Nursing Internships abroad india sri lanka and Nepal

Nursing Internships Placements 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. You will get a glimpse of life for those in poor, disadvantaged communities; where families are unable to afford healthcare and hospitals are extremely under-resourced. More importantly, our nursing internships will give you a life changing opportunity to help others and give back using your skills. The hands on experience will not only change the lives of the local people you meet, but you will be able to learn new skills whilst applying your knowledge in a real situation.

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.

The life experience you gain with us is invaluable. And the time you spend making friends for life and working with like-minded travellers will be unforgettable, something you treasure for a lifetime. You can also rest assured that your career growth is our top priority and we will appoint the best mentors, teachers, doctors and nursing staff to guide you through the process. We focus on volunteering roles that will benefit local communities as well as your career.

What’s Involved

Volunteering Journeys Nursing Internships Abroad are designed to change your life forever. They are an immersive way to travel and see the world, whilst also giving you a chance to do something altruistic by helping the poor communities of the developing world. Volunteer locations are based in Kerala or Kolkata in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, Sri Lanka, or Cambodia. And we ensure that interns have enough spare time at weekends to explore, travel, experience and sightsee. We also promote community living as a core concept so volunteers will be housed with people with similar vocational backgrounds so there will always be someone to share your stories with.

During your time with us, you will be faced with working in a new (and sometimes seemingly alien) environment, dealing with a stressful and often under-staffed clinic, coping with fewer medical resources than you would be used to in the West, and not always having modern equipment to hand. Whilst the internship may be challenging at times, it’s most rewarding. Not only will you be able to put your skills to the test, but you can really push yourself outside of your comfort zone and broaden your knowledge of global medicine. Another outstanding aspect is being able to witness and work amongst highly dedicated and caring medical staff who always do their best in limited conditions. It’s a truly uplifting experience.

You will spend your internship working under a professional mentor, shadowing, observing, learning, assisting and putting your own nursing skills into practice. You will be working hands-on every day and learning from a real clinical setting. The areas you could dedicate your time to include general health services, orthopaedics, ophthalmology, dental services, ENT, x-ray, ultrasound, neurology, rehabilitation, the maternity department, dialysis unit, or the field of trauma. So whatever your specialist area, our team will make sure that you are placed in a hospital, clinic or care centre that best fits your ability and nursing interests.

All The Details

Kerala, South India

Wattala, Sri Lanka

Kathmandu, Nepal

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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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.

Harsha : Sri Lanka Program Manager


Harsha Buddhadasa

Harsha is a native of Sri Lanka and his desire for social work guided him to establish volunteer projects for needy people in his lovely country. He has successfully coordinated more than 1500 international volunteer placements for social good and tourism in Sri Lanka in the last couple of years. With Harsha’s in-depth knowledge about local issues in Sri Lanka and his love for meeting people, he is always more than happy to make you feel at home while making a difference and experiencing Sri Lanka as a whole.

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 Cambodia the nearest airport is Phnom Penh (PNH)
  5. 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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  7. 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 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. 

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. 

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, whilst in Kolkata, you’ll be in a bustling city full art and history.  In Kathmandu in Nepal, this is the sort of place reserved for soul searchers, spiritual seekers, and outdoor lovers who want a great mix of city and rural life. Sri Lanka offers everything from temples, elephants and great beaches. 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.

What Happens When I Arrive?


Living Arrangements for Medical Volunteers:

Interns will be placed in either in shared housing or stay with a host family for the duration of the program. The community living is a concept of ours which 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. We promote our volunteering trips to people who are just like you; dedicated students or professionals who have a love of travel and enjoy learning about new cultures. 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. If you are placed with a host family, you will be able to enjoy a culturally immersive experience and get an authentic taste of local life in your chosen country.

As well as arranging suitable accommodation for our volunteers, we also take care of daily meals. So you can relax knowing that you will be fed by your host, a local family which helps to bring money back into the local community, or by a local chef. 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 close to the volunteering base, so you will be able to get to and from work conveniently.

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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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