Nursing Volunteer

Bishankhu Narayan Sub Health Post - Lalitpur, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-878 Location: Lalitpur, Nepal Sector: Health Care Category: Nursing Min Duration: 1 week Lodging: Host Family / Lodge Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Bishankhu Nayaran Health Post is a village based free government health post. It is under the Health Assistant Department of Nepal.

The Bishankhu Nayaran Health Post does routine check-ups, provides emergency care and dispenses drugs when necessary. There is also a two room birthing centre. They are currently striving to develop a pathology department.

They have five staff of which two work mainly in out-reach programs and the other three staff usually work at the health post. Nursing volunteers will usually be able to assist in both areas of care depending on the volunteer's length of stay. Volunteers may also be asked to participate in research projects that are pertinent to diseases that are common in the Nepali area.

Nursing volunteers may be asked to teach the communities about common diseases that are prevalent in Nepal and the ways and means of preventing some of these diseases, as well as the signs and symptoms of some conditions in order to seek treatment before severe complications occur.

Volunteers responsibilities will depend on their qualifications and experience. However, volunteers should be aware that due to Nepal's Nursing Council's rules and regulations, nursing volunteers would be under the direct supervision of the local medical staff.

Nursing volunteers for this placement must be registered nurses with some experience in their field. The nursing volunteers should realize that this is a remote nursing placement and therefore all amenities are not available at the site.

If volunteers would also like to teach health and hygiene issues, as well as English language skills to Nepali school children there is a school in the area where staff are always willing to assist in arranging extra lessons conducted by foreign volunteers.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Maternity Care

A nursing volunteer would be expected to provide prenatal and post-partum care to mothers and their new born, as well as assist at the time of delivery.

Disease Prevention

Nursing volunteers may be asked to conduct awareness programs about various disease prevention inoculations; how to detect the occurrence of some diseases when they occur and seek treatment before they progress to a more serious condition or type of illness.

Out-reach Nursing

A nursing volunteer may be asked to assist staff when they go out to small locations seeking Nepali who can not afford the time and/or money to go to the hospital to have their medical needs attended to.

Vaccine Programs

The government of Nepal implements a lot of vaccine programs through health posts and health workers. Nursing volunteers may be asked to join such a program and help out as necessary.

Host Organization Details

Bishankhu Narayan Sub Health Post

Bishankhu Nayaran Health Post is a governmental free clinic that is located in the far southern part of Kathmandu and Lalitpur. The clinic tends to the health issues of approximately 4500 people in the rural villages and surrounding areas.

This health post was established with the assistance of the local people in constructing the clinical building. Recently, one of our past volunteer's donated some money and with that they built one two room area with a toilet section thus opening a birthing centre. The health post at the present time is striving to obtain funds to develop a laboratory and pathology department.

Bishankhu Nayaran Health Post has a staff of four assistant health workers. They also have health workers who go door to door to explain to the people that free check-ups, free consultations regarding medical concerns and free medication for certain conditions are available at the clinic. The health post is open from 10 am to 3 pm and they attend to the needs of between 30 to 50 people each day.

With the help of community people together with the help of the government, the health post staff are trying their best to give patient service to the local population, who are poor and marginalized people. They also conduct campaigns occasionally to help provide supplies for the clinic. The Bishankhu Nayaran Health Post has very little medical equipment. Basically, they provide general services for the people and for more extensive medical care patients must go to the nearest medical hospital for service.

When They Were Founded

The Bishanfhu Nayaran Health Post was established in 1995 by the Government of Nepal; after democracy was re-introduced in Nepal. The clinic was built with the support and help of the local people; during that period, all the materials and labour were volunteered by local people, however the salary and other equipment was provided by the Government of Nepal. The government is striving to give free medical service and easy access to medical care to all of it's people.

How Are They Funded

The Bishankhu Nayaran Health Post is a government funded clinic. All staff salaries and medicines provided at the clinic are supplied through government channels. Sometimes when the clinic needs upgrades to their infrastructure or funds are required to run more facilities, they ask for help from board members, as well as the local population.

Donation Requests

Bishanku Narayan Health Post would appreciate any and all donations such as:

- Blood pressure cuffs & stethoscopes - Latex gloves - White medical coats - Medical books - Lab equipment & supplies - White writing boards & markers - Weight scales - Thermometers - Any other medical equipment and/or supplies

Placement Location Information

Lalitpur, Nepal

Bishankhu Narayan Health Post is a governmental free health clinic which is located about two hours from the BaseCamp Center in a rural area of Kathmandu.

The health services are provided by four health assistant staff. There is a building for clinical care and a two room area called a birthing center. They are currently seeking funds to further expand the clinic to provide laboratory needs. The clinic is open Sunday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.

The Bishankhu Narayan Health Post Clinic mainly attends to medical check-ups and minor medical conditions and emergencies due to lack of qualified staff, as well as the extreme lack of necessary supplies and equipment to deal with complicated medical conditions.

The clinical staff are trying their best to provide good health services to the local people with what is available. They also conduct various health clinics from time to time as directed by the government such as polio inoculation clinics. Nearby there is the Botanical Gardens and along with the Bishankhu Narayan Health Post Clinic there is a government school, where volunteers may contribute some of their time with the children.

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk 10 minutes to Dhalko South on the way to Monkey Temple and get a bus to Lagankhel ask to be dropped off at Lagankhel; it may take around 30 minutes depending upon traffic. From there get on a bus to Godavari; it may take around 40 minutes to reach your destination. Then walk north and it may take a 15 minute walk to the Health Post.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 22km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 2:10

Weather in the Area

Lalitpur has very hot summers, with an average temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius. They have very mild winters with temperatures rarely dipping below zero degrees Celsius at night. However, the fog makes the winter nights and mornings feel very cold and damp.

The lack of central heating requires warmer clothing than you would expect. Afternoons warm up to an average of 15-20 degrees Celsius. During monsoon season, which is late June to late September it becomes extremely wet, rainy and humid.

City/Village Description

Lalitpur, a beautiful medieval city of art and culture is situated in the south-eastern part of the magnificent Kathmandu Valley.

The altitude of the city varies from a minimum of 1266 m. to a maximum of 1366 m. above sea level, which shows the relative flatness of the ground on which the city is located.

The city is located over a plateau like area with its outer edges fanning out in gentle slopes towards the rivers that form its boundaries. The reason they were located in this area was because the land was on relatively high ground and therefore good land to use for farming purposes.

Judicious planning efforts assured the optimization of the use of urban space and the farmlands have been carried out in a responsible manner, to economical, as well as environmental significance to the urban residents.

Lalitpur has some sections of the city that are considered to have semi-urban infrastructure. However, there is a large part of Lalitpur that has not been developed, as well as other surrounding cities such as the major city of Patan under similar condition.

Because of its rich cultural history and the fairly recent rise in tourism, Lalitpur is an interesting mix of old and new with areas of narrow cobblestone streets that feel unchanged since the middle ages. Lalitpur is also known for its ancient and intricate architecture and has numerous beautiful Hindu temples and Buddhist shrines.

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

Nearest Medical Clinic

B & B Hospital
Gwarko
Lalitpur
TEL 1: 00 977 1 5531933

Placement Address

Bishankhu Narayan Sub Health Post
Godavari
Lalitpur
Nepal

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Nepal at our BaseCamp Center in Kathmandu. Given that this placement is more than a 1 hour 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers here will be living with a host family after your orientation. Living with a host family is an awesome experience for a person looking to really experience Nepal and its culture.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Nepal.

If you think that living with a host family is not for you, then this placement might not be the best fit with what you are looking for. You should try completing our application. It's totally free and will allow our team in Nepal to come up with a list of exactly which placements they would reccommend for you based on your personal preferences, background, skills and interests.

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
250
 
  1 Week
295
 
  2 Weeks
400
 
  3 Weeks
505
 
  4 Weeks
610
 
  5 Weeks
715
 
  6 Weeks
820
 
  7 Weeks
925
 
  8 Weeks
1,030
 
 
 
  Additional Weeks
95
 
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


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.

Feb 01, 2019 Mar 01, 2019 Apr 05, 2019
May 03, 2019 Jun 07, 2019 Jul 05, 2019
Aug 02, 2019 Sep 06, 2019 Oct 04, 2019
Nov 01, 2019 Dec 06, 2019 Jan 03, 2020
Feb 07, 2020 Mar 06, 2020 Apr 03, 2020
May 01, 2020 Jun 05, 2020 Jul 03, 2020
Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

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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