Program Details

  • Program Type: Internship
  • Location: India
  • Starting Price: EUR 1,550.00
India

Our Medical Electives in India aim to give medical students international clinical experience that will enhance your professional and personal development.

 
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Based in Palampur, Dharamsala,  you will be practicing your field in a multi speciality hospitals that cater to the locals of the area. You might specialise in one area or divide your time across multiple departments assisting local doctors and medical staff in the work that they do.  You will learn about the differences in healthcare systems, procedures and treatments in India in comparison to your country. Your medical placement will allow you to conduct research and learn about illness and diseases in India. If you already are a qualified medical or health professional you may be allowed to work independently.

 Whilst you are on this medical placement you will also get to work in village areas of Kangra district where healthcare and medical aid is difficult to find. Here you can conduct outreach work and run clinical and health camps with local doctors or medical staff. Health camps involve health screening clinics for adults and children at various establishments, e.g. day-care centres, schools and orphanages. All medical materials and supplies are given for this. You can expect to help with medical checks such as blood pressure, sugar levels, blood groups or general checkups. If you are specialising to be a gynaecologists, paediatricians, ophthalmologists, or dermatologists we can also arrange specialist camps that would benefit the village greatly and where you can practice your field.

 Many locals in the area tend to opt for natural or traditional medicine treatments of Ayurveda and Naturopathy. You can also learn about alternative therapy, treatments and their effects with specialists in this field : panchkarma, yoga, meditation, acupressure.

 There will be a local staff who can speak both English and the local language helping you.

Volunteer Program Typical Week:

 Arrival Day Saturday/Sunday: Pick Up from the Airport and arrive to your home in Dharamsala where you meet your program coordinator. After some relaxation you will get a Welcome Presentation, Culture Training and area orientation. On Sunday you will visit local sights and in the evening you are free for your leisure. 

Monday- Friday : After breakfast you will be volunteering during the day. You can walk to the project site or take a tuktuk where the coordinator will meet you. Project times will be given to you on arrival

 Evenings: You will have evenings free for cultural activities such as visiting Buddhist Monasteries and Hindu Temples in the area, local markets, Hindi Language Classes,  cooking classes, basic meditation classes, painting class, basic yoga classes, massage classes, basic ayurvedic classes, pottery classes, tea factory and tea garden visits, homemade  wooden knitting factories, hydro power projects, and organic farming sites. There will be an additional fee for these.

 Weekends: You can spend your weekends to visit the Buddhist town Mcloed Gunj, Trekking in Triund, Paraglinding  in Bir, Visit Amritsar Golden Temple or go to the culture capital of Delhi.

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Testimonials

  • Ribha Sharma Dharamshala Program Manager

    “Our Medical Electives give students of medicine an opportunity to experience healthcare in completely different environment. India is a great destination for medical electives as disease, medical conditions and hospital infrastructure is different from the West, making it a great platform if you want to learn more and be challenged in your field. Above all you will get to live and explore a beautiful area of India. Dharamshala is small town in the foothills of the Himalayas where you will get plenty of opportunity to explore North India”

Program Fee Covers:

  • Airport Pick up and Drop off
  • Accommodation and meals in Palampur and Dharmasala
  • Local sightseeing on arrival
  • Placement in local hospitals, clinics, NGO centers
  • Local Project Staff
  • Orientation and Training as required
  • Alternative Medicine Course in Mcloed Gunj
  • Yoga and Meditation in Palampur
  • English Classes in Dharamsala
  • 24/7 Emergency Helpline in India
  • Guides as needed

Program Fee does not cover:

  • Extra Excursions on weekends
  • Transport to Mcloed Gunj and for projects in Dharamsala
  • Personal Expenses

Terms and conditions for volunteers

  • Up to date CV/ resume
  • Copy of return flight itinerary 
  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of English; understanding and speaking
  • Acceptance subject to availability of position

Payment & Cancellation

30% of full payment is due within 7 days after confirmation of booking. You will have to pay the program fee in full at least 4 weeks prior to arrival.

If any client cancels his/her allotted program after making payment of program fee the refundable amount would be as under :
- 30 or more days prior to scheduled program date - 50% of the program fee would be refundable.
- Within 29 to 15 days from scheduled program date - 30% of the program fee would be refundable.
- Within 14 to 1 day from scheduled program date - 10% of the program fee would be refundable.

Cancellations after Project starting : Under any circumstances the total program fee will not be refunded to the client.

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We have 2 missions. We firstly provide children and community members an opportunity to better themselves and increase their self confidence through the help of education, art, health, construction and sports project volunteers. Secondly we develop unique and safe travel packages that offer learning, adventure and fulfilment to any traveller coming to India.

  • Our participants are safe  – we will be by their side each and every step of the way.
  • 24/7 support for all participants. We have an in country emergency helpline also.
  • full health and safety training on arrival. We have a list of nearest embassies and medical centers.
  • All our in field staff are well trained, always travel with the volunteers on project site, and fluent in the local language

 

We are committed to providing an extraordinary experience, along with responsible and safe travel options to individuals who seek to get more out of their holiday. Whether it’s leading a workshop in the community taking the lead on a building project or standing at the front of a classroom and teaching English , our volunteers will be helping to give underprivileged people in India the skills they need to improve conditions in their communities.

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