• India
    • Delhi
2 to 24 weeks

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Oct 26, 2020
Jan 26, 2019
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About Program

All those medical and pre-med students, nursing as well as dental students who are looking for valuable work experience and international exposure can choose to travel to India and be a part of the internship projects. The programs are available in New Delhi and Palampur.

Under our specialized Medical Internship Programs, students can gain insights about how a health care system operates in a developing country like India. It'll be an incredible opportunity for them to take a deeper look into the scenario and learn more while shadowing the professionals. Participants can choose the departments where they wish to work, which ranges from Pharmacy, Radiology/Imaging, OT, Dialysis Unit, Critical Care, General Wards, Orthopedic, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Physiotherapy and more.

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Program Highlights

  • Incredible opportunity to gain first-hand working experience while assisting the professional doctors and nurses.
  • Serve the people and make them feel better with your love and care.
  • Gain a deeper insight of the medical and healthcare scenario in India.
  • Meet other interns from different parts of the world, and work together for better results.
  • Explore the nearby places during the weekends and immerse yourself in the Indian culture & lifestyle.

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Program Reviews

4.86 Rating
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  • Impact 4.6
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.3
  • Value 4.45
  • Safety 4.6
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great expetience, great program

I have completed the medical internship at Moolchand hospital in Delhi on december 2018.
It was exciting to come to a different country and to be welcomed by such a wonderful staff!
Everything was great and thought ahead so nothing was missing, and no safety problems at all! The orientation day is really focusing about traditions, what you should or shouldnt do, abd givesa perspective about tourist places you must visit while in Delhi.
Probably was more fun, social and interesting if there were more volunteers at the same period of time or at the same program, but even though- it was great!
About the medical internship- if you want to watch and learn- this is the place! You can "shadow" a doctor and see what they do. No "hands-on" opportunities, so it is less appropriate for medical interns and or graduates.

Overall, great experience, great program. Thank you!

91 people found this review helpful.
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Amazing to say the least!

I volunteered with the medical internship in Palampur. The first thing that I have to say is that once I got there I did not want to leave and I have intentions to one day return, I loved it that much!
I was able to see so many things about how the Indian healthcare system operated all while getting to see a beautiful, new country for the first time. Ecotourism is always my preferred option, this is how I came about and ended up choosing this program. This program in particular was unique from anything else I have ever experienced. I really felt I got a genuine experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. There was nothing hidden from us, the coordinators were straight forward all of the way through which was a great help. We were also able to see how healthcare actually works in India and just how far Western medicine has come over the years. These were all things that as a third year pre-medical student, and nurses assistant I really appreciated seeing, as on your average tour, this is information you would not be privy to.
The best part of the entire experience I would have to say, was the people I met along the way. I traveled alone. I was not in a group and everyone back home consistently asked me if I was nervous, and told me how brave I was for doing this all by myself. I was welcomed immediately by the coordinators, and never felt unsafe. Once I arrived at the volunteer house I was welcomed by other volunteers and I never once felt alone or lonely. This is a great opportunity alone or in a group and it is very possible alone. I also would like to say that I never once felt like I was in danger despite traveling alone as the coordinators were there for me along the way. Feeling safe when traveling alone internationally alone is worth everything, and this program really had that down.

What would you improve about this program?
Emphasizing the importance of learning the language before arriving to India. I feel the internship would have been much more valuable if I had of been able to understand more of what the doctors and patients were saying to each other without waiting for it to be relayed back to me.
108 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Hospital experience, amazing!!!

I went with a project that were working with volunteering India, and the people in India (the volunteers) were brilliant I could not fault them one bit!! We got stuck in riots and couldn't get home and the team couldn't have done enough to help us and make sure we were okay and eventually got home! They put on 3 courses a day for us and they food was nice, we had a washing machine, shower, flushing toilet (bring your own toilet roll) all the facilities were clean and lovely! My favourite bit was seeing the Himalayas and also getting to work along side the amazing doctors and nurses in the maternal hospital and being able to see what I did, it has made me adamant I want to be a midwife! I would recommend this trip to anyone and everyone, even if uninterested in medicine I would go back tomorrow if I could I had the best time ever!!!!

What would you improve about this program?
I would just say mix up the food a bit, we had basically the same daily dinner and tea and it became a bit boring, I was hoping for exciting spicy Indian food but was a little disappointed:(
105 people found this review helpful.
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Palampur Health and Medical Review

Wow, to say the least.
this experience shows just how far that western medicine has developed, changed and improved on that which is still prevalent in the Indian Healthcare system, of which i saw in the hospital in Palampur. As a final year uni student studying a Bachelor of Nursing and Paramedicine it was the best experience that gave me the exposure that none of my fellow students will have the opportunity to see before graduation and eventually their professional careers and i believe it will put me as a cut above the rest.
It was a real eye opener to see some of the older-school practices being performed that left Western Medicine in the late 60s.
However, this opportunity was exactly what i had hoped for, an insight to the healthcare of a poorer society that attempts to achieve both the best result for the patient, while cutting the most corners to minimise cost, a very fine line.
This program is not for the weak hearted or the weak stomached. I watched a dozen or so people have an endoscopy performed, with no sedation what so ever. Each and everyone of these patients gagged and gurgled with unrelenting precision of the instument from the doctor this he had achieved what he was out to do. words can not describe the image of someone who has a metre long instrument jammed down their throat til they throw up again and again and again. I cannot stress enough, it is not a program for the weak of stomach.

HOWEVER, this program also provided a real insight to the disease and treatment of third world people and their conditions, it was fantastic to see and something i will never forget and i will even alter my practice as a health care practitioner.
Also, to be immersed in the midst of a rural town an stepping into the shoes of the locals, their travelling to town and work, the market place, THE FOOD, was something that you would not get travelling by other means, volunteering was the best experience I've had to date and if you are looking for a getaway, this would be the place I dreamt about at night and after experience, i still dream of it.

What would you improve about this program?
The stressing on the learning the language as much as possible before hand. it would allow for more thorough interaction with the patients the doctors were seeing and allow a greater insight into their health and lives.
99 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A second home

I completed a health/medical internship with Volunteering India in a gorgeous part of the world called Palampur.
In the month that I was there I was given so many opportunities to make the most of my trip, observing, knowledge sharing and working practically at schools and day cares, hospitals, and in health promotion workshops in various communities.
Volunteering India were great in organising weekend trips in our time off and I was able to visit the Taj Mahal as well as go trekking, camping, paragliding and horse riding in the Himalayas, just to name a few of my favourite adventures.
Finally, what will always stick in my mind when I think about my trip are the lovely and hospitable people of Palampur. There is no other experience quite like immersing yourself in a completely different culture, and if you are looking to volunteer there is no better way to enhance your contribution than to live among the community you wish to help. I have left with the feeling of having a second home and I hope to return again one day.

96 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Different and Worthwhile Experience

Hi I'm Grace, a nursing student from New Zealand. I spent a month volunteering in Palampur through volunteering India and Antipodeans.

Volunteering in a country very different to my own was a challenging and rewarding experience. As usual, you go with the expectation that you will be able to make a difference in people's lives, and they end up teaching you far more than you could offer them. I spent 3 weeks working in Karan Hospital in Palampur. It takes a bit of time to get over the culture shock, get used to the hospital routine and gain the trust of local staff, but after awhile we started to slot into the life and rhythm of the place. This meant we were able to go beyond observing and asking questions, to assisting with minor procedures. Not being Hindi speakers ourselves, it was harder to make a real difference for the people coming through the hospital but what we learned from the experience is priceless.

Palampur itself is nestled up in the mountains, and we had a lovely view of them from our volunteer house. It was great living with other volunteers and getting to know them, as well as living in a community with such friendly people. It was a great experience being able to live in, and be a part of the local community.

During our time off we also got to go on great adventures, seeing a bit more of the Himachel and surrounding regions, and getting to do things like Paragliding and mountain walks. The local partners, Bobby and Amit were great at doing all they could to make sure our placements were the best they could be for us, as well as giving us a good game of badminton and keeping us well entertained in the evenings.

Overall this was a great experience, and a good way to both, get to know some of the culture and people in the area, and to see this part of India. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone wanting to learn lots and meet new people, as well as those who want to experience the everyday India, as well as it's attractions.

93 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Thumbs up for Volunteering in Beautiful Palampur!

Hi, I'm a Speech Pathology student from Sydney and I just got back from one month of volunteering in Palampur, India. I went through an Australian company whom are affiliated with the organisation, 'Volunteering India'.

After returning just two weeks ago, I can't help but rave about how amazing my experience was in India. Even though I have travelled to India before with my family, this was a totally different and so much more special experience for me.

The guys who work for volunteering India in Palampur, know Palampur inside out and have years of experience running volunteering programs in their beautiful town. They are definitely not short of knowledge and are so friendly, so there's no way you feel left out. They set you up at placements suited to your field of study and are happy to hear what you're interested in and work with you to ensure you have the most rewarding experience for yourself and the most beneficial for the community. Since I am studying speech Pathology, I volunteered at the Rotary School for children with disabilities. However, there are plenty of ways you can volunteer in Palampur depending on your area of study. For example the other students who travelled with me had backgrounds in nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy, so they were allocated placements at the various hospitals and medical clinics in Palampur. There was also a group of school students while I was in Palampur who had come on an expedition camp and their goal was to paint three Childcare centres within a few days! It was incredible what they had achieved in such a short space of time. There really is so many ways to volunteer in this small town, and every experience is so rewarding!

It's so easy to build friendships with the town people. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. We were looked after well by our in-country partners Bobby and Amit who work for Volunteering India. They are two very kind and approachable people whom I’m very happy to call my friends. Not just them, but so many wonderful people I've met in Palampur will be my friends for life!

I am having withdrawal symptoms and just want to go back right now!! Looking forward to planning my next trip there in the near future! If you do go, make sure you stare at the mountains for a little bit longer every time...It’s worth it! After all, it’s not every day that you get to wake up to the Himalayas!!!

I definitely recommend ‘Volunteering India’ to anyone who wants to volunteer and experience India differently.

What would you improve about this program?
I would love if it was recommended for students to learn the basics of the language prior to arriving in India. This would make the transition to the culture and community easier. It was helpful that the in-country partners taught me some Hindi while I was there but I wish I was better prepared as this would've helped me more during placement as well as when touring the town.
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