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Medical Volunteer India

Do you dream of volunteering abroad? Are you pursuing a career in the healthcare field and looking for professional experience? Learn while you travel with IFRE!

India is a chaotic blend of contrasts. The modern world rushes forward with over a billion people clamoring into the future, while the rich culture and history of India’s past hold strong amidst all this change.

Sadly, India is still a developing country and millions of people live below the poverty line. Issues such as poverty,

disease and poor health are very serious in the slums and suburbs outside of Delhi. The government of India has established many health clinics in these areas to help these poor communities which always welcome international medical volunteers.

When you join medical volunteer program in India, you will shadow local doctors, gaininglifechanging medical volunteer experience while making a difference by helping poor communities, the elderly and children. Your work will thus have great meaning for both your life and the lives of others.

Are you looking for a chance to directly impact the lives of others while gaining valuable medical experience on an exciting cultural adventure? Then contact IFRE today for this exciting opportunity in India!

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Volunteers’ Responsibilities & Impact

When you join our medical volunteering program in India, you will work in a number of hospitals and clinics in and around Dehli. You will volunteer for about 4-6 hours per day, primarily learning through observation as doctors see, diagnose, and treat patients.

You will be exposed to a variety of cases and may assist in a variety of departments based on the current needs of the project and your own background, skills, and interests.

You will gain invaluable experience in your chosen field and see real life cases and how they are handled in a clinical setting. This will really help in your future career and looks fantastic on a resume. IFRE’smedical volunteer program also has a big impact on the community, as the patients receive the help they need to deal with their medical issues.

Skills and Qualifications:

In order to participate in this program, you must be a certified medical professional, or a medical student who is able to present a valid medical student id. You will need to be 18 years old, and possess a deep love and passion for helping others, especially those in need.Maximum volunteer age is 65 years.

Every day working as a medical volunteer in India will be an enriching and rewarding experience. You will have great fun as you meet people from all walks of life and help improve their daily existence.

You will be volunteering around 4 hours per day, usually beginning at 9 am, but your hours and duties will vary based on your final placement. Here is a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect

7:30 am –Start your day with a traditional breakfast with your Indian host family.

8:30 am –Head out to your placement for an exciting day of medical volunteering in India.

1:30 pm –Head back to your host family for a nice lunch.

2 pm – 4.00 pm –You’ll have your afternoon free to explore India and have a great time getting to know this fascinating country.

7 pm – 9.00 pm –Gather around the table for a traditional dinner of delicious Indian cuisine and to talk about your day with your host family.

Medical Volunteer India: Program Date

Our Fees

IFRE is the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to travel internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The low weekly program fee goes directlyto your host family, and includes housing, food, project donation and minor expenses. IFRE is a non-profit organization, so your program fees are tax deductible.

Program Dates

IFRE’s programs begin every Monday year-round. If you have travel constraints, you can still start your chosen program on any day of the year.

Volunteer Program Fees (US$)

Duration Medical Health Projects
  1 Week   $250
  2 Weeks   $300
  3 Weeks   $400
  4 Weeks   $500
  5 Weeks   $600
  6 Weeks   $700
  7 Weeks   $800
  8 Weeks   $900
  9 Weeks   $1,000
  10 Weeks   $1,100
  11 Weeks   $1,200
  12 Weeks   $1,300

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day ( below 28 years) and $4.49/day ( above 28 years) »

How your fee is allocated?

Language and culture program $250

Aiport Pickup & Transfer (Dharmasla- 9 hours) $100

Delhi to Palamapur transfer by air $100-125, bus $15-20

Summer volunteer and adventure (4 weeks include tour ) $1769

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodation (host family)
  • Food (only breakfast and dinnery)
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Personalized project
  • Pre-departure information
  • Certificate of completion
  • Fundraising ideas and letters
  • Discount for returning volunteers

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Visas
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses on soft drinks and foods
  • Daily transportation
  • Airport return transfer

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Accommodation and Meal

As a medical volunteer in India, you will find IFRE has taken care of all your needs for you. You’ll be staying in a clean, comfortable and safe home with one of our experienced local Indian host families. This is an amazing cultural experience and you will get a real taste for what life is like for the locals. Share three delicious meals a day of Indian cuisine with your host family.

Learn more about our accommodations and meals in India.

Free Time and Weekends Exploration

Every weekend and evening will be all yours to explore the beautiful nation of India and all it has to offer. Eat great food, visit spiritual and cultural sites, shop at bustling markets, and more. Your fellow volunteers make great adventure partners, or you can head out on a solo expedition and make friends as you go!

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Safety and In Country Support

Your safety is our number one priority, and we will make sure you are well looked after on your India medical volunteer trip. We offer unparalleled pre-guidance support, carefully vet every single aspect of your trip, and are there for you every step of the way. Our in-country team of dedicated humanitarians is on hand in India to help you in any way you need.

Read more about IFRE’s safety measures and in-country team.

Medical Volunteer India: FAQs

You are probably asking yourself a million questions about traveling abroad. To make it easy for you, IFRE has compiled some commonly asked questions and important information right here, all in one place:

Are medical volunteers in Indiaplaced in a clinic or hospital?

Placements in clinics and hospitals are available. We work with a few hospitals, but volunteers can do more work if they are in their 4th or 5th year as medical students, doctors or nurses. Pre-medical volunteers will have much less work to do; they will spend most of their time observing, but keep in mind this is a valuable learning experience!

Do we get hands-on experience at this project?

Yes and no. If you are 4th or 5th year medical students, nurses, or doctors, you will have more hands-on experience. However, pre-medical students cannot do hands-on work while volunteering at India’s healthcare centers. Due to growing regulations in India’s healthcare system, you will learn primarily through observation and shadowing.

Arrival and Departure

Book your flight to Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Turn your itinerary in to our in-country coordinator , and we’ll make sure someone is there to pick you up when you land and take you to your accommodations. We advise flying in on a Sunday so you can rest before starting your project on a Monday.

When you complete your medical volunteer project in India, you'll need to arrange your own transportation to the airport as this is not included in your volunteer fee. Just speak to the local project staff and they’ll point you in the right direction.


You’ll be needing a tourist visa but be sure to do your research ahead of time based on your home country.

Some nationalities may be eligible to apply on arrival the airport in India; however, we suggest applying ahead of time to avoid any hassles. You may be able to apply for an e-visa, and you can learn more about that and the rules for your own home country at India’s official website for visa applications. Be sure to apply a few weeks before your India HIV/AIDS volunteer trip.


The CDC suggests the following vaccines for travel to India: Adult diphtheria and tetanus vaccine, Hepatitis A vaccine, Hepatitis B vaccine, Oral polio vaccine (OPV), Typhoid vaccine, Varicella vaccine, Japanese encephalitis vaccine, and Meningococcal vaccine. Learn more about vaccines and necessary health precautions for traveling in India from the CDC’s helpful database.

For Further readings:
Volunteer Health and Safety
Safety tips for your volunteer abroad trip

Why volunteer in healthcare in India?

Volunteering as a medical volunteer in India is a greatly rewarding experience that makes a huge impact on both your own life and the lives of those you help.

You will gain hands-on work experience

Find out what it’s like to see patients, diagnose ailments, and offer treatment. For future healthcare professionals, this experience is invaluable to your future career, and looks great on a resume!

Experience a new culture

India has a fascinating culture that you will have the chance to really immerse yourself in. From food to spirituality, dive deep and learn what India is all about!

Gain insight into foreign healthcare

While you will end up as a doctor in your own home country, your time spent learning the ins and out of an international healthcare system will offer you a unique perspective you can take back with you.

Travel to a new country

By becoming a medical volunteer in India, you will be perfectly situated for exciting travel and recreation. Make the most of your time abroad by exploring the world around you!

Contact IFRE today to join our India medical volunteer program!

Other volunteer opportunities in India

If you’d like to volunteer in India but lack the required medical qualifications for this project, then don’t worry, as IFRE arranges many other exciting programs you can join such as:

Raise awareness of HIV/AIDS,

Work in an orphanage,

Teach English,

Help empower women and much more.

Contact IFRE today to become a volunteer in this fascinating country!

Medical volunteering opportunities in other countries

There is sadly a huge lack of access to medical care all over the world. In light of this, IFRE arranges programs all across the world in many different countries. For some of our most popular medical volunteer programs, check out the list below.

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