Replies: 13 - Last Post: Jul 15, 2013 3:58 AM Last Post By: Pricacells
Jul 21, 2012 4:20 PM
Looking to do some health care volunteering next year as a nurse.
Have been searching the internet and have come up with a couple of potential options but wonder if any of you may have experience with them? They are very different to each other.
1. The Mountain Fund
they actually have a medical trek scheduled for next March, itinerary below. There is a lot of down time in KTM with this and I have already seen the major sites in KTM, but the healthcare stuff looks interesting.
2.International Volunteer HQ
Offer longer term placements but I haven't been able to find any first hand reports of healthcare specific reviews for participants in Nepal.
Any thoughts or suggestions on other groups would be great.
Jul 21, 2012 4:44 PM
I didn't see the cost for the medical trek but those for IVHQ are eye-wateringly expensive though typical of a volunteerism outfit. Bad enough for gap year travellers who want to cuddle orphans at the end of their trip but preposterous given that you (presumably) have qualifications, experience and skills to offer.
It reads as though you don't need the hand holding support that is (supposedly) offered by the likes of IVHQ (they have been discussed on here before - try a search) so why not volunteer directly with a nedical care provider? How long do you have in Nepal?
Jul 21, 2012 6:24 PM
2gillg6151 in addition to searching organizations on the web, I'd contact existing medical facilities where you'd like to volunteer. For example, if you'd like to volunteer in the Everest region, I'd inquire at the Khunde Hospital (that Sir Edmund Hillary set up). I'd contact Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation and ask about volunteer possibilities at the Khunde Hospital. Tell them about your nursing skills. You may also want to ask for the email address of the local Physician in charge at Khunde. As a trekker, I've visited the hospital a couple times and the physician, in charge, has always been so gracious about giving a tour of the hospital and is very open and frank with questions.
A couple years ago, I trekked the Dhaulagiri Circuit. At the beginning of the trek, we stopped in at the local hospital in Darbang. We toured this hospital/clinic. Again, the physician in charge, was so generous with his time, showing us around. If you could find a way to contact the clinic, you could see if they were willing to accept volunteers.
Jul 22, 2012 2:08 AM
3You already have so excellent info posted and I also think that you should stay well away from the Voluntourism sector. Especially with the skills that you can offer.
I dropped off a few supplies to the hospital in Tumlingtar this Spring, the doctor in charge was a real gentleman and was so pleased with my meagre offerings that I expect he would welcome a qualified nurse with open arms, unfortunately I have no way of getting into contact with him, but as Tom had a similar experience in Darbang, I am sure that you would easily find a worthwhile volunteering opportunity in a local hospital.
Good Luck and Happy Travel
Jul 23, 2012 11:27 AM
4gill6151....I have worked with a British woman in KTM who runs her own small NGO, she is it....She has lots of experience placing both DRs and nurses in various locations as volunteers at health posts and remote hospitals, in some cases just at the med factilites in some cases she has taken on the school and even water supply functions too...currently med locations out west, staffed by dedicated Nepalis who have given up the lucrative KTM opportunities to actually serve their countrymen...It is not a money making thing at all. I do not know if there are any fees but I have never heard that mentioned. Often the nurse/Dr would help with diagnosis of course but also act as a trainer to the staff nurse(s) at a health post as they have limited experience and there can often be a disconnect btwn the diagnosis and appropriate meds. I have been to the Solu village/health post several times and can vouch for the operation and accomodations (room in Nepali home, great family) etc.
At one health post in E Solu Khumbu there have been years' worth of mostly Brit doctors and nurses on 2 week on longer stints, I have never heard of a fee....she isn't about that..lately she has undertaken helping staff lots of poor remote hospitals in W Nepal (and made many long trips on the bus out there on her own and taking vol) and also has some connections in KTM at a hospital or two, I believe...
I will PM you her contact info...I think she is traveling in India now...though she has lived in KTM/Nepal for many yrs she has now come up against tight visa restrictions. There may be some delay in getting back to you......
She would be worth a contact in any case...Roger
Jul 25, 2012 5:30 AM
Jul 29, 2012 2:57 AM
6Thanks all for your responses. Roger- I will get in touch with Marriane, she has a Facebook Page with all of her details. I will also attempt to start inquiries at a local hospital level. Watch this space....
Re time available I was thinking a month volunteering as a minimum amount would be good for starters and see how it goes from there
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Jul 15, 2013 3:19 AM
Yes I meant here so people could make suitable recommendations.
You could try searching here http://veyactua.org/.
Jul 15, 2013 3:58 AM
13Cool. I have most of my interests and qualifications on my profile, so this is just some main bits:
I've graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Human sciences, and have a supplementary course certificate in modern methods with infectious diseases, which seems to be quite relevant in the ares of the world where I plan to help out.
My hope is to continue my studies into medicine, because my research degree allows for me to understand health and diseases in people, but not individuals. I've worked in hospitals, and am certified to provide first aid. However, despite shadowing and working with doctors, I still feel that I don't have enough experience doing what I really love; and that is helping people.
So, I plan to spend most of next year (starting from now) gaining experience, and helping out wherever I can.
My e-mail address is email@example.com
So if anyone has any advice, or opportunites they may have come across, I'd very much appreciate it.
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