Looking to gain medical experience while visiting one of the most exciting countries on the planet? Join our 2-week summer medical internship in Palampur in north India.

Oyster Worldwide is an Approved Activity Provider for The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Residential Section.

Duration: 2 weeks
Dates: 20th July 2019 – 4th August 2019. We can also take bookings for 2020.
Arrival day: Saturday
Return day: Sunday
Eligibility: Good English speakers
Age: 16-18


  • Working with professional medics and gaining valuable medical experience to help boost your medical CV
  • Meeting and living with other 16-18 year old pre-medical interns
  • Exploring the Taj Mahal and experiencing the wonders of India
  • Staying in breathtaking Palampur, surrounded by the Himalayas
  • Eating authentic, tasty Indian cuisine

176064, Palampur Rd, Bhatu Palam, Himachal Pradesh 176061, India


If you are aged 16-18 and looking for a career in medicine look no further than this exciting, pre-medical internship in India. Situated in Palampur, surrounded by tea fields, you will get to see rural India at its best. Spend 2 weeks with like-minded pre-medical students and shadow fully qualified doctors and nurses. Spend your weekends visiting the local sites, including the Taj Mahal, on this fantastic all-inclusive project.

This project is specially designed for pre-medical students, who are keen to gain medical experience. Escorted by our UK leader, you will be guided to the vibrant capital of India. After an organised trip to the Taj Mahal, you will travel to Palampur – a beautiful rural area of India, surrounded by tea plantations and the impressive Himalayan Mountains.

Medical Internship

In Palampur, you will spend the weekdays in local hospitals, learning from highly qualified professionals and gaining a real insight into the Indian medical system. Interns will rotate around various departments. If you are particularly interested in the following departments, please let us know.
• In-patients wards
• Pharmacy
• Radiology/Imaging
• Occupational therapy
• General wards
• Nursing
• Obstetrics and Gynaecology
• Physiotherapy
• Internal medicine
• General surgery

You will intern in the hospital from 09:00 – 14:00. You will be in the hospital for 9 days in total.

This project is completely inclusive. From the moment you arrive in India, everything will be organised and provided for you, from transfers, internal flights and weekend trips.

Weekend activities

This project incudes amazing weekend tours including:

  • Delhi – see the Lotus Temple and Humayun’s Tomb
  • Agra – visit the Taj Mahal
  • Palampur Tea garden tour
  • McLeod Ganj – Indian home to the Dalai Lama


  • You will live with the rest of the pre-med interns in a house together.
  • The UK leader will live in the same accommodation.
  • The house will have western toilets and shower facilities.


  • 3 meals a day will provided, ensuring you are well fed and get to sample some of the excellent local cuisine.
  • You will need to budget for 2 lunches during weekend trips.

Travel arrangements

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
Arrival day: Saturday
Departure day: Sunday

Supporting You

Sahil and his team of coordinators in India will be looking after you throughout your stay on the project. The coordinators will have daily contact with you, often at the house at the end of each day to discuss how your project has gone and to give you lectures on the Indian medical system. You will be given a half day orientation in Palampur so that you feel familiar with public transport and the local area. You will also be taken out for a meal to welcome you to the area.


  • Access to your own personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the program and manage your booking
  • Dedicated contact time with an experienced destination manager to discuss the project, answer any of your questions and for us to find out more about you
  • Help and advice from our UK office before arrival and whilst you are away
  • In-country support
  • Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and project advice
  • Financial protection: ATOL (if we book your flights); IPP (if we don’t book your flights)
  • Thorough orientation on arrival
  • Accommodation (see the ‘accommodation’ section above for details)
  • Advice on visa requirements
  • Oyster plants a tree in Africa with TreeAid to help offset your carbon emissions
  • 24 hour support from our UK leader accompanying the group
  • Entrance fees
  • Internal flights between Delhi and Dharamshala
  • Airport transfers in India
  • 3 meals a day
  • Daily transport between the accommodation and the hospital you are working at
  • Two lectures on the Indian medical system
  • Oyster Worldwide volunteer t-shirt
  • Oyster luggage tag
  • Oyster journal
  • Welcome home pack
  • Certificate of Recognition (on request)
  • References (on request)

Not Included

  • Flights – as an ATOL bonded company, Oyster can book flights for you
  • You need a valid passport that meets the requirements of the country you will be travelling to
  • Insurance (covering your time with Oyster and any planned independent travel)
  • Any costs associated with changing your return flight date if you need to
  • Independent travel costs
  • Home country travel costs
  • Spending money for additional trips, food and entertainment
  • India e-visa (approx £45)

Project story

“I traveled to India last year and visited our interns in the hospitals. They were able to see a range of medical procedures, including a birth! Our fantastic partners in India have been working with volunteers, and the projects, since 2004. The perfect intern on this project would be someone who has a passion for medicine, is willing to put themselves forward and wants to learn about a new medical system.”

More Information

Careers in medicine are competitive and employers are always on the look out for applicants who can show a real desire to join the medical profession. This 2 week internship will allow you to showcase your passion in your entrance interview.

This inclusive project includes 2 free lectures, 10 days of hospital experience and weekend cultural trips. By the end of your time in India, you will feel truly immersed into India culture and far more knowledgeable about the way the medical system works in this fascinating country.

Oyster Worldwide is an Approved Activity Provider for The Duke of Edinburgh Award residential trips.

Read the itinerary.

The project start date, in Delhi, is 20th July 2019. We can also take bookings for 2020.

We are an approved activity provider for the Duke of Edinburgh award. You are able to put the time that you spend volunteering abroad on this project towards achieving your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. We are happy to sign off your completion of this projectto show that you have achieved the Residential section of the Gold Award.

Summer is usually much hotter – up to 30 degrees, but cools in the evenings. Palampur is located in a valley meaning it feels much cooler and fresher than other parts of India – making it a great place to stay! June is during the wet season so there could be some sudden down pours of rain – bring something waterproof!

A budget of £20 per week should be more than enough to cover snacks and anything else you would like to buy as a souvenir.

Visas must be applied for before departure. 30 day visas are available to nationals from many countries online. Simply visit the Indian Visa Online website for more information.
You will need to keep copies of the following documents whilst in India:
•    Passport
•    Flight Tickets
•    Insurance
•    Visa

Most people book as a solo traveler. Friends are welcome. You will be traveling as a group with a leader.

You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need.
Recommendations do change and it is important to discuss your personal requirements with your doctor.

The intern accommodation has a perimeter fence with a guard hut at the gate. There is a member of staff responsible for security 24 hours a day. The group will be supervised by a UK team leader at all times. When you are away from the accommodation (on the project), there are always house staff around, cleaning and preparing food.
Palampur is considered a safe place for foreigners. You will get a full safety briefing on arrival. Common sense rules apply and there is a curfew for volunteers. There will be in-country support throughout your stay.

Participants will live in a volunteer house in Palampur. The accommodation has fans and WiFi, although WiFi can be temperamental. The houses have single sex, shared rooms.

Typically, for breakfast you will be served tea, bread, butter, jam and eggs. For dinner, you will be served delicious, freshly prepared, Indian food. Typical Indian cuisine consists of spices and herbs, using ingredients such as chillies, nutmeg, ginger, garlic and cardamom.

Supervision will be provided throughout the project by the UK leader. On arrival, you will receive a thorough induction and work-related training.

Staff at Oyster’s head office and in-country will be responsible for your safety and welfare while you are at the project. This will start from the moment you are picked up from the airport until the time you are dropped back there. Before and after these times, you will be outside Oyster’s responsibility and should make sure that you act safely and avoid risk. if you would like Oyster to book your flights, we can book you onto the same flight as the UK leader.

This is also true if you choose to leave the project during your time off. We will give you plenty of guidance and advice about this.

WiFi is available in internet cafes. There is WiFi at the accommodation, although this can be temperamental.

You should take an ‘unlocked’ mobile phone with you to India and purchase a local ‘pay as you go’ SIM card. This is useful for contacting the representative and the rest of the group as local calls are very cheap. SIM cards cost approx £3 and come with a data allowance. The mobile reception is good.

Palampur is in UTC +05:30.

India 3 pin plug (type D) or 2 pin plug (type C)

On the first weekend in India, you will visit the Taj Maha – all entrance fees are included. On your second weekend, you will get to visit McLeodganj, the home of the Dalai Lama, and the tea gardens in Palampur.

Got a question or want to chat to Project Manager Jon who has first-hand experience of the project? Call +44 1892 771972or email: – [email protected].

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