Nursing Internship in Nepal

The Nursing Internship in Nepal program is the perfect opportunity for everyone who wants to boost their nursing career and enhance their possibilities. Nursing Internship in Nepal program helps you to pursue a career in nursing, and getting some work experience is the best way to get started. By taking you behind the scenes of a real hospital, we will show you what it is really like to work on the front line of healthcare delivery in Nepal. Our nursing internship in Nepal program is designed to help you discover, first-hand, what being a nurse is really like. You will spend shadowing nursing staff in one of our partner hospitals.

Nursing Internship in Nepal program will likely come into contact with many easily preventable diseases and illnesses, many of which originate from malnutrition. Departments you could work in include general health services, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, dental services, ENT, x-ray, ultrasound, and neurology. There are a variety of hospitals or centres where you could work. For instance, you could intern at a facility dedicated to the field of trauma, orthopaedics, rehabilitation etc. The local nurses in Nepal will mostly deal with the direct treatment of the patients. As an intern, you will shadow the nurses and observe their work. You will find that things are done much differently than you are used to. For instance, much of the basic care for patients is usually handled by the patients’ families.

You may have the chance to spend time on community outreach projects organized by the hospital where you are working. These are usually done on a monthly or bi-monthly basis, except during the rainy season from June to September. The outreach projects offer free health checks and distribute basic medication to suburban or remote communities. Nursing Interns may have the opportunity to visit local schools to lead to health and hygiene classes.

Nursing Internship in Nepal Highlights:

  • Intern under professionals in a hospital/clinic in the Himalayan town of Palampur
  • Compare and contrast between nature of healthcare in your home country and the small town
  • Assist the doctors, shadow/observe everyday treatment
  • Depending on skills, assist with procedures like suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, checking blood pressure and maintaining records
  • Setup health checkup camps in nearby villages
  • Work with fellow interns/medical professionals who come down from different part of the worlds
  • A safe, all-encompassing internship in a rural setup

Key Information

Improve access to quality healthcare
Various locations in Nepal
Homestay accommodation
Based in hospitals and clinics in Nepal
Up to 4 - 5 hours volunteers a day
Fully hosted experience from 300 euro for 1 week
Base Camp treks and other tours available
Durations from 1 - 4 weeks

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Orientation begins on the morning of next day your arrival and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Nepal – an introduction to Nepal, Nepalese customs, language training details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Nepal, and an introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to visit local temples, sample authentic Nepali food, meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. The program may vary depending on your time of arrival. We will manage to include all below mentioned activities in you introduction program.
• Arrival and introduction host family
• Survival Nepali lessons and cultural discussion
• Local amenities and sightseeing and project start

On arrival in Nepal, volunteers stay in a host family in Kathmandu for their orientation.

Volunteers are then accommodated together in homestays and hosted by local families who have been approved by our program staff. We give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to stay with a host family, providing you with a unique opportunity to learn about the Nepalese way of life, meet local people, try traditional food and speak the local language – especially when host families in Nepal tend to have limited English.

Living is basic but comfortable and most homestays have electricity and running water, with the exception of some rural homestays which are without these conveniences during the dry season. Squat toilets are the norm in Nepal and you will not come across many western toilets. Volunteers can also expect low-pressure showers that are generally not heated; however, this is refreshing after a day in the heat.

You can expect to share a room with one to three other volunteers and bedrooms have single beds and bunk beds with bedding provided. It is recommended volunteers bring their own sleeping bags and mosquito nets for any trips away.

WiFi is available in most of the volunteer homestays. If you would like to keep connected during your stay, we recommend bringing an unlocked mobile phone and purchasing a local SIM card when you arrive in Nepal.

The staple meal for most Nepali families is dal bhat, which consists of lentil soup (dal), rice (bhat) and vegetables in curry (tarkari) and/or meat (masu) with a side of pickle/sauce (achar). Volunteers are served two meals per day at their homestay and can purchase additional food to supplement this if they wish.

Volunteers can have a meaningful impact on Nepalese communities by providing assistance with a wide range of activities that help make life, and the future, better for local people. Volunteer World Nepal has a number of volunteer projects in Nepal. Some are located on the outskirts of the capital city of Kathmandu in rural and urban areas, while others are in Pokhara and Salleri. Pokhara is located in mid-western Nepal and is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its amazing mountain views. Salleri is the Everest Mountain region: beautiful landscapes, hillsides dotted with villages, a lively weekend bazaar, a Tibetan camp, and many spectacular Buddhist monasteries. In Salleri you can teach in Schools, teach English in a monastery, work in a Health Clinic or work in Construction. Salleri is a small Himalayan Region town that serves as the headquarters of the Solukhumbu District.

Low cost, fully hosted volunteer abroad programs in Nepal.
Your registration fee and your program fee provides access to a fully hosted volunteer experience with Volunteer World Nepal. In order to apply to join Volunteer World Nepal you are required to make your registration fee payment of 100 Euro.

What's included:

  • accommodation
  • meals (breakfast & dinner)
  • Survival Nepali language lesson
  • email and telephone support
  • volunteer handbook
  • 24 hour emergency support
  • dedicated VWN project & travel mentor
  • regular program inspection
  • women’s development program
  • scholarships for low income students

What's Excluded:

  • flights to Kathmandu
  • visa cost
  • travel & health insurance
  • domestic flight costs
  • transportation costs for the volunteers who want to work outside the Kathmandu valley
  • sundries such as personal items, extra beverages and entertainment
  • personal travel & sightseeing
  • transportation service during weekends travel