Health Care Volunteering in Nepal

Many of the hospitals, health centers, and clinics in Nepal are drastically understaffed.  Typically, it’s the most underprivileged citizens who suffer at the hand of this shortage.  Practicing physicians, nurses, and clinicians are in great need to help provide health services to help fill the gap in qualified providers and ensure the care that these individuals need is received.  Health Care Volunteering in Nepal is a great opportunity to provide medical care to those in need.

If you are a current medical student, a medical internship with GOAT Volunteers in Nepal is an exceptional opportunity to gain practical experience in a hospital setting.  In addition, you’ll get a first-hand look at what medical care looks like in a developing country.  As a medical intern, you’ll shadow doctors in various departments within the hospital depending on your interests and experience.

This Health Care Volunteering in Nepal project needs trained professionals to help alleviate this problem in an effort to improve the quality of health care for disadvantaged Nepali people.  Volunteer practitioners and interns will assist local doctors and medical staffs in the treatment of patients.  Volunteers may also participate in hospital programs in a variety of fields such as record keeping, sanitation, nutrition, or treatment of minor injuries.  Medical student interns will be exposed to a wide range of processes and procedures in a clinical setting.

Most placements are around Kathmandu, but occasionally there are opportunities for volunteers to visit rural villages to provide care to those in need.

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Room & Board

Accommodations for the Health Care Volunteering in Nepal project are typically at the local NGO headquarters or with a host family.

  • Shared room (same-sex) in a host family house or volunteer hostel
  • 2 meals per day plus coffee & bread in the morning & snacks in the afternoon
  • The volunteer hostels have western toilet facilities, whereas host family houses only have squat toilets — this is very common in Asia and may take some getting used to for those unaccustomed to these types of facilities
  • WiFi is not available, so volunteers are encouraged to purchase local SIM cards for their unlocked phones
  • Mosquito nets provided



As with all GOAT Volunteer projects, there are 2 primary fees associated with volunteering: the application fee paid to GOAT and the project fee paid directly to the NGO after they accept your application.

1 week$400
2 weeks$475
4 weeks$575
Prices for projects in Nepal are in US dollars; please check the current exchange rate for costs in your local currency (

Included: Airport pick-up & return (unless otherwise stated) • Location, language, and cultural orientation • Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu • Shared accommodation in volunteer HQ/hostel or host family home • 2 meals per day • 24/7 emergency phone & in-country support • Project Donation

NOT Included: Flights • Visas • Vaccinations • Travel insurance • Personal expenses • Bank/wire transfer fees

For custom lengths of stay not listed, please contact us for pricing.


All projects incur a $250 application fee.  Please see the The Fine Print page for more information.


Special Considerations | Health Care Volunteering in Nepal


For special considerations regarding projects in Nepal, please visit the Nepal page.

Criminal Record Check

GOAT Volunteers requires a criminal record (background) check for all projects working with children.  Inquire with your local police department to see if they offer this service (many do for free or a small fee).  U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. Department of State website for additional information.

The criminal record check must be submitted to GOAT Volunteers after the prospective volunteer’s application is accepted and at least 30 days prior to the project start date.

Medical Background

The Health Care Volunteering in Nepal project is limited to practicing medical professionals and current medical students.