Do you want an immersive learning experience in Nepal?

Do you have skills that you’re ready to offer to those less fortunate than yourself? 

Do you want to be part of a dynamic team of adventurous healthcare practitioners?    

We’d love to have you join us on this once in a lifetime experience. 

TRIP DATES AND SUMMARY

November 1-12, 2019

This is a service learning trip designed with adult healthcare practitioners in mind, particularly naturopathic doctors and nurses. That said, if you feel called to come and do not have any experience or fancy letters behind your name, please follow that feeling and apply! We would love a diverse crew, and there are many ways to be of service.

ParticipAid founders are committed to SUSTAINABLE, ETHICAL service. We insist on participation in aid by all parties we work with. We come and serve at the behest of the local NGO SHARE Nepal. The service we provide is specifically requested by them after consideration of their communities needs, and is a piece of their larger vision for their community’s future.

Days 1 and 12 are travel days, leaving 10 days of service, learning, and soaking in our favorite parts of Nepal.

We’ll spend about half of our time in Kathmandu, where we’ll stay at a guest house we love, Tibet Peace Guest House.  The other half of our time will be spent in Karmidanda, our village headquarters.  In Kathmandu you’ll have your own room, and in Karmidanda you’ll have a roommate from our team and live with a local family. You’ll get a detailed itinerary in October.

MEET YOUR COORDINATORS

DR ERIN MOORE AND NAT WILLIS  are co-founders of ParticipAid, and pictured here with “tikkas” painted on their foreheads, a blessing and symbol of gratitude from ParticipAid’s beneficiaries. These two are partners in all things, including this project. They know and love the country and people and have co-led trips and projects in the past, including the relief effort for the village of Karmidanda after the 2015 earthquakes. They’re very excited to show you their favorite spots, and introduce you to their Nepalese family. You’ll be in the best of hands.

DR ERIN MOORE AND NAT WILLIS are co-founders of ParticipAid, and pictured here with “tikkas” painted on their foreheads, a blessing and symbol of gratitude from ParticipAid’s beneficiaries. These two are partners in all things, including this project. They know and love the country and people and have co-led trips and projects in the past, including the relief effort for the village of Karmidanda after the 2015 earthquakes. They’re very excited to show you their favorite spots, and introduce you to their Nepalese family. You’ll be in the best of hands.

THE LEARNING PORTION

  • We are offering a 10 credit course, pending CE approval from the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine and the California Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Topics include:

    • Cultural Competency - 2 hrs

      • To inform participants of culturally competent practices in Nepal.

    • Public Health in Nepal - 2 hr

      • To familiarize participants with the healthcare system in which we will serve.

    • Pharmaceutical standard of care in Nepal - 2 hr

      • To educate participants on how Nepalese patients are treated when we’re not there.

    • Plant medicine - 2 hr

      • To introduce participants to the local plant medicine that will be available for dispensing.

    • Clinical aspects of either women’s health or chronic pain - 2 hr

      • To prepare participants to provide clinical care in a setting of short term medical service.

  • Some classes will be taught in Kathmandu, others in Karmidanda.

MEET YOUR TEACHERS

DR AUDRA FOSTER  This firecracker naturopathic doctor will be taking her 3rd journey with us to Nepal this year. She'll lead our Women's Health team and will teach clinical skills for gynecologic complaints.

DR AUDRA FOSTER This firecracker naturopathic doctor will be taking her 3rd journey with us to Nepal this year. She'll lead our Women's Health team and will teach clinical skills for gynecologic complaints.

DR JILL GHORMLEY  This inspiring naturopathic doctor and teacher will be joining us for her 2nd journey to Nepal. She'll lead our Chronic Pain team and will teach clinical skills in physical medicine.

DR JILL GHORMLEY This inspiring naturopathic doctor and teacher will be joining us for her 2nd journey to Nepal. She'll lead our Chronic Pain team and will teach clinical skills in physical medicine.

DR ERIN MOORE  This naturopathic doctor is the founder and executive director of ParticipAid. She’ll be sharing her dream with you and teaching you about common applications for local plant medicine.

DR ERIN MOORE This naturopathic doctor is the founder and executive director of ParticipAid. She’ll be sharing her dream with you and teaching you about common applications for local plant medicine.

DR KAMAL PHUYAL  One of ParticipAid's co-founders and world-renowned participatory development practitioner. He'll teach you about Nepal’s public health system and coach you on culturally aware approaches to rural healthcare in Nepal.

DR KAMAL PHUYAL One of ParticipAid's co-founders and world-renowned participatory development practitioner. He'll teach you about Nepal’s public health system and coach you on culturally aware approaches to rural healthcare in Nepal.

DR KEDAR NARSHING KC  One of Nepal's most respected docs, serving as our local supervising physician since 2012. He'll be teaching Nepalese pharmaceutical standard of care in short term medical service conditions.

DR KEDAR NARSHING KC One of Nepal's most respected docs, serving as our local supervising physician since 2012. He'll be teaching Nepalese pharmaceutical standard of care in short term medical service conditions.

THE SERVICE PORTION

Our local partner organization, SHARE Nepal, is organizing a 2 day “health camp”, where we’ll work with Nepalese practitioners to treat local patients.  In 2018, we worked with Nepalese dentists, general practitioners, and gynecologists, and saw more than 500 patients collectively over 2 days. We anticipate a slightly larger turnout in 2019.

We’ll travel and do most things as a group, but will serve in 2 teams:

  • Women’s Health team (recruiting 4 participants, led by Dr. Audra Foster)

  • Chronic Pain team (recruiting 4 participants, led by Dr. Jill Ghormley)


Check out this (iphone) footage from our health camp last year, it’s a quick tour of the clinic grounds where we’ll be serving again this year.



APPLICATION PROCESS AND TRIP COSTS

JUNE 8, 2019: Application process will be open to the short list.

JUNE 15, 2019: If still seeking applicants, process will be open to the public.

JUNE 15 - JUL 15: Application process open.

JULY 20: Final announcement of selected participants.


The application will be released on this page when date arrives. Until then here are some costs to keep in mind.

Deposit is required with application: $250

$25 of that will be a non-refundable application fee. If you are selected for the trip, the remaining $225 will be applied to your trip costs. If you are not selected, you will be refunded $225 ASAP.

Your cost for this trip is $2500

Includes: All lodging, in-country transportation, all costs associated with the health camp and continuing education classes.

Does not include: Your airplane tickets, travel insurance (required), lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, entrance to World Heritage sights, alcohol and souvenirs.


Read about 2018’s Global Health Experience from one of our participants. 

TESTIMONIALS:

Traveling to Nepal with Dr. Erin was an amazing experience.  From Kathmandu to Karmidanada, our accommodations were comfortable and authentic.  We were greeted with such open arms and tradition in Karmidanda and had an opportunity to practice the medicine in a rural setting and build relationships with our Nepalese hosts. I came out the experience a stronger practitioner and traveler and hope I get to travel back soon.  I highly recommend this opportunity.