Medical Internship

NAHUDA - Patan, Nepal
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-174 Location: Patan, Nepal Sector: Health Care Category: Medicine Min Duration: 2 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

Nepal Natural and Human Resources Development Association ,"NAHUDA", provides quality reproductive health services for all Nepali women.

NAHUDA focuses on providing women with access to various reproductive health services. Volunteers are needed at all levels of education to help reduce the heavy workload on the dedicated staff. Volunteers responsibilities will depend on their qualifications and experience. Pre-Med student volunteers should have a keen desire to assist and flexibility in the numerous duties is a essential component. Knowledge of general health and hygiene, family planning and women's rights issues would be a asset.

A pre-med student volunteer may be asked to assist in many different avenues of approach to reproductive health services. Be it: counselling, educational services, outreach programs, research, proposal writing, administrative duties etc. They are looking for pre-med student volunteers with a keen interest in health care for Nepali women; who are willing to take on various tasks as required. The volunteer should have the initiative to work independently once he/she has received the necessary data from staff. While a background in medicine is not required, a positive attitude and a willingness to be flexible in how their time is used is a requirement for any volunteers at this placement. Any pre-med student volunteer looking to increase their knowledge in the medical field would obtain a vast amount of experience towards their future endeavours at this placement.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Patient Intake

A pre-med student volunteer would assist with the intake information of patients -- working to provide a preliminary account for the visit which may include: medical update -- past and current medical data, such as the weight, height and temperature of patients as well as perhaps their emotional status if necessary.

Outreach Programs

Every year NAHUDA does around 20 field check-ups in rural and semi urban parts of Nepal. If a pre-med student volunteer is at this placement when such a field trip occurs he/she may be able to accompany staff.

Educational Seminars

Pre-med student volunteers would help in the development and implementation of educational seminars. These seminars would cover a large range of topics such as: different aspects of family planning, the importance of mammograms, self breast exams, pap smears etc.


NAHUDA needs to write articles regarding Women's Health in Nepal. A pre-med student volunteer may be asked to research different women issues and then with the assistance of staff draft articles or proposals to be presented to different organizations in an effort to obtain funds for their various programs -- eg. free health camps conducted in rural parts of Kathmandu.


Pre-med student volunteers would work with staff to update patient health records and assist patients in maintaining accurate records for their Health Insurance Plans. Duties may also include organizing a filing system for medical records or entering new data into the current system.

Host Organization Details


Nepal Natural and Human Resources Development Association ,"NAHUDA", is a national, non-profit, non governmental organization established in 1992 with a," MISSION", to provide quality reproductive health services for all Nepali women.

NAHUDA focuses on providing women with access to various reproductive health services such as: uterine prolapse prevention, gender-based violence counseling, family planning, women's health rights awareness and referrals to hospitals, plus other routine medical checks such as PAP Smears. Screening for breast cancer is also one of the primary roles of this organization. They provide mammograms and educational workshops on how to conduct self-breast examinations.

NAHUDA also conducts education workshops on topics related to reproductive health. They conduct these workshops during many of their outreach visits in communities outside of the Kathmandu Valley. Outreach visits are an important part of NAHUDA's programs. It allows the team to develop relationships with members of the community in which they serve and provides services for those who may not otherwise be able to receive it. This increases the the patient/doctor bond and enables the patients to share more details about their current medical state then they might normally disclose. Thus helping to make diagnoses and treatments easier.

This organization has one static clinic in Lalitpur, which is their primary center for educational training and medical examinations. In addition NAHUDA conducts outreach programs, referred to by their organization as, "Field Camps". Each year, approximately 20 to 25, "Field Camps", are organized and implemented throughout both the Kathmandu Valley and the rural communities.

In 2012, they built their own building in Balambu and in the future hope to establish a hospital.

When They Were Founded

Nepal Natural and Human Resources Development Association was founded in 1992.

Its, "MISSION", is to provide quality reproductive health services for all Nepali women. In 1995 the founding president of NAHUDA , succumbed to cervical cancer. This is one of the reasons that the, Nepal Natural and Human Resources Development Association, was entered as a lead organization in Nepal, for its work in cervix and breast cancer prevention initiatives.

Who They Work With

NAHUDA provides health services to women who live in both the Kathmandu Valley and a number of surrounding rural villages including Bungamati, Khokhana, Balambu and Chapagaou. Most of this organizations programs are targeted to serving women who live in rural communities and who do not have access to such programs. The women who utilize these health services range in ages from twenty to seventy years old.

Many women living in rural Nepal are uneducated about, and unaware of, many common and preventable health problems. Cervical Cancer is one of these treatable disease. It is the fifth most common cancer in women worldwide, however it can take ten to fifteen years to fully develop. Early detection and screening with Pap smears can greatly reduce the risk of contracting and dying from this disease. NAHUDA has examined more than thirty thousand women and found over twenty percent are at risk of Cervical Cancer. Because of this detection they are much more likely to survive this disease.

NAHUDA is currently also creating a new clinic where all programs will be targeted towards women in the Kathmandu Valley who can afford to pay for their services. Some of the proceeds from these charges will be donated to help fund the services for those who are unable to pay.

How Are They Funded

This organization has received funding in the past from several international medical associations and are partnered with several local governmental and non-governmental (NGOs) organizations. They are currently facing difficulties with funding and sustainability.

Donation Requests

The staff at NAHUDA have indicated that the following donations would be appreciated:

ultrasound equipment, small operation equipment, clinical equipment, funding for video demonstrations, microscopes, lab coats, sutures, biopsy needles, burn dressings and reproductive health materials that will be translated into Nepali.

Some others are; Video X-Ray •ECG Machine •Cryo therapy •Speculum •Cyto Brush •Breast Module •Sugar Test Machine •Memorgrame Donation to furnish the clinic at Balambu

Placement Location Information

Patan, Nepal

Nepal Natural and Human Resources Development Association (NAHUDA) is situated in the VIP area of Patan where there is lots of Non Governmental Organizations and it is a pretty quite area. Most of the locals are from different communities but some of them are original inhabitants of Patan.

The placement has two rented rooms with separate wash rooms. This organization is not well equipped. They have computers and a printer with internet access, but they do not have enough computers for any volunteers to use. It will be good to have own laptop. They also do not have a back up generator to utilize during power outages. Volunteers will have different options to support them in the clinic as well as at the administrative level. They have regular clinic 15 minutes walking distance and another is one hour travelling distance ago. Most of the time volunteers are working in the clinic but if you need to visit their head office at Jamshikhel, travel needs to be arranged in advance.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From the BaseCamp house in the Naya Bazaar district of Kathmandu, walk 15 minutes straight to Dallu. On the way to Monkey Temple via main concreted link road, cross the second bridge and you will see a TUK TUK (three wheeler) station. And tell the driver to stop in Jhamshikhel. It will take you from the inside road from Teku to Sapena and will drop you at Jhamshikhel -which will take around 20 to 30 minutes depending upon traffic. On your left there will be a Pharmacy and Digital Photo Shop, NAHUDA's head office is in the same building on the first floor.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 8 kms
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:45

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 September and is when the most rain fall occurs in Nepal. During the monsoon season rain does not usually fall continuously but extremely hard for short periods of time and then remains cloudy and cool until the next rain fall.

City/Village Description

Patan is a tourist destination which has all kinds of tourist shops like: restaurants, museums and clubs. This is an artistic city with different styles of temples and monuments.

Patan is on an elevated tract of land in Kathmandu Valley on the south side of the Bagmati River, which separates it from the city of Kathmandu on the northern and western side.

Walking is the easiest method of transportation within the city as the core is densely populated. In terms of motor transport, Kathmandu Valley Ring Road which encircles the central part of the valley is a strategic road in the city. Connection to Kathmandu over the Bagmati River is provided by a host of roads and pedestrian bridges. The most trafficked and important bridge connecting to the center of Kathmandu is Thapathali Bridge. Since pedestrians and vehicles often have to share the same road, traffic congestion is a major problem in Patan.

Nearest Medical Clinic

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

Placement Address

Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur 9 Nepal

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

Program Dates


The following is a list of all months during which this placement is not available.

  • October

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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