Medical/Healthcare Projects India
Volunteer & gain real world experience in the Medical field of India
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 has opened many medical colleges and has started producing more medical graduates. Today, the healthcare system in India is very advance and there are many 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.
Applicants interested in joining our volunteer healthcare program do not need previous healthcare experience or education. Our programs are designed to accommodate volunteers of a variety of backgrounds. Whether you are a student, professional, or retiree, there is a vital role within our healthcare program for you.
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 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, a project hostel or a host family. Dependent on the season and flow of volunteers, you may be placed in any of the following:
- 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. 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.
- Our local 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 or project hostel 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.
What is the typical day for volunteers in an Indian Orphanage?
While volunteering in India, volunteers generally stay in the orphanage where their project is. Most of the orphanages of India have built separate rooms to host volunteers.
A typical schedule in an Indian orphanage volunteer program would be as follows:
- 7:30 am – Breakfast with your host family
- 8:30 am – Volunteers leave home and travel to their placements. Work hours are dependent on the project and your specific medical volunteer placement.
- 1:30 pm – Return home for a lunch break
- 2 pm – 4.00 pm – Free time for volunteers to use the Internet or shop in town
- 7 pm – 9.00 pm – Dinner with your host family
What kind of activities will volunteers do at the healthcare project?
Healthcare volunteers in India may assist in the following activities (examples):
- Assisting doctors/nurses/administration
- Working with patients
- Checking patients
- Measuring blood pressure
- Measuring temperature and recording files etc.
- Observation of medical work in the hospital
Are volunteers placed 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.
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. They will observe and learn a lot from the doctors and nurses and through observation. As health regulations in India are growing, you will be mainly assisting local doctors and nurses.
How many hours a day do we need to work?
In total, you will work 5-7 hours a day at the hospital or clinic, but during festivals and hot summers, the duration may be decreased to 3-5 hours a day.
Is healthcare available year-round? Will it close and for how long?
Yes, it is available year-round. It is never closed. However, volunteers will have less work during festivals.