Medical Internships abroad india sri lanka and Nepal

Medical Internships Explore South Asia

Quick Overview

Explore the best of South Asia whilst completing your medical elective with Volunteering Journeys. We’ll take you to three of the most incredible travel destinations in the world and place you under the supervision of expert medical teams in hospitals and medical centres where you will get the chance to help poor, underprivileged communities whilst also getting invaluable training and first hand work experience. You will work within a structured environment with some of the best doctors and nurses around and will receive a full induction on arrival, with full support throughout the program. The experience you will gain from this medical elective program is completely hands-on and you will also get the very rare opportunity to discover what it’s like to work internationally and learn about healthcare in the developing world. All this and the lure of travelling around India, Nepal and Sri Lanka!

So if you love to travel and you have a deep desire to help other people, our medical elective in three of South Asia’s nations is a great way to enhance your studies and further your career. Your work will contribute to the wider project of helping improve medical care and accessibility to the poorest communities and your actions can really help to make a difference. Millions of people in the world are suffering with illness, sickness and infection because they do not have access to quality healthcare but we believe in basic healthcare facilities for everyone, regardless of background, class or social status. With available programs for medical students of all disciplines, a medical elective abroad is suitable for anyone with a big heart and a passion to make a positive change.

What’s Involved

This extended program is available as a 6 week elective or a 12 week elective and includes a tour around the three beautiful countries of South Asia; with placements in Dharamshal or Kerala in India, Kathmandu in Nepal and Wadduwa in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka in particular has the best public health care system in South Asia and if you are a pre-med or medical student this is the best place to learn and get involved in outreach programs in both preventative and curative healthcare. During your time in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, you will be working in local hospitals and medical centres under the supervision of qualified medical experts, doctors and nurses. Along with a placement in a medical or healthcare area of your choice you will also receive continued training on the job learning as you go. The medical work you will be taking part may at times involve being part of a medical camp.

Supervision will be provided at all times and Volunteering Journeys offers 24-7 support so you will always have guidance and help, plus you will also benefit from working within a structured environment where you will pick up many new skills. All medical disciplines and medical study backgrounds are considered including General care, Emergency, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Mid-Wifery, Cardiology, Radiotherapy and Imaging, Pathology, Endoscopy, General Nursing, Ambulance Service, and Dental care. And in addition to the training you receive during your medical elective hospital hours, our team can also help to arrange cultural activities.

All The Details

Kerala, India

Wadduwa, Sri Lanka

Kathmandu, Nepal

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All our rates are in GBP £

For 10 or more weeks email us

6 Weeks (2 weeks in India, 2 Weeks in Sri Lanka, 2 Weeks Nepal)9 Weeks (3 weeks in India, 3 Weeks in Sri Lanka, 3 Weeks Nepal)

What’s Included?

Price Includes

  1. Pre-departure guide  – to prepare you for your trip
  2. Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport
  3. Accommodation in a shared room
  4. Experienced bilingual local staff team
  5. Breakfast and dinner
  6. Location orientation
  7. Project training with the local Program Manager
  8. 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
  9. Medical Placement Fees

Whats Not Included in your program fee :

  1. Flights to the program destination
  2. Medical and travel insurance
  3. Visa costs
  4. Lunch
  5. Vaccinations
  6. Weekend Tours
  7. Cultural Activities

Local Team On Ground

Geetha Raj: Kerala Program Manager

Volunteering Journeys Kerala Team GeethaGeetha is the backbone of our programs in Kerala. Her friendliness, generosity and warmth towards every volunteer will leave you feeling extra special. Having worked as local journalist for almost 10 years, Geetha grew a passion for community development work, and is very forward thinking. She is instrumental in Kerala Program development and will give you the direction you will need to succeed as a volunteer. Her team will look after all your needs from the time you enter Kerala to the time you leave.

Charley Perrera: Sri Lanka Program Manager

Charley Sri Lanka

With over 20 years’ combined experience of running volunteer placements across Sri Lanka, Charley and his team are natives of SriLanka and expertly placed to co-ordinate every aspect of your visit. Over many years they have built up first-class relationships with our community partners and are able to offer an impressive range of placements in unique locations, ensuring our international volunteers’ needs and talents are carefully matched.

Anish Neupane: Nepal Program Manager


Anish has more than 14 years of experience working on social development projects, having different roles in Project Management, Planning & Development, Management Information Systems and Qualitative Research.

Currently he manages our program in Nepal, where his role is mainly to coordinate and ensuring the appropriate volunteer programs and social projects are in place.

Getting to your Program and other bits..

  1. In India you will be picked up from Cochin International Airport (COK)
  2. In Sri Lanka you will be picked up from Colombo International Airport (CMB)
  3. In Nepal the nearest airport is Kathmandu Airport (KTM)
  4. In all three locations visas can be picked up at the airport on arrival. Sri Lanka and India require E visas that need to be applied for before arrival.
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  6. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
  7. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
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From Beaches to Mountains: 

In India: Our program will be in the Kochi area where you can expect to work in local hospitals. You will volunteer between 10:00 to 16:00PM Monday to Friday.  Our volunteer program in Kerala involves living in our volunteer house. Breakfast and dinner will be included. There is opportunity to run a medical workshop or clinics in local schools.

In Sri Lanka: Volunteers will be working in the government hospitals and local health clinics in the Wadduwa area. You will be volunteering at the medical centres Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 PM helping and observing the local doctors. Evenings are free for you to relax or visit the local beaches. You will be living in a homestay and breakfast and dinner will be included. There is opportunity to run a health clinic at the Tsunami Housing area for the community living there.

In Nepal: Volunteers will be working in local hospitals in the Kathmandu valley. The hospitals are busy and you will be working from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 PM. You will stay with a host family and Breakfast and Dinner will be included. Medical health camps can be arranged in the local schools. 

Weekends :

Your time in India will either be based in Kerala (India);  Kerala is best known for its peaceful palm-lined beaches and the beautiful Cochin backwaters. In Nepal, you will find yourself in Kathmandu, the cultural heart of the country with countless temples, palaces and monuments and some of the most amazing national parks. Or to enjoy your free time in Sri Lanka, we recommend relaxing on the beaches along the south coast, visiting nearby cities of Galle and Colombo or exploring the beautiful Sinharaja Forest further inland. Please note excursions are not included in this program.

What Happens When I Arrive?


Living Arrangements for Medical Volunteers:

On arrival, you will be taken through your induction and provided with everything you need such as reading materials, emergency information and an in-country sim card before being taken to your placement accommodation. All volunteers will be placed within shared accommodation or within the home of a host family. Whether you stay with a host family or live within shared apartments with other volunteers, daily meals will be provided for every day that you volunteer ‘“ this includes breakfast and dinner and will consist of local food of that area. Project travel will also be arranged on your behalf and all rooms are clean and comfortable, and will come with basic WiFi connection so that you can stay in touch with loved ones back home or conduct studies / research in your spare time.

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Health and Safety :

When you join our programs you can be assured we have carried out Risk Assessments to identify potential safety and health risks on projects and in the community. We share this information with you in our pre departure documents. Our local staff are well trained and we provide 24/7 emergency numbers to all participants.

Volunteering Journeys Foundation:

Through our commitment to responsible tourism we have developed the Volunteering Journey’s Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of people and communities around the world through supporting local charities, local organisations and community projects in the places that we work in. 100% of each donation goes directly to support our projects. Go to our Donation page if you want to support or fundraise for our India, Nepal or Sri Lanka Program.


Volunteers Love Us!

  • ‘My experience in India was absolutely fantastic. Having never done anything like this before, Volunteering Journeys made sure I settled in well and supported me throughout my time. Being placed with an amazing family gave me the chance to experience Indian culture first hand.  I was part of the Disabled Childcare Programs for two weeks.  Although short, I felt the time I spent was so valuable for the children. If this is something that you are interested in I would 100% recommend it. The memories, friendships and experiences you will develop will be ones that you will never forget.’

    Fiona Kirk
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  • ‘The teaching experience was second to none. I was overwhelmed by the respect and politeness all the children have, which made it some much easier to work with them, even with the language barrier. The amazing thing about the schools I visited was that all the children are like little sponges, they absorb everything you say, teach and do! It’s quite outstanding how much they gain from just a small conversation in the playground or in the class room.
    So in general if you are questioning whether you want to volunteer and you don’t know what company to go with, it has the be Volunteering Journeys. You will be well looked after, gain an immense experience and make friends for life!!!’

    Jemima Kershberg
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  • ‘I took a short sabbatical from work in November 2013 and decided to come to India. I was helping at a small school in Fort Kochi, teaching English, Maths, Science and the odd nursery rhyme. The school where I volunteered had amazing teachers and the kids were great. Ridhi and the team organised everything brilliantly – from cycling tours to the backwaters, to hosting me with a family that made my stay feel like home. If you’re going to volunteer in India then I highly recommend Volunteering Journeys’

    Glyn Owen
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  • “J’ai passé deux mois formidables à Kochi en travaillant comme volontaire avec Volunteering Journeys. Deux mois de ma vie que je n’oublierais jamais. J’ai rencontré des gens incroyables et participé à des projets qui me tenaient vraiment à coeur. J’ai pu voir l’aboutissement de mes efforts et le sourire sur le visage des enfants. Une expérience magique que je recommande à tous. Merci Rainbow”

    Laura Prigogine
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  • ‘I spent 3 wonderful weeks with the Volunteering Journeys team in Kerala, it marked the beginning of almost 2 months adventuring through India, and I can say without a doubt it was one of my favourite experiences of my time spent in incredible India! From the moment my plane landed and I was greeted by a friendly face and whisked away to a wonderful home, the local staff were incredibly welcoming, helpful, supportive and great fun to be around!
    I spent my time volunteering in 2 local schools, assisting with English studies. The enthusiasm and joy with which the children approach their days will ensure you never want to leave!I cannot recommend Volunteering Journeys highly enough, it was such a joyful introduction to India – it’s culture, people and crazy beautiful way of life. You will leave with some fond memories and firm friendships’


    Katie Parsons
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  • ‘I volunteered by teaching English both at a school and at an all girls’ orphanage for two months. It has been the best experience of my life so far. I really got to know the children I was teaching and seeing the children’s English improve over my time was an incredible feeling. From being introduced to yoga to tasting delicious flavoursome Indian cuisine and living in “God’s own country”, has left me eager to return. I have made friends across the World who made my time spent in Kerala unforgettable. I highly recommend volunteering with Volunteering Journeys; Kerala is beautiful and you will gain fun memories.’

    Elidith Cameron
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  • ‘I spent two weeks running an art workshop which was absolutely fantastic. The children were so enthusiastic and bustled about with paste and paint, putting together the most amazing creations. They were not used to producing collaborative work and were thrilled when their individual efforts achieved a glorious whole. Their personalities really shone through and I became very fond of them in the short time I was with them. Thank you to Volunteering Journeys for enabling me to have such a wonderful experience!’

    Jane Daniell
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  • ‘There is some kind of magic that happens when you’re in India. The climate, the people, the warm welcome, the happiness in every person, the culture, it’s simply inspiring. On top of that having a group of friendly, thoughtful organizers guiding me through the program made my time volunteering with Volunteering Journeys one of the most memorable moments in my life.
    If anyone reading this is considering becoming a volunteer, don’t hesitate, become a volunteer. It will be the most rewarding experience and adventure of your life. I assure you that you will have a vital impact on the community, the place and the children. I would recommend Volunteering Journeys without hesitation. Well organized and hassle free adventure. You get help and guidance with everything you need. Kerala was my destination. Safe, beautiful and very friendly. Just do it and have an adventure of your life!’

    Harminder Athwal
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  • “Volunteering at the schools was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once again the friendships you create are irreplaceable. Admittedly, the first few days were scary, in the sense that my partner and I were only 18 & 20 yrs old and we were teaching women and children a language that was not their first. However the persistence and willingness of Indians is not to be tested. Each of our students put in 100% and naturally we became very personal with everyone and these women and children taught us much more. We came out of this experience with more than we had ever anticipated. It can’t be put into words just how much we learnt from volunteering. Ever aspect of our lives and mindset has changed.”

    Aimee Chirio
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  • ‘I think it was quite an eye opening experience to kind of see how people live and enjoy their lives very differently to what we do probably in UK. Even though comparatively they didn’t have as much, the children still came to school with a smile on their face and they were really keen to learn. They were ever so happy and always had a smile on their face regardless of the circumstances that they are living in, and I think that was an amazing experience for us to take back. We have comparatively much more wealth in the UK and we have much more available at our fingertips. Yet we were quite not so happy’

    Andrew Davies
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  • ‘We decided to volunteer as part of our family vacation. It was the perfect balance: making a contribution but not being asked to do too much, with Volunteering Journeys staff with us every step of the way to help, support, clarify, etc. I was also impressed that they didn’t feed us a line about how we were changing the world in a week; I knew going in that *we* would be the ones most changed, and the staff’s perspective’s was the same: we were making an impact by showing we cared and sharing experiences, which hopefully meant something to a lot of people.’

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    Bob Macauley & Family
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