The ways you could be involved will depend on your own experience. Volunteers may come for various periods varying from days upwards but in general a 2 week visit, with the medical input lasting about 8-9 days works well. This allows for travel each way including travel from your home country and the opportunity for some rest and tourism time in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You may choose to extend this to take holiday, go trekking or visit other places in the region.
There is no requirement to be of any specific faith or none. We have benefitted from volunteers from many backgrounds. We do however ask that volunteers who work in INF projects such as the Ear Centre recognise the values of INF. ( www.inf.org/about/inf-values/)
Longer stay, over 1 month
Normally it is necessary to have a work visa. These are only obtainable by utilising one of the long-term visa posts that INF negotiates every 5 years with the Nepali Government for each project. To take up one of these agreed posts requires a detailed application process via a suitable seconding agency. INF Nepal is actively seeking people who wish to pursue such a post at the ETTC and EAN is happy to put you in contact with the appropriate recruitment team. Due to the limited number of posts and visas available and the complex process of recruitment, including language training, INF will only consider suitable volunteers who can serve for periods exceeding 6 months, and preferably for a minimum of 1 year.
Interns, students and academics
Special rules may apply for those in a learning or academic role.
How to volunteer
Do contact us through the contact page. Whether you are just making a general enquiry or have a specific question, we would like to hear from you. Please include an e-mail address and if possible, a contact phone number and/or mobile phone number.
If you are thinking seriously of volunteering then we will need a brief Curriculum Vitae including your level of experience and special areas of interest. We can use people with varying levels of experience within teams. Please mention any previous work in the developing world or visits to Nepal.
If English is not your first language please indicate your level of fluency in English. If you have relevant additional language skills such as Nepali or Hindi, please mention this.
Volunteers are needed for many roles, in particular
- Ear doctors, both trained and trainee
- Anaesthetists, both trained and trainee
- Audiologists and audiological scientists
- Speech and language therapists
- Nurse Specialists with experience in Ear/ENT (outpatient or operating theatre)
- Those who can help supply or maintain medical equipment and hearing aids
But in the main we need people who care and are willing to give their time and skills to help.
Please do contact us if you have any questions about how you might volunteer or assist.
Watch this video to see what it’s like: