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Medical Campaign in Nepal

Medical Campaign in Nepal

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.

Highlights:
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Affordable set fee of $485 for 1 week
  • Includes accommodation, breakfast and dinner, airport pick up, orientation and 24/7 support
  • Take health services to disadvantaged people in their own neighborhoods

  • Visit areas of Nepal you might never otherwise see

  • Customizable for your experience or medical specialty

Key information

Improve access to quality healthcare
Based in communities in Nepal
Homestay accommodation
Volunteers aged 18+
Affordable set fee of $485 for 1 week
Set duration of 1 week
Trek to Everest Base Camp
Up to 4 hours a day

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.
Who is this program suited to?

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.

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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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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Laura Robertson
17 Apr 2024

All information provided before hand was very useful and the IVHQ Program Manager was always there to help whenever needed. The support from the local team was excellent and very knowledgeable, gave some great advice and recommendations and were there 24/7.

I had the best possible accommodation with a very lovely and friendly family who made you feel at home, very clean and presentable and lovely home cooked meals at reasonable times.

This was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to anyone, I gained so much knowledge around a new culture and way of life and made memories I will never forget.

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Marian Bartlett
17 Apr 2024

I gained great insight into Nepal culture, beautiful varied natural landscapes, Hindu family life and the education system. I made good friendships with colleagues and was able to share teaching expertise and strategies with leaders. I was able to be involved in additional activities thanks to the host families I was placed with. I took part in Health Camps for remote areas and schools where people has a lack of funds to pay for medical care- this was an amazing opportunity where I met a range of local people as well as getting the chance to work alongside other volunteers who were nurses, doctors, dentists etc. With the schools I was able to be part of visits with scout groups, large community cultural events and religious celebrations. All of these additional activities were a positive and a uniquely memorable addition to the whole experience.

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Hannah De Boer
11 Apr 2024

I've definitely grown a lot as an individual. This was my first solo destination and it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’m so grateful that I was able to help out, it truly was an honor to have assisted the sanctuary and worked to help care for such incredible animals. If someone was hesitant I would just say go for it, but know that there will probably be times that you are going to feel nervous and maybe out of your comfort zone, but that there are always people around to help you.

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Alex Morris
20 Mar 2024

Very well organised and great communication with my IVHQ Program Manager. The team in Nepal and in Chitwan were terrific. It was great to work with the elephants daily: hard work, early mornings, long days but with a break during the day. Great to work with the Mahouts and a very humbling experience. Highly recommend.

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Rashida Nabijee
21 Feb 2024

A fantastic experience, I learnt about the Nepalese culture and embraced the people, language and customs. I loved working with the women and teaching. I have to say my favorite experience was at the monastery, mediating, practicing yoga and connecting with others, feeling grounded. I felt rested, at peace and very happy!

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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 traveling 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 socializing.

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 $5 per week for two liters 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

The Nepal Medical Campaign program fee is $485 (approximately $485) 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.

$180
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.

$1475
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.

$525
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.

$180
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.

$1475
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.

$525

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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

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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