Foreign dentists require a non-tourist working visa and need to have foreign doctor/dentist registration with the Nepal Medical Council. Our people in Kathmandu organise the necessary paperwork prior to our arrival Kathmandu, we then present to the Department of immigration for our visas and then the Nepal medical Council for our registration.
You need to allow for a minimum stay of 21 days in Nepal. This allows for time to travel to and from the villages, immigration and registration visits in Kathmandu and 2 weeks in the village for the clinics plus time for some site seeing.
There are no direct flights. Singapore Airlines, Thai, Air Asia, Malaysian and China Southern and others fly to Kathmandu via their Asian hubs. As a guide the economy fare is currently $1250 -1500 return. Volunteers are advised to check with airlines for up to date fares.
This will vary depending on length of stay, which village visited and choice of accommodation in Kathmandu. Our Nepalese contacts usually organise a package to cover internal flights, transfers, transport, accommodation etc. Volunteers will be given a quote prior to signing up.
Essential, must cover emergency rescue in the event of accident or illness.
We have found Nepal to be very safe, the Nepalese are very friendly, especially up in the villages.
Nepal is still recovering from the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Kathmandu has probably recovered best, but there is still a huge amount of work to do in the villages. Our village Junbesi was badly damaged, the health centre survived with some minor damage and is functioning, but the school has to be rebuilt. Fortunately Ghandruk was not affected by the earthquake.