Nepal Global Health Short Term Internship

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Program Information

Immerse yourself in the rich Nepali culture when you intern on a healthcare project addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal #3, Good Health and Well-Being. in Pokhara, a majestic lakeside city known for its amazing mountain views and vibrant Hindu and Buddhist cultures. Support local health initiatives which focus on prevention of common health issues and view the spectacular mountains and landscapes in your free time.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


Three of the world's ten highest mountains are within touching distance of idyllic Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal. This beautiful country in Asia will be home while you intern on local health-based initiatives.

You will be working on Sustainable Development Goal # 3 Good Health, by providing health care education for young children, teenagers and adults. This will be through workshops and support programmes which focus on developing skills and understandings of preventative practices. We work with local communities to ensure we are meeting relevant needs and call on the expertise of locals where we can.

No previous training is required however, if you have previous experience in the health sector, please let us know so we can plan to utilise your skills effectively. We offer training and support so that you will comfortable and confident in leading lessons and workshops.

Internships are geared at developing your leadership skills, allowing you to develop a variety of key soft and hard skills that will put you a step ahead of the rest of the pack. GVI have been running community development, education, and conservation projects since 1997 and our highly motivated field staff will help you gain and improve vital skill sets to improve your future job prospects.

Highlights Include
Making a difference by supporting local communities with preventative healthcare programmes, discovering the culture, traditions and spectacular landscapes of Nepal; immersing yourself in Nepalese culture through living with a host family and meeting interns from across the world.


From my initial Kathmandu tour, to our time volunteering, my rafting and trekking, and even to the arrangement of my Indian visa and onward transport, no stone was left unturned to ensure I was given 5 star service.
- Ed Bieske (Australia)

Program Details

Program Type: Internship
Location: Asia - Nepal - Pokhara

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Life on the Internship

Monday to Friday
You will work in delivering health education sessions for local adults and children with a focus on preventative healthcare.

This can range from basic skills sessions such as tooth brushing with younger children to fun interactive workshops with women on topics such as first aid and women’s health. Your project coordinator will be there to support you and we have staff who can work as interpreters where necessary.

As part of your internship you will plan and implement your own project that will contribute to the long term development goals of the project and the community as a whole.

Field Conditions
Your accommodation will be a homestay with a Nepali family. You will share an ensuite room with one or two other volunteers or interns. This will be a great opportunity to truly experience life in a Nepalese community.

Typical food will include a mix of Nepali and western food such as traditional Daal Bhat , rice or pasta.

Accommodation Upgrades
If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on this project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

Project Details

In assisting in local communities, you will be addressing sustainable Development Goal number 3, Good Health. Through workshops and activities you will be focussing on some of the specific health issues in the region and striving to develop skills and understandings to reduce the number of health care issues.

As an intern you will be expected to take a leadership role on project and be a positive role model for both the students and other participants.

How this project makes a difference
A limited healthcare system in Nepal means many people don’t have access to basic information about healthcare. Some of the most pressing healthcare issues in Nepal can be addressed through basic practises such as hand washing and other hygiene procedures. Improvements and understandings of these practises can have a ripple effect and lead to improved practise in the wider community.

*There are many religious and cultural festivals throughout the year in Nepal, as well as school holidays and exam periods. During these periods we may run activities and programmes that are slightly different to our regular programmes. Its possible that during these periods you might support the running of 'Holiday Programmes" for children in local communities, create lesson plans and resources to support our work, facilitate adult training programmes related to a range of issues or help out with some construction or maintenance work to improve educational facilities. Where possible we would also like you to enjoy the festivities and engage with our partners in the community to share these experiences. There may be times when we are able to enjoy the celebrations, food and traditions that Nepal has to offer.

Nepal's short, mid, and long-term objectives
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Nepal:

1. Support students to reach learning goals appropriate to their Age (under 5s) Grade level (5-18 year olds) or Individual Need (students with Special Needs)

2.Support students to expand their English vocabulary

3. Increase the knowedge and understanding of Healthcare in the community with an emphasis on prevention

4. Develop the skills of women in the community in order to improve their potential to generate income or to become more self sufficient

5. Support the local community with improved facilities with an emphasis on educational and health and safety needs

6. To minimize our environmental impact in Lakeside and raise awareness of environmental issues amongst volunteers and the students with whom we work

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Welcome meeting

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal kit
  • Police or background check (where necessary)
  • Visa costs


Pokhara is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Nepali culture while still having access to a few home comforts. Situated at the base of the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas the city sits snuggly around the banks of glorious Lake Phewa; a phenomenal destination for those looking to soak up the local culture before they head to the mountains.

Weekend Explorations!
Nepal boasts some of the best hiking trails in the world. Embark on a four-day trek in the Annapurna region, where you will experience villages and communities. Shorter treks are also great options for weekends. Adventure activities abound in this area from rafting trips to kayaking the white-water of the Trisuli or Seti river, mountain biking, or canyoning.

Further Afield!
There are a wealth of opportunities in Nepal for further travel and exploration This can include the foothills of the Himalayas in Langtang National Park, the ancient temples and villages of Tansen, Newari architecture in Bandipur, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, the trek to Everest Base Camp, the ancient Hindu centre of Janakpur, and many other opportunities.

Gastronomic Delights!
As part of your arrival weekend you will have the opportunity to sample a range of traditional Nepali food. We’ll teach you how to eat Daal bhat, the traditional way, and you will have the opportunity to try momos, pakodas, chowmein, fried rice, chips chilli just to name a few. There are plenty of opportunities to sample local food in your time here including our delicious meals prepared by the host mother at the home stay. Momo’s are Nepali dumplings filled with vegetables or meat, they can be eaten as a snack or a meal depending on how many you order. Not only will you have the chance to eat them, you will learn to make them too! Pokhara also has many other opportunities to sample foods from across Nepal and across the world.

The Team

Shayle Havemann

Director of Programs
Meet Shayle, our innovative and driven director for all our projects around the world. She has two honours degrees, one in Industrial and Organisational Psycology, and another in Developmental and Education Psycology. Shayle also has over 10 years experience in setting up, managing and evaluating environmental and community programs across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

She is well-practiced in facilitating meaningful and effective intercultural engagement and this makes her the perfect person for overseeing our operations in the multicultural country of South Africa.

When not attending meetings or planning her next endeavour, Shayle can be found spending time with her family or taking part in some or other exciting outdoors activity!

Binita Gurung

Field Staff
Meet Binita, one of our lovely field staff members working on our childcare projects in Pokhara, Nepal. Before joining GVI, this Nepalese music lover helped struggling students in Kathmandu with their studies and decided that she wanted to help more.

Binita is passionate about her job at GVI and how she has been able to make a difference in the lives of others. She is enthusiastic about motivating the local local staff and helping them to learn new ideas. “My main highlight would be meeting the volunteers from around the world and sharing my country with them.” She loves welcoming new volunteers and appreciates all the fresh ideas that they bring to the project.

Her most memorable travel experience was when she travelled to Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, Nepal, to visit the different temples and to learn more about her religion. Binita’s proudest accomplishment since working with GVI was seeing the children become more confident in their English and achieving higher grades. She is not all work and no play; she can make 15 momos (steamed dumplings) in a minute!

Jill Walker

Assistant Director of Programs
Meet Jill, our Assistant Director of Programs and line manager for Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal, Australia and Kenya programs. ‘Manow’ (lime), as she’s locally known in Thailand where she's based, taught English, environmental education and art in the USA and Thailand before joining us to set up a TEFL and Community Development Expedition. “I haven’t looked back since!”

When Jill isn’t working, she likes reading or doing just about anything energetic. “I devour books, love cooking and enjoy finding some time to get some exercise – yoga, dancing and aerobics are some of my faves.”

What does Jill like most about her job? “It’s great to see volunteers rising above the cultural and language barriers between themselves and the communities. That, and every day is completely different, which is the way I like it- it keeps me from getting bored.” Being ‘allergic’ to being bored has led to Manow doing some pretty amazing things. “I once ended up spending a week living in a cave with some Buddhist monks while I helped them build a small adobe monk hut.”

Lok Bahadur Gurung

Community Liason
Meet Lok, our Community Liason in Pokhara. Lok is bona fide Nepalese and worked as a kayaking instructor prior to joining GVI.

Being the Community Liason, Lok is involved in all projects we have based in Pokhara. His favourite aspect of his job? Working with the volunteers. “I get to meet amazing people from around the world and I love getting to know them. I feel that not only the volunteers, but myself as well gain a great cultural exchange.”

How do the volunteers assist Lok in his work on the projects? “They’re great at helping the kids gain the confidence to speak English and thereby improve their chances at a better future. Thanks to the volunteers, over 400 children now have access to a healthier learning environment!”

Cheryl Martin

Project Manager
Meet Cheryl, our Base Manager in Nepal. A former teacher, headmaster and special needs educator, she was the first volunteer on our ‘Grade R’ project in Cape Town, and was exactly who we needed.

Cheryl’s main highlight since being involved with GVI? “When we first started 'book-time' at the educare centre, the children didn’t really appreciate books and stories. We were pretty persistent and the children now easily sit and enjoy a book for almost an hour, even the toddlers! It’s led to such a great improvement in their language skills, attention span and ability to learn. I’m also really proud of the work we have done concerning protecting children’s rights, especially in social media. We’ve set a really good standard.”

What does Cheryl think volunteers bring to the project? “The volunteers never cease to amaze me with their skills and talents! It’s so important to use these talents as best we can. These things have made a difference to the teacher’s ability to provide a program, and therefore, to the children’s ability to learn.

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