Pokhara Highlights

  • 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

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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.

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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.

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Clarke, Alison

Case Study

X-rays were constantly taken with multiple patients and family in the room.

Alison Clarke, Birmingham City University 2015

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Wouters, Hailey

Case Study

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 2015

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Heil, Madison

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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 2015

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Katherine and Aimee's Review of their Medical Internship in Pokhara, Nepal

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It was amazing to see how involved the families are with patient care

Katherine Biggs and Aimee Magnarelli, New York Institute of Technology 2015

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Nicoletta's Review of her Medical Elective in Pokhara, Nepal

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Time in Pokhara has passed so quickly. This has been an experience unlike any other I have had

Nicoletta Frankenstein, Wright State University 2015

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6 Powerful Reasons to Travel Solo

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There’s no getting around it, travelling on your own is a daunting prospect. This is especially true if you’re headed into an unfamiliar environment with unfamiliar people practicing an unfamiliar culture. And, if you’re travelling to undertake an elective placement, you’ll be working in unfamiliar surroundings too. You’ll be relieved to know that all of the above are precisely the reasons you should travel solo. Here’s why.

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