City Population: 250,000
Attractions: HIMALAYAS, ELEPHANT SAFARI, TIBETAN MARKETS
Nepal is something of an enigma. Awe-inspiring mountains, intricate temples, lively festivals, coloured robes and prayer flags make it one of the most spiritual and uplifting places to travel and wind down. At the same time climbing or paragliding in the world’s biggest mountains, rafting down crashing rivers or tracking tigers in their natural habitat make it a prime destination for thrill seekers and wildlife lovers all over the world.
Pokhara has a real traveller vibe and you can spend hours wandering around cool cafes and craft shops, rowing the tranquil waters of Phewa Tal (the lake) or visiting Tibetan market stalls. The Annapurna range is a constant temptation for most students, and most group together to arrange biking, trekking, horse riding, rafting and paragliding. If you are looking for something more enlightening there are plenty of local temples and Tibetan villages to explore and cultural Kathmandu is just a short flight away.
Food, accommodation and staff
In each of our destinations we have a large, secure Work the World house - your home for the duration of your placement. Our base in old Pokhara is more traditional and quieter than nearby lakeside, with a stunning view of the mountains. The house can accommodate 26 people and there is a large balcony that provides a great setting for the free Nepali lessons – ideal for both your placement and to help you get involved with the regular festivals taking place in the city.
Each house has its own team of staff employed from the local community, available 24/7. Meals are included and we try to combine local specialities with home favourites to keep everyone happy and well fed. Specific dietary requests are catered for and the kitchen is always open for snacks and fresh drinking water. Once a week we run our legendary Work the World barbecues, where you can experience the delightful hospitality and delicious recipes of our Pokhara staff.More about our team in Nepal
Village Healthcare Experience
You may have met some patients that have travelled to Pokhara from mountain villages, but they will be few and far between. Most rural communities rely on small health posts and outreach teams, ignoring symptoms until they can justify the cost of travelling to the city.
We have developed a unique Village Healthcare Experience that gives you the opportunity to live and work in a rural mountain community that is only accessible by foot. You will live with a local family and work alongside a local health assistant, enjoying a range of cultural activities in the afternoon. It is the perfect way to complement your elective and learn more about Nepalese healthcare.More about the Village Healthcare Experience
Working with Pokhara's hospitals and community
There is a standard donation we give to our partner hospitals for every student that undertakes on a placement, but we firmly believe it is incredibly important to make sure that the staff working with our students benefit directly for hosting students - it is their excellent teaching and support that make your placements as good as they are after all!
We make regular donations of equipment to various departments, and sponsor English language lessons for staff. We also support local customs and festivals - a key thing in Nepal.
In 2013, Work the World donated over $250,000 to our partner hospitals around the globe.More about what's included
HOW WE TAILOR YOUR PLACEMENT IN Nepal
You will be assigned an Operations Manager that specialises in the Nepal, and they will oversee your entire placement. A couple of months before you are due to depart, they will contact you to discuss your potential role. They can help you decide which healthcare setting best suits your needs and also whether it is worth splitting your placement across two departments or hospitals.
Once we know exactly what you want, we liaise with our Nepal team and they meet with the relevant departments in the chosen hospital. You will be assigned a key clinical supervisor to act as your main point of contact, and your elective will be structured according to your skills, experience and abilities.More about our electives
After I put on my short white coat, just like the other nursing students (they function like the interns in the U.S), I walk out onto the ED floor and stop in front of the first bed.
Osman Bhatty, American University of the Caribbean 2014Read More
In four weeks I had the time of my life and many more amazing experiences than I can recount here.
Emily Downs, University of the West of England 2013Read More
My trip was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. At the end of my time all I wanted was more time in Nepal and with the department in my hospital.
Aimee Monahan, New York Institute of Technology 2013Read More