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Medical Campaign in Nepal

Medical Campaign in Nepal

Purpose
Improve access to quality healthcare
Start dates
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Duration
1 week
Volunteer hours
Up to 4 hours a day
Age
Volunteers aged 18+
Accommodation
Homestay
Program fees
From AU$765 for 1 week
What's included
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Once you have secured your place, join regular video calls to meet your Program Manager and other volunteers before your trip.

This program is ideal for:

Groups of eight or more volunteers who are either in training or studying in a healthcare or related field, or qualified professionals who want to make a difference to the wellbeing of local communities. This campaign can be adapted for different medical specialties and levels of experience.

Project details

Interested in getting a group together to volunteer on a Medical Campaign in Nepal? International Volunteer HQ’s Medical Campaign is a special project that enables groups of volunteers to provide roving healthcare outreach in a variety of communities in Nepal. Volunteers will visit up to four different locations where they will provide basic medical care and treatment to local people who may otherwise find it difficult to access.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Nepal’s healthcare system is generally regarded as substandard and failing to meet the needs of the people it serves. Great efforts being made to improve this situation suffered serious setbacks after the 2015 earthquake which saw thousands of healthcare facilities destroyed. Volunteers can make a genuine difference to the lives of people, especially those in rural or remote areas, by bringing healthcare to them in their own neighborhoods.

As a Medical Campaign volunteer you will visit three to four communities throughout the week to help treat and educate patients, provide check ups and help with health education. If your group has a particular medical specialty, then your campaign can be tailored to provide specialist services in dentistry, physical therapy or nursing. Groups can be led by any member of the group and the level of care you provide can be adapted to the experience of your group, from pre-med students to qualified professionals.

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being

Good mental and physical health is key to sustainable development and building healthy and happy communities. Now more than ever, we must increase access to free healthcare and health education across the globe to achieve an acceptable standard of living and wellbeing for all.

Why do Medical Campaign volunteering in Nepal with IVHQ?

When your group volunteers on a Medical Campaign in Nepal you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Bringing healthcare to people in their own communities
  • Experiencing a different medical environment
  • Growing as a team
  • Volunteering with friends, colleagues or classmates
  • Developing your cross-cultural communication skills
  • Gaining medical experience
  • Immersing yourself in Nepali culture

Volunteer requirements

  • To join the Medical Campaign in Nepal volunteers need to be in medical or nursing training at any level, or fully qualified. CNAs, EMTs and paramedics may be eligible for this project too.

  • Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in this program. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

  • All volunteers are required to speak fluent English, have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to IVHQ before departure.

Are you eligible to volunteer?

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Tanya MacGregor
06 Jun 2024

The local team have been absolutely amazing - you can contact them any time with anything. They will make all arrangements no matter what your needs are. I was truly blessed, loved my home stay family. You are treated like family from the minute you arrive. I will miss the family.

The women at the centre taught me a lot. They are so grateful to you for spending time to help them. I had so much fun together! Lots of learning but with fun and laughter.

I went over thinking I was too old at 57 doing this. How wrong could I be. I have met so many wonderful friends from all over the world. Came away as part of a whole new family. I would say to anyone to go with no expectations and go with the flow. Not to worry as if you have any problems or just need help with little things the support you get from the host family and local team is amazing.

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Ada Mok
23 May 2024

The local team was excellent - everyone was organized and clear about everything that was needed. Being a small part of the elephant sanctuary was incredible. All of the family and staff were wonderful and warm. This was such a precious experience and one I will cherish forever. I miss it all and want to return!

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Thais Lindo
16 May 2024

The team is always trying their best to answer all our questions and make the process easier for volunteers. I will be volunteering with IVHQ again. The local team are nice people always willing to help in everything we needed. They are all lovely people. No complains! It is priceless to see how happy people are just to receive us. It was a blessing for me to receive their hospitality and willingness to accept what I had to give, as well as to share their life’s and time with me. I will always be grateful for this experience. My advice to other volunteers is that volunteering is a great experience, but we must be able to understand boundaries, have respect, be able to adapt to cultural differences, and try our best. So have an open mind and heart makes all difference. Be willing to serve and give without expecting anything back, makes the experience fulfilling and unforgettable. Being open, kind, eager to help, and ready to listen can make a big impact in ourselves, others, and their communities.

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Mallory Veeser
08 May 2024

Through my participation in the IVHQ medical elective project, I gained invaluable insights and skills that have significantly enriched my understanding of healthcare and global medicine. One of the most significant gains was the firsthand exposure to diverse medical practices and patient care in a different cultural setting. This experience broadened my perspective on healthcare delivery and deepened my appreciation for cultural competency in medicine.

Moreover, working alongside experienced healthcare professionals in resource-limited settings taught me resilience, adaptability, and the importance of teamwork in overcoming challenges. I also developed strong communication skills through interacting with patients from various backgrounds, enhancing my ability to provide compassionate care and navigate language barriers.

For those hesitant about joining this program, I would offer the following advice: Embrace the opportunity for personal and professional growth that comes with stepping out of your comfort zone. While it's natural to feel apprehensive about working in unfamiliar environments, remember that every challenge presents a chance to learn and develop resilience. Approach the experience with an open mind, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to making a positive impact. By immersing yourself in this program, you'll not only contribute to meaningful healthcare initiatives but also gain invaluable skills and insights that will shape your future career in medicine.

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Amy Trengove
02 May 2024

I knew it would be a great adventure and experience but I am so thankful I was able to achieve so much in just two weeks! Meeting lots of locals, living like a local, visiting all the famous sites, hikes, tours on the weekend and after the volunteer days, really immersed in the whole experience. IVHQ provided all the resources, preparation, online support and service to ensure every minute is maximised. Everyone I encountered locally were so kind, generous and informative - I was there to help teach ladies and I think they and Nepal taught me way more. Feel very grateful to have had this adventure, and highly recommend to others! You can volunteer and have a holiday at the same time, it only makes it that more enriching and immersive. Book yours today and make a difference while enjoying yourself.

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Dale Pinkerton
17 Apr 2024

The local team couldn't have made us feel any safer or at home. They explained everything to us and assisted in anyway they could. Accommodation and host family couldn't have been better. We got lucky with who we had and wouldn't hesitate going back again. I gained a lot more confidence as I was taken out of my comfort zone entirely. It really made me appreciate the life I have back home and sometimes you just need to take the risk, make that jump and see where life leads you. So happy I had this amazing experience.

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Location

Volunteer Abroad in Nepal with IVHQ

Location

Land-locked in the middle of South Asia, Nepal is known for its astonishing alpine scenery and breathtaking mountainscapes. But this diverse country offers much more than its remarkable natural environment. Among Nepal’s 28 million people, there are more than 100 different ethnic groups speaking as many languages and following a large number of religious and cultural traditions. It also faces the challenges associated with a history of civil war, natural disasters, political corruption and a lack of resources and infrastructure to support its population.

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. IVHQ 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 Chitwan 150 kilometres away, in the middle of Terrai - a flat fertile plain that borders India and stretches right across Southern Nepal. Pokhara is located in mid-western Nepal and is a popular tourist destination, renowned for its amazing mountain views.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins on the first and third Monday of each month, and volunteers need to arrive in Kathmandu on the Sunday before orientation.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Kathmandu. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are travelling in Nepal prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up at a prearranged destination in Kathmandu on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our Nepal team in Kathmandu and runs over the course of two days. Orientation begins on the morning of your chosen start date 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 socialising.

If you are placed in Pokhara or Chitwan, you will travel to your placement location on Tuesday afternoon and you will begin work on Wednesday. If you are located in Kathmandu, you will begin work on Wednesday.

Volunteer schedule example

First Day:

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local coordinator and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

Weekdays:

While a volunteer daily schedule will vary depending on the specific placement, a typical day is as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast at the homestay.
8:00 AM Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. There is usually a tea break and a lunch break.
2:00 - 5:00 PM Work at the placement usually ends. Volunteers are free to travel back to the volunteer house, go sightseeing, or do some shopping.
7:00 - 9:00 PM Dinner at the homestay.

Weekends:

During the weekends, volunteers have spare time and usually relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of their local town and Nepal. Known for being home to the world’s tallest mountain, Mt Everest, Nepal is an adventurer’s paradise. It has a vast selection of exceptional hikes in the Himalayas with arresting views in every direction, white-water rafting, canyon swings, paragliding and scenic flights. It also has a rich multicultural heritage and a huge collection of temples, pagodas, shrines, carvings and ancient architecture, not to mention an astonishing array of wildlife and an interesting cuisine influenced by its many ethnic groups and cultures.

Accommodation and WiFi

On arrival in Nepal, volunteers stay in a local hotel in Kathmandu for their two-day 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. Western toilets can be found at your home stays but please keep in mind that Squat toilets are still the norm in parts of Nepal; so you might find these at your placement and during activities, treks, etc. 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 bag and mosquito nets for any trips away.

WiFi is available in most of the volunteer homestays, however those based in Chitwan should expect to walk to a nearby cafe for internet access. 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.

Meals

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).

Food in Nepal is heavily influenced by the country’s Indian and Tibetan neighbours and includes plenty of curries, breads and potato-based dishes. Volunteers are served two meals per day at their homestay and can purchase additional food to supplement this if they wish.

Bottled water is readily available in Nepal and volunteers should budget approximately AU$7 per week for two litres a day. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but there is a need to be flexible.

Pricing

  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately AU$519) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

The Nepal Medical Campaign program fee is US$485 (approximately AU$765) per person for the week, and includes 24/7 support, accommodation, meals, airport transfers, Medical Campaign, private transportation to placement daily, language translators, program orientation and discounts on language lessons. All programs attract a Registration Fee (from US$329) on top of the Program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.

Free-time experiences & tours in Nepal

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Nepal! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Nepal program.

Chitwan Jungle Safari (2 nights/3 days)
Chitwan Jungle Safari (2 nights/3 days)

Embark on an unforgettable jungle safari to witness Nepal’s captivating wildlife in its natural habitat.

AU$284
Everest Base Camp Trek (14 days)
Everest Base Camp Trek (14 days)

This iconic expedition is the most popular trekking route in the Himalayas and is unlike any other in the world.

AU$2328
Hatha Yoga and Meditation Retreat (1 week)
Hatha Yoga and Meditation Retreat (1 week)

Reconnect with tranquility and mindfulness during a rejuvenating one-week yoga and meditation retreat, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the Western world.

AU$828

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Safety and support

Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Essential country information

Capital Kathmandu
Population 28 million
Languages Nepali
Currency Rupee (NRs.)
Time zone UTC+05:45

Weather and climate: The climate in Nepal varies largely due to the variations in geography across the country. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons with dry weather and moderate temperatures. The Kathmandu Valley and other areas of high altitude experience summer temperatures of up to 28°C (82.4°F) and in winter, temperatures range between 2°C (35.6°F) and 20°C (68°F). The summer temperatures in Chitwan can reach up to 35°C (95°F) and in winter they range between 7°C (44.6°F) and a mild 23°C (73.4°F). The climate in Pokhara is similar to that of the Kathmandu Valley, with slightly warmer temperatures.

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