Physiotherapy Internship Nepal

Gain first hand experience as an intern in rehabilitation hospitals in Kathmandu. Aimed at medical students or those with relevant educational background or experience in related fields looking to assist under-staffed hospitals in need of assistance.

we need Volunteers In Nepal

  • Around 25% of the population in Nepal are living below the poverty line.
  • Malnutrition is particually evident in children under 5, with 36% enduring stunting.
  • Children from poor families have low attendence at school, with 1 in 4 of the poorest not going to school at all.
  • Nepal can experience natural disasters, such as earthquakes. This can severly impact the local structures and roads.
  • Much of Nepal's population lacks access to basic medical care.

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can you help?

  • For medical professionals and medical students, aiming to gain valuable experience in a real life hospital setting.
  • Shadow local physiotherapists and medical professionals in local rehabilitation centres and hospitals.
  • Interact and communicate with the local physiotherapists for a benefical cultural exchange.
  • Assist in different departments in the hospital or rehabilitation centre.

you can do?

  • Shadow medical professionals and physiotherapists
  • Learn more about overseas healthcare systems and various practices the clinic use
  • Gain valuable fist hand experience or pass on skills and practices from back home
  • Get more hands on, depending on experience, and help children and adults during their physio sessions

Why Involvement Volunteers International?

  • Non Profit Organisation & Charity
  • Over 30 Years Expertise Globally
  • Low Program Fees - From US$295
  • Excellent Safety Record, In-Country 24/7 Support & Emergency Assistance
  • 1 Application Fee - Multiple Countries
IVI Volunteer teaching Nepalese Children

  PROJECT NAME: PHYSIOTHERAPY INTERNSHIP

LOCATION: KATHMANDU, NEPAL

  START DATES: WEEKLY (SAT/SUN ARRIVALS)

  ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE (SHARED ROOMS) 

  MIN DURATION: 4 WEEKS

  MIN AGE: 18+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: MEDICAL (OR RELATED) PROFESSIONAL OR STUDENT 

  PROJECT COSTS: From US$1025 + APPLICATION FEE

Overview

For those practising or aspiring to practice physiotherapy/ medicine, this internship is an incredible opportunity, which will help you appreciate the challenges faced in developing countries around medical care. As a physiotherapy intern, you’ll shadow registered physiotherapists and may take part in physio sessions for adults and children, depending on prior experience and skils. The majority of work will be observation based (unless already qualified), which allows a great opportunity to gain valuable first hand knowledge, giving your resume that extra advantage!

The rehabilitaion clinic can be understaffed or lacking in sufficient amount of medical professionals. You will be able to witness how the physio’s at the clinic cope and handle the limited recourses. This can be an eye opening experience.

There will not be any hands-on work unless you are experienced. If not, then most of your learning will mainly be through observation. 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 prefessionals at the clinic, in order to assess your daily tasks.

Location

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is an incredible place! The contrast of decaying buildings, smell of incense, street sellers, historic temples and incredible mountain views will invigorate your senses and keep you inspired to learn more about the amazing history and culture. For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here. This small, mountain-sheltered valley is the historical centre of Nepal, a place where kingdoms rose and fell, where palaces and temples were built and rebuilt, and where Nepali art and culture was developed and refined.

Project Tasks

  • Gain insight into the Nepalese healthcare system and practices
  • Observe and shadow local physiotherapists 
  • Broaden your perspective of overseas medical care and treatments
  • Get involved in stretching sessions in a more hands on role, if experienced

Food & Accommodation

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, the volunteer centre houses up to 20 volunteers with 3 to 4 people sharing one room (single gender rooms). They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room, mini library, a fully furnished living room, TV, computer, DVD player, fans, live-in staff on call 24/7, a garden complete with a comfortable covered area and 24/7 security. Centrally located, there are several gym’s nearby as well as local supermarkets, ATM’s, mobile phone shops etc.  

*For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost (approx US $150 p/room p/week). This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability.

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In most cases, you’ll need an established medical background or studying on a pre-medical track, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, or working in a relevant field.

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  • 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
Your program includes a 1 day orientation. This is an important day to help you become familiar with your surroundings, as well as learning about the local customs, culture and surroundings.
 
Typical Orientation Day Includes:
  • Introduction meeting, General rules, Setting Expectations, Advice on Health and Safety and insuring you have all your documents.
  • Do’s and Don’ts, Cultural introduction, learning about the countries history 
  • Tour around the accommodation and local area.

An arrival airport transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport is provided so long as you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday. Volunteers arriving any other days will need to find their way to the centre or we can arrange a transfer at additional cost. We’ll provide full details on how to do this in the volunteer welcome pack.

Local travel to/from the project sites each day will be by public transport. This is very inexpensive but must be paid directly. You’ll have plenty of other volunteers with you to make it a fun experience. For long distance trips, volunteers will be expected to share taxis and for short distance, you’ll walk!

Hours can vary but you will spend a few hours each day at the clinic, having your lunch at the project. If you have no training, then you will be shadowing and observing the local physiotherapists. If you have more experience you may be asked to get involved in the streching sessions and other daily tasks. 

The weekends are always open for your leisure. The local team will assist you in organising additional travel plans with heaps of local knowledge. Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience all its own. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artifacts, woodcarvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores, offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.

You will need prior knowledge & experience in the medical profession to apply (student or professional).

Nepal is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world.  Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s.  It is home to Mount Everest, the birthplace of Buddha, and an astonishingly beautiful landscape, ranging from the well-known peaks of the Himalaya to the low-lying regions of the Terai.

The Nepali people are as diverse at the geography, with over 70 languages or dialects and scores of traditional festivals celebrated throughout the year.

However, Nepal is also one of the most under-developed countries in the world, with low rates of literacy, high rates of poverty and a persistent gender imbalance. The government is frequently unable to provide adequate education and health facilities throughout the country and both urban and rural areas are forced to live without necessary resources to promote growth and development of their communities.

Nepal is a year round destination, and the cliate can vary between the North and South regions. The best overall times to visit are during spring and autumn (particually for trekking).

December to Febuary is winter, and it can get extremely cold in the mountains (down to sub zero). Summer in this region has a pleasent temperature but still bring some warmer clothing for the evenings. 

Summer in southern Nepal can get extremely hot (plus 40°C) in some areas. Winter temperatures in this area can range from 7°C to 23°C.

Kathmandu has a pleasent climate on average. The monsoon rains start from June to September in Nepal. 

The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhists, but there are many other religions here too like Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism. You will find many temples and monasteries around Nepal. The right hand is used for important things such as passing money, eating and the giving of gifts. 

Nepalese people love their food and much of it has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan cultures. Nepali people have a lot of respect for elders and will call each other didi (“older sister”), bahini (“younger sister”), etc, even if they are not actually related. The family unit is very strong and having a close knit family is important for the local people. 

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. 

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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.
 

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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

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