Midwifery Internships abroad india sri lanka and Nepal
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 Sri Lanka, India or Cambodia, this life changing internship gives you an opportunity to travel and give back at the same time. 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, trainees, professionals, or those who are looking to break into a new career, our program is as much a spiritual journey as it is vocational. The most testing part of your role whilst volunteering abroad is perhaps working in under-resourced hospitals, working with teams that are regularly short-staffed, and coping with equipment that isn’t always as modern as you may be used to in your current / previous training. The most rewarding part is overcoming this, finding the strength and courage to work to the best of your ability, and observing highly dedicated teams who spend every day helping others despite the challenging environment.
The overall experience of our Midwifery Internships Abroad not only adds to your resume, but 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 internships 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.
Located in Kerala in India, the coastal towns of Panadura or Kalutara in Sri Lanka, or the capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, our Midwifery Internships Abroad program is designed to give you complete flexibility. 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, pre-student, gap year student or career breaker. Across our different locations, we work closely with local hospitals, taking interns to work in a variety of 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 volunteering 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. 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.
Facilities are also basic so it’s important to work to the best of your ability no matter how limited the resources. Although our midwifery program can be challenging and tough at times, we can assure you that you will be looked after from start to finish. Every intern will be assigned a supervisor so you will always have someone to talk to about your progress. And because we care deeply about each individual’s experience, we will look after all the other details (including accommodation, transfers, training and briefing, daily meals, extra-curricular activities, plus other logistical matters such as an international sim card) so that you can focus your energy on volunteering and travelling.
All The Details
Kerala, South India
Wadduwa, Sri Lanka
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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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
- Weekend Tours
- Cultural Activities
Local Team On Ground
Geetha Raj: Kerala Program Manager
Geetha 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
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..
- 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 Nepal the nearest airport is Kathmandu Airport (KTM)
- In Cambodia the nearest airport is Phnom Penh (PNH)
- In all 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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- Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
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Nursing Placements in Asia:
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. If you choose to join in Kolkata you will be working in a busy local hospital or have the option to join in a health and hygiene program for a slum community.
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 Cambodia: you will be placed in local hospitals where you will be working alongside local nurses in an area of your choice. Medical health camps can be arranged in the local schools.
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 Cochin. In Sri Lanka’s Panadura District, you can go sightseeing and explore the region’s wonderful colonial architecture whilst in Kalutara, you can enjoy the exciting city of Colombo or head out on a Maduganga River Safari. 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.
What Happens When I Arrive?
Living Arrangements for Medical Volunteers:
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 helping others, or you will be taken on by one of our friendly host families. Host families do everything they can and often go out of their way to make sure our interns have a great time staying with them. 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.
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.’
‘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.’