HOW can you help?
WHAT you can do?
- Shadow medical professionals such as nurses, doctors, and specialist therapists
- Learn more about overseas healthcare systems
- Gain valuable experience or pass on skills and practices from back home
- Progress to a more “hands on” role at the hospital, depending on experience
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: HOSPITAL INTERNSHIP
LOCATION: GOA, INDIA
START DATES: WEEKLY ARRIVALS (SAT/SUN)
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS)
MIN DURATION: 4 WEEKS
MIN AGE: 18+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
1 Day Orientation
24/7 In-Country Support
Project Materials & Equipment
Pre-departure Expert Advice
Preperation Tools & Checklists
Certificate of Completion
For those practicing or aspiring to practice medicine, this unique program provides an in depth experience within a hospital in a developing country. Depending on your current skill levels, you can transfer pre-existing medical knowledge where possible and provide overall assistance to the doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
Trained English speaking staff are available at all times. You will observe and absorb knowledge through shadowing qualified in house medical staff. See first hand treatments you may not have access to seeing in your home environment.
The hospital aims to offer affordable health treatment to the inhabitants in this area and is normally inundated with patients suffering from all types of common and uncommon medical conditions.
Many options are available for volunteers depending on your skill level. You’ll spend the first couple days observing and being assessed for your experience level which will be discussed and agreed to with the head doctors or nurses in order to optimize your contribution to the hospital.
We are able to offer experienced participants with daily roles as nurses and doctors. You will begin by observing and monitoring hospital practices and carrying out daily tasks around the hospital, helping out where needed. After this, you will progress to a more “hands on” role at the hospital.
The hospital is equipped with an x-ray room, operating theater, and A&E room, an adult patient’s room, a child patient’s room and a critical ward. Participants will be able to work in all different areas or may choose to focus upon one area for the entirety of their stay.
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!
- 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 center 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 4-6 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 center 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.
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.
- 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
- Travel Insurance
- Tours, Souvenirs & spending money
Airport pick-up is included in the volunteering cost unless specified.This may involve either a local pick-up by your volunteer host or a public transport ticket where necessary. These details will be finalised with you upon making a booking as this will depend on your arrival information.
Sunday – Arrive in Goa. Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up and transferred to the volunteer center to settle in.
Monday – 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.
Tues-Friday – The schedule for this program is highly flexible and depends a lot on local needs and your skills. You can expect to accompany the doctor on his rounds and be prepared to assist in various tasks based on your own level of experience. Depending upon the needs of the hospital at the time, you will assess patients, perform medical procedures, assist in performing surgery and x-rays. The hospital also has regular meetings, which you will attend to discuss how to improve the needs and performance of the hospital.
Weekends – Relax at the volunteer center with your fellow volunteers or visit the many local sights.
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.
- This project is available to those who have enrolled into a university course in any of the medical fields or graduates and practitioners
- A CV and/or cover letter outlining your desire to participate in the program.
What to Bring
- White over coat
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.
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