Himalayan Crossroads offers internship opportunities in both traditional medicine (Ayurvedic and Tibetan) as well as western medicine.
Our internship opportunities in healthcare are designed to be a two-way exchange program where the participants as well as the local community benefit from the partnership. The participants will receive a placement in one of the country’s reputed hospitals, clinics or non-profit organizations and will work under the direct supervision of the some of the country’s most accomplished practitioners.
In addition to placing you according to your interests, we offer language instruction, and a wonderful staff to help interpret and provide depth to your experiences. Included in your tuition is comfortable accommodation, local and western meals, safe drinking water, and internet access.
Nepal is one of the best destinations for medical internships as there is an insufficient number of medical practitioners to meet the wide range of medical issues that Nepali people face every day. Nepal is a small nation with diverse people, cultures, and landscapes that make access to medical care challenging or even unavailable to many Nepalis. Hospitals in Kathmandu are understaffed and the influx of patients from across the nation often overwhelms the capacity of the facilities and staff. Working in hospitals in Nepal offers incredible exposure to the medical challenges facing a developing country, a steep learning curve in diagnosis and treatment, as well as a powerful emotional experience which stems not only from the magnitude of the need for medicine, but of your ability to make a difference in people’s lives.
Well before western medicine found its way into this small Himalayan nation, people relied upon the knowledge and practices of traditional healers. Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine are centuries-old traditional medical systems with complex approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and understanding of illnesses. In traditional medicine a greater emphasis is placed on promoting health rather than simply diagnosing illness. Illness is seen as an imbalance, or an aberration from the normal state of health. Both Ayurveda and Tibetan medicine are embedded in the spiritual traditions they emerged from, and an understanding of these world views is essential in understanding the diagnosis and treatment of individual patients. Both Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine are still practiced widely thoughout Nepal and recognized world wide for the efficacy in treating illness and promoting health.
Please contact us for further information or if you have any questions. We have a broad network of contacts and should be able to find a good match for your particular interest, whether you are entirely new to medicine, or a trained doctor looking to offer to your expertise.
Rural communities in Nepal are the most vulnerable, with inadequate medical facilities, awareness, and education. Himalayan Crossroads brings medical health camps to villages to raise awareness and train the local community – and even the health post workers – in basic sanitation, nutrition, and medical treatment.
We recommend you add a rural health-care internship to your program for an extraordinary experience with the health-care systems and ways of life in rural Nepal.