Communities in Dhulikhel and the surrounding Kathmandu Valley face many health issues. There is a lack of awareness and knowledge of hygiene and sanitation practices, non-communicable diseases, diet and nutrition, basic first aid and mental health. This is leading to high rates of preventable illness that puts strain on the health system, we well as children missing out on large parts of their education due to illness.
Our charity the FutureSense Foundation works alongside the local community to develop and implement programs that address these issues and improve community health. As an health intern, you will be assisting this work. Some of the projects you could be involved in include:
Conducting research to understand the complex issues affecting health in the local area.
Designing health interventions based on your research.
Observing local health care workers at health centres and hospitals.
Developing and delivering health promotion workshops for school children and the wider community to build awareness of important topics.
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When you arrive in Nepal you’ll be met by our team at the airport. Over the next few days you’ll have a thorough induction and orientation where you’ll learn about Nepalese culture and history, get your bearings around town, meet community partners and gain a better understanding of the context of the projects you’ll be working on.
For the rest of your internship you'll work with FutureSense Monday - Friday and the weekend will be free to do your own travelling. In the final week of your internship you will give a presentation of the projects you've been working on to the FutureSense team and local community members.
On the last day, you’ll either be transported back to the airport or you can continue on with your own travel.
Download the itinerary for a day-by-day overview of the internship
Doing an internship like this will help you gain crucial transferrable skills and boost your employability. Some of the capabilities you can expect to develop are:
Flexibility and working in an ever-changing environment.
Making presentations and public speaking.
Research and making comparisons.
Using theoretical frameworks to guide the practical implementation of strategies.
An understanding of the Nepalese health system and the complexities of delivering programs in a developing country.
I can't believe that in my 19 years and 4 months of living I would ever do something like this. I am one of the luckiest girls in the world and this country really opened my eyes up to that.Melanie Picone - Federation University