Kathmandu  and Pokhara



Elective International in Nepal offers a variety of placement options. They are available to anyone training in health care disciplines as well as any participant wishing to volunteer in diverse fields. These options are available in the capital city of Nepal, the mountainous area of Pokhara, or the jungle of Chitwan.


If you are ticking the boxes for the maximum number of UNESCO heritages that you have seen, then Kathmandu is definitely the place to be with 7 UNESCO heritage structures and the range of colorful garments made from the famous pashmina textile that you find in the market place are simply a desirable possession. Pokhara is home to access many of the mountainous areas of Nepal, especially the Annapurna ranges. Chitwan offers access to the jungles of Nepal.  

Placement overview


Through placements in Nepal, participants get insight into the unique challenges of health care provision in Nepal. The placement destinations of Kathmandu & Pokhara are constrained for service providers, and participants find themselves gaining a good amount of hands-on experience.


Elective International provides mentors for each of our elective programs in Nepal.  EI mentors are carefully selected. They have extensive knowledge in their respective fields and we encourage you to take advantage of this. The setting is generally affable. We believe this bridges a gap and fosters optimal learning. Enthusiasm and a pro-active approach to your elective get you the most out of your mentors. Elective International programme advisors and professional staff designed the electives to provide students with the best possible placement experience. You’ll get insight into the unique challenges of healthcare provision in Nepal and learn

Health Care Overview


Regarded as one of the poorest countries in the world, health care services in Nepal fare just as poorly. Disease prevalence in Nepal is higher than it is in other South Asian countries, especially in rural areas. This issue is compounded by the country’s topographical and sociological diversification which promotes epidemics of infectious diseases and natural hazards like floods, forest fires, landslides, and earthquakes. Some improvements in health care have been made recently, most notably significant progress in maternal-child health.

According to the WHO, the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Nepal are:


1. COPD (9.2%)

2. Ischaemic Heart Disease (9.2%)

3. Lower respiratory infection (7%)

4. Diarrhoeal disease (3.3%)

5. Self harm (3%)

6. Tuberculosis (3%)

7. Diabetes (2.8)

8. Road injury (2.7%)

9. Preterm birth (2.5%)

Residence,food and staff


On arrival, to Kathmandu, we will be there at the airport to pick you up and take you to your housing facilities. Followed by a small refreshment time we will take you through an orientation session to help acquaint you with the people, culture, and life in the town.

Far from home? Never! We make sure that you get household comfort even at destinations abroad. Housing is provided in carefully considered and safe homestay facilities where you will gain a lifetime of opportunity to experience the culture or international guest housings with necessary amenities. Safety and security are a priority at Elective International accommodation facilities.


Our Nepali staff is a friendly lot who love to guide any visitor around the best of what Nepal has to offer. Breakfast and dinner give a tantalizing insight into the best of cultural Nepali food.


Transport services are provided to and from the hospital and volunteer placement locations. However, in cases where accommodation facilities are arranged close to volunteer and elective areas then a short walk across to the placement location does the trick. Once your program ends, transport is provided to the airport before we see you off.

Nepal requires 3 months in advance applications submissions 

Due to Nepal's strict hospital rules and regulations, we require all participants to submit their complete application and paperwork 3 months in advance. 

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