Public Health Internship

Volunteer World Nepal has been offering an exhilarating public health internship and volunteer opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students. A public health internship position will complement education with experience to best prepare candidates for the professional public health world awaiting them upon graduation.

Public health internship program volunteers/interns may organize first-aid training and basic hygiene training. In a public health internship, interns/volunteers do not have advanced training. While placements can certainly make excellent use of highly trained first aid instructors, even a beginner can help deliver basic first aid training overseas. A volunteer with a basic first aid course and a manual on basic first aid can deliver important training for children in orphanages and daycares, as well as for those living in rural areas with little access to formal education.

In the public health internship in Nepal program interns will gain real-life experience and also contribute to the health and well-being of the community in which they serve. Participating in a public health internship in Nepal intern or volunteer position will give you a well-rounded, solid education, and your experience will be invaluable.

Public Health Internship in Nepal Highlights:

  • Intern under professionals in a hospital/clinic in the Himalayan town of Salleri, Pokhara, Kathmandu and
  • 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 parts of the world
  • A safe, all-encompassing internship in a rural setup

Public health internship, volunteer opportunities range from HIV epidemiology or prevention, emergency preparedness, tobacco control, women’s health, environmental health, health policy, health communications, STIs, nutrition, prenatal and postnatal care, human waste management, water quality and other public health issues or community health in the field and basic first aid training. It is the novelty of foreign volunteers/ interns helping to deliver the knowledge that really helps to draw people in the community to these educational events.

Join our exciting public health internship and volunteer opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students. A public health internship position will complement education with experience to best prepare candidates for the professional public health internship world awaiting them upon graduation.

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 provide 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 dollars.

Key Information:

Improve access to quality healthcare
Various locations in Nepal
Homestay accommodation
Based in schools across Nepal
Up to 4 - 5 hours volunteers a day
Fully hosted experience from 200 dollar for 1 week
Base Camp treks and other tours available
Durations from 1 - 4 weeks
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Program fee for two weeks: 350 USD
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  • No booking or Credit Card Fee
  • Free Cancellation

What's included:

  • Two meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Accommodation
  • Orientation and survival Nepali language lesson
  • Cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • 24/7 email and telephone support
  • Volunteer handbook
  • 24/7 hours emergency support
  • Dedicated VWN program and travel co-ordinator
  • Regular program inspection
  • Scholarships for low income students

What's Excluded:

  • Flights to Kathmandu
  • Visa cost
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Domestic flight costs
  • Transportation costs for the volunteers who want to work outside the Kathmandu Valley
  • Personal items, extra beverages and entertainment expenses
  • Personal travel and sightseeing
  • Transportation service during weekends travel
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"Anika and I went to Kathmandu, Nepal. We worked as volunteers for two weeks in a local school in Kathmandu, with Volunteer World Nepal. Umesh and Sanu Shrestha, together with their adorable baby Bidusha, made our stay unforgettable. They made as many dinners as we did and greeted us with such warmth. Our room was modest but cosy, with a balcony that offered breathtaking views..."

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