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Gain a fantastic insight into the workings of a hospital in India. We work with a variety of hospitals but duties and experience in all of them will be very similar. You will have a more in-depth or less in-depth hands-on experience depending on whether you are studying medicine, are qualified, or have not yet started your studies.

Generally, your day will start with accompanying the doctors on ward rounds. You'll also sit in on doctor-patient consultations. You'll be assigned to a doctor or nurse to supervise you during each session.

All of our medical placements work extensively with the local community. Some of the clinics offer free services to the poor and needy of Madurai; one visits a local church once a week to treat the underprivileged and also holds a free clinic once a month.

"Hello Karen, I LOOVVEEE THIS PLACE SO MUCH!!!!!  I am so happy that I got to come! I love everything about this placement. Anitha is wonderful, the volunteers staying with me are so lovely and the doctor at the hospital is wonderful. I couldn't ask for better. Thank you,"
Sophie Bourgeois, M.D. Candidate/ Étudiante en médecine (Canada)

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Start Dates All year round - you choose your start and finish dates.
Duration From 2 weeks up to 1 year, subject to visa requirements.

We work with many hospitals, some of which don't require you to have any qualifications, whereas others will require a minimum of one-year's study or experience in the medical field. We will place you at a hospital which will best suit your requirements and the experience you are hoping to gain.

Price Full Price List / Other Currencies
What's included Arranging your Program,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation and Food
Meeting you at Madurai airport
Transfer to your accommodation
Transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup

24-hr emergency support.
Certificate of Completion
What's not included Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return transfer to the airport
Who can do this Project? This project is open to all nationalities and all ages over 17.
Suitable for gap years or those taking a year out, grown-up gappers, career breakers, anyone interested in gaining overseas work experience or an internship for university credit or requirement. Also suitable for anyone just wanting to study abroad and learn about the practice of Medicine overseas.
Please see "Requirements" above.


  • An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into the Indian culture

  • The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that you made a difference to them.

  • New skills, more confidence, a greater understanding of a different culture, invaluable personal and professional development.

  • An entry on your CV or résumé that will put you head and shoulders above most others in the job market.

  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!




Gain a fantastic insight into the workings of a hospital in a different country. We work with a variety of hospitals but duties and experience in all of them will be very similar. You will have more in-depth or less in-depth hands-on experience depending on whether you are studying medicine, are qualified, or have not yet started your studies.

Generally, your day will start with accompanying the doctors on ward rounds to see the in-patients. You will also be able to sit in on doctor-patient consultations. You'll be assigned to a doctor or nurse who will supervise you during each session and they will explain the workings of their job and take you into one of these departments: Burns unit, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Urology, Neurosurgery, Thoracic Surgery, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Upper GI Video Endoscopy, Laparoscopy, Arthroscopy, Bronchoscopy, Rhinoscopy, Physiotherapy and X-Ray.

If you're assigned to a smaller hospital, you'll most likely work continuously with the same doctor or nurse. You can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

One of our hospitals has a Pharmaceutical Department where you will be able to work as part of your overall medical placement.

Where you're placed for your Medical Work Experience will depend very much on what you’d like to get out of your placement and in your area of interest in medicine. Once we know what you want maximum exposure to, as well as the kind of experience you want to gain most, we'll arrange for you to be placed in the most suitable institution. We want to ensure that you gain the maximum benefit and experience from your placement!

"I am certain that this unusual experience helped me to obtain the three offers that I have received following interviews at my chosen universities." Natasha Bell after her medical placement in India

Most of your work will be to accompany the doctor or nurse on ward rounds and sit in on doctor-patient consultations. The type of work you are allocated will depend to an extent on your experience and abilities so you may spend a lot of time shadowing the doctor. However you will gain valuable experience just by observing. One of our volunteers, Brett Smith, who is currently in his 3rd year of a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, had this to say about what he observed on his placement: "The trip was incredible, it was everything I expected and more. The medical placement was very insightful. The staff always made me feel very welcome. I managed to see around 15 surgical procedures in the 3 weeks I was there, ranging from 9 hour brain surgery to 2 hour removal of a benign ovary via key hole surgery."

Your working hours are usually subject to a shift rota, Monday to Fridays only; one session in the morning and one in the evenings with the afternoon off to rest or explore the city! However, some of the hospitals arrange surgeries in the afternoons and you may have the option to attend these instead of going back for the evening session.

All of the staff is very friendly and helpful and they will make you feel extremely welcome.

"The Doctor spoke excellent English and he always explained what had been going on afterwards. If there was a particularly interesting case I would be asked to come and observe or feel the problem. The Doctor would describe what I was looking at or feeling and he would also direct me what to feel for in relevant cases. This way I became familiar with recognising hernias and swollen abdominal organs." Natasha Bell (Click here to read a Medical Case study by Natasha Bell)

"It has been the pleasure of the management to host the volunteers from other countries and educating them not only about the various aspects of medicine but also in planting in them the seeds of community service. The volunteers have been found to be very attentive in their work. They have shown great enthusiasm in wanting to observe, listen, learn and do new things. The volunteers have shown interest in attending and observing the different surgeries that are conducted at the nursing home. The management would like to continue its association with the volunteers and in nurturing their interest in the field of medicine." Dr Ramesh, Urologist.

Please contact us if you have a particular area that you would like to gain experience in that is not listed here and we will do our best to arrange an appropriate placement for you.





Medical Internship in India


Host Family
For a complete Indian experience we can arrange for you to stay with one of wonderful host families. All of our hosts are very welcoming and not only will be made to feel part of the family, you’ll also gain a great insight into Indian culture and customs. Many of our volunteers remain friends with their host families long after they leave India and in some cases they return to the country later especially to visit their family.

You may share a room with up to 2 other volunteers and in most of the houses you'll have an en-suite, Western-style bathroom. Most of the showers in our host accommodation are cold water only – however your hosts will boil water for you on request.

All of our host family houses are close together and just a few minutes’ walk away from internet cafes, banks and snack shops and just a short auto ride into the center of town.

Breakfast and dinner will be provided and prepared for you by the family and  is mainly local fare allowing you to taste a varied selection of delicious south Indian dishes and exotic fruits. You will need to make provision for your own lunch.

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Cooking together in the host family accommodation

Caare for Children with Learning and Physical Disabilities in India

Got any questions? Please email us: info@travelersworldwide.org

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular program (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! 

On Arrival, your Introduction to the Country: When you arrive you will be welcomed by a member of our team who will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to everyone. During your first few days you'll be given an induction so that you can learn about the country and its culture, as well as other useful information, like how to use the transport system, banks, safety issues, tipping, and lots more.


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While on your placements, you can also book some Optional Add-Ons to make the most of your Travel Experience.

Bollywood Dance Classes
Cookery Classes
Tamil Language Lessons
Yoga & Meditation Lessons 

This project can also be combined with any of our other projects in India, or you could even do a second project in a different country in South-East Asia (or elsewhere) - thus doubling your adventure and enjoyment!

Optional Add-Ons in India


INDIA REALLY HAS IT ALL, from the hot sultry deserts of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal and the majestic Himalayas in the north, to the idyllic palm fringed beaches and ancient temples of the south, plus a multitude of wildlife parks! The way to best enjoy India is to absorb it - the warmth of the people, the beauty, the smells, the food, and the wonderful hospitality!

Many of our projects are based in the bustling city of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Madurai is known by many names; ‘Jasmine city’ for the famous jasmine flowers that are cultivated here, ‘the city of Nectar’, Legend tells of a river of nectar that flowed after blessing from Lord Shiva, and the ‘Temple City’,

Madurai really does have a temple or shrine on practically every street but it is most famed for the Sri Meenakshi Sundeswarar Temple. Pilgrims and tourists alike flock to visit the temple and approximately 10,000 visit every day! The temple is named after goddess Meenakshi. It was built in the 17th century and is an enormous structure with 5 outer towers crammed full of idols and animals. The inner courtyard contains another 7 towers, again all highly adorned. It will take your breath away.

Madurai is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century. It is full of cultural diversity and life revolves around the awe inspiring Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, awash with pilgrims, market stalls and tourist shops.

Children will stop you on the streets to chat to you and shake your hand and even ask for your autograph! You will be in demand everywhere you go and you’ll feel like a celebrity, such is the warmth of the Indian people.

If you’re after an overwhelming experience, then Madurai is a certainty for this!

KERALA has been named ""Gods own Country" by the locals for its stunning scenery, wildlife, beautiful beaches, picture postcard towns and the breaktaking backwaters.  It is also the home of Ayurveda medicine, an ancient system using essential oils and vigorous massage to aid medical complaints or just for pampering - a one hour massage is an unforgettably relaxing experience.

Kerala also has one of the best wildlife parks in the country; Periyar. A huge array of activities are on offer, jungle trekking and jeep safari’s which take you off the beaten track in the hope of spotting an elusive tiger although you are more likely to see elephants, boar, monkeys and many species of birds. You can also take an elephant ride, boat ride, visit spice and tea plantations, watch martial arts – it’s an action packed weekend and only 4 hours from Madurai!

To read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country, please click here.

Support & Backup: To read about the excellent Support & Backup we provide before you leave and during your program, please click here.


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