Volunteering and Internship in Nepal - Chhahari Group Nepalhttp://www.volunteers.org.np
Jyatha Thamel Kathmandu, Bagmati 44600 Nepal
Nepal: Beding, Bhaktapur, Chitwan and 8 other cities
Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Trimester, Academic Year, Throughout the year
every 1st or 15th
Nepal is a third world country with a population of approximately 20.5 million citizens. Because it is one of the least developed developing countries (LDDC) with a per capita income averaging USD210 - USD1,100, most of Nepal's inhabitants are destitute and living in extremely rural conditions. 60% of women and 40% of men cannot read or write. In addition, Nepal is in need of medical assistance: life expectancy in Nepal is 57 years, 20 years less than life expectancy in the U.S; the infant mortality rate ' only half of all births take place in the presence of skilled attendants ' is at 79.3 deaths per 1,000 live births, compared to 6.82 in the U.S.; only 59% of the population has access to safe drinking water; and 50% of the population consumes less than the daily recommended calorie intake.
After completing Nepali Language and Cultural Training, volunteers will be placed with a Nepali family in a rural village no further than one half hour from the Health Post and hospital is only in district headquarter. Volunteers will work at the Health Post for at least two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening (actual times vary per Health Post), Sunday through Friday.
To alleviate the healthcare problems in Nepal, CGN was created in 2002. CGN offer a Two weeks to 2 years internship in which students could volunteer at Kanti Children's Hospital, the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home, Sewa Kendra Leprosy Relief Center, Shidhi Memorial Hospital, Tribuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu Medical Collage as well as other hospital and health post in the area.
Kanti Children's Hospital
Kanti Children's Hospital is Nepal's only pediatric hospital. Because most patients come from extremely low to middle class families, volunteer organizations, such as the Social Service National Coordination Council, the Nepal Germany Help Association, and the Social Action Volunteers KCH, provides housing, transportation, and free immunizations to families while their children are being treated. The hospital holds 400 staff workers, with 53 full time doctors and 300 beds, and specializes in treating children from newborns to 14 year olds. The hospital serves nearly 100,000 patients per year, including 21,500 in the emergency room, 5, 700 as inpatients, and over 60,000 as outpatients.
Nutritional Rehabilitation Home (NRH)
The Nutritional Rehabilitation Home is a 16-bed clinic that treats severely malnourished children and educates the mothers about childcare and nutrition to ensure that the health restoration is ongoing. The children are referred to NRH by hospitals and health clinics and are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This organization is partly funded by Kanti Children's Hospital as well as NGOs.
The program allows students to intern at Kanti Children's Hospital, the only children's hospital in Nepal, and volunteer at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home or Sewa Kendra Leprosy Relief Center, Balaju 24 Hours Clinic, Kathmandu Medical Collage. Students gain exposure to a variety of practices within medicine, such as the physical therapy, intensive care, radiology, surgery, emergency room, and burn units, as well as experience in the treatment of malnutrition and leprosy.
Upon arrival, students coordinate with Bishop Joshi to map out an intern rotation and daily work schedule at Kanti Children's Hospital. Students volunteer from Sunday to Saturday. Work at Kanti ends everyday at 1pm; students will have the opportunity to volunteer at the other hospital in the afternoon. CGN encourages participants to plan recreational activities, travel, and exploration of Nepal's numerous sights and attractions when they are not volunteering in the hospitals or medical clinics.
Kanti Children's Hospital
Standing adjacent to the Tribhuval University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), Kanti Children's Hospital is an ideal location for aspiring pediatric doctors to gain clinical experience. Working 9am to 1pm from Sunday to Saturday, program participants may interact with children in the physical therapy, ICU, radiology, surgery, and burn units, depending on the hospital needs at that time:
* Physical Therapy - Care for children with brain damage and other physically disabling diseases by playing motor coordination games and teaching them arm and leg exercises
* Surgery - Observe the operating room and become familiar with the procedures and conditions of the hospital
* Burn Unit - Interact with the children and parents on a personal level by leading recuperative physical exercises, playing games, and dressing the children.
* Family Planning and Immunization - Shadow hospital staff as they teach women and children about medication and learn about the available contraception and immunizations in Nepal.
* Emergency Room - Observe the main ER physician as he conducts his rounds
* Program length - 2 weeks - 5 months
* Medical Background Preferred
* Ages: Be 18 years or older
* Health: have no major health problems
* Education: High school graduate / A Level minimum.
* Workload: Varies; usually between 20 and 30 hours a week.
Independently or in Groups
Independently or in Groups of 2-15
The missions and objectives of Chhahari Group Nepal is to encourage and invite international volunteers to participate in every social activities and teach people how to be self-dependent with various activities so that they can sustain themselves to overcome each and every problem they may encounter. Making people literate is also part of our mission so that they can distinguish the positive and negative aspects of problems and activities in the hope that it will help in solving problems easier.