Medical Student Volunteer

Kanti Children's Hospital - Kathmandu, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-750 Location: Kathmandu, Nepal Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: None Placement Fee: 50 USD / week
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Volunteer Job Description

Kanti Children Hospital is a very busy children"s hospital in Nepal and trained medical staff are always needed.

A medical student volunteer's duties would depend on how far advanced the medical student was in his/her educational endeavours towards obtaining his/her doctor's degree and the amount of actual medical experience in the field.

A medical student volunteer's participation at this hospital may include working in several areas of the hospital, (under the direct supervision of the local doctors) be it: assisting the local doctors on the wards, the emergency room, out-patient clinics, the laboratory or in conducting educational sessions etc.

For volunteers who are willing to contribute time towards a worthwhile medical endeavour and at the same time desire to advance their medical knowledge towards their future careers as doctors -- this is a great place to start.

A medical student must have completed at least two years in medical school and be willing to work in all departments of the hospital.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Emergency Department

Under the direct supervision of the local emergency doctor a medical student volunteer may be asked to assist in this very busy department of the hospital.

Out-patient Department & Clinics

A medical student volunteer may be asked to assist the doctors in the out-patient department or the numerous clinics. The amount of assistance would greatly depend on the volunteer's current medical knowledge.

Ward Duties

A medical student may be asked to accompany the local doctors on their ward rounds or assist other medical staff with some of the duties on the wards.


A medical student volunteer may be asked to work in the pathology and microbiology department. This way volunteers would get to learn about diseases and illnesses prevalent in Nepal.

Host Organization Details

Kanti Children's Hospital

Kanti Children’s Hospital (KCH) has a history of forty-five years of devotion to the nation in the field of Child Health Care. The hospital was established in the year 1963 under Soviet Aid as a general hospital and was converted to Kanti Children's Hospital in the year 1970. Today KCH is a 300 bed children’s hospital and has plans to convert into a 500 bed institute for children in the near future.

The Government of Nepal has given the mandate to the Kanti Children’s Hospital Development Board for the development of the infrastructure of the institution. Foreign assistance has been instrumental in the growth and development of KCH. From 1970 to 1998, KCH received aid from the German-Nepal Assistance Association. A number of specialized visiting doctors from Britain brought expertise in the area of anaesthesiology and surgery. Between 1986 and 1993, the Japanese Government was a significant donor and patron of KCH. In 1986,the now late Mr. Ryutaro Hasimoto, then prime minister of Japan, procured a major Japanese Grant Aid which first enabled KCH to replace all of the out of date equipment with new. Then in 1993, a second phase of the Japanese Grant Aid benefited KCH in terms of buildings and other facilities. This Grant Aid has also improved surgical and medical departments of the hospital. The assistance of the Hashimoto Foundation is still continuing.

At present, KCH is managed by Kanti Children’s Hospital Development Board, which is an autonomous corporate body under the Ministry of Health and Population(M0HP), by the Government of Nepal. Members of the board are drawn from civil society and hospital management staff. The Board is heavily depended on the government for materials and financial resources. The Board plans to convert KCH into an independent full-fledged institution for child health in the future. The Board abides by the government guidelines to provide free medical treatment for poor patients coming from all areas of Nepal.

The Board is immensely grateful to all the organizations and individuals who joined KCH in the past towards the growth and development of the hospital and hopes that such support is continued in future years

At present Kanti Hospital provides Medical, Surgical and Emergency Care. Sub-Specialities like Neonatal Care, Paediatric Intensive Care(PICU), Neonatal Intensive Care(NICU), Paediatric Cardiology, Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Oncology, out-patient services, as well as the Under Five Clinics.

The number of patients seen at KCH in the year 2006: out-patient department was 160,430 and emergency department was 40,659. The number of admitted patients to the medical wards was 6,665 and the surgical wards was 909.

When They Were Founded

Kanti Children’s Hospital (KCH) was named after the late King's Mother. The hospital has a history of forty-five years of devotion to the nation in the field of child health care and was established in the year 1963 under Soviet Aid as a general hospital then converted into Kanti Children's Hospital in the year 1970.

Who They Work With

Being the only pediatric hospital in Nepal, the KCH supports 25% of the population of Nepal. Families travel great distances to bring their children to KCH and they often need somewhere to stay. KCH provides a patients sector home for families of patients providing them with sleeping, cooking and washing facilities.

How Are They Funded

KCH is technically a government hospital, but only about 40% of the funds and staff are supplied by the government. The other 60% is left for the hospital board to come up with through fundraising activities. Private donors and assistance from international interns and volunteers provides limited funds.

KCH is always looking for private donors and has many friends around the world who help out in many ways.

Donation Requests

Kanti Children Hospital would appreciate any of the following items: Diapers (children and adult sizes) Band-aids Disinfectant creams Anatomy books Thermometers Stethoscopes Gauze Crutches Wheelchairs Adhesive tape Antiseptic creams Soap Latex gloves Hydrogen peroxide Acetaminophen Ibuprofen Tweezers Calamine lotion Alcohol wipes Surgical masks Scrubs Blankets Pillows Vitamins Acetaminophen prophylactics (rectal tylenol) Nebulizers

Placement Location Information

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kanti Children Hospital is a government run facility. The structure is old but strong and they have Operation Theater, Emergency Ward, Out Patient Department, Burn Ward, and Cancer Ward. Most of the equipment is old and needs to be repaired or replaced. There is a pharmacy and canteen in the hospital, and they have security guards 24 hours a day, as well as an emergency electricity backup.

They also have space for patients' family to wait. Most of the hospital rooms do not have beds for family to stay but they have space for patient's family to be comfortable in a common area.

Outside there is small playground, offering a place for kids to play.

This hospital is situated near President's Residence, and near by Teaching Hospital as well.

It is situated within Kathmandu city so that anybody can visit easily.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk to Sorakhuttay which takes 5-7 minutes. From there walk straight from the main road going to Jamal until you reach Nepali Dairy - you will pass Sarawasti Multiple Campus and Amrit Campus. When you reach Nepal Dairy take left to Lainchour and catch a bus to Chakrapath. Get off at Kanti Hospital and take left, walk for a few minutes until you reach Kanti Children Hospital.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:40

Weather in the Area

The Kathmandu Valley is located in the central region which has a mild or sub-tropical climate most of the year. Summer temperatures range from 19 to 27 degrees Celsius and winter temperatures between 2 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Usually the hottest time of the year is between April and May when the weather is very hot and humid. In June the humidity lifts as the monsoon season starts. The monsoon season occurs between June and August and is when the most rain fall happens in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for a short period of time and then it remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Kathmandu is located in central Nepal and is the country's capital and largest city. The city is located in the Kathmandu Valley of the Himalayas at an elevation of approximately 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) above sea level, and is home to over one million people. Kathmandu is surrounded by four major mountains which provide a scenic view of the city. Kathmandu serves as the centre of Nepal's economy and is also a cultural hub and a gateway for travellers looking to explore the rest of the country.

In terms of religion, Kathmandu is largely Hindu with a strong Buddhist presence. Nepal recently changed from being a Hindu Kingdom with a ruling monarch to a republic. Kathmandu is full of evidence of the country's history. Kathmandu is considered to be the spiritual and cultural meeting point of Nepal.

There are two other cities located in the Kathmandu Valley: Bhaktapur and Patan which have rich architectural and cultural heritages. Both cities are accessible from Kathmandu and offer good options for day trips.

Kathmandu has the most advanced urban infrastructure in Nepal and its economy is largely dependent on tourism. Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, the city is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages mixed in with areas of congested traffic and pollution. Kathmandu is known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines. The streets are lined with local vendors selling their wares, local open air markets, as well as department stores which offer brand name goods.

Kathmandu became popular for tourists in the 1960's, and today has a mix of backpackers and mountain climbers who travel through the city. The city can be a shock to travellers, with its sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells.

Kathmandu serves as the administrative capital of Nepal with many different aid organizations, government offices and embassies located within its limits. There are also numerous hotels, restaurants and trekking agencies that cater to tourists and offer day trips or longer adventures. Thamel is the world famous backpackers area of the city and offers many different comforts to travellers such as internet access and western food.

Nearest Medical Clinic

CIWEC Travel Medicine Center
TEL 1: 4424111
TEL 2: 4435232

Placement Address

Kanti Children's Hospital

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Nepal you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal
BaseCamp Nepal Address

Uttam Chowk, Ekikaran Road
Ward No 16
Kathmandu, Nepal

BaseCamp Nepal Contact Details

Tel: (977) 1-438-9397
Mobile: (977) 980-314-1173

BaseCamp Nepal is located in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu just a few minutes walk from the popular backpacker district of Thamel. We are situated in a beautiful four story building, with nine rooms and a capacity for almost forty guests. Each level of the house has four balconies, plus the hostel has two roof top patios. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided.

The second and third floor of the hostel each have a spacious common area. The kitchen and large dining room are on the fourth floor. A fire pit and plenty of seating make the roof top patio a favourite gathering spot. Great for viewing the rising or setting sun, planning your next adventure or relaxing with a cup of chiyaa.

Back on the ground, there is an organic community garden in our courtyard in which interested guests are always welcome to help tend. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house, making it easy to stay in touch with friends and family back home.

The meal plan at BaseCamp is a 14 day rotation of various dishes from around Nepal. The idea behind our plan is that volunteers will familiarize themselves with local dishes and meal table etiquette before moving on to a host family. For the volunteers who stay in BaseCamp throughout their program, the meal plan offers a diverse and authentic diet.

BaseCamp Nepal is also where language training and orientation workshops take place. We have a classroom area for the more formal parts of our orientation and each day we will visit various parts of Kathmandu as volunteers become familiar with life in Nepal.

Living With a Host Family in Nepal

Living with a host family in Nepal is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Nepal.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Nepal

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks
All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Placement Fee Alert

This placement has a placement fee!

In some cases, a placement will have to take on certain expenses in order to host a volunteer. For example, some medical internship placements take time away from paid medical staff to help with educational assistance. This has a cost that is compensated by a placement fee. In other cases, the organization may have to pay for additional equipment, energy consumption or other expense in order to put a volunteer to work.

In such cases, the organizaiton charges a fee. This fee is paid directly to the organization in cash on the ground.

One of the reasons that we keep this fee separate is so that volunteers who do not pay us for accommodation, meals etc (Program Fees), will see that they will still have to make this payment directly to the organizaiton upon their arrival.

The placement fee for this organization is: 50 USD / week

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020 Nov 06, 2020
Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021 Feb 05, 2021
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Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022 May 06, 2022
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These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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