DocTours have volunteering opportunities for medical and nursing students who want to gain some hospital experience abroad. Volunteer placements are also available for other health care students including dental students, optometry students and physiotherapy students. Non-medical students are also welcome to volunteer at the local school to help the children with their English lessons, pronunciation and reading.
The scenery of Nepal is simply stunning. The world’s highest mountain ranges plunge into lush valleys teeming with exotic wildlife, remote monasteries and villages adorn the landscape. Experience a cultural immersion as you meet Hindu and Buddhist people in a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpa’s majestic temples, shrines and sculptures. Where jungles team with exotic wildlife and some of the best hiking trails in the world.
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DocTours works with a number of hospitals in the Valley that serve the villages and surrounding hill country in the district. Week long student medical rotations are offered in general surgery, urology, orthopaedics, internal medicine, paediatrics, and Ob-Gyn. You may request specific rotations among those available but our aim is to have only one student on each rotation at a time.
Students are expected to report for duties at 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM daily, Sunday to Thursday and 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Fridays. Students can also volunteer to participate in night calls to gain more exposure and experience (e.g. deliveries, emergency surgeries, etc). As with any rotation – attendance at morning rounds, conferences, and clinics is mandatory.
For surgery rotations, you may prefer to bring your own scrubs, cap, slippers and masks however there is an assortment of scrubs and slippers available in the operating change room. You do not need a tie or white shirt, but appearing neat, clean and professional is always appreciated. Please take a white coat and stethoscope.
Friday afternoon and Saturday are free time and we have an optional weekend safari to the Chitwan National Park (or a trek or visit to Pokhara if you prefer).
During winter months warm layers of clothing and a coat are essential as heating in buildings is minimal. During the summer rainy season, an umbrella is useful. At the completion of your volunteering program at the Hospital you may receive a certificate of Medical Educational Cooperation if requested. We will also complete any documents that your university may require. If an evaluation of your time is desired you should bring the necessary forms for the senior staff to complete when you leave the service.
AUD 1,595 for 2 weeks
AUD 2,195 for 4 weeks
AUD 2,695 for 6 weeks
AUD 3,195 for 8 weeks.
Dates are flexible and extensions are available – please ask.
INCLUSIONS: Airport transfers, Arrival induction and local sightseeing, Home stay accommodation (the hosts speak English are extremely hospitable and frequently host international visitors), All meals during the volunteering period with tea, coffee and water, 24/7 in-country ground support, Hospital registration fees, DocTours t-shirt and personalised luggage labels.
EXCLUSIONS: Drinks, Items of a personal nature (ie laundry, telephone etc), Travel Insurance, Passport and the Nepal Visa fees, Flights to/from Kathmandu, Vaccinations. All costs quoted are subject to change by tour operators, volunteer organisations and currency adjustments prior to final payment.
ORIENTATION: Our friendly team in Nepal will meet all volunteers at Kathmandu Airport and take you to your homestay accommodation. They will make you feel very welcome and will help you settle in with some orientation and sightseeing in the local area. On your first day of work they will take you to the hospital or clinic where you will be working and will introduce you to the local staff and your supervisor. Living conditions are not luxurious and will vary although the large majority of home stays do have electricity and running water. Host families are educated, speak English and are experienced in hosting international volunteers. Meals are traditional Nepali fare. Nepalese food is often said to have spiritual as well as nutritional attributes and the cuisine will nourish the body and soul! You are sure to enjoy the experience of sharing delicious home-cooked meals with your local family who will provide up to three meals a day. Tea or coffee, bread, vegetables and eggs are served for breakfast with main meals consisting of rice, lentil soup and seasonal, locally produced vegetables. Meat may be served occasionally.
WHEN TO GO:
FLIGHTS: Contact STA Travel if you would like assistance with your flights, optional tours or travel insurance. STA Travel provides special offers and benefits for volunteers and therefore please call direct: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 1300 675 435 Very competitive airfares are available from Thai, Malaysian, Air Asia or Cathay Pacific on the internet.
PASSPORT: Passports must be valid for six (6) months after you return home – and should have at least two (2) blank pages.
VISAS: A Visa is required for all tourists travelling to Nepal and most nationalities are currently able to apply for a tourist visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport (currently around USD$25 for 15 days and USD$40 for 30 days. Please take two (2) passport-sized photos with you and a black pen).
TRAVEL INSURANCE: It is a condition of your travel arrangements that you have current travel insurance to cover against cancellation fees, medical expenses, lost luggage and evacuation.
CANCELLATION FEES: Please refer to our Terms & Conditions.
Note: Deposits are non-refundable once your arrangements have been confirmed.