Nursing Internships abroad

Nursing Internship in Asia

Quick Overview

Our Nursing Internships Abroad will take you to amazing locations whilst providing you with valuable work experience to enhance your career and broaden future job opportunities. Taking place across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, this volunteering program gives nursing students and pre-nursing students an eye opening insight into the medical world of a developing country.

Whether you’re taking a gap year to travel, looking for an internship to break up your studies, or about to go on a nursing course at university, our Nursing Internships Abroad are extremely beneficial to your nursing training. Working in a new environment not only helps you develop professionally, but everything you experience and everyone you meet along the way will help you grow personally. This is as much a spiritual journey as it is vocational, and all of our medical volunteers come back with much more than just work experience and a dazzling resume.

What’s Involved

Volunteering Journeys Nursing Internships Abroad are designed to give you a truly rewarding experience abroad. You get to choose from one of our stunning locations – Kochi, Southern India- which has been voted as the top 10 city to travel to in 2020; Galle in Sri Lanka which is close to the famous Dutch Fort and worlds best surfing beaches, Phnom Penh in Cambodia where you can get lost in its historic temples of Angkor Was or Kathmandu in Nepal where you can see the Himalayas.

You will be working under a professional mentor, shadowing, observing, learning, assisting and putting your own nursing skills into practice. The areas you could dedicate your time to include general health, orthopaedics, neurology, rehabilitation, the maternity department, dialysis unit, accident and emergency, and so on. So whatever your specialist area, our team will make sure that you are placed in the hospital units that best fits your ability and nursing interests. You can expect to get a 5-7 hour placement a day.

All The Details

Kerala, South India

Galle, Sri Lanka


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Our rates are in USD $ per person

NUMBER OF WEEKS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
India N/A $999.00 $1,169.00 $1,339.00 $1,509.00 $1,679.00 $1,849.00 $2,019.00 $2,189.00 $2,359.00 $2,529.00 $2,699.00
Sri Lanka N/A $1,099.00 $1,349.00 $1,549.00 $1,799.00 $2,049.00 $2,299.00 $2,549.00 $2,799.00 $3,049.00 $3,349.00 $3,649.00
Cambodia N/A $999.00 $1,149.00 $1,299.00 $1,499.00 $1,649.00 $1,799.00 $1,949.00 $2,099.00 $2,249.00 $2,399.00 $2,549.00

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. Transport to the hospital daily
  5. Lunch
  6. Vaccinations
  7. Weekend Tours
  8. Cultural Activities

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 Cambodia the nearest airport is Phnom Penh (PNH)
  5. Travel Insurance is compulsory on this program.
  6. Vaccinations are important. We recommend you visit your local travel clinic to find out what vaccines you should take.
  7. We work with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office for travel abroad. Goto 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.
  8. For support on any of the above email us

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 in Fort Kochi. Breakfast and dinner will be included.  

In Sri Lanka: Volunteers will be working in a large government hospitals in the Galle area. Your placement will be from Monday to Friday 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 our volunteer house in Galle and Breakfast and Dinner will be included.  

In Cambodia: you will be placed in local hospitals in Phnom Penh where you will be working alongside local nurses. This is one of our best midwifery programs!

What Happens When I Arrive?

Kerala Volunteer House India

Living Arrangements for Nursing:

Interns will be placed in either in shared housing for the duration of the program. The community living concept gives volunteers and newcomers an easy way to meet people with the same life values, socialise outside of working hours, and make true friends for life. Your shared room will have everything you need to be comfortable at the end of a long day, including access to your own clean bathroom.

As well as arranging suitable accommodation for our volunteers, we also take care of daily meals. You will also be assigned a local supervisor who will be your first port of call for anything you are unsure of. Plus your accommodation will be situated so you will be able to get to and from work conveniently.

Incredible beaches of Sri Lanka

Weekends :

Whether you choose to volunteer in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Cambodia, you will have many opportunities to travel and explore your local area. For extended trips, there really is so much to see. In Kerala, you will find some of the most spectacular Indian beaches and the most beautiful backwaters in Cochin.  In Kathmandu in Nepal, this is the sort of place reserved for soul searchers, spiritual seekers, and outdoor lovers where you can even do trekking to the Everest Base Camp. Sri Lanka offers everything from temples, elephants and world class beaches that will truly take your breadth away. Then we have Phnom Penh in Cambodia where you will be able to discover the history of the Khmer Rouge Regime and epic Angkor Wat temples.


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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