Hospital Internship - Goa, India

WHY we need you in India

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HOW can you help?

WHAT you can do?

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

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  MIN AGE: 18+

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This placement provides a fantastic opportunity for doctors and nurses to apply their expertise. Depending on your experience and confidence, you will be assigned a specific role at the hospital, with support from English-speaking staff. This program welcomes doctors, nurses, and medical students, offering a comprehensive experience within the medical field. Medical students will have a less hands-on role but will be able to observe the local doctors. 

Upon arrival, there will be a formal introduction where you’ll learn about the hospital’s history and discuss your designated role during the program. Initially, you’ll shadow a local doctor who speaks English to familiarise yourself with the hospital’s operations. Following this orientation, you’ll become an integral part of the staff, taking on real responsibilities and duties. Medical students will receive guidance from local doctors and have the chance to shadow assigned doctors throughout the program.

The hospital is well-equipped with facilities such as an x-ray room, operating theater, A&E room, adult and child patient rooms, and a critical ward.

Upon completing your observational experience, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your learning accomplishments.

Your Role – General Information

On the positive side, working in healthcare or the medical field offers the incredible opportunity to assist the local residents of this amazing city on a daily basis, making a significant impact on their lives in a short period. Regardless of the demanding nature of the work, being in the medical field allows you to fulfill your desire to help others and contribute to the community. In this program, you’ll need boundless patience, energy, and a strong sense of responsibility and accountability as you work with patients facing health problems and concerns.

General duties will include the following:

  • Shadowing, observing and assisting at the Hospital daily operations.
  • Assists Patients/residents in their health concerns with the close monitoring of the doctor / nurses in charge.
  • Observe Local Doctors/nurses on duty on operations and other medical procedures.
  • Observe in diagnosing and treating patients’ illnesses performed by the doctors/nurse on duty.
  • Participate in basic triage, wound care, blood pressure measurement and medication preparation.
  • Join healthcare campaigns (if there is any) for children at local schools or communities to increase their health awareness. 
  • Partake in the day-to-day activities of the hospital.


Goa, Kerala
The beach goers destination with the right mix of infrastructure and order coupled with that crazy un-ordered Indian charm. Goa is a really fun destination, with plenty of party goers and a relaxed funky vibe great for the free spirited types who want a more ‘westernized’ taste of India!

Project Tasks

  • Observe local doctors and nurses on their daily rounds
  • Get involved in treatments, depending on experience
  • Interact with the medical professionals, transferring skills across 

Food & Accommodation

The Goa Volunteer centre is a large western style house with a lovely garden and large outdoor area. The house features and hot water (solar powered), WiFi, dining room, mini library and travel desk, lounge areas, television with satellite connection, safety lockers and lockable rooms, fridge and western style toilets and purified water. Bed linen is provided, however you should bring your own towel. You’ll be sharing a room with max of 2-4 volunteers at any one time in single gender rooms. You can wash your clothes by hand otherwise there is laundry services available for an additional fee. The centre is located located about 1 hour from the airport and about a 15 min walk to the nearest supermarket with ATM and personal SIM card for additional Wifi if desired as the quality of internet is not the greatest! The closest city is Mapusa.

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants. 


- Hospital Internship, Goa

All prices in USD
  • 1 Week - N/A
  • 2 Weeks - $595
  • 3 Weeks - $875
  • 1 Month - $1095
  • 2 Months - $2150
  • 3 Months - $3250
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What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Airport Pickup
  • Local Transportation
  • 1 Day Orientation
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Project Materials & Equipment
  • Pre-departure Expert Advice
  • Preperation Tools & Checklists
  • Certificate of Completion



If you are an aspiring medical student looking to gain some first hand experience, this is a great project, where you can watch certain prodedures, you may not have access to at home. 

If you are fully qualified, even better! You will able to have a more hands on role, plus communicate with the local doctors about the practices you do in your own country. 

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
  • Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
  • 1 day orientation
  • Daily transportation to project
  • In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
  • Fundraising support
  • University course credits (where applicable)
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tours, Souvenirs & spending money

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Dabolim International Airport (GOI). You must arrive between Sunday 00:00 to 24:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times we charge an additional fee for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another fee for a private transfer.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From the airport to accommodation, it takes 45 minutes by road.    


After breakfast at the accommodation, you will leave for the hospital. If this is your first week, there will be a full introduction with all the staff. At this point, you will also discuss your upcoming direct role at the project. You will be introduced to the equipment and the current operating procedures present at the hospital.

If it is not your first week, you will get straight to work in your general tasks and other duties, depending on the needs of the hospital at the time. You will have your packed lunch at the hospital and continue work.

Tuesday to Friday

You are required to provide your specialized support to the local hospital from 7.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. as a doctor. You will have your packed lunch at the hospital and continue work.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***


Weekends are always free for relaxing or sightseeing of your choice. Our ground operators will help you organise additional trips with special (non tourist) rates which can be paid directly in local currency. As a volunteer you will gain access to local knowledge, opportunities and value you simply would not find if staying as a standard tourist.

  • Additional Requirements

    The following are further necessary in order for both the participants, local staff and everyones involved to have a meaningful, enjoyable and safe placement.

    • This project is available to those who have enrolled in a university course in any of the medical fields.
    • You would be required to give us your CV and a “Letter of motivation” before being accepted into this placement.
    • A reference letter authorized by your university, the hospital or clinic you are presently working at.
    • Proficient understanding of healthcare principles.
    • High level of efficiency, accuracy and responsibility and can work under pressure and is a team player.
    • Excellent time management and self – organizing and strong desire to take on new challenges and learn as much as possible.
    • Recommended to atleast have COVID – 19 Vaccination. You are also advised to bring with you a  COVID – 19 antigen rapid test as you need to take one test per week.
    • Have completed or recommended the following vaccines: Polio, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria/Tetanus, Typhoid, Malaria, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis.

    Additional Equipment

    • Please bring your own scrubs and stethoscope. In addition, you can also bring your own face mask and medical glove.
    • Bring comfortable working clothes and shoes (preferably medical uniform or white overcoat) and must follow the dress code policy.
    • An environmentally friendly sunscreen or lotion is also advised to protect you from the heat of the sun and please carry with you preventive agents, such as mosquito repellents when having an outdoor activity.
    • Moreover, bring Medicines with you especially if you have to take specific medicines on a regular well as other medicines for headaches and stomach aches.
    • Refillable water bottles and hydration packs to stay hydrated throughout the day particularly during medical activities.

    Dress Code:

    • India is a Conservative Country, please wear modest clothing covering knees and shoulders. Loose and long clothing is both respectful and tends to keep you cooler in hot climates.Cover up as much as possible in the spirit of the local culture to avoid embarrassment.
    • Your clothes must not be too short, too tight, or too revealing. Kindly make sure your shoulders and legs are covered.
    • It is completely fine to wear western clothes as long as they fit the local standards.
    • Be thoughtful of the graphics, symbols or text printed on your clothing and avoid wearing clothing styles that might be inappropriate especially when visiting monasteries, temples or schools during your spare time.


For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: IN – Holidays – All Programs

India is an eclectic and intoxicating cultural experience like no other! Home of the famous Taj Mahal, the Himalayas, the sacred Ganges river, and over 1 billion people of varying languages, cultures and beleifs, India is sure to push you to the boundaries of your comfort zone.

IVI is focused on establishing sustainable employment and education through volunteering efforts in India. Children in some of the regions we service have not had basic nutritional background. Over 950,000 newborns per year in India die from infections. Education about health for families provides a strong foundation for self-care in the communities we service in India.

India’s climte ranges from tropical down south to alpine up in the northern mountain regions. 

From April until the start of October is summer, and in most places in India, is very hot. In June the monsoon rains start in Kerala down south, and move inland. Further north and in the rural areas of Rajasthan, it can get pretty cold from December to January- sometimes as low at minus 5 degrees!

Be prepared for some hot temperatures but if in the Sikkim region, bring along some warmer clothing as it can get cold in the mountains. 

India is a country FULL of culture! From the beautiful colours, different religions, ancient traditions and the smells of spices- India is a country like no other.  It’s the the second most populous nation after China, with over 1.2 billion people. 

The most prominant religions are Hinduism and Buddhism and around 13% of the popualrtion are Muslim. Because there are so many religions, India celebrates a large number of festivals throughout the year. Some of these include Diwali, Holi, Eid and Good Friday. 

In India, the cow is considered to be a Holy animal and you will see cars either driving around, or simply waiting if a cow is in the road holding up traffic! In some parts of India it is forbidden to eat meat or drink alcohol. 

You will see many temples in India, as well as colourful clothing, particually the sari’s that the local women wear, and many cultural dance shows and activities. 

30 Years Non Profit Experience

IVI is an Australian charity & non profit organisation founded in 1989 and is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering successfully placing over 20,000 volunteers globally.

Affordable Volunteer Travel

We’re not motivated by shareholder profits.   Our fees are fully transparent to ensure maximum benefit where it is most needed. 

Safe & Responsible Projects

All projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management team, operational & risk assessment & overseas support contact.   All projects are personally inspected to ensure very high quality.

Work Experience & University Credits

We place thousands of Uni students and can assist you with course credits and in-field experience points.   Many of our project coordinators are qualified practitioners in their respective fields allowing unique in-field supervision and Uni accreditation options

Weekends & Extra Tours

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