Nepal Shadowing and Service Trip
The Nepal Shadowing and Service trip is one of our premiere trips. With several options, you can choose to shadow in Kathmandu, Nepal in medical specialties at various medical facilities to get the shadowing hours and experience you need to be a competitive applicant. Or you can choose a service option where you will be working in the field with local doctors and nurses providing medical services to areas of underserved population. Can't decide which you prefer that is okay because you can choose our premiere trip which combines both aspects and gives you the ability to have a shadowing experience and a clinical service component. With plenty of add-on options for you to customize your overall experience; we believe you will gain a tremendous amount of experiences and have fun o your summer break.
The Shadowing and Service Program
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Following your spring semester, enjoy the ability to participate in our extended trips. With our premiere program you can have the opportunity to explore Asia like no one else. After arrival expect an orientation and city tour to help our members settle in and familiarize themselves with the local area as well as cultural etiquette and basic phrases in Nepalese. With our Nepal Shadowing and Service Trip, you will have the opportunity to customize your experience to gain invaluable insight about the medical field with our shadowing option where you will have the ability to shadow in different medical specialties at various medical facilities in Kathmandu, Nepal. In addition, we also provide medical outreach where you will be working with local Doctors and nurses in outreach clinics in the underserved areas of Nepal. With our clinical training you will be more than ready to impress the local Doctors and nurses and use the skills we give you to help make a difference. With several cultural awareness activities built into the program, you will dive right into this amazing culture and be able to appreciate the help you are giving and the knowledge you are gaining at the various sites.
Feel free to customize your trip! Can not decide which option is best for you? That is okay you can choose to do strictly shadowing, strictly clinical outreach, or combine the two and choose to opt in for the premiere trip which includes both options for a two week experience you may never get to experience again. Feel free to customize your trip even more and make it unique with our ADD-ON options where you can get even more opportunities to explore this amazing country with fun activities to complete your summer break and end it with a truly rewarding and fun experience.
MEDICAL INTERNSHIP IN KATHMANDU
Placed in one of the following facilities stated below you will have the opportunity to rotate between 2 departments or remain in one if you prefer or find yourself liking the specialty you are in. Our aim is to have 2 -3 students and 1 translator per department at the medical facilities found below.
Four hospitals (more may be arranged if the group is larger than 50 students)
Manmohan Memorial Medical College and Teaching Hospital
A 300 bed hospital in Swoyambhu 15, Kathmandu.
Emergency, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychiatry, Dentistry, ENT, Radiology, Pediatrics, Pathology, Dermatology, Orthopedic, Anesthesiology, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Surgery.
Stupa Community Hospital
A 100 bed hospital in Boudha, Kathmandu with approximately 150 patients daily
Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, ENT, Radiology, Pediatrics, Pathology, Dermatology, Orthopedic, Anesthesiology, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Surgery, Medical Record.
Helping Hands Hospital (HHCH)
A 100 bed hospital in Chabahil, Kathmandu with approximately 300 - 400 patients daily.
Emergency, Maternity, Gynecology & Obstetrics, ENT, General Medicine, Cardiology, Psychiatric, Dentistry, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and ICU.
Green City Hospital (GCH)
A 100 bed hospital in Basundhara, Kathmandu.
ICU, NICU, Operating Theater, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Psychiatry, Dentistry, ENT, Radiology, Pediatrics, Pathology, Dermatology, Orthopedic, Anesthesiology, Gynecology & Obstetrics, Surgery, Medicine, Medical Record, Finance, Administration
The Service clinics:
Our local clinics will be held in three public community health centers in Tarakeshor municipality, Kathmandu. More may be arranged if the number of participants increase. Students will assist local doctors and nurses with physical examinations (non-intimate), discuss diagnosis, take vitals and minor wound care. They will also assist with educational initiatives such as displaying posters about general health and hygiene, disease prevention presentations and caring for minor wounds. In addition they will be encouraged to document their observations and findings and make a short report at the conclusion of the program.
Prior communication and collaboration with the municipality and community volunteer health agencies will be undertaken to ensure patient numbers are managable and try our best to keep 12-13 students per clinic. Each clinic should be provided with 2 doctors, 2 nurses, and 2 translators with any where from 100-200 patients per day seen.
Clinics may be set up in 3 of the following communities in Tarakeshor municipality depending on availability at the time of the trip.
In each clinic a GP and specialist doctor will be arranged as well as 2 nurses.
Each clinic is expected to run the following stations but extra may be added depending on the specialist doctor and concerns within the locale.
NOTE: women’s health is a particular focus in these areas.
Maternity and postnatal nutrition
You will be staying at a 4 star hotel in Kathmandu where you can feel free to explore the city with other members or relax and enjoy the amazing views. In your down time enjoy some rest and relaxation with options for deep-tissue massages at the spa or grab a bite to eat at one of the 3 restaurants. Meals are included in our trip but feel free to explore more options at the accommodations. (We do not recommend eating outside of the lodging we provide to prevent any unwanted travelers gut.) Other highlights at this upscale hotel include 2 bars/lounges, an outdoor pool, and a poolside bar.
Several add-on options are available for this trip. With various day-trips options to pick and choose from, you will be happy to know that you can customize your own unique experience with different prices and opportunities you can tailor to meet your needs. **these options are incorporated at the end of the service program and will increase your trip length by several days.
UNESCO World Heritage listed Sites:
½ day (4 hour) visit to up to two cultural sites, including: van transport, guide and entrance fees.
Swyambhuna Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa: minimum 6 participants
Swyambhuna is an ancient religious complex that overlooks the Kathmandu Valley; home to numerous shrines and monasteries.
Boudhanath Stupa: Visible from Tribhavan International Airport this site is the center of Himalayan Buddhism and an important landmark in Kathmandu.
Patan Durbar Square & Pashupatinath Temple: minimum 6 participants
Patan (also known as Lilitpur) was once a palace of kings. Patan Durbar Square has a collection of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: minimum 6 participants
Bhaktapur is ‘a living museum’ and offers insight into Nepali culture, heritage and ancient architecture.
Longer excursions options:
Pokhara, 2nights, 3 days in 3 star hotels
The city of Pokhara is located on the edge of Lake Phewa, and at the foothills of the Himalayas. Stunning views, short treks, caves, boating, paragliding, waterfalls, galleries and temples are all on offer in this amazing location.
Bus transport to and from Pokhara, 7 hours.
Chitwan Jungle Safari, 2 nights, 3 days in 3 star hotels.
Chitwan National Park was established in 1975 and offers safe haven to a variety of wildlife, including rhinoceros, bengal tigers, crocodiles, elephants and monkeys. The tour includes a visit to an ethnic Tharu village and cultural dance performance.
Bus transport to and from Chitwan, 7 hours.
Bhaktapur - Nagarkot - Dhulikhel Trek, 1 night, 2 days in 3 star hotels.
Bhaktapur is ‘a living museum’ and offers insight into Nepali culture, heritage and ancient architecture. Nargarkot has stunning views over the Himalayas, including Mt Everest; particularly at sunrise and sunset.
Scenic flights over the Himalayan foothills.
There are a few other fees that are required and not included in the cost of the program. They include:
Group flights can be requested through us we will send you information and flight options after you select the group flight option and an initial deposit of $125 is paid
$30 single entry tourist visa for 15 days
A single entry tourist visa for 15 days is $30, payable in USD cash.
We recommend applying in advance using the online visa application form, see https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa.
This can be done up to 15 days in advance of travel.
It is also possible to obtain a visa on arrival, however, there are often long queues.
Travel insurance: Prices vary depending on your needs.
Although not required we advise all are members to obtain travel insurance in case of emergencies it is always better to be safe than sorry. We do not recommend any specific company nor endorse any. We do advise that you have a good understanding of what the insurance covers (we recommend one that includes a health component, as well as a flight insurance option)
The amount you need to spend varies amongst the participants. Each volunteer has different needs and the amount is up to the participants. We do recommend having spending money for emergencies such as bank card issues or any unexpected circumstances that could occur while traveling. Things do happen sometimes so always good to be prepared. Be aware that cash may need to be converted into the respective country's currency if they do not accept USD.
Nothing is compulsory but we recommend following the advice of the CDC for Nepal.