Medical/Healthcare Projects India
Project At A Glance
30-40 hours per week
Host family or hostel
Mondays of each month
India is one of the most intriguing places to volunteer in a medical project. Lately in India with economic growth, a lot of new hospitals and clinics have opened. To address the chronic shortfall of medical professionals, India is also opened a lot of medical colleges and have started producing more medical graduates. Today, the healthcare system in India is very advance and there are also a lot of funds available for medical research. Yet, deadly viruses continue to spread and create havoc rampantly in India. People are dying from treatable diseases and many people cannot even afford medical treatment. Against this backdrop, our project introduces medical volunteers to the healthcare scene in India. Our volunteers will learn from local doctors and gain valuable experience of working in a developing country that is full of fascinating contradiction.
Volunteers/interns who are interested in joining our volunteer health program must possess health care certification, such as an ID as a medical student, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physician's credentials. We do not permit volunteers without medical credentials to work in this program due to the potential risk. The hospitals require a copy of your resume, clearly documenting credentials and education, before your arrival to the project. Projects will also require an official copy of your credentials.
In Delhi, we work with more than 5 hospitals and clinics in Delhi NCR. Volunteers will work mostly in the morning and start at around 9 am for about 4 hours. Job responsibilities for medical project volunteers/interns in India vary dependent on education, skills, experience and qualifications and also on the community’s current needs. Volunteers/Interns are not permitted to perform major exams or surgeries and they will mostly observe and learn from local doctors. Most often volunteers help doctors or work as their assistants. As a medical volunteer in India, you could be placed in a large hospital or small rural health center. Most of the hospitals (regardless of size) have many departments: Emergency, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Hematology, Endocrinology, Oncology, Internal Medicine, Clinical Pathology, etc. so a volunteer may be placed in any department, but skills/qualifications will also be considered. Volunteers may also take patients’ vitals: blood pressure, temperature, height and weight, and carry out health center tasks. You may provide treatment for minor injuries or wounds and document patient records. The tasks and activities vary day by day.
Please note medical students will not be allowed to treat patients. They will only be allowed to shadow local doctors and learn from them.
IFRE manages living accommodations, provides meals and supervision for volunteers for the entirety of their stay in India. During the volunteer period, most volunteers stay in our safe and secure home base, project hostel or host families. Our office and home base is located in Gurgaon, a beautiful city 40 miles a way of Delhi international airport. This location is very safe and manned with onsite security. It is a clean, sparsely furnished apartment but will meet all your needs as an IFRE volunteers. It is close to the local bus station. Info on amenities close by and transportation to nearby city, etc. internet café, restaurant and supermarket, local police station. This is the ideal arrangement for sharing your daily experiences with fellow volunteers and local staff. Home base bedrooms have multiple beds, so volunteers will usually share a room (same gender). Our in-country coordinator also lives at our home base to assist our volunteers 24/7.
Dependent on the season and flow of volunteers, you may be placed with a local host family or project hostel (mostly in orphanage). Our host families are socially respected and are experienced with hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well being and demonstrate this with caution and care. In most host family situations, volunteers will share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Another viable option is an at-orphanage stay. Many orphanages in India have set aside special rooms to house international volunteers.
IFRE arranges room, food and supervision for volunteers throughout the program. All of IFRE’s cooks prepare a variety of delicious Indian food (naan, dahl and chapatti breads, curries, rice and pickles/chutneys). Details covering the arrangements for room/food are outlined in the prepared placement details. Volunteers will also have 24/7 access to IFRE's office as well as the mobile numbers of in-country coordinators. In addition, the director of the orphanage will serve as a local contact person for volunteers. IFRE's staff also visits each volunteer every 1-2 weeks as part of our program.