Nepal Medical Volunteer

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Your chance to gain hands-on medical experience while helping the less fortunate and immersing in local culture.

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At $185, ours is the world’s most affordable volunteer program with no hidden fees - communities benefit directly.

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Nepal Medical Volunteer

Are you interested to gain medical volunteer experience abroad? Are you searching for an opportunity to explore natural and cultural splendors of Nepal while making a difference? Then RCDP Nepal’s Nepal medical volunteer program is designed to provide you with an opportunity to work for poor communities while improving your medical career.

Nepal is a gorgeous country full of exceptional geographical region extending from the tallest peak of the world to low plains. The country is famous in the

world for the Himalayas, striking wildlife, exciting cultures, antique architectures and warm welcoming people.

Partaking in this program will indeed be a life-changing and an eye-opening experience for you. You will enhance your medical/healthcare skills while making a difference and immersing in authentic Nepalese traditions and cultures.

You will work in collaboration with professional medical practitioners in the health clinics or hospitals that allow you to gain hands-on medical experience. Additionally, your passion will change lives of disadvantaged people, while keeping poor communities healthy.

Join this unique medical mission trip to learn medical practices, while also gaining valuable experience while assisting doctors in Nepal, contact RCDP today to learn more about this unique and affordable opportunity today.

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Volunteers Responsibilities & Impact

In this medical volunteer opportunity in Nepal program, you will shadow local doctors and nurses in health posts, clinics or hospitals. You will be providing assistance in general check-ups, examinations of the patients and basic first aid treatment. At times, you will also help in administrative activities and support health education via community outreach programs.

You will learn mostly from observation shadowing local doctors and nurses. Due to inherent risk involved and medical regulations, volunteers cannot treat patients or become involved in surgery.

This Nepal medical volunteer program is a very meaningful. Your dedication and support will help understaffed hospitals providing adequate treatment to patients. Additionally, you will gain invaluable medical experience in international level while immersing in local Nepalese culture.

Skills and Qualifications

Taking part in medical volunteering in Nepal opportunities, you need to be a certified healthcare professional like an EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Apart from that, you are expected to be patient and helpful . Most importantly you will be required to have a great love and passion for helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and possess a large degree of kindness, flexibility and patience.

Volunteer Schedule

While volunteering in Nepal medical program, you can expect to have exciting experiences everyday. You will get to fulfill your passion of making a difference while gaining medical experience in a developing country.

You will work with different hospitals and clinics in Nepal, and each of them has its own needs, programs and activities. There is no fixed program because tasks may vary everyday. Get ready to have a great time while helping at all times.

Here is a sample daily schedule:

  • 7.00 AM – 7.30 AM – Enjoy delicious breakfast and get ready to start your day
  • 7.45 AM – After breakfast, you will head to the hospital to gain hands-on medical volunteer experience, assisting patients, doctors and nurses
  • 12.00 PM – Lunch break: Enjoy delicious traditional Nepalese meal with your host and other fellow volunteers
  • 3.00 PM– You will complete your medical program at this time. Now you can free to explore nearby places
  • 6.45 PM–A great time to enjoy delicious traditional Nepalese meal with your host and other fellow volunteers

Dates and Fees

Nepal medical volunteer program start every 2nd and 4th Monday of each month all yearlong. If you experience any travel difficulty or distress getting to Nepal on the day of your chosen program can also start on any other day of the year.

Every year, hundreds of volunteers arrive in Nepal to volunteer from UK and USA based organizations and end up paying up to $2500 to volunteer for 2 weeks. However, RCDP offers the most affordable program fee. Our program fee starts as low as $180. The program fee is divided in as registration fee ($279) and weekly fee. In Nepal, in addition to volunteer programs, RCDP runs many projects to help poor children and orphanages. We are presently running 2 orphanages in Nepal and school construction/renovation program (for detail, visit:http://www.rcdpnepal.org/about_rcdp/achievements.php).

Majority of your health project in Nepal fee is used for your program. However, as RCDP aims is to support poor communities and children, we use remaining saving (if any left)) to run or manage our orphanages and community projects.

Volunteer opportunity in Nepal in medical program weekly fee is divided between room/3 local foods a day (50%) and project donation/support of local project staffs (50%). This allocation may be different depending up on location, project type etc. However, our coordinator will explain these issues before you pay the fee.

Weeks Medical (Kathmandu or Chitwan)
  1 Week   $185
  2 Weeks   $260
  3 Weeks   $385
  4 Weeks   $460
  5 Weeks   $585
  6 Weeks   $660
  7 Weeks   $785
  8 Weeks   $860
  9 Weeks   $985
  10 Weeks   $1,060
  11 Weeks   $1,185
  12 Weeks   $1,260

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day

Language and Culture Program fee $250

The weekly fees include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Airport pick up/Transfer
  • In-country support
  • Program Orientation
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

The weekly fees exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer
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Medical Volunteering in Nepal Guide

Are you a medical practitioner or a student looking for a unique opportunity to gain hands-on medical experience in Nepal in a real hospital setting? Do you dream of travelling to Nepal for an affordable volunteer opportunity to help sick disadvantaged people?

Medical volunteering is one of the noblest acts you can take up in a developing country like Nepal. Although it is a daunting experience, you will not only share your passion by serving humanity but also enhance your medical skills and experience while shadowing professional doctors in Nepal.

In this guide we shall help you plan your medical volunteering trip to Nepal from learning everything about the preparation process through to the final stage, completing the project to giving your feedback and review.

  • Chapter 1: What is volunteering abroad?
  • Chapter 2: Why should you volunteer in Nepal in medical program?
  • Nepal is a safe country
  • Make a positive change in the world
  • Travel Adventures
  • Authentic diverse culture immersion experience
  • Change your perspectives and experience new way of life
  • Is medical volunteering in Nepal really for me?
  • What Do I Need To Know Before Medical Volunteering In Nepal?
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Vaccination
  • Flights
  • Fund Raising
  • Recommended reading resources
  • Chapter 4: Preparing For Your Nepal Medical Volunteer Experience
  • Packing list
  • Information to know before travelling to Nepal
  • Accommodation and meals available in Nepal
  • Chapter 5: Nepal In-Country-Support Staff
  • Making the final call before departing for Nepal
  • Chapter 6: Your Adventure Starts, What to Expect Upon Arrival?
  • Departure check list
  • Chapter 7: Safety And Cultural Shock
  • Safety
  • The Do’s’ and Don’ts
  • Culture Shock, How to deal with it
  • Chapter 8: Completing Your Project And Returning Home
  • How to make your volunteer experience project rewarding
  • Thing to see and do while medical volunteering in Nepal
  • Some of the most popular places to visit while in Medical Nepal volunteer
  • How can you continue to support medical volunteering in Nepal project?
  • FAQs about medical volunteering in Nepal
  • Closing with a few final words

Chapter 1: What is volunteering abroad?

Volunteering abroad is an international opportunity to travel overseas to make meaningful and life-changing philanthropic contributions to impoverished communities. It is one of the most affordable and useful ways to travel abroad.

While on international volunteering, you will gain career experience and learn more versatile life skills while travelling to beautiful places of interest while immersing in the culture.

It does not matter whether you are a student, a professional or just passionate about medical care, if you have a summer, spring, fall or winter vacation you have limitless opportunities to join medical volunteering in Nepal.

Chapter 2: Why should you join Nepal Medical Program?

Many people volunteer for various reasons. Some do it for an opportunity to gain international experience, others take it as an opportunity to build professional social circles and some will do it just for an opportunity to explore and learn new culture, the list is endless.

Despite all the reasons one mutual aspect is that all volunteers are passionate about impacting positive change in the world. Here is a list we have put together to inspire you to take up your healthcare volunteer trip to Nepal

Nepal is a safe country

Nepal is known to be one of the safest countries in the world, mostly because of the religious nature of the people. The political climate in Nepal is also very calm and stable. Crime for international travellers is not a regular occurrence even when trekking and hiking. Low-level crimes are also low but you are advised to be on the look out for your personal items at all times just like in any other country.

Make a positive change in the world

In Nepal, the cost of using the healthcare facilities is expensive and the poor people can barely afford. The few government hospitals that exist are often poorly run and very slow in delivering their services.

By joining medical volunteer opportunity in Nepal, you will not only be learning and gaining medical experience shadowing professional doctors but also feel fulfilled that you are positively impacting lives of impoverished communities in Nepal.

Travel Adventures.

Nepal is a stunning country with spectacular and breathtaking sceneries of the Himalayas. The cool fantastic weather and the fascinating Buddhist and Hindu monasteries, palaces and temples are some of the most popular attractions for tourists. It is also world-famous for being hikers and rock climbers’ hot spot destination, with multiple national parks around the country and over 200 gorgeous glacial lakes.

Authentic diverse culture immersion experience

With over 123 ethnic languages, Nepal is considered a multicultural and multiethnic country. The major religions practiced in Nepal are Hinduism and Buddhism, and they have co-existed in harmony for many generations. There is so much to experience while you can also attend cultural festivities from both religions. The culture is intertwined between India and Tibet.

Change your perspectives and experience new way of life

Most of us live in a fairly small bubble, taking a Nepal medical volunteer trip really challenges you to look at things differently and from other people’s perspective. This could be the one chance in your life to see firsthand how people live in Nepal, and to appreciate the things they value which often times you may not pay much attention to in your regular life back at home.

Is medical volunteering in Nepal really for me?

Am I really good enough to travel to volunteer? How do I know that I am ready to travel to Nepal to volunteer?

We can understand that you a little skeptical to commit to travel to Nepal. Honestly, it’s a difficult decision to make, and you need to evaluate the pros and conscautiously. The truth is that volunteering is not for everyone, but here are some questions to help you decide if volunteer Nepal medical trip is for you or not.

Are you open to meeting new people and creating new relationship?

If you are shy, nervous or uptight about making new friends or working closely with strangers then this medical program will be difficult for you. If you struggle working with people or not open to being around people volunteering abroad is hard for you too.

During your healthcare volunteer abroad program, you will constantly be meeting all kinds of people . From, doctors to the medical staff, patients and other volunteers there will be so many interactions going on. You have to be open and ready to build both personal and professional relationships.

Are you willing to step of your comfort zone?

While in Nepal you will be living in a shared house sharing the bathrooms. Most often facilities like TV and WIFI may not be available. Are you ready for that? Are you willing to take a cold shower when the hot water is not available? If you answered yes, then you are ready for your trip to Nepal medical volunteer opportunity.

Do you have sufficient funds to support your trip to Nepal?

Sadly, the medical trip to Nepal, just like most things in life is not free. You will have to pay for your flight, visa, accommodation, meals, travel insurance including vaccinations and other personal expenses. You will be required enough funds to cater for these expenses.

Are you a medical student, nurse or medical professional? Do you have passion for medical care and helping poor people?

You must be a medical student, nurse or a medical professional to join this program. Also, if you are not passionate about helping people and good healthcare then this medical volunteering in Nepal is not your forte. To work in the medical field you need genuine interest to be able to achieve the overall goal of positively changing the world. You can use this opportunity to be pro active and explore any other medical interest that you may have.

Are you open-minded and flexible enough?

To volunteer, you must be understanding of difficult situations and be able to handle them gracefully and considerately. You must be open minded to learn new culture and language, try new food, and meet new people. It can be overwhelming but you open up opportunities for a rewarding volunteer experience if you are more flexible and accepting.

Chapter 3: What Do I Need To Know Before joining medical program In Nepal?

Travelling to Nepal can be an exhilarating experience but at the same time provide you with great experience. There are plenty of things to be done to prepare for Nepal medical volunteer program trip. We have prepared a comprehensive breakdown of what you need to do before leaving for Nepal. Getting a head start on your preparation plans will avoid last minute frantic mess.

Passport

You require a valid passport to travel internationally. It should have a validity of at least 6 months from your date of travel with two blank visa pages. This is needed in case you request for a visa extension. If you have no passport start the application process early or you will pay a fee to expedite the application process.

Visa:

You will be required a tourist visa to join medical volunteering experience in Nepal. Without a legit tourist visa, you will not be allowed entry. Visit the official embassy or consulate of Nepal in your home country and to apply for the tourist visa. It can take at least 4 to 5 days or sometimes even more get your visa.

You can also apply for on arrival tourist visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport depending on your nationality. Nationalities of countries like Canada, US, UK and Australia are eligible for visa on arrival.

Visa extension services are available at the Immigration Office of Nepal in either Kathmandu or Pokhara if you’d like to stay longer and spend more time In Nepal medical project.

Vaccination:

When you plan to travel for medical volunteering in Nepal you need to be vaccinated to avoid contracting deadly diseases. Vaccinating is the most idea medical procedure that will help defend your immune system from diseases while in Nepal. Many diseases are preventable if you’re vaccinated against them.

In rural communities in Nepal many poor people do not have access to great medical care and since you will be working directly with sick people it is important to be protected.

Control Diseases Center is a great resource for Nepal travel vaccination update, we also advise you to schedule a doctor’s visit for more info and tests. Many vaccinations require up to 6 weeks building up your immune system keep that in mind.

Flights

When you decide to volunteer medical work in Nepal, you will be responsible for purchasing your own return ticket. Buying tickets early is a bargain you can save hundreds of dollars. It is advisable to get your tickets about 120 days before your travel date. Use international travel booking apps to snag a good deal for your flight.

Fund Raising

How much money do you need to bring along? Are there ways to raise extra money to travel to Nepal?

The simple answer is yes! You can raise money by reaching out to family and friends for a contribution to a good cause in Nepal. You need to get a great presentation outlining your goals and objectives for positive contribution in poor rural communities in Nepal.

You can also use online crowd funding resources or social media that is now a popular fund raising avenue.

Herewith some popular links for volunteers crowd funding…

Crowd funder

Go Fund Me

Typically you will need money to pay

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and souvenirs
  • Weekend getaways
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

Recommended Reading Resources

Nothing gives you a better insight of a country more than a well-written guidebook . There are inside stories about ancient Nepal compared to modern day Nepal giving you a deep understanding of the culture and history.

Reading resources increase your knowledge and you will be clearly articulate when in medical volunteering in Nepal because the information gained from reading gives you plenty to talk about.

Popular books found on Amazon

History of Nepal: By John Whelpton

Chapter 4: Preparing For Your Nepal Medical Volunteer Experience

You have selected to join medical program in Nepal, signed commitment documents, paid your registration fees, and now you are hitched to a life changing fulfilling medical experience in Nepal.

What’s next, you may be wondering? Its time to pack…

Packing List

Packing list for volunteering abroad can be a dismaying situation if you get in to the nitty-gritty without a proper checklist.

You will be provided with a basic checklist that will include what you need while medical volunteering opportunity in Nepal. Feel free to add to the list if you have other preferences but remember to pack light!

  • Passport, vaccination cards, insurance letter, program registration form and other documents including the photocopies.
  • Appropriate medical outfits and comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and headwear
  • Insect repellent and bug spray
  • Travelling charger
  • Personal toiletries
  • A note book or journal
  • Earplugs and Eye Mask
  • A camera and charger
  • A rain coat
  • A warm jacket
  • A flash light with extra batteries
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Gloves for medical use
  • A book to read during your free time
  • An extra small day bag for when travelling over the weekend

It is a sign of respect and appreciation in Nepal to bring a small gift for your host family or for the medical hospital you will be volunteering at. Simple supplies like first aid kit, gloves and bandages will be great gifts, many hospitals lack basic supplies your gifts will be extremely helpful.

Information To Know Before Travelling For Medical Volunteering In Nepal

The absolute first thing is to be acquainted with all the information about the medical program in Nepal. It is also important to be aware of your accommodation, meals and transport situation while in Nepal . All in all, you should not be blindsided when already in the country. Ask for all the details before travelling so just incase you don’t like anything you have time to make necessary changes.

Make sure you are equipped with all the information you need. We have prepared general information that you need to know so you can be at ease while travelling:

  • The name, address, and contact information of your medical program placement
  • Main duties and tasks assigned to you
  • Your schedule each day
  • The rules and guidelines expected to be followed at the Nepal medical volunteer project
  • The names, address and contacts of your in-country coordinator
  • Transport availability between your accommodation and the medical placement
  • The doctors you will be shadowing
  • Name and contact of the local staff member picking you up from the airport
  • Emergency contact numbers while in Nepal

Accommodation and Meals while in Nepal

While in Nepal medical volunteering your living situation will be arranged for you. You will be provided accommodation either with a carefully vetted host family or in volunteer house.

Our volunteer house is situated at Kalanki, about 2km far from the tourist hub Thamel. The house is a permanent 2 story building that offers all the necessary facilities for you. Generally, volunteers will share a room with other volunteers of same gender. The facilities in the house include quality home cooked meals thrice a day, western style toilets with running water, clean comfortable beddings and so on.

Host Family- You will be living with a respected host family for an opportunity to be integrated in the culture while living like a local depending on your placement. Our host families are carefully selected for your safety, comfort and cultural experiences. They will also provide you with three home cooked healthy local meals per day.

Living with a host family is a great experience as they will welcome you to your home and share meals with your while treating you like a family member. For your comfort, the home has multiple spacious rooms well equipped with single beds, comfy bedding materials, electricity outlets and other modern facilities.

Before travelling for medical volunteering in Nepal you should get all the information about your host family:

  • Do they speak English in the home
  • How many members are in the family and what is the age of the members
  • Do they have pets
  • What is the distance between the family home and the medical placement
  • What food will be provided and what is the eating schedule like
  • Do they have laundry services in the home
  • What amenities can you find near the home
  • What modern facilities are available in the home
  • Do they allow you to bring other guests to the home

Living with people can be challenging especially if you have different cultures and customs however if you are flexible enough you will find the right balance for a fulfilling volunteer experience abroad.

Chapter 5: Nepal In-Country-Support Staff

Who will support you while in medical Nepal volunteering work? What will they assist me with? When are they available to assist me?

As a volunteer you are certainly bound to face challenges and it is comforting to know there is someone available to assist you with anything you may need. No matter what you go through your in-country coordinator will be your “guardian angel” supporting and advising you before you arrive in Nepal up until your departure.

In Nepal there is an in-country support with staff members including drivers and coordinators all set to help you out.

You can contact your in-country coordinator before arriving in medical volunteer opportunities in Nepal programs to respond to any questions that you have. Ensure you have all his contact information saved up in case of an emergency.

Here is how the in-country coordinator can support you:

  • Airport pickup and transfers
  • Accommodation selection and set up
  • Safety and project security briefing and orientation on arrival
  • Advising and assisting you with local issues that you may experience
  • Periodic check up and briefing to be up-to-date with your volunteer experience.
  • Organize and advice on your weekend travels

Making the final call before departing for Nepal

You may be asking yourself why should I make this call?

The simple answer it is a “clearance” call. It is important to confirm with your in-country coordinator in Nepal that you are guaranteed to travel to join Nepal medical volunteering experience and that you’re on your way. It is imperative to reconfirm your arrival date, time, flight number, airline and the arrival terminal.

Also get the names, address and phone number of the staff member that will be picking you up from the airport. Confirm with the coordinator that you have all the information that might be needed at the airport on arrival in Nepal.

Chapter 6: Your Adventure Starts, What to Expect Upon Arrival?

Let us now formally welcome you to Nepal!

Your adventure has literally begun! This beautiful land of the Himalayas will offer you plenty of options, with adventurous activities and tourist attractions including diverse and unique Nepalese culture .

Now that you have joined medical volunteer opportunities in Nepal you will be able to help change poor communities by showing your love and passion. You will support poor people for an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling chance. This lifetime opportunity is worth every moment you are in Nepal.

Upon arrival, a local representative will be waiting to pick you up from the arrivals terminal. He will help you with your luggage and transfer you to your accommodation, where you will have a comprehensive security brief and orientation to start your new life in Nepal.

Departure Checklist

Before you travel to Nepal confirm every single detail you need to know regarding the medical project and your accommodation.

We prepared a checklist that you can use to confirm you carry all you need without forgetting anything. One simple mistake can ruin the entire medical volunteer in Nepal trip. So pay close attention.

  • Have detailed informationon the medical program that you will volunteer
  • Before flying in to Nepal verify your flight information to simplify airport pickup.
  • Safe all the emergency contacts that you may need when you land in Nepal
  • Photocopy your passport, insurance card, program registration and any other vital documents
  • Make final call to confirm everything is on track as earlier planned.
  • Recheck you packed items. Make sure you have everything you need while at medical volunteering in Nepal programs

Chapter 7: Safety and Cultural Shock

Are you concerned about your safety while volunteering? What can you do to stay safe?

Nepal is generally a very safe country for travellers. Nepalese people are warm and welcoming. However, your safety should be a priority at all time. Take full responsibility to be safe through your own actions, by using your gut feelings, watch your surroundings and avoid attracting unnecessary attention.

Safety

Here are more safety precautions that will play an important role to ensure your safety while in Nepal:

  • Do not work in the night
  • Write down all your emergency contact information
  • Do not carry valuables and large sums of money around
  • Register your new contact details in Nepal with your embassy
  • Keep your friends and family back home informed about your volunteer Nepal medical trip.
  • Do not share so much with strangers
  • Dress appropriately
  • Project your situation and surrounding awareness by watching your surroundings.
  • Stash away emergency cash
  • Use ATM’s with extra caution
  • Take a comprehensive travel insurance

The Do’s’ and Don’ts’ of Volunteer Medical In Nepal

Do’s’

  • Always remove your shoes when entering a temple, a house and the monastery.
  • Always walk in a clockwise direction around stupas or Tibetan covered stonewalls.
  • Eat with your right hand.
  • When purchasing vintage or antique souvenirs ask for an official receipt otherwise you will not be allowed to take it out of Nepal.
  • Finish all the food on your plate. It is disrespectful to waste food.
  • Exchange all the Nepalese currency before leaving Nepal. It is illegal to depart with the local currency.
  • Before taking pictures of any building or people request for permission first.
  • Be kind and respectful to all people.
  • As a sign of respect receive anything using both hands.
  • Stay committed to your duties during medical volunteering in Nepal.

Don’ts’

  • Don’t drink water directly from the tap.
  • Do not eat unpeeled fruits. Ensure all fruits are cleaned with filtered water.
  • Dress appropriately, without showing too much skin.
  • Do not display affection in public.
  • Do not touch women, when greeting them do not give your hand or hug them simply put your palms together in a prayer version called Namaste.
  • Cows are sacred in Nepal , don’t eat beef in the presence of a Hindu or Buddhist.
  • Wearing leather is not allowed while in Nepal medical volunteering program
  • Don’t do drugs.
  • Don’t loose your temple or yell in public.
  • Don’t wear swimwear away from the pool.

Cultural Shock: What To Expect And How to Deal With It

When you arrive in Nepal for volunteering healthcare program we can’t promise you an easy slide. It will be perplexing at the beginning but in a few days you will settle and get used to your new life.

Imagine the agony of travelling to Nepal only for your trip to be ruined by the shock of how things are different from your home country. This should not happen, because luckily you’ll have a guide on how to overcome culture shock like a champion.

The solution is simple:

Face the challenges head on

There is a great satisfaction when you face challenges with confidence and take charge or everything that is going on around you as a learning curve. One of the famous metaphors that help a lot volunteers abroad is to take one day at a time and every challenge is a lesson learned to do better the next time.

Learn the local language and culture

The more you learn about Nepalese food, language, traditions, customs and festivities the easier it will get for you to embrace your new life. Try and participate in their festivities as much as you can. Also show interest to learn the language to gain independence and self-confidence.

Expand your social circle

During Nepal medical volunteering experience, you will have an exceptional occasion to meet different people from around different cultures and regions in Nepal. Take advantage of that to learn more about the country. Spending time with other people is also a great way to overcome any anxious feeling and overcome your frustrations.

Be patient and open-minded

Show a willingness to try out new things, listen to different perspectives and consider participating in new activities. Be agreeable to listen to new ideas even when they are different from what you think. Patience is a virtual. Every good thing takes time. If anything you need done does not go as fast as you are used to back at home, be patient it will eventually happen.

Chapter 8: Completing Your Project And Returning Home

The reason you travelled to Nepal was to support underprivileged people through your skills, love and passion to help them lead a better life. It is also an opportunity to learn new medical skills and experiences working alongside professional doctors.

How To Make You Volunteer Experience Rewarding

Have you achieved that? Did you have a rewarding volunteer experience while medical volunteering in Nepal?

Your decision should be able to pay off with many rewarding experiences. To guarantee an extraordinary and rewarding medical trip experience , you’ll want do this:

Do not expect too much

Having low expectation and no luxury is one of the best things you can do in while volunteering in Nepal. Nepal is a developing country and you will generally be working with poor communities with no access to medical care. There is no luxury about that. Use the opportunity to embrace your new life and live like a local.

Immerse in the culture

Nothing describes medical volunteering in Nepal experience without indulging in local traditions, customs, food, dressing, region and much more. The more involved and fascinated you are to practice the Nepalese way of life the better the probabilities you have for a worthwhile trip in Nepal.

Tour and Explore places of great interest

Nepal is a country known for its beautiful and diverse landscapes with friendly people. Nepal is famous for its wildlife including vast national parks, the trekking trails and beautiful glacial lakes. The country has rich history spanning years of the famous Hindu and Buddhist cultures, you will have enough in your plate to explore.

Be passionate about medical volunteer in Nepal:

If you love and appreciate the entire perspective of the medical program it gives the morale and great interest to make it a success. Working with poor people will help you achieve your goals for making the world a positive place.

Stay connected with your in-country coordinator

Your in-country coordinator is your lifeline during volunteer Nepal medical trip stay in contact at all time. If you experience any kind of issues keep let him know as soon as possible. A good relationship with the your in-country coordinator will help you have a great and rewarding experience in Nepal

Things To See And Do While Medical Volunteering In Nepal

Are you wondering if you will get enough time to travel while in Nepal? Would you like to know some amazing places you can explore while in Nepal?

While in Nepal, you will be working for 4-5 hours every day. You get free time in the morning and in the evenings to spend exploring the nearby beautiful and memorable areas near your host family home.

Over the weekend of your Nepal medical mission you will go on longer tours and excursion around the country. You will typically work for 5 days in a week, Monday through Friday. You get 2 days off each week to spend exploring the places of natural beauty and cultural significance in Nepal.

Some Of The Most Popular Places To Visit While In Medical In Nepal Volunteer Include:

Everest Trekking Base

Visit one of the most exciting trekking trails on the east of Nepal. The altitude here is high and the scenery is magnificent.

Dhulikhel Zip Lining

If you are looking for an adventure this is your best bet. It is about 1,100 meters long Stretching from Thakledanda of Kavre to Khawa of Panchkahl Municipality.

Last Resort Bungee Jumping

Last resort it is one of the highest bungee jump in Asia. It offers assorted sports and adventure

PashupatiNath Temple

Visit this gorgeous and sacred Hindu temple that is located in the banks of river Bagmati. It is the main seat of Pashupatinath.

Boudhhanath

While in Nepal medical volunteer work explore this Stupa that is a pilgrimage destinations for Tibetans . It was built in around 600 AD.

Nagarkot

This gorgeous village is in the central part of Nepal in the border of the Kathmandu valley. It is most famous to have the best views of the Himalayas including the Northeast side of Mount Everest.

Mahendra Cave

Explore this large limestone cave that is locate in Pokhara. It has stalagmites an stalacites and attracts thousands of tourists each year.

Swayambhunath

This is a must visit ancient religious architecture on top of Kathmandu hills. It is also known as the monkey temple.

Thamel Area

It is a tourist friendly commercial area in Kathmandu. It is the city’s main nightlife zone with hundreds of restaurants and bars. It is a great place to experience international cuisine and drinks as a medical volunteer Nepal.

Lumbini

Explore Lumbini the famous birthplace of Lord Buddha. It is known as where Lord Shiva was born in 623 BC. It is located in South of Nepal.

Bhaktapur

Dating back in the 8th century, you can go on a shopping spree here. It is famous for terracotta and handicrafts.

Chitwan National Park

It is a UNSESCO world heritage site. The climate is perfect for wildlife.

Pokhra Valley

It is one of the most beautiful valleys to visit in Nepal. It is located between the Annapurna and Himalayan range.

Davis Falls

This a great and popular natural waterfall located in Pokhara in Kaski. It has formed an underground tunnel that hits the bottom of the fall.

Phewa Lake

While in medical volunteering Nepal program, you will enjoy a boat ride in the sunset on this beautiful fresh water lake in the south of Pokhara city.

International Mountain Museum

This museum is known to have all the data that involves all the mountains in Nepal.

Khokana and Bungamati Villages

Travel to the countryside and visit these villages most famous for woodcraft and extraction of mustard oil.

Langtang National Park

The park has rich and unique variety of wildlife. It is also good opportunity to hike while volunteering in Nepal in healthcare program.

Sagarmatha National Park

The Mount Everest, lofty peaks and deep ravines surround it. It is gorgeous with breathtaking sceneries.

How Can You Continue To Support Medical Volunteering In Nepal Project?

When you complete your volunteering period we hope you can continue to support our efforts in Nepal. We know that you have seen and experienced what poor communities in Nepal are going through and based on that you would be willing to join us after completing your volunteer project to do better.

You devoted your resources, time and passion to provide a means for poor people in Nepal and for this we appreciate.

We would love to hear your feedback. An online review, photos, videos or social media post and blogs will support other aspirant volunteers, now you have firsthand medical volunteering experience in Nepal.

You can also help in other ways including:

Writing an inspiration blog

You can inspire other volunteers to travel to Nepal by writing motivational blogs based on your experience. You can also share photos or videos of your experience in Nepal.

Many volunteers would love to know about

  • Place they can explore
  • Your living situation and meals
  • The security offered in Nepal
  • Your preparation process to Nepal
  • The pros and cons of volunteering in Nepal

Your feedback

We are constantly seeking feedback to improve our services and evolve our medical volunteer programs in Nepal. You can rate how satisfied you were with our performance and if you had a rewarding valuable trip.

Help in fundraising efforts

You can help us reach out to more people by raising awareness to your friends, family and colleagues. You have seen the situation in Nepal and the needs of the poor people, meaning you are in a better position to help us raise more donations for our programs.

Stay in touch

Stay connected with the people you met and created relationships with while in Nepal. Keep checking on the doctors, medical staff, host family and your in-country coordinator. If you are also interested in returning back to Nepal these contacts will be very helpful in the future.

FAQs About Medical Volunteering In Nepal

I am a vegetarian will I be able to get the meals I need?

Yes! Your host family will accommodate your dietary requirements. Ensure you inform your in-country coordinator in advance.

Can I volunteer with my Spouse?

Absolutely yes! We will organize and arrange for you to volunteer together and be given first priority to a private bedroom in a homestay or in the volunteer hostel.

Do people in Nepal speak English?

English is a spoken as a second language in Nepal . A good number of people working in the medical project speak English including your in-country coordinator. However we encourage you to also try and learn the local language.

Will transport to medical volunteer in Nepal be provided?

This will depend on your placement. Sometimes you can even walk to your placement from the hospital. However, you can confirm with your in-country coordinator about the options available for while in Nepal.

Will airport pick up and drop off be available?

Our local representative at the airport will welcome you after upon arrival and transfer you to your host family home. But at the end of Nepal medical volunteer opportunity, you will not be offered airport transfer services but your host family or the local staff will assist you to find your way there.

Closing With A Few Final Words

Volunteer programs are not luxurious tourist trips. You will be offered basic services, but you can travel with a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and understand other cultures as your grow your medical career. Treating people in Nepal with love, kindness and respect will grow your social circle and give you a peace of mind.

Finally, medical volunteering Nepal is always helpful to the local community; however, you cannot always see instant results that you have made a positive contribution to the world. Don’t worry! If there are no immediate outcomes visible, be content acknowledge that you have donated your time, passion, and energy for a good cause to help impoverished communities in Nepal.

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Accommodation & Food

During your medical volunteering work in Nepal, RCDP looks after your accommodation and the meal throughout the project. Depending on your placement, you will either stay with our courteous host family or in safe, comfortable volunteer house. Both accommodation facilities include same gendered shared room, western style toilets with running water (no hot water) and three delicious home cooked meals .

Learn more about your accommodation and meal plans in Nepal .

Safety and in Country Support

Nepal medical volunteers will be safe, secure and comfortable throughout their stay in Nepal. You safety is our greatest concern. Our in country coordinator and project staff will be in touch with you since your arrival to departure date. They will regularly supervise your program and accommodation. Also, you will have access to the phone numbers of our support staff.

Learn more about our safety and in country support in Nepal.

Free Time and Weekend Exploration

You will have plenty of free time to explore during your volunteer medical Nepal project. During the week you will work for 4-5 hours, Monday through to Friday, leaving you plenty of time to spend your evenings discovering around the city attractions. It is also a chance to join fellow volunteers and discover the area together. Over the weekend you will have two complete days–Saturday and Sunday-to travel on longer trip across Nepal and explore other cities and attractions.

Learn more about your free time and weekend exploration in Nepal.

Nepal Medical Volunteer: FAQs

Arrival and departure

Tribhuvan International Airport is the designated arrival point when you travel to volunteer in Nepal. You are highly advised to make plans of coming to Nepal one day before the start date of our projects.

RCDP does provide airport pick-up services to its volunteers. Our local representative will transfer you to your respective accommodations after arrival. But do keep in mind that we won’t be offering any airport drop-off service once the volunteer project is completed. However, your in-country coordinator will assist you to arrange for transportation to the airport.

Remember to contact our country coordinator if there are any delays or change of plans regarding your flight to Nepal. That way, we can reschedule pick-up time at the airport on time for our volunteers.

Visa

Without obtaining a legit tourist visa, you won’t be allowed entry into Nepal. You need to visit the official embassy or consulate of Nepal at your home country and apply for a tourist visa. You can also apply for on arrival tourist visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport and work in our healthcare volunteering program in Nepal. Citizens of countries like Canada, US, UK and Australia are eligible for visa on arrival. Visit Nepal immigration website to learn more about Nepal’s visa policies and requirements.

A single-entry tourist visa will cost you US$100 if you choose to stay for at least 90 days. You can apply for visa extension at the Immigration Office of Nepal in either Kathmandu or Pokhara if you’d like to stay longer and spend more time on our medical project.

Vaccination

CDC recommends vaccinations against Hepatitis B, chickenpox, Yellow Fever, Polio, Japanese Encephalitis, MMR, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis A, and Rabies to travel Nepal.

Other Amazing Volunteer opportunities in Nepal

RCPD arranges many other volunteer opportunities in Nepal. Please check out the following links for detail information.

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