Interns interested in joining the medical/health care internship program must possess some form of verifiable health care certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. Medical interns without credentials are not allowed to work in this program because of the potential liability risks. The hospitals require a copy of interns' resumes - clearly stating credentials and education prior to arrival at the project.
- Intern's responsibilities
Job responsibilities of interns joining the medical/health internship in Nepal vary with education, skills, experience, and qualifications. Interns are not allowed to perform major diagnoses or surgical procedures. Usually, interns will either assist doctors or work as an assistant to health care professionals.
Interns can expect to measure blood pressure, temperature, record statistics such as weight and height as well as various other medically-related tasks required by health care professionals and health centers. Interns may also assist in various "health camps" (if any) as well as distribute medication, counsel/advise patients on issues pertaining to general health, nutrition and personal hygiene in addition to possibly treating minor wounds/injuries and helping to maintain accurate health care records/histories.
- Internship in Nepal: Internship Project and Role of Supervisor
One of the most distinguished features of IFRE's internships in Nepal is the guidance of supervisors. IFRE will assign a qualified supervisor to provide assistance for all interns throughout the duration of their chosen internship. Individuals filling the role of supervisor are usually either the director or chosen staff member of the project which interns choose. During your time as an international intern, you will be assigned a number of duties which volunteers also perform (in this sense, there are very few differences between IFRE's volunteers and interns).
In the internship, you will select a particular area of your interest related to medical/health care issues and explore the issue further with help of supervisor. Please note: the project supervisor Does not develop internships as this is up to the intern to get as much or as little out of their projects. ALL participants should be proactive to ensure the ultimate success of their internships. Supervisors will provide at least five (5) hours each week to make certain that interns are adequately guided.
IFRE arranges room, meals and supervision for interns from the very beginning to the end of their internship. During the first week (if enrolled in the culture and language program), interns stay in IFRE's hostel located in Kathmandu - located in the heart of the city providing easy access to all parts of Kathmandu. Within the hostel, there are two experienced chefs who prepare authentic, Nepalese meals (very similar to Indian food) consisting of staples such as wheat breads, rice, curries, "Dal", "chapatti" and various pickles - three (3) times a day. Furthermore, as part of the culture and language program, interns stay with a local host family who will also prepare meals consisting of the local cuisines.
For the duration of the internship in Nepal, interns will stay with a local host family. However, interns in the Children's Issues project (Orphanage) will be accommodated within the orphanage's compound. Regardless of where interns are accommodated, IFRE provides a separate, simple and modest room but with shared bathrooms (with the orphanage or host family members). Details regarding living accommodations/food will be provided to interns in their personalized placement sheets prior to arrival in Nepal.
Note: IFRE maintains two (2) offices in Nepal - Kathmandu and Chitwan - enabling improved assistance/supervision for our interns. However, interns participating in projects located in Pokhara will stay in touch with the Kathmandu office by either telephone or email.
Internship program starts on the first and third Monday of each month. - IFRE is proud to offer all of the services that our competitors offer at a very special economical price (nearly 50-175% less). We here at IFRE do not make 6-figured salaries; and we work very hard and smart to keep costs down especially for you the intern where it counts the most. We remain devoted to maintaining both the quality of the program and the safety of all interns involved.
Here is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE offers:
- IFRE is a 501 (C) 3 organization so your program fee will be tax deductible as provided by law.
- IFRE application fee: US $349. The application fee covers advertising, program promotion, and office expenses (rent, utilities, and staff salaries).
- What's Included in Program Fee:
* 4 days: US $329
* 1 week: US $604
* 2 weeks: US $735
* 3 weeks: US $798
* 4 weeks: US $861
* 5 weeks: US $924
* 6 weeks: US $987
* 7 weeks: US $1050
* 8 weeks: US $1113
* 9 weeks: US $1176
* 10 weeks: US $1239
* 11 weeks: US $1302
* 12 weeks: US $1363.
Program fee covers airport pickup, comprehensive insurance, room and food (3 local meals a day) for the entire project period, donation to project, Nepal office expenses (rent, utilities, salaries, vehicle), communication, and project co-ordination.
Nepal language program fee: US $250 for one week. Language fee covers language and cultural training, food and accommodations for seven (7) days, training materials (books, classroom materials, orientation package, TV, video, trainers), cost of local sight-seeing/tourist site arrangements, recreational activities, village stay/host family, cultural programs and additional activities, travel related expenses (one week orientation), and insurance.
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