood pressure, breathing rates, pulse and temperature. This will also include physical examinations of the height and weight of patients and building the medical history by obtaining important information on past medical history, medications and allergies.
Dependant on your experience you will get to perform minor procedures such as giving vaccinations and suturing wounds.
You may get to shadow doctors on critical surgeries and operations as an when they occur.
During your working day you will also collect samples (urine, blood etc) for laboratory testing.
To ensure the swift treatment of patients, part of your duties will include readying them for testing, treatment or procedures to be carried out by the doctor. This can include activities such as removing bandages or cleaning a wound.
Updating the patient files and charts is really helpful for the busy nurses and doctors. You may also conduct hospital rounds as part of your volunteering role.
Weekends are free days where we actively encourage you to go and explore this beautiful country. We can help arrange all kinds of trips to hike, visit famous religious landmarks or local towns.
During your time in Nepal, you will be staying at our accommodation located in a peaceful neighbourhood just outside of Kathmandu city centre.
Although the accommodation is basic, it is very clean and will ensure you have a comfortable stay throughout your time here.
Everything you need is all within a 5 minute walk, with several shops and restaurants to buy some snacks for the evening.
The hustle and bustle of Thamel (the main tourist area of Kathmandu) is just a 15 minute taxi ride away, where you can wander the narrow alleys packed with people. Be sure to pick up some great bargains in the market, but don’t forget to haggle!
You will be sleeping in single beds in shared bedrooms with 2 or 3 other volunteers. All bedding is provided as well as ceiling fans to keep you cool during the hotter months. You will have a small cupboard where you can put some of your belongings.
There is a shared bathroom with western style toilets and hot water (during the winter months).
You can relax in the communal area where most volunteers come together to share stories and watch some TV. There is Wi-Fi within the volunteer accommodation, although this can be intermittent and slow at times.
Wifi – Yes
People per room – Up to 4
Single sex rooms – Yes
Nearest shops – 2 minute walk
Nearest restaurant – 5 minute walk
Airport Transfers – 35 minute drive
Your breakfast and dinner will be provided at the volunteer accommodation and is included within the programme fee. The menu rotates on a weekly basis to give you lots of variation and this is your chance to try out many local dishes!
Lunch is an additional expense and many volunteers choose to purchase ingredients at the local shop and prepare back at the house. You can of course head on out to one of the many restaurants nearby.
You can expect some of the following meals:
Breakfast – Cereal, bread, fruit, toast, jame
Lunch (not included) – Lentils, rice, salad, vegetables
Dinner – Lentils, fried rice, noodles, salad, momo
With prior notice we are able to cater for the following dietary requirements; vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
What are the requirements to join?
We welcome all volunteers from any background, religion and nationality, as long as you have no criminal convictions and are able to supply a clean criminal background check.
Individuals need to have a good level / understanding of English but it dose not need to be your first language. As some programmes can be quite strenuous, we recommend that you should be physically fit.
What date should I arrive and leave?
You should arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (KTM) on your selected start date, being the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. You will be met by one of our local team members or an appointed driver who will be holding a named sign and who will then take you straight to the volunteer accommodation.
The programme ends on a Sunday of your final week and you should depart the accommodation on this day. Our local team will be happy to help organise any onward journeys or book transport back to the airport.
Are there any age restrictions for solo travellers?
The only age restriction in place is that you have to be at least 17 years old before your programme start date. Anyone over this age is welcome. Generally the average age range for our programmes is 18 – 25, although this is by no means definitive and we regularly have volunteers of all ages.
What is the minimum age for travelling with my family?
If you are travelling with family and at least one member is aged 18 years old or over, then we welcome anyone from 5 years and up.
When should I apply for the programme?
You can apply for this programme at anytime, however we advise that you apply as soon as possible to have the best chances of securing your placement on your selected dates. Some of our programmes have limited capacity and spaces can get filled up quickly.
If you are wanting to volunteer within the next few weeks, then please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
It is possible to change your start dates once you have been accepted, however this is subject to availability and can attract a small administration fee.
What duration would you recommend?
On gaining feedback from previous volunteers, we believe 3 – 6 weeks is the ideal time to get settled in and really involved with the programme. This also allows you to make the most of your free time, to explore this beautiful country and to participate in any activities.
We regularly have volunteers come for 1 to 2 weeks that tell us that they did not believe they had enough time and wish they had stayed for longer.
What will my itinerary be?
Please make sure you arrive into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) on the Sunday.
Day 1 (Sunday) – Arrival
A member of our local team will be waiting for you in arrivals holding a named sign. You will be taken straight to our volunteer accommodation, approximately 35 minutes away.
The rest of the day will be for you to meet everyone else and to settle in to your new surroundings.
Day 2 (Monday) – Orientation
After a good nights rest and a delicious breakfast, it is then time for your orientation. Our team will go through all of the health and safety information as well as tell you all about the local amenities nearby.
You will get to visit your project and be introduced to all of the local staff there.
Day 3-6 (Tuesday – Friday) – Volunteering
Your volunteering begins! Most of our programmes run from 8am to 1pm. After being shown the ropes and told what is expected of you, you will start to get fully involved! Volunteering times will generally be the same each day and as time goes on you will become more confident and independent and given more tasks to do.
Day 8-9 (Saturday – Sunday) – Weekend
Being in Kathmandu there are many great sights and activities to do nearby, weekends are never boring! Whatever you plan on doing, our local team can advise and help organise any trips.
The following weeks
The following weeks will follow the same kind of pattern, with volunteering between Monday and Friday and exploring Nepal at the weekends. You will find that time will really start to fly by, so it’s important to make the most of your time! Don’t forget, our local team are there to support you and to answer any questions you may have.
Last day (Sunday)
Time has flown by and it is already time to leave. If you are heading home then our local team can arrange your return airport transfer (not included within the programme fee) or recommend plans for your onwards journey.
How will I get to the project?
Most projects are located close by and within walking distance. When volunteering at certain projects then you may need to make a short trip by public transport. Our local team will ensure you are happy with the route and mode of transport.
Is there Internet and phone signal?
There is Wi-Fi within the volunteer accommodation although this can be intermittent. If you are wanting to call home or use the internet while out and about, we recommend that you bring an unlocked phone and purchase a local sim card – our local team can assist. Alternatively, you can buy a cheap phone while in Nepal for under £15.
What is Kathmandu like?
When you first land into Kanthmandu the first thing you’ll notice is the vast array of sights, sounds and smells! The crowded narrow alleyways are fun to explore and wander, while visiting some of the many medieval temples will give you a big insight into the local culture.
All amenities are nearby, including ATM’s, hospitals, restaurants (serving local and western food), as well as good transport links to the rest of Nepal.
The Mighty Roar Local Team in Nepal
Our programmes in Nepal are run by our dedicated local team, who are committed to ensuring you have the best time ever. Our local team members provide the structure for your stay, including the accommodation, meals, airport pickup, in-country orientation and of course support.
They are sure to become your good friends and you will not meet nicer people that are willing to do everything in their power to make your stay the most memorable.
Will I get an in-country orientation?
Yes. Your orientation will be on Monday morning and will go through everything you need to know for your time in Nepal. You will be told about the local area and where the shops, ATM and taxi rank are. If you need to, our local team can assist with any currency exchange and help you pickup anything you may need.
Our local coordinator will go through all of the important health and safety information that you should follow during your time in Nepal. You’ll learn about the Nepalese way of life and the cultural differences.
What is the weather like in Nepal?
Although it is hottest in the English Summer months it is also the wettest between June and August where you may even encounter some snow! The rest of the year is fairly hot and dry with temperatures averaging above 25 degrees.
The coldest month is in January where the average temperature is 14 degrees.
Can I volunteer if I live outside of the UK?
Yes of course. We welcome volunteers from around the world, no matter how far away from the programmes you are. The majority of volunteers that we host, come from the UK, US, Germany, Canada and Australia.
Can I go with my friend / partner?
We have many volunteers that travel with their friends, family members or with their partner. If required, we can ensure that you are based on the same project and stay within the same accommodation. On request, we can normally organise a private room to.
Is it safe to travel to Nepal?
We regularly visit and participate in each and every one of the programmes we offer in Nepal to rigorously check all aspects of the project and accommodation are safe and that all procedures are being followed. These include but are not limited to checking the living conditions within the volunteer accommodations, checking the neighbourhoods you’ll be staying in, tasting the food you’ll be eating and going on any weekend trips recommended by us or our local team.
We monitor the stability of all of our volunteer destinations on a daily basis and have constant contact with our overseas teams to ensure that our volunteers are safe.
All volunteers will receive a comprehensive volunteer handbook when you choose to join us on one of our programmes. This detailed document addresses a large range of issues such as health, safety, visas, as well as going into details about local cultures and traditions.
When you arrive in-country, you will be given a safety briefing during your orientation that will cover things like emergency procedures, how to use local transport and any cultural differences.
Our in-country team are on hand to help with any issues or to answer any questions and please do not forget that our UK office is available 24/7 in case of any rare emergencies.
While we can never guarantee your volunteer experience will be 100% trouble free, we have taken all of the necessary precautions to minimise all risks and to ensure the programme is as safe as possible.
Before You Depart
When do I pay? Can I pay in instalments?
To confirm and guarantee your placement on one of our programmes, you need to pay the registration fee of £129 within 7 days of receiving confirmation that your application was successful. The remaining balance is then due to less than 60 days prior to your programme start date.
Payments can be done all at once or be spread out over several months and can be paid via BACS (bank transfer). We do accept additional payments methods, such as debit and credit cards, although there may be additional fees.
Do I need any vaccinations and / or malaria tablets?
As we are not trained medical experts we cannot tell you exactly what vaccinations or other medication you may need for your trip. You will need to consult with your local doctors or travel clinic.
You can also find additional information on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
How do I arrange my flights?
All flights need to be booked by you, although we can point you in the right direction on where you may be able to find the best prices.
Before booking any flights, we strongly recommend that you wait to have confirmation that your application has been successful.
Do you offer travel insurance?
Travel insurance is a compulsory part of your volunteering trip, that’s why we have teamed up with Endsleigh to create an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy. It is suitable for all of the programmes we offer and can be taken out at any time. You can read more about our insurance here.
If you decide to purchase your travel insurance from an alternative provider, please ensure it covers you for everything you will be doing. Adequate travel insurance must be in place no less than 60 days before your programme start date. Without proof of this insurance, we will not be able to accept you onto the programme.
When will I receive my volunteer handbook?
You will receive a welcome email from us as soon as you have paid the registration fee and your placement has been confirmed. The welcome email will include the volunteer handbook that provides a wealth of information that will help you better understand all aspects of your upcoming trip as well as details about our insurance policy.
Please note, that all material is sent via email and hard copies cannot be sent.
On Your Trip
Can I arrange a private room?
The majority of our accommodation only offers shared rooms that are usually same-sex. However, if you would prefer a private room please let us know and we will at least try for you.
Can you cater for my dietary requirements?
We will try are best to cater for any dietary requirements. When you submit your application please include any required details within the dietary section and we will liaise with our local coordinators.
Are there any public holidays that would effect the project?
Although we try to be as clear as possible of all holidays that effect project availability, due to the nature of some countries, holidays can often be sporadic or prone to change.
If such a holiday falls when you are on your placement, this is generally a good time to experience unique festivities where you can join in with the locals.
What is the dress code at the projects?
We ask that all volunteers take the approach of a smart and responsible image during your time in the communities and on projects. It is best to also take some older clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Generally, it is best to avoid tight and very short clothing and anything that may have offensive slogans on it. Its recommended that you take some nicer clothes for weekends or any free time you may have.
We do not wish to impose strict regulations, however we do ask that you respect the local culture and do your best to adhere to the clothing guidelines within the volunteer handbook.
How much spending money will I need?
For general expenses and some travelling, you should find that £50 – £100 per week is sufficient. However, this can vary greatly depending on the amount of activities or trips you do and if you are eating out during the week..
Will I be able to travel whilst on the programme?
There should be plenty of time to travel while on your placement and we actively encourage that you do! The local coordinators will be able to give you lots of travel tips and provide any help needed for your independent adventure.
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