About Healthcare in Nepal
Many Westerners consider access to healthcare to be a given, but communities in many parts of the world lack access to even basic health services. In Nepal, where the patient to doctor ratio is several thousand to one, and where residents of some rural communities must walk hours or even days to reach a health clinic, many health issues simply go untreated. Preventive care is often not available as doctors struggle to handle large workloads with limited resources. World Endeavors healthcare volunteers in Nepal work with local healthcare providers, assisting with basic patient care, helping during procedures, and providing support for record keeping, sanitation, and other tasks.
A Typical Day in the Life of a Volunteer in Nepal
World Endeavors volunteers inNepalcan expect their days to be a combination of meaningful volunteer work, cultural experiences, and free time for relaxation and reflection. The sample schedule below represents a typical day for a volunteer inNepal. Keep in mind that when volunteering abroad, a typical day can be anything but typical!
7:00am: Wake up for black tea or milk tea with crackers.
8:30 am: Breakfast with your host family. A typical Nepali breakfast usually consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables.
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Walk to your volunteer placement.
9:30 am – 1:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Break for lunch and tea. Typical lunches inNepal include beaten rice and vegetables, noodle soup, or other local snacks.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Work at volunteer placement.
4:00 – 7:00: Free time to explore the village or city—mingle with the locals, visit an internet café, swim in the river, play soccer with neighborhood kids, or practice speaking Nepali with your host family.
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Dinner with your host family. Dinners inNepal usually consist of rice, lentil soup, and vegetables.
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Relax at home, read a book, prepare for the next day’s volunteering, or plan a weekend excursion to go hiking, rafting, or on a jungle safari.
Project and class schedules, meals, and free time activities may vary depending on the details of your placement.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Successful volunteers are hardworking, flexible, and open to truly immersing themselves in Nepalese culture.
I absolutely loved my volunteer placement!! Everyone was so willing to make my experience wonderful. Thank you so much for the best experience of my life. I cannot wait to go abroad again!
-Elle, Volunteer in Nepal
Kelly is a math and science teacher from California. She volunteered teaching children in India with World Endeavors.