Nepal for Medical Students – We have a special Student Placement – Nepal for Medical Students – commences on 8 December 2019. You will be based in one of several hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley as well as have the opportunity to do basic medical check-ups and conduct health and hygiene classes at a local primary school and school for deaf students. The school visits are a great way to practice your medical skills by taking histories, observations and examinations.
Medical students may be split into small groups to visit each hospital department and then rotated across the placements. This ensures that the students have closer access to the patients, procedures and pre/post operations where you can observe and assist the local staff. Each student may request specific rotations among those available. You will be working alongside professionals who are keen to share their experience. You will observe medical conditions that have been left untreated and conditions that may be uncommon at home. Students will observe procedures with very limited resources and back-to-basics medicine. Please be ready to show initiative, ask questions and be ready to assist in unfamiliar conditions. It is important to be flexible and approach the placement with an open mind and the commitment to help.
Students 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. Attendance at morning rounds, conferences and clinics is expected and is a great learning opportunity. Please bring a white lab coat (we can also lend you one). For surgery rotations, you may prefer to bring your own scrubs, cap, slippers and masks however there is an assortment of these available in the operating change room. At the completion of your placement at the hospital you will receive a certificate of Medical Educational Cooperation if requested.
Nepal – the scenery in Nepal is simply stunning. The world’s highest mountain ranges plunge into lush valleys teeming with exotic wildlife and throughout, remote monasteries and villages adorn the landscape. Here, you’ll find over 800 species of birds, bears, monkeys, and even royal Bengal tigers. The human population comprises a mix of Hindu and Buddhist cultures, where ancient traditions and nomadic lifestyles bring colour to modern life. The region is home to Lord Buddha and the Dalai Lama, the land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best hiking trails in the world. The Nepali festivals are fascinating and often epic occasions which are not to be missed.
Orientation and Accommodation – Our friendly team in Nepal will meet you at Kathmandu Airport and take you to your home stay accommodation. Living conditions are comfortable but not luxurious. Most homes have limited supplies of electricity and running water. Host families are educated, speak English and are experienced in hosting international volunteers. Your hosts will make you feel very welcome and assist you to settle in with an orientation and sightseeing tour of the local area. On your first day of your placement they will accompany you to the hospital where you will be working and will introduce you to the local staff and your supervisor.
On the weekend, your host family will arrange sightseeing so you can explore the local villages, schools and temples or organise a trip to the beautiful town of Pokhara or Chitwan National Park.
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! Your host is a wonderful cook and you will enjoy the experience of sharing delicious home-cooked meals with your local family. Tea or coffee, bread, vegetables and eggs are served for breakfast with main meals consisting of rice, lentil soup and seasonal locally produced vegetables. Chicken or fish may be served occasionally.
Costing per Adult * – 2 Weeks $ 1,695.00
*All costs quoted are subject to change by the ground operators, volunteer organisations and currency adjustments prior to final payment. Other durations are available – please ask.
• Airport transfers, arrival induction and local sightseeing
• Home stay accommodation
• All meals with tea, coffee and water
• 24/7 Local in-country ground support
• Hospital registration fees, Medical Supervisor and contribution to the local projects
• Weekend visit to Chitwan National Park
• DocTours T-shirt and personalized luggage labels
• Items of a personal nature (laundry, telephone etc)
• Travel Insurance
• Passport and Nepal Visa fees
• Flights to/from Kathmandu
Passport and Visa – passports must be valid for 6 months AFTER you return home. 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 US$25.00 for 15 days, US$40.00 for 30 days and US$100 for 90 days. Please take 2 passport sized photos with you and a black pen).
Travel – STA Travel (ATAS Accreditation A10872) provides exclusive offers and benefits for students and volunteers. The travel team can be contacted for assistance with flights and travel insurance on:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 1300 675 435.
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. We suggest MIPS as they provide free travel insurance for Australian medical students on their elective program.
Contact us now for more details: https://doctours.com.au/contact/