INDIA: Incredible Medical Work Experience Across Range of Key Medical Areas

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Hospitality Internships / Community Volunteer Projects / Medical, Health, Medicine
Country: India
Location : Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 2500 £ Pound (UK)

Amazing medical work experience with hands-on work with patients, ward rounds, patient meetings, nurse rounds and observe major surgeries during the afternoon.

Our Medical Work Experience placements are based in the delightful and bustling town of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. We work with many different hospitals and clinics which have a variety of departments. For example, one is a non-profit charitable institution and is ideal if you hope to gain an all round exposure to medicine. Here you start the day with the superintendent in charge of the hospital and accompany him on his ward rounds to see the in-patients. You will then most likely be assigned to a doctor or nurse and they will explain the workings of their job. The departments you may work in are the burns unit, ICU, physiotherapy, X-Ray and dentistry.


An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventure into beautiful India and it's fascinating culture.
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!


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.

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.
You can choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

Gynaecology & Obstetrics
Dentistry (see separate page)

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

Most of your work will be to accompany the doctor or nurse on ward rounds and sit in on doctor-patient consultations. If there are any surgeries, you are likely to be informed of these on the day and you may be allowed into the operating theatre. 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.

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 are very friendly and helpful and they will make you feel extremely welcome.
Requirements: You do not need any qualifications to apply for a medical placement. We do ask however that you are enthusiastic, self motivated and confident in working both alone and as part of a team. Ideally you should have an interest in the area of medicine that you’d like to work in, or be studying towards.


You will live with a local Indian family. Indian families are wonderfully warm and caring, and tend to 'mother' our Travellers - you will be well looked after. Many of the families where our volunteers have stayed have taken them on trips to show them the sights - they truly 'adopt' you and they are wonderfully friendly and hospitable!

"Dr Ramesh 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. Dr Ramesh 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

"‘It has been the pleasure of the management of Harley Rram Nursing Home 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 of Harley Rram Nursing Home would like to continue its association with the volunteers and in nurturing their interest in the field of medicine" Dr Ramesh, Urologist.

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £895 for two weeks. You can participate for up to 3 months or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


You don't need any qualifications to do this placement, but if you are studying medicine or are qualified, you'll have more opportunities to do hands-on, practical work. If you're on your gap year, you can still do this placement, but with restricted access to hands-on work.

Please speak to us so that we can help you choose the placement that is right for you and will give you the most beneficial experience. All placements do require you to have initiative, adaptability and patience (and a good sense of humor helps!)

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