Midwifery Internships abroad
Make a difference to the lives of women in impoverished communities through our Midwifery Internships Abroad. Designed to help you further your career and give you hands-on training in a real clinical environment, this volunteering program is beneficial in so many ways – both for your personal and professional growth, and the local people of your chosen country. Available in three stunning locations in Sri Lanka, India or Cambodia, this internship gives you an opportunity to travel to Asia and by working with medical experts, local doctors and experienced midwives, you will be able to learn new skills whilst putting your own to the test.
Suitable for midwifery students, or those who are looking to break into a new career this placement will add to your resume about your experience abroad. Most importantly it will help you grow and develop as a person; allowing you to have a new global perspective on healthcare, giving you a new found appreciation of life and birth, helping you learn more about international midwifery, and give you the rare opportunity to live life in a different world.
Discovering a new culture is one of the biggest draws of our placement and we house our volunteers in shared housing to promote organic friendships and easy socialising after hours. You will always have someone to talk to and to share your experiences with.
All our locations are absolutely grand! In India we are located in Kochi, Kerala – voted as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2020 by the Lonely Planet. In Sri Lanka we are in the colonial southern town of Galle, that is most famous for its international cricket ground overlooking the Galle Fort, and in Cambodia we are in the capital of Phnom Penh, a very understated but vibrant part of Cambodia. Choose your desired location and leave it to us to place you in a department that is most suited for your skills as a midwifery student.
Across our different locations, we work closely with local hospitals, taking you to work in maternity units including pre-natal wards, labour wards, in theatre, and the post-natal department. There may also be the chance to team up with local organisations to deliver regular medical outreach in the local community. So even if your post is not directly related to midwifery, we can help you gain important experience within relevant medical areas.
During your time with us, you will be shadowing fully trained doctors and midwifes. You will mainly learn by observing, with the chance to help and assist in some cases. Your exact role may depend on your personal level of experience and training, so as we remain open and flexible, we do ask the same of our interns or students. Being prepared to take on different tasks or watching a variety of medical processes will help you fit in well into your new hospital environment. You will be assigned a supervisor so you will always have someone to talk to about your progress.
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Galle, Sri Lanka
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- Pre-departure guide – to prepare you for your trip
- Pick-up and drop from the nearest airport
- Accommodation in a shared room
- Experienced bilingual local staff team
- Breakfast and dinner
- Location orientation
- Project training with the local Program Manager
- 24 hour support in your location for emergencies
- Medical Placement Fees
Whats Not Included in your program fee :
- Flights to the program destination
- Medical and travel insurance
- Visa costs
- Transport to the hospital / projects daily
- Weekend Tours
- Cultural Activities
Getting to your Program and other bits..
- In India you will be picked up from Cochin International Airport (COK)
- In Sri Lanka you will be picked up from Colombo International Airport (CMB)
- In Cambodia the nearest airport is Phnom Penh (PNH)
- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
- Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
- We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel abroad. Goto www.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo to find out how best to avoid trouble when abroad. Packed with essential travel advice and tips, the website also offers up-to-date country information.
- For support on any of the above email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Nursing Placements in Asia:
In India: Our program will be in the Kochi area where you can expect to work in local hospitals. Your placement will be between 10:00 to 16:00PM Monday to Friday. Our program in Kerala involves living in our volunteer house in the gorgeous area of Fort Kochi. Breakfast and dinner will be included.
In Sri Lanka: Volunteers will be working in the government hospitals and local health clinics in Galle. You will be placed at the largest government hospital in Southern Region with 1600 bed capacity and its own separate maternity hospital. You will be engaged Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 PM observing the local doctors. Evenings are free for you to relax or visit the local beaches. You will be living in our volunteer house and breakfast and dinner will be included.
In Cambodia: you will be placed in local hospitals where you will be working alongside local nurses in an area of your choice. You will be living in a shared volunteer house and all meals will be provided to you.
What Happens When I Arrive?
We carefully plan suitable living arrangements for our volunteers, not only to ensure that they are safe, comfortable and conveniently located, but also to give you an amazing travel experience. You will either be placed in shared housing with other volunteers who share the same lust for life and a passion for travel and living abroad, helping others and learning from each other. This community living concept helps you effortlessly immerse yourself into local life whilst allowing you to explore the local area at your own comfortable place. All of our selected housing is situated close to amenities, shops or restaurants so you will never be too far from essentials. Across each location, we will also arrange for daily meals to be provided so you can experience traditional local cuisine.
Depending on where you choose to be based, there are plenty of fantastic things to be done at weekends or in the evenings. Kerala is famed for its palm-lined beaches and if you love spending your time on water, you can’t miss the breathtakingly beautiful backwaters of Allepey. In Sri Lanka’s Galle District, you can go sightseeing and explore the region’s wonderful colonial architecture or head out to one of the fantastic world class surfing or swimming beaches in Ahangama, Weligama or Miridda. In Phnom Penh, you will be surrounded by remains of Cambodia’s harrowing Khmer Rouge history and you will also have endless bars, restaurants and nightlife at your fingertips. If thats not enough you can head down to Siam Reap and visit the famous Angkor Was temples – a must do in Asia.
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.’
‘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!!!’
‘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’
“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”
‘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’
‘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.’
‘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!’
‘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!’
“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.”
‘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’
‘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.’