- Ancient temples and shrines all around the city
- Row across the tranquil waters of Lake Phewa
- Hilltop yoga at sunrise
- Paragliding, bungee jumping, and white-water rafting
- Hike to the Shanti Stupa for 360-degree views of the city
pokhara and beyond
Pokhara is a beautiful city, situated in a valley created by the rising of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains that seem to pierce the sky in the distance. Try yoga at sunrise on top of a hill, or row across the still waters of Phewa Lake. Hiking to the Shanti Stupa that offers a panoramic view of the surrounding areas is not to be missed. If you’d prefer to up the ante, you can find paragliding, bungee jumping, white water rafting, trekking, and more in the mountains. Finally, in the evenings there are plenty of bars and restaurants to help you wind-down after a day on the wards or at the weekends.
Home away from home
Upon arrival at the airport our staff will collect you, and then usher you to our fully catered private residence. The house is only 1km away from the natural splendor of Phewa Lake (there are bars and restaurants here too). Any amenities you’ll need are but a short distance away. The house has an incredibly relaxed atmosphere, and a large rooftop terrace with an incredible view of the snow-capped mountains making it the perfect base for our electives in Nepal. Your program manager and his assistant are on call 24/7 to make sure your placement is going smoothly for the duration of your elective in Nepal. Our talented in house chef will prepare your breakfast, lunch and our famous weekly BBQs, and a dedicated security guard continuously protects the house’s perimeter around the clock.
ADD-ON: Village Healthcare Experience
Take this rare opportunity to broaden your experience even further by living in a remote village on the slopes of the Himalayan Mountains. From your host family’s house you’ll make the short journey in the mornings to the local health post. There you’ll work with community specialists learning the difficulties faced in such a low-resource environment, far away from the relative luxuries found in the city. This is the perfect complement for all Nepal electives. Accompanied by your guide, in the afternoons you’ll turn your attention to local culture and get involved in things like bread making, wearing traditional outfits, hiking to Hindu temples, cooking lessons, visiting village schools, and more.
At the hospital, we saw a case of neuro cysticercosis, which is a parasitic tissue infection caused by larval cysts of a pork tapeworm.
Hailey Wouters, Michigan State University 2015Read more
My role overall in the hospital was to observe the doctor, take notes and then also be a physiotherapy assistant with some patients.
Madison Heil, University of San Francisco 2015Read more
It was amazing to see how involved the families are with patient care
Katherine Biggs and Aimee Magnarelli, New York Institute of Technology 2015Read more
Time in Pokhara has passed so quickly. This has been an experience unlike any other I have had
Nicoletta Frankenstein, Wright State University 2015Read more
I’ve returned home from my radiography placement with a fresh outlook on the type of practitioner I want to be
Sean Kennedy, University of Ulster 2014Read more
Electives in Nepal - Pokhara
Dentistry in Pokhara
Practicing dentistry in our partner hospitals in Pokhara will prove to be a life changing experience. The Dentistry Department we work in sees an average of 40 patients per day in the OPD. You’ll support in and observe a variety of complex procedures such as extractions, fillings, root canals, scaling, RCT, braces and from time to time, cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries. The current Head of Department happens to be a specialist maxillofacial surgeon, so you’ll be able to tap into highly specific expertise as a result. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Medicine in Pokhara
Medical students on placement in Pokhara have access to big, busy wards and the chance to work in key departments or smaller, niche clinics. Whether you are keen to scrub in for theatre or work with leprosy rehabilitation, there are all manner of options available. The list of ailments you’re likely to come across is comprehensive, and some ailments are so rare that you may have only read about them (if you’ve heard of them at all). Skin infections, insect and snake bites, typhoid, rheumatic fever, respiratory infections, worm infestations, HIV, and TB is to name but a few. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Midwifery in Pokhara
With increased levels of complications and busy wards, there will be plenty to learn on this observational placement. For most midwives, delivery is only part of the job and our great relationships with the maternity department in both a large government hospital and a smaller private clinic will give you a chance to get involved in everything from ward rounds to neonatal intensive care. The department sees an average of 30 babies per day, and some of these births result in malpresentation, asphyxia, and breech births. This means gaining experience with problems that rarely occur in the UK, all in a challenging low resource setting. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
NURSING IN POKHARA
It’s common in Nepal for families to provide bedside care for patients, which is good news for nurses as this results in a much more clinically focused placement. You’ll have the chance to turn your attention towards much more niche areas of interest such as leprosy rehabilitation or neonatal intensive care. Another unique aspect of this placement is your ability to join local nursing students on ward rounds to exchange skills and information that neither party would have otherwise been able to acquire. What’s more you’ll be working alongside seasoned specialists from all over the country from whom you’ll learn the ins and outs of working in such a low resource environment. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
PHARMACY IN POKHARA
It should come as no surprise that pharmacies in Kathmandu suffer from a considerable resource deficit. However, in spite of this, both of the dispensaries with which we work remain relatively well stocked. There are even certain strains of anti-venom in their stores in case of insect and snake bites, which are much more common here than in the UK. On this comprehensive placement you’ll have the chance to shadow doctors to gain insight into patients’ medication plans and work in the hospital’s Pharmacovigilance Unit that monitors and attempts to avert the negative effects attributed to administered medicines. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
PHYSIOTHERAPY IN POKHARA
You may be surprised to learn that leprosy still affects a large number of people in Nepal. Working in our partner hospital’s Leprosy and Neurorehabilitation Clinic will provide you with the opportunity to get first-hand experience working with leprosy patients. Your placement will be based in a large government hospital in which you’ll work with both inpatients and outpatients learning new skills and gathering new information to take back home. It’s also the case that road traffic accidents are surprisingly common in Kathmandu, so you’ll get to grips with some very specific rehabilitation treatments in this area. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
RADIOLOGY IN POKHARA
By local standards the Radiology Department in the hospital we’re partnered with is well furnished with vital equipment needed to provide adequate care to patients. These machines include x-ray machines, CT scanners, and an MRI scanner. Compared to other healthcare institutions in Nepal, the services offered by this department are offered at a much more affordable rate, meaning patients from most financial backgrounds are able to seek care. The number of patients tends to vary, but typically there are around 20 to 30 patients for USG and CT scans, up to 100 patients for x-rays and 2 to 3 patients for MRI scans per day. Hit the ‘ENQUIRE NOW’ button to find out more.
Occupational Therapy in Dumaguete
Occupational therapists who choose Pokhara can expect an excellent internship. This will be through in-facility treatment, home care, and day rehabilitation programs. You’ll help with things like training patients how to approach tasks in new ways, instruct family members as to how they can help patients to recover, providing adaptive equipment recommendations, assist in the designing of apparatus that helps patients overcome daily obstacles, and a lot more. Working with our in hospital specialists you’ll assist in treating those needing acute rehabilitation as a result of the unique psychological, physical, social, and environmental challenges that Pokhara’s people face.
From our blog
We're delighted to announce that both of our bases in Nepal have been reopened. Read on to find out why we've decided to open them again and to learn how you can travel to Pokhara and Kathmandu for your elective.Read more