aus-nep surgical camps provides those who participate the opportunity for growth; personally and professionally.
in a world, where so much emphasis is placed upon material gain, it is; heart warming to find so many, so willing to make both the personal & financial commitment, to be challenged, to be inspired, to seize the opportunity to see and do things differently...
the dalai lama says - each one of us is responsible for all of humankind. we must seek to lessen the suffering of others, we must do something meaningful, something seriously directed toward the welfare of humanity as a whole.....
ALL those who participate in aus-nep camps, either knowingly or unknowingly are playing host to that philosophy....
so with my heart filled with pride, respect and admiration for all those who volunteer and leave their warm, comfy beds, their structured lifestyle and most importantly; their loved ones - thank you
it is an honour and a privilege to travel and work with you
as a volunteer the first thing you need to ask yourself....
can you live without modern plumbing, hot water and electricity?
sleep in a tent on a very thin mattress?
no showers - only washy washy bowl!
are you open enough to accept and respect another culture, no matter the differences?
are you comfortable with yourself?
at times you may feel isolated!
can you handle culture shock?
are you flexible?
developing countries, and Nepal in particular, are not as obsessed with time as we are here - more often than not, schedules are ignored or appointments begin later than arranged.
You may also encounter corruption in government officials and local administrators
we are unable to change any of these things - they can be quite confronting & disturbing for some & as such need to considering before committing to this kind of program
The following attributes are essential
good problem-solving skills
sense of humour +++
willingness to share
awareness that you will be challenged clinically, emotionally & physically
adhere to 'best practice' in difficult & challenging circumstances
willingness to work long days
how the remote camps work
all camp participants are self-funded volunteers.....
camp fees include:
airport transfer (gold coast - brisbane only)
airport transfer kathamndu
sightseeing day in kathmandu
group dinner in kathmandu
transport to & from camp
all meals on camp
tent, sleeping bag & liner (if necessary), down jacket (if necessary)
all patient & immediate family meals
camps are over a 7 day period (inclusive) with a day travelling each side
5 working days in all
Kanchha, our fantastic chef creates incredible meals, on a couple of small gas cookers, his food is simply deliciously amazing! needless to say - no one ever loses weight!