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Nepal Medical

Internship in Medicine

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Discover Nepal

Majestic and spiritual.

Nepal is so much more than Mount Everest and the snow capped Himalayas. Majestic temples, prayer flags, paddy fields, jungles and the kindest nation of people you will ever meet - all coming together to create an amazing, historically spiritual country.

It is also in a transitional stage from royal autocracy, to a form of democracy, promoting a dynamic and more modern metropolis. Western influences mean that you'll witness monks chatting on mobile phones and slick looking businessmen wandering about the ancient sites.

Struggling back from the earthquakes of 2015, their resilience is notable and their appreciation for help tangible. Whatever you choose to do, you will be helping this country get back onto its feet in some shape or form.

You will become fully immersed in an observational medical internship - learning, contributing and building great friendships within the medical community.


Program Itinerary

This is a fully immersive and dedicated opportunity to combine work experience in medicine with travel and cultural exchange. Located in Chitwan you will have the weekends to explore the nearby National Park.

Overview

Kathamandu to Chitwan

Into the heart of Nepal

You will be picked up from Kathmandu airport and driven into the heart of this ancient city - weaving your way through traffic-jammed alleyways, peering up at medieval temples and dodging the glances of the trekking touts. Welcome to Kathmandu, an intoxicating place to be.

You will overnight here in the buzzing tourist area of Thamal to find your feet and meet your project co-ordinator before getting up early to head out to Chitwan which is about 6 hours away down the valley and beyond. Chitwan is a thriving area and best known for the Royal Chitwan National Park – one to visit at the weekends.

Chitwan National Park is a World Heritage site, a listed reserve which protects more than 932 sq km of forests, marshland and grassland homing a long list of wildlife from the elephants, sloths and the (rather elusive) tiger. Take your binoculars.

Accommodation

English speaking host family. Rooms are clean and comfy, but don’t expect any hot water!

Expect 2 - 6 volunteers per family

Food

3 meals a day provided.
Expect Dal bhat for most meals (roughly translated as rice and lentil soup)!


Weekdays

Medical Internship Gain Valuable Work Experience

Gain Valuable Medical Work Experience

Our medical internships are based in the Chitwan Medical College and provide the perfect opportunity to gain an understanding of health care in the developing world whilst learning from some of the most skilled practitioners in the country. You’ll find the facilities are generally quite basic when compared to those in the West, but the dedication and care unbeatable.

Your medical role will be observational, shadowing doctors in pediatrics, orthopedics, ENT, basic surgery, maternity, wound treatment, ICU & emergency room, gynecology, psychiatry, physiotherapy and in/out-patient. You will be able to specialise or rotate through the departments organised by your intern co-ordinator.

You’ll find the hospitals are at their busiest in the mornings, so after 2pm you can use the time to explore or study.

Medical Outreach Work

You will be able to help in our outreach programmes, organised by the hospital, on a monthly or bimonthly basis outside of the rainy season (June to September). They aim to offer free health checks and basic medication to remote communities in Nepal.

Program Details & Costs

Very flexible - you can depart on the first Monday of any month and stay from 2 weeks up to 10. We highly recommend you consider going for longer than 3 weeks as it takes time to bed in and the longer you are there the more impact you can make.

Departs 1st Monday of the month

2018: 7 May, 4 Jun, 6 Aug, 3 Sep, 1 Oct, 5 Nov, 3 Dec

2019: 7 Jan, 4 Feb, 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 6 May, 3 Jun, 5 Aug, 2 Sep, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec

Costs

2 weeks
1 week induction + 1 week medicine
2018: £11152019: £1115

4 weeks
1 week induction + 3 weeks medicine
2018: £13552019: £1355

6 weeks
1 week induction + 5 weeks medicine
2018: £15952019: £1595

8 weeks
1 week induction + 7 weeks medicine
2018: £18352019: £1835

Depart any Monday during July

2018: 2 Jul, 9 Jul, 16 Jul, 23 Jul

2019: 1 Jul, 8 Jul, 15 Jul, 22 Jul, 29 Jul

Costs

2 weeks
1 week induction + 1 week medicine
2018: £11152019: £1115

4 weeks
1 week induction + 3 weeks medicine
2018: £13552019: £1355

6 weeks
1 week induction + 5 weeks medicine
2018: £15952019: £1595

8 weeks
1 week induction + 7 weeks medicine
2018: £18352019: £1835

Dates Don't Suit?

Don't worry - we can work around this, just get in touch and we'll chat through options more suited to you.

Independence

With flexible departure dates and no minimum numbers you can pretty much go whenever suits you.

Fixed Base

You will stay with a local family for the whole time, so you will have that 'home from home' feeling.

Immersive

By focusing on your internship you will gain valuable work experience.

Exploring

An adventurers dream, with the Himalayas and Chitwan National Park right on your door step.

Monday to Friday

Expect to be busy working 5 days per week for about 6 hours a day

Weekends

Weekends will be your free time and there's always something going on. Kathmandu attracts pilgrims as well as tourists, so there are plenty of religious festivals and temples to visit and the adventurous will be easily satisfied.

Getting around is fairly easy but always use the tourist buses and not the local ones.

Backpacker favourites:

  • Trekking in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Safari in Chitwan National Park - 5 hours from Kathmandu.
  • Pokhara is another favourite which is around 6 hours from Kathmandu.
  • Trekking the Annapurna circuit and around Lukla - 10-14 days needed to do it properly.
  • Everest base camp trek – requires 3 weeks.

Focused development

In 2006, Nepal emerged from a decade-long conflict that crippled its economy and took the lives of 14,000 people. The earthquake further damaged the infrastructure and destroyed over 400 healthcare facilities, which are slowly getting back onto their feet.

The biggest problems include Neonatal, nutritional and infectious diseases. Currently, Nepal has an infant mortality rate of 38.71 deaths per 1,000 live births, a figure considerably higher than most developed countries. Nutritional deficiencies are found in up to 75% of all mothers, and child malnutrition is still prevalent. Infectious diseases, though preventable, are a huge burden as only 37% of the population have access to safe drinking water.

To help The Leap has partnered with an array of development organisations located in the Chitwan area, whose goals include:

1. Improving the quality of specialised or alternative healthcare to patients.
Alternative healthcare methods, such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and acupuncture, are relatively new to Nepal. We work alongside partner institutions to promote the development and independence of people with disabilities, with the parallel goal of changing people’s attitudes towards those with disabilities.

2. Improve hygiene standards.
Standards of cleanliness and sanitation within different institutions (hospitals, schools, orphanages) and homes are poor leading to a host of hygiene-related diseases and infections. We educate, raise awareness and run activities to promote proper hygiene with the aim of improving the overall health.

3. Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups.
With 60% of the population living under the poverty line, and due to the geography and poor infrastructure of Nepal, many people who are in need of medical attention are unable to receive or afford it. In order to assist those who cannot travel we run monthly community outreach days.

4. Cultural exchange.
An internship enables a volunteer to gain invaluable insight into the healthcare system within a developing country and provides a platform for a true cultural exchange.

Leaper's Highlights

Have a read of what our current volunteers are doing from around the world to give you a flavour of Leap life...

Namibia week 1: camera traps, hiking and tree babies Millie Edwards

Waking up to such an incredible view on day 2 and being briefed about the month ahead by our pretty cool hosts – Andrea and Red, definitely made the journey worthwhile and made us excited for the days to come. After a relaxing morning getting used to camp life, we headed off to set up some camera traps, to hopefully catch some leopard action with the help of none other than Chanel No.5. Finishing the day with sunset beers on ‘the saddle’ was the perfect ending to our introduction of the trip.

Day 3. What felt like a very early start we began our first game drive. The afternoon was a mystery with Red telling us we were receiving our ‘babies’, these were our very own trees which we will care for and attempt to grow during the next month. Imi G and Emily have called theirs Patrick and have treated him like one of the family.

On day 4 the manual labour kicked in. We made a new track by clearing rocks so the car can reach a new destination, which was oddly satisfying. George and Magnus got straight on it, heading up the demolition team.

Day 5 & 6. The two day canyon hike was upon us. After a few shade breaks, food stops and the birth of ‘Lucifer’ (George’s staff), we eventually came across our camp site for the night by the Orange River and without wasting any time we jumped straight into the river to cool down and cover ourselves in mud.

Today we began Permaculture across the camp and visited the local community in the afternoon. Football, Rugby, Netball and a lot of singing and dancing was involved and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The kids could run laps around all of us and most definitely dance better than our whole group put together.

With love,

Millie & the team

Alpacas and Exploring Arequipa Aela Morris

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already been in Peru for a week. It feels like only yesterday that we were jet-laggedly meeting at the hostel in Arequipa for the first time. We’ve done a lot of exploring of the area around the square, and eaten lots of yummy food. We visited Santa Catalina monastery, which was built during the Spanish colonization of Peru, and where nuns still live in cloisters (and, according to pictures, play volleyball in habits). Our guide Arlich took us to an alpaca farm, where they process wool and make products using the same traditional methods that Peruvians have been using for generations. We also went white water rafting, which was insanely fun, even though the water was freezing and we all got soaked. While staying at the hostel, we’ve had four days of Spanish lessons in Arequipa, which we all completed with varying degrees of success. I think that the experience of being in the communities will be the best teacher.

On Wednesday, we took a 6 hour bus ride through the mountains to Cabanaconde, where we played soccer in the street with some local kids and then stayed overnight at a hostel before setting off the next morning for the long trek into Colca Canyon.

3 hours, all downhill, while breathtakingly scenic, stops being fun after a while. Eventually though, we made it to the oasis, albeit in a sweaty, dusty heap. We spent the rest of Thursday and all of Friday hanging out, swimming in the pool, and playing like 1,000 rounds of Go Fish in the bottom of the canyon. We also celebrated one of our group member Yasmin’s 18th birthday. Saturday morning, we rose at the extremely ungodly hour of 4:30 am to start hiking back up in order to beat the scorching afternoon heat. Well, some of us trekked, and some of us, like myself, were too sore from going down and had to get horses to take us up. I’m excited to explore more of Peru and begin our homestay!

Ex Head-Hunters and Mulu National Park Ellie Walton

After spending a few days in Kuching we’ve been able to explore further. To start of our few days we visited the cultural village of Mentu in Sarawak. Luckily the sun was shining for us so we were able to walk around at our leisure. We were introduced to several tribes and sub tribes, the names of which I struggle to remember due to their complicated pronunciations! One that stuck however, was the Iban tribe as that was the tribe of the recently visited village. Seth, our team leader and tour guide is from the “head hunting” tribe so we had previously learnt of how the Ibans would seek the heads of those who crossed them; they would cut their heads off and display them.

During our down time we thought we’d kick back with a few beers, we were lucky enough to catch karaoke night which definitely gave us a laugh or two… it was a good opportunity to hear some obscure Malaysian music, however we were unable to compete with the locals despite our exceptional rendition of Celine Dion!

After an evening filled with laughter, we flew over to Mulu National Park where we would embark on a new little adventure. From rides in the long boats along the river, to seeking out bats from the deer cave, we were constantly on the move exploring different parts of the exotic national park. We were luckily able to take a dip in the clear water cave pool after touring around caves and the local area, where all browsed amongst the homemade jewellery and gifts.

Once we caught the third plane of the day, we were ready, set and go for the next community project, after a leisurely few days. We look forward to teaching and building within a different community and shift in culture.

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