Medical internship in the Himalayas, India

“A 2-3 week medical placement in North India hill station town, choosing from a variety of establishments depending on skills and interests. Stay in volunteer accommodation, all meals provided. ”

Highlights

Medical placement in variety of establishments | Palampur, Himachal Pradesh | Hill station plantations | Option of language and cultural week in Delhi | Yoga classes

Description of Medical internship in the Himalayas, India

Palampur, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, provides the perfect backdrop for spending time on a medical internship in India. Surrounded by lush tea plantations, paddy-fields and views of the Himalaya, arriving in Palampur feels like you have arrived in a completely different country compared to the busy city of Delhi. Interns will be learning the Indian medical system by shadowing local doctors and nurses.

You can work in various medical settings in Palampur including; hospitals, dental clinics, nursing homes, physiotherapy centers and traditional and alternative medicine centers.

Whether you are thinking about studying a medical related subject, or if you are already at university or about the head off to study medicine, dentistry, nursing or physiotherapy; this project is a fantastic way to gain worthwhile experience before you continue with your studies. It will boost your CV, make you more employable and offer the chance to meet like-minded individuals.

Day-to-day life will revolve around shadowing and learning from medical professionals, who are eager to teach you their trade and share their knowledge of their respective specialism. Each day you will be based in a different department where a certain aspect of medicine will be shown and you will get involved with. These include in-patient wards, radiology, nursing, obstetrics, physiotherapy and general surgery.

If there a particular department you would be interested in, let us know beforehand. We seek interns who are driven, animated and adaptable who have the aim to improve their medical knowledge and not just be on holiday.

Interns explore different parts of Palampur and the region in their free time. Yoga classes take place each week at the accommodation. Furthermore, badminton courts and group games are available to interns.

Before the medical internship starts there is an optional week-long culture and language course based in Delhi. This helps you understand the Indian way of life, experience Delhi, enjoy an Indian cookery class, learn some useful Hindi, visit some key sites like the Taj Mahal and have some cultural awareness training.

Accommodation and Food

The volunteer house is on the edge of Palampur; about a 15 minute walk from the main road. There is room for 20 volunteers with each room accommodating up to 4 people. There is a western-style toilet, shower and hot water available in each room. Basic WiFi is also available.
Each day, there will be 3 meals served which will be of a typical local north Indian style.

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Medical internship in the Himalayas, India

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

We are committed to reducing carbon emissions on all of our projects. Here’s how:

• For each participant that goes away with us, we plant a tree in Africa with our charity partners Tree Aid
• Where food is provided, it is locally produced and sourced, reducing food miles, supporting local industry and minimising single-use plastic
• As a traveller you will learn about the importance of reducing our carbon footprint, both pre-departure and through your volunteer project
• Accommodation is close to the hospital site and is easily reached by public transport
• Where possible, and without jeopardising safety or quality, transfers are done on a shared basis to reduce carbon emissions

Environment

A lot of effort is put into being responsible and environmentally aware when creating these projects. There is an emphasis to be environmentally friendly in Palampur and surrounding areas. We are committed to making sure that all of our interns are aware of this and are dedicated to looking after the environment. Prior to leaving on the medical internship we inform the interns of the differences in air quality, cultural norms, etiquette and things to be aware of when living in the country to help maintain a good rapport between the medical interns and the local community.

There is a short 15 minute walk to the main road, which interns use when visiting the local markets to buy locally grown food or when heading into Palampur town. The medical center is a short bus ride away along the main road which all the interns take together to limit the carbon footprint and reduce unnecessary transport use. Interns go together in groups to also ensure safety and help reduce the number of travel trips.

Reusing water-bottles rather than simply throwing them away is encouraged by all interns. Filling them up with the filtered water dispensers in their accommodation will reduce rubbish waste and lead to having less risk of water contamination.

An optional, and highly recommended, language and cultural week can be provided in Delhi before you begin your volunteering. This gives you language training, cultural awareness training, cooking lessons and the opportunity to visit the tourist hot-spots in Delhi. Also included is a visit to Agra to see the Taj Mahal.

Protecting the world:

We insist that all participants bring their own water bottles when they travel with us, and clean free water is always available. We have even created a water bottle that can be purchased before departure and encourage people to use it at all stages of their journey including at the airport, on flights and whilst on their project. We are striving for all of our projects to be free of single use plastic.

Cultural sensitivity:
We emphasise the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs in our briefing material. Participants will work alongside permanent staff, forming close bonds and getting an insight into real life in rural India. Our policy is to send people out in small groups or individually. This minimises the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination and helps them to integrate into the local community.

Community

In Palampur, the aim of the medical interns shadowing the local doctors and nurses who work within the hospital is to provide help and gain knowledge and support the local community.

The week long cultural and language course prior to the medical internship provides interns with an understanding of cultural differences.

We offer safety and security training so that participants know how to act when out and about, on the street and in crowded places. For example grasping how the rules of the road as governed; who has right of way and what is considered normal. Appropriate and sensitive dress codes are also discussed. By imparting this information to the medical interns, a fluid and friendly relationship with the local community is created. Furthermore, this provides a local insight into life in the city and a great way to get involved with the community structure.

By sending medical volunteers to Palampur, there is a keen interest to help and benefit a community by offering any support. The interns directly aid and impact the locals by assisting with examinations at the hospital. Through working and shadowing professionals in the different departments, many people in the local community will be met and treated from all walks of life. Therefore a broad scope of medical practices is available to any medical volunteer. This enhances equality of opportunity in the hospital and boosts medical professionalism.

Locally employed Indians are used to help the medical volunteers with the running and cleaning of the house and any help with cooking.

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