India Medical Internship

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1. In Brief

A land of sensory overload, cultural  and economic extremes, and extraordinary beauty and mystery, India has become one of the most desirable destinations to travel and volunteer. Its sheer size, and dynamic, complex population combine with fascinating wildlife and a mystical and pervasive heritage filled with tales of ancient gods, kings and queens, to make it a place that will transform your perspectives and realign your priorities.

If you are embarking on a career in medicine, then this project is the perfect work place experience for you. With a wide range of healthcare activities you can be sure of a varied and in-depth internship from which you will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the challenges facing the medical professionals in a country such as India. Based in Goa you will also have the opportunity to explore a beautiful city with a rich historical and cultural background and this placement will ensure you get the most out of your time in India with a wide range of experiences, and you will return with a multitude of memories that will remain with you forever.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Transform your perspectives and realign your priorities!
  • Delve into the thrilling culture of India
  • Gain vital and satisfying work experience of general healthcare practices

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age - 20
  • Intermediate level of English 
  • Up to date CV
  • Ideally suited to medical students, and even qualified doctors and nurses
  • Please aim to apply at least 8 weeks before your intended start date, although late applicants can usually be accommodated

FAST FACTS

Location Goa, India
Activities Varies according to experience
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Shared volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers and in-transit accommodation
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

2. The project

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

This placement is ideally suited to medical students, and even qualified doctors and nurses, with a good command of both written and spoken English, and any related experience will of course be advantageous. There is the possibility of customising the work programme to suit your area of expertise and study, and also your individual preferences as well.

Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of India through a dedicated orientation week. Taking in local sites of special interest, cooking lessons, basic language classes, and possibly your first taste of yoga and meditation, you will learn practices that are central to Indian philosophy and way of life. Following this wonderful opportunity to fully immerse yourself in your new surroundings, you will receive your briefings for the volunteer work to begin.

Following your orientation week you will receive basic job training and start in a number of different departments. This will introduce you to general healthcare practices and the work culture of India, and ensure you derive the greatest benefit from the subsequent weeks. You will then be stationed within a specific department and you will assist both the local doctors and nurses in the daily work programme. The most successful volunteers will display willingness, open-mindedness and flexibility, and will be keen to involve themselves at every possible opportunity.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will need to arrive at Goa Airport on the Sunday, where you will be met by a member of local staff. They will then take you to your accommodation where you will be based for the duration of your stay.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will find your accommodation to be basic, but of course clean and comfortable. The rooms will be single sex and shared, and participants are expected to be environmentally responsible and use resources with restraint, and to help by keeping the living areas clean and tidy. The doors and windows are not mosquito-proofed, so don't forget your mosquito net!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All three meals during the day will generally be taken together and will be typical of the region. Breakfast will vary from rice to Indian breads, and lunch and dinner will include a range of Indian dishes, characterised by rice, vegetables and sauces. You should be prepared for some of the food to be spicy, it being India after all, but you will find that there are tastes to suit all palates.
 

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6. Extras

In your free time, or after your placement has finished, you may have the opportunity to engage in a number of cultural and adventure activities.  Attend Bollywood festivals and theatre performances, explore remote villages and visit magnificent ancient temples, test your nerve as you rock climb high above coffee and tea plantations and spot tigers and monkeys from the back of an elephant as you trek through the jungle.

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

4 weeks $2,395

Extra week $545

DEPARTURE DATES

This project begins on the first and third Monday of every month, you will need to arrive on the Sunday ready to begin your project.

2016 Start Dates:

19th December

2017 Start Dates:

Jan 2nd-16th

Feb 6th-20th

Mar 6th-20th

Apr 3rd-17th

May 1st-15th

Jun 5th-19th

Jul 3rd-10th-17th-24th

Aug 7th-21st

Sep 4th-18th

Oct 2nd-16th

Nov 6th-20th

Dec 4th-18th

DURATION

From four weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Bangalore (BLR)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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