Medical Internship

Friends of Needy Children - Patan, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-622 Location: Patan, Nepal Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic Placement Fee: 25 USD / week
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Volunteer Job Description

Since 1998, the Friends of Needy Children, (FNC) has operated the first Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Kathmandu. The child and mother live together at the NRH during the course of treatment, which usually takes about one month.

During the residence of the mother and child, the mothers are instructed how to prepare nutritious meals using foods that are affordable and readily available in their own community. The mothers are also instructed in how to pass on their knowledge to other mothers after they return to their villages.

After the mother and child are discharged, field workers follow up in the villages to check on the child’s health and to ensure that the mother is practising what she has learned and is educating other women in the community about nutrition and other good childcare practices. So far they have restored 2,822 malnourished children to health and educated 2,379 mothers/caretakers on health and nutrition.

The NRH, which had been operating through a rented building since 1998, has finally moved to its own premises at Sunakothi in Lalitpur, Kathmandu. It is a large house with 24 beds for children.

The NRH maintains very good relationships with the government health facilities such as: the local Health Posts, the District Public Health Office and the Child Health Division. It also works closely with the Patan Hospital in Lalitpur whereby the hospital refers children to the NRH if necessary. The children at the NRH are also brought to this hospital with medical problems for tests. It costs about 250 USD's to restore the health or save the life of a child, as well as empower and train the mother. By involving the mothers in this process the outcomes have built-in sustainability.

The Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH) in Kathmandu needs assistance to care for the many needs of its residents and pre-med student volunteers would be most welcome.

A pre-med student volunteer may be asked to assist in many different avenues of approach to nutritional care. Be it: general duties, counselling, educational services, administrative duties etc. The home is under-staffed and would benefit by having volunteers to help provide more extensive care.

They are looking for pre-med student volunteers who are willing to take on various tasks as required. While a background in medicine is not required, a keen attitude and a willingness to be flexible in how their time is used is a requirement for any volunteers at this placement. Pre-med student volunteers looking to increase their knowledge in paediatrics, especially about malnutrition of children and the treatment of said condition would obtain a vast amount of experience.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Research Studies

A pre-med student volunteer may be asked to participate in research studies about malnutrition in children in Nepal. This data may include the economic conditions of various families and details about what foods are readily available and affordable in each category.

Nutritional Education Seminars

Pre-med student volunteers may be asked to help in the development and implementation of nutritional educational seminars in the home for its residents, as well as Nepali people in surrounding communities.

Administration Duties

A pre-med student volunteer may be asked to assist in various administrative duties at the home. One such duty may be to assist in the filing system of information at the home. The data recorded in the files of the residents allows health care staff to determine the progress of the clients and provides information to appropriately advance treatment when necessary. The files serve as the central repository for planning client care and documenting communication among patients and their health care providers and professionals contributing to the patient's overall well-being.

Nutritional Booklets

A pre-med student volunteer may be asked to produce a nutritional booklet which would highlight the main points of good eating habits and the foods necessary to maintain proper nutrition. This booklet would be a great way to reinforce the data taught in the home and a good source for reference if or when necessary.

Host Organization Details

Friends of Needy Children

Friends of Needy Children (FNC) is a child focused organization that works with disadvantaged Nepali children and youth to promote their rights and welfare. This organization believes that Nepali youth need to be made aware of their rights and become empowered to assert them. The programs offered by this organization focus on child protection, nutrition, education, counselling, and the abolition of child labour. They have served more than seven thousand disadvantaged children, providing them with education, health, food, shelter and other facilities.

Friends of Needy Children, believes that all Nepali children deserve the right to reach their full potential, unhindered by poor family backgrounds, poor health or trauma in their past.

Children who are assisted through this organization often need help due to violence, poverty and health issues. Over half of Nepal’s population consists of children under the age of eighteen, many of whom have been displaced and orphaned due to violence. Hundreds of schools have been damaged or closed leaving thousands of children in dire straits. According to UNICEF, half of all Nepalese children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition; a preventable condition that can result in lifelong physical and mental problems. Poverty also forces many children to beg on the streets after their parents die or become too sick to care for them.

FNC has Numerous Programs such as:

1) Indentured Daughters Program (IDP). They are on a mission to end an age old system whereby girls are bonded and sold into slavery. They rescue the girls and they are put in rehabilitation programs by the government. FNC supports the families for income generation and they strive to mobilize the community against said practices.

2) Education Programs. They provide scholarships to support the education of children and youth in day schools, boarding schools and colleges. They help the disabled children get an education and have also introduced community programs towards a more holistic form of development.

3) Children’s Homes. They provide loving homes for the orphaned and the abandoned children who would otherwise end up in the streets. They have their own shelter home where the children receive an education.

4) Vocational Education and Career Counselling. They help children and youth identify their interests and aptitude and then help them build a career through vocational training and employment opportunities.

5) Nutritional Rehabilitation Home. They treat malnourished children and educate their mothers on the importance of proper nutrition and childcare. FNC also provides training and guidance to other institutions regarding good nutrition.

6) MSPN – The New Life Centre. They provide comprehensive care for children with HIV/AIDS and teach their caregivers ways of caring for their kids and living a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

7) Ankur Counselling Centre. They are breaking new ground by providing therapy to disadvantaged children and training adults on child psychology.

When They Were Founded

This organization was founded in 1996.

This organization has strong governance with an independent board which was formed in September, 2009. The Board of Directors consists of 7 members who are all volunteers, highly committed to the organization’s mission. Board of Directors: President Mr. Hem Prashad Shrestha Secretary Mr. Krishna Prashad Devkota Treasurer Mr. Shyam Shrestha Members Ms. Basudha Gurung Ms. Anita Mahat Mr. Choodamani Paudel Mr. Dinesh Shrestha

Who They Work With

Nepal has a population of almost thirty million inhabitants, 37% of whom are under the age of fourteen. According to surveys of child labour in Nepal, over a quarter of children between the age of five and fourteen are actively working. Some of these children are working unpaid at their family farms, and some work as labourers, in sweat shops, in mines and on the streets. Most of these children have little to no formal education and are, historically, likely to continue this cycle with their own families.

Roughly half of the population of Nepal cannot read or write, and many are unaware of their legal and civil rights. This organization works with the youth of today so that they may pull themselves out of poverty and make a better life, not only for themselves, but for the nation.

How Are They Funded

The friends of Needy Children Organization is funded by The Nepalese Youth Opportunity Foundation.

NYOF is a non-profit organization based in Sausalito, California, on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. Hundreds of individual donors and volunteers, private foundations and local businesses support these efforts. Thousands of children benefit.

Donation Requests

Donations of children's toys, puzzles, colouring books, crayons, markers, clothing, shoes or office supplies would be welcomed at this organization.

They would also appreciate donations of medical supplies such as syringes, latex gloves, band-aids, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, gauze and antiseptics.

Placement Location Information

Patan, Nepal

Transfer From BaseCamp

Walk 10 minutes to Lain Chaur. Take #5 tuk-tuk. Walk 10 minutes to placement.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5 kms
Travel Time from BaseCamp: :

Weather in the Area

The climate in Nepal varies throughout the country due to topography and altitude. In the low-land Terai region the altitude is approximately 305 meters and the climate is very tropical with temperatures reaching as high as 46 degrees Celsius. In mid-land regions the climate is mild year round with temperatures at around 26 degrees Celsius. In the northern region of Nepal is the beautiful Himalaya mountain range; the highest mountain range in the world. The Himalayan region of Nepal has arctic temperatures that range from -50 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius.

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 remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Lalitpur, a beautiful medieval city of art and culture is situated in the southeast 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 spread over an area of 15.43 and is politically divided into 22 wards. Of the twenty two wards, area wise, ward no 15 is the largest with an area of 2.43 and with an area of 0.09 ward no 21 is the smallest.

The city is located over a plateau like area with its outer edges fanning out with gentle slopes towards the rivers that form its boundaries. This is in consonance with the traditional settlement and planning philosophy where the settlements would be located. 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 effort 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 areas such as the major city of Patan.

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

Friends of Needy Children


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: 25 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.

Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021
Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022
Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022
Aug 05, 2022 Sep 02, 2022 Oct 07, 2022
Nov 04, 2022 Dec 02, 2022 Jan 06, 2023
Feb 03, 2023 Mar 03, 2023 Apr 07, 2023
May 05, 2023 Jun 02, 2023 Jul 07, 2023


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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