Good medical care is a serious problem in rural and urban areas of Nepal. A lot of people have moved to Kathmandu after the civil war to seek better opportunities. This has left much of the city’s public medical infrastructure desperately overused. For the poor, seeing a doctor is simply not an affordable option. Meanwhile, in rural areas health facilities are in short supply. Main reasons are a poor transportation network and a lack of funding.
In villages or school workshops about the medical care, the children and adults would love to learn more about health issues, healthy lifestyles, but also first aid and hygiene. You can develop medical workshops and give these workshops to them in such a way that it will help them in their overall health and well being. Together with tLets Go Cool staff you will conduct a need analysis on where knowledge is lacking and prepare and give the workshops. It is great if you can use new technology such as YouTube videos and Powerpoint presentations for the workshops.
In many remote areas there are no hospitals in the village. The first place that people go to are health clinics or walk to another village or city for medical treatment. Generally, this is a small facility with a small pharmacy included where there is one doctor or nurse. Health clinics are often open in early mornings and late afternoons only. You will be talking with and getting to know the doctor and nurse. Once you have gotten to know the doctors and nurses and established a good relationship with them you can help with the patients and exchange your knowledge and skills with them.
Your role as a Medical Intern in Nepal
As a Medical care volunteer, your role will differ depending on your education and experience. At the hospital, you will begin by shadowing the local Nepali staff. When you show enthusiasm and develop a good relationship with the doctors and nurses, you will be rewarded with more responsibilities. The hospital’s facilities are basic and the treatment standards will probably be different from what you’re used to. You should be prepared to see some dreadful cases, and try not to get emotionally involved with the patients about the situation and facilities in the hospital.
Volunteers’ Responsibilities and Impact
This project is an amazing chance to shadow and observe local doctors and nurses as they treat a variety of cases for patients that are in desperate need of medical care. Occasionally, you will also help organize health camps and educate locals on health, nutrition, and sanitation to improve their quality of life. Due to strict regulations, you will not be treating patients or performing procedures.
As a healthcare volunteer in Nepal, you will gain invaluable experience observing doctors and nurses in a variety of medical settings which will help prepare you for a future in the medical field.
Prep-Room duties such as blood and urine testing, body measurements such as weight, temperature, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc.
Administrative/reception duties and updating of patient files/records
Assist with fundraising and medical awareness programs
Observation work with doctors and therapists
Skills and Qualifications
In order to join this program, you must be a medical student or a healthcare professional and also able to present a medical student id or certification from an accredited institution. We encourage you to let us know about your background as volunteer placements assort based on education, skills and experience. Volunteers are expected to be patient and should have a strong willingness to work with in need communities.
Lets Go Cool is the most trusted and respected volunteer organization in Nepal. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to travel internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.
We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured, we never use middlemen. The low weekly program fee goes directly to your host family, and includes housing, food, project donation and minor expenses. Lets Go Cool is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible. Volunteering Program Fees in Nepal
We are ready. Are you?
If you want to come and join us in an exciting journey or you just want to find out more about what it’s like to volunteer in Nepal, we are here to assist you anytime. Whether you’re looking to secure your place in one of our programs or you just want to ask us a bunch of questions about what to expect, feel free to contact our volunteer coordinater by phone, whats app or email.