Volunteer as a Student or Resident

Students from around the world have traveled to Nepal to experience a rich cultural and clinical experience.  We do our best to accommodate all requests to visit the Hospital.

Please review all questions and answers before emailing SMAH.  Most questions can be answered by reading this list.

To reserve dates for your rotation, you need to submit the following application along with your CV and a recent passport/school photo. Submitting an application is not a guarantee of acceptance. If approved, you will need to pay all fees for your rotation upon arrival. You may bring a personal check if desired. ATM machines here are reliable. We look forward to seeing you in Nepal!

Please complete this form if you are interested in complete a clinical rotation at SMAH:

Once you submit the form, we will review your submission and request a copy of your CV and a photo.

 Please give SMAH 3-5 days to review your application and respond.

Frequently asked questions

We are located 26 kilometers from Kathmandu in the town of Banepa.

As a student you are welcome to spend time in any of the clinical departments listed in Services. Rotations are customized according to your desires, as well as the requirements of your training program. For those wanting exposure to many specialties, one week should be the minimum amount of time spent in any one specialty. However, based on your interests, we can break your experience into shorter lengths if you wish. 

You are expected to attend the morning report (except Saturday) starting at 0800.  Morning rounds start after the handoff.  Once rounds are done, if there is time before clinic, doctors usually take morning tea.  Clinic starts at 1000 and continues until 1300.  Lunch is until 1400.  Afternoon clinic resumes and then finishes around 1600 hrs.  You are welcome to follow the junior doctors in the evening and overnight.  On call night duty is also available for those desiring more clinical exposure. You are expected to actively participate in all the activities.

Pending housing availability, we provide lodging for all those doing clinical rotations.  Housing is on campus. You may need to share an apartment with another same-gender student. A kitchen is available in the apartments for your use. Please understand you are responsible for purchasing any food and or supplies. Basic utensils are provided for your use. The use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco on campus is prohibited.

Yes. Once we receive your travel itinerary, we will book a vehicle to pick you up. This service is included in the fee you pay.

Most students request a four week stay. If you have other plans, we can work with you.

Absolutely!  Please provide us any documents we need to complete 2-3 days prior to your departure.

Please verify that your country is eligible for visa on arrival. If you’re from the United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, the Netherlands, and many other countries, you can get a visa on arrival. Please double check at the following website: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa You can complete the visa application of this website or you can completed at the airport on arrival. It will save you some time to complete this ahead of time. You can pay for the visa fee at the airport. Please follow these instructions: 1.       Proceed to this website: http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/  Navigate to the tourist visa application:
  1. Enter your name, passport details, and passport expiration information
  2. Fill out the rest of the form as follows:
DOI

Please book your travel to Tribhuvan International Airport (IATA code: KTM).

Our patients come from all over Nepal with many from rural areas in the surrounding hill country.  For more information, click here

The Nepal Medical Council, Nepal Nursing Council, and the Nepal Health Professional Council requires any person delivering care to be licensed.  Consequently students or residents who rotate at the hospital are in an observership status.  You will be paired with a Nepali physician.  This is a wonderful opportunity for your education. We expect you to engage actively in your education.  The more inquisitive you are, the more you learn from your rotation.

Appropriate professional attire is required. Wearing a tie for males is optional, but a white coat and neat appearance is expected. Blue jeans are not professional attire for our medical staff. During the winter months, long underwear, sweaters, and coats are essential as heating is minimal in most areas of the hospital. During the summer rainy season, a small umbrella and rain gear are useful. You may bring your own scrubs if desired, but for those doing surgical rotations, scrubs are provided. Please bring your own white coat and stethoscope.

Laundry services are available for a small fee. Some apartments have a washing machine available for your use.

Yes! SMAH has a 20 MBPS fiber optic line coming to the campus.  This is split to many computers.  The speed available at most wi-fi portals is sufficient for downloading moderate size files and/or doing video-based calls to family and friend (e.g. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Viber).

Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital is a not-for-profit institution providing care to the people of Nepal, including many living below the poverty level. A minimum fee of USD $200 is charged per week of clinical rotation and is used to cover the lodging, airport transportation, administrative expenses, and canteen (limit applied to card).

 

Yes, we encourage visitors to take a few days to experience Nepali Culture.  Bhaktapur durbar square is approximately 30-minutes from Banepa.  Kathmandu has many historical, cultural, and religious sites to visit.  You will learn an immense amount about Nepal by taking 1-2 days to tour through these sites.  Many visitors also take a few days to travel to Chitwan National Park or Pokhara.  The Everest Mountain Flight is spectacular, although it is expense.

The hospital staff can help direct you to where money can be changed.  Please bring USD, AUD, or Euros.  An ATM is available on campus.

Yes! Please make arrangements for your own travel and health insurance.