Trip Details

A fantastic opportunity to enhance your medical studies with some real life voluntary experience in Goa. Aiming to cater for the needs of the local community, the project strives to deliver the most effective treatment possible while working within the confines of the hospital’s financial restraints and low resources. Included in the hospital’s work is the objective of improving the health of the inhabitants of the local community.

Perfect for students with a medical background, you will work as an intern, under the guidance of a doctor, at a hospital that receives patients from all walks of life. Fully trained, English-speaking staff will be available to you at all times. Your day-to-day role at the hospital, located in the North Goan area, will depend on your experience and confidence. If you’re looking to get meaningful, authentic medical experience abroad as part of your studies, or during a gap year, this could be the project for you!

Following your initial orientation week at the location, a formal introduction will take place on your first day at the project. On this day, your learning will focus on the history of the hospital and the expectations for your direct role at the hospital during your internship. As with all participants, your first few days will be spent shadowing a local doctor or nurse, who will be English-speaking. During this time, you will further develop your understanding of the nature of the hospital and standard practices that exist within Indian Medicine. Following this period of shadowing, you will be given duties and roles, performing as a regular member of staff.

Facilities at the hospital include an x-ray room, operating theatre, an A&E room, and adult patient’s room, a paediatric patient’s room and a critical ward. During your time at the project you will be able to choose between carrying out a rotational practice in all the areas of the hospital, or to focus on one for the entirety of your stay.  After working for a week, you will have a feedback session. This will be an opportunity to receive constructive advice from colleagues, to share your professional ideas and findings with the local staff and to give suggestions to improve the functionality of the hospital.

 

Trip Itinerary

Monday

Monday will begin with an introductory meeting with the staff where you will discuss the expectations for the direct role you will have at the project. As well as meeting staff, you will find out about equipment and the current operating procedures used at the hospital. If it’s not your first week, you will be familiar with tasks, both general and specific and will immediately begin carrying them out to meet the changing needs of the hospital.

Tuesday to Friday

Similarly to the Mondays after your first week, your days at the hospital will be filled with performing tasks which could include assessing patients, performing medical procedures, and assisting in performing surgery and x-rays. As a hospital is a dynamic environment, you will be responsive to the varying situations that arise.

Regular meetings take place at the hospital, which you will attend, to discuss the needs and performance of the hospital, striving to move practices forward.

Saturday & Sunday

Weekends are free to relax and explore incredible India. 🙂

 ** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **

Trip Accommodation

Consistently ranked among India’s top tourist destinations, Goa is the ideal place for first time travellers and adventurers alike to acclimatise to a different culture. From caves behind waterfalls to villages hidden in sandy coconut forests, there is always something more waiting to be rediscovered. The mountain ranges and spice plantations enhance the beauty of this glorious state. Apart from its natural beauty, this former capital of Portuguese India and home to various UNESCO World Heritage sites has a lot to offer in terms of architecture with churches, cathedrals and forts abounding. Put together, it is all of these aspects and more that make Goa the ultimate travel destination.

Accommodation & Food

There is a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Rooms are shared on a single gender basis 4-8 people per room. There is an option to reserve a private room, this is subject to availability, and must be requested before booking at an additional cost.

Food Arrangements
The meals are a mix of Western and Indian food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.There is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Facilities
ATMs: There are ATM’s around our centres. The closest one to our residence is about a 15 minute walk from the house.

Shop: The closest local supermarket is a 15 minute walk from the centre.

Sights & Surroundings
Goa has a very long coastline with an almost unbroken sand cover. So, if you’ve come looking for sun, sand and sea without the crowds and the fuss you’ll be pleased to discover these beaches tucked away in quiet recesses where you can go to truly escape the world. Here is our list of secluded beaches to try during your Goa weekend getaways. You might have to take your own food and water as there are no eateries or accommodation near some of them. And though some of them may seem out of their way, you’ll be glad for the peace and quiet when you get there.

Butterfly Beach
Kakolem Beach
Galjibag Beach
Hollant Beach
Betul Beach
Arambol Beach
Agonda Beach
Cola Beach
Velsao Beach
Sinquerim Beach
Siridao Beach

Goa has a pleasant climate all around the year. Monsoon season is from June to September which is the rainy season for Goa. Goa gets an average rainfall of 330 cm annually which is about 90% of its annual rainfall. This season also happens to be the favourite of the travellers coming to Goa with its various celebrations happening. And from October to March it gets a very pleasant climate with clear skies and nights being busy with the festivals and sky full of fireworks. Summer starts in April and the long sandy beaches and the sunshine are so welcoming.

Trip Country Info

India

Capital: New Delhi
Language: Hindi, English and 22 other officially recognized languages
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

India is known for its pyramid-like temples, its colorful streets and it’s crowded cities. This country represents one of the most vivid and the largest cultures in the world. From the golden triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra to the coast where Ayurveda medicine was born, India offers a 360 degree journey through the most magical of lands. Known for being the second most populated country in the world, India will show you the faces of thousands of Hindu gods in its very vast collection of temples all throughout the country. The land of colors and smiles is ready to take you on your next adventure whether road tripping or helping out in local communities, this sub-continent will amaze your senses. India will shift the way you see the world.

India’s literacy rate is around 60% for women and 80% for men. The principal language is Hindi and English is also commonly used in all major cities. New Delhi, the capital of India, is what many would call the real deal when travelling through the country. It is one of the biggest and most populated cities in the whole world with up to 25 million citizens. New Delhi is known for its amazing cuisine and its new modality of “street food”, which means restaurants with every specialty you can imagine are available to you all throughout the city! Chennai is another of the biggest cities in India, known as the “Detroit of India” for its automobile industry. If you are looking for a quieter spot Kerala is the centre of lifestyle, art, architecture, language and literature in all of the country!

Gap year travel to India is enjoyed in a country with wonderful history that dates back several thousand years. In particular, one of the most incredible historical points of India is how four separate world religions originated here – Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, and Buddhism. Beyond this, however, India has only truly been independent as a nation since 1947, just a couple years after World War 2 concluded.

In that time, India has grown to be the eleventh largest economy in the world as well as the second most populous nation, second only to China. This isn’t particularly surprising when you consider that India has been an economic powerhouse for trade routes in the past, but it is very impressive to consider that India has almost reached the status of superpower over the course of 66 years.

The geography of India has been a target for nature lovers for many years but is finally becoming an easy place to visit and explore for foreign tourists. With the Himalayas to the north, the desert in the centre and the luxurious beaches to the west, India has a type of climate that suits the desires of just about anyone. Even if you have a soft spot for snow, you can easily embrace that love by visiting some of the northern mountains which are nearly always capped in snow and ice!

With thousands of years of history and an incredibly diverse climate, India is not a place you can simply read about and understand. You have to visit and immerse yourself within the various Indian cultures before you get an idea of just how amazing India really is. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch now to find out more about our amazing gap year holidays in India or browse the latest experiences below;

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age 20
This project is available to those enrolled on a university course in any of the medical fields.
We require a CV and "Letter of motivation" before being accepted into this placement.
A reference letter authorised by your university or the hospital/clinic you are working at.

Additional Requirements

Stethoscope.
Scrubs

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation
  • Project coordinator

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa