Volunteering in Nepal - Volunteering in Medical Care
Volunteer Society Nepal
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Volunteer Society Nepal has a variety of medical placements to ensure that your medical expertise benefits the most people
Join us for our special 4 week special Medical program and work in schools, community health care and a hospital!
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 health infrastructure desperately overused. For the poor living in Kathmandu seeing a doctor is simply not an affordable option. Meanwhile in rural areas medical facilities are also in short supply. Main reasons are a poor transportation network and a lack of funding.
To improve the medical care situation in Nepal, Volunteer Society Nepal (VSN) establishes clinics and camps to provide basic checkups and awareness in needy communities. VSN also partners with hospitals & medical centers that require extra financial and personnel support.
How does a volunteer help?
Volunteer Society Nepal has three different types of health placements for volunteers in Nepal:
1. Medical student placements
If you are studying to become a medical professional then this is the placement for you. Volunteers on this program will have the opportunity to carry out basic health checks in clinics, observe Nepali doctors in hospitals, and practice in your elected field. For most of this placement you will shadow Nepali doctors, who will have good spoken English. On this placement you may also get the chance to run/take part in VSN’s own health camp, which moves between needy communities offering basic medical care.
2. Medical professional’s placements
If you are a qualified medical professional then you have the opportunity to work in hospitals, medical clinics and health camps. Please note that working as a medical professional/ student in Nepal may be very different to your experiences in your home country. Medicine names and practices may differ here and volunteers have to adapt to these changes. Although VSN provides the service of an interpreter where necessary, communication can sometimes limit the actions of our volunteers. This said, volunteers often relate that these factors enhance their experience in Nepal, forcing them to learn quickly on the job.
3. Pre-medic placements
These placements are available for those who have a desire to work in the medical profession, but are not yet qualified or studying medicine. As a volunteer on this placement you will be given the opportunity to observe doctors in clinics and run your own health awareness programs in schools, women’s groups, disability centers and other community organizations. These awareness groups will provide local communities with sanitation knowledge and first aid training.
Do I need any specific qualifications or skills for this volunteering placement?
For pre-medic placements you must have a keen interest or be planning to study medicine in some capacity.
With medical student placements you must be currently studying at or have graduated from medical school.
For our professional placements you must be practicing in the medical profession.
On applying for these placements please let us know your level of experience and field of expertise. We will do our best to find you a suitable placement.
About Volunteer Society Nepal
Purano Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal 4232455, NP
Volunteer Society Nepal is founded on a dream. That brave and generous volunteers from across all backgrounds from Nepal and abroad could work together.
At the height of the conflict in Nepal in 2004 we gathered a team of Nepalese development workers. We also invited foreign social activists and foreign volunteers to come and help. Together we combat the shortages in education, healthcare and women’s rights. We believe we can do this quicker and more efficiently than the existing international organizations. Our work has taken on a new dimension following the devastation of the 2015 earthquake. We have since doubled our efforts to sustain and increase our humanitarian projects.