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Gap Year Programs

International Medical Students - Make Your Mark

 Almighty Gap Year Programs(AGYP)  

If you’re a medical or nursing student looking for an international volunteer opportunity that enables you to have hands on experience in India., this project is well suited to students in the mid and end stages of their studies. As a medical volunteer at Chennai, you will be shadowing a Consultant within a well-established Hospital that provides medical services to local  patients and International Patients. By shadowing and observing the qualified Doctor, volunteers are able to see a range of treatments and procedures in action, in the areas of Oncology, Orthopedics, Gastroenterology, Urology and Nephrology.


You will also gain a deep insight into running a medical practice and receive dedicated mentor ship from the qualified doctor who is very enthusiastic about hosting international volunteers.

Medical – Gain practical medical experience and insight on your medical elective in India. Shadow clinics and consultations and conduct basic health checks in Hospital. Observe surgeries and compare hospital standards and evidence based medicine techniques to home. Get hands-on at Outpatient and inpatient Departments in the ultimate medical elective placement.


Nursing – Your nursing elective in India is full of variety. For example, shadowing nurses in hospitals, supporting medical camps and assisting doctors with healthcare checks at the hospital and in community clinics. Throughout your nursing placement, you will learn from the healthcare professionals about healthcare practices in India. Observe numerous departments including Oncology, Orthopedics, Urology, Gastroenterology, Clinical Hematology, Nephrology and Intensive care unit and make your nursing elective in VS Hospitals Chennai India!

Your volunteer & typical work day

As a volunteer at Chennai India, most participants in the medical program will have the chance to experience a number of different facilities. On a volunteer trip to India, our main placement base will be in the Hospital and health campaign programs. Medical volunteers can expect to work 6-9 hours in a day. This will usually be from 7am-2pm and 5.30Pm to 7.30Pm., 5-6 days in a week. Surgeries may be available for observation at any time of the day. 


It is advised, where possible, that volunteers spend a minimum of 20 days on a specific placement. Doing this allows relationships with the staff to be made, often leading to increased exposure and responsibility. However, this will ultimately be dependent on the level/qualifications of volunteers.


AGYP's India volunteer program has its own private transport network that will transfer you to and from the projects every day. You will travel to and from the project by either tuk-tuk or cab. This service is included in your Program Fee.

Other things to consider as a medical volunteer in India


Hands-On Involvement – Your level of involvement at the medical volunteer abroad projects is dictated by a range of factors. First of all your medical experience, but also the duration of program and willingness to get involved. The medical staff are accountable for you whilst you’re under their supervision. Ultimately, it is completely up to them if you are permitted and want to get involved in hands-on procedures. However, please note we can never guarantee or promote hands-on involvement regardless of medical experience or background.


Generally speaking those with little or no medical experience assume a largely observational role. If you are studying a medically related degree, then you should have more opportunity to undertake some more basic hands-on involvement. However, to reiterate we can never guarantee or endorse hands-on experience should you choose to get hands-on. Such a decision ultimately lies with the medical staff.


Trained Professionals – Please note this program is not suitable for trained professionals who are looking to practice overseas. This opportunity is only suitable for medical students looking to go into the medical or nursing field and wish to learn about a healthcare system overseas.


Organizing an overseas trip for large groups involves lots of preparation. From flights and insurance to pre-trip training and that’s even before you’ve looked at organizing the itinerary! So that’s where AGYP come in. We really do specialize in the group’s overseas expedition area providing exclusive group trips whilst accommodating large groups of students, on full board options. We guarantee to provide trusted and vetted Hospitals that provide great insight, exposure and learning opportunities for students.


Weekends – Your project work in India runs from Monday - till Saturday 2pm and weekends are free. You are welcome to relax and hang out at the volunteer accommodation but most participants may like to travel and explore the country.  We also run two separate weekend trips which you can sign-up to before you depart for India. We offer the Mamallapuram in East Coast Road along with the Auroville in Pondicherry at extra cost.

Time Duration and Cost:

For Medical Students:

Minimum 4 weeks program - 2500 USD

For 8 weeks program - 4000 USD

For Nursing Students:

Minimum 4 weeks program - 1500 USD

For 8 weeks program - 2800 USD


What is Included:

 What is Not Included:
  •  VISA


Cancellation & Refund Policy:

Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date, will receive a 90% refund. Cancellations made within 3 - 6 days will incur a 20% fee. Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will incur a 30% fee.

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Dr S. Subramanian MD MRCP(UK)
Medical Oncologist

Dr S. Subramanian the renowned & senior most Medical Oncologist in India with International Acclaim brings close to five decades of cancer treatment services.

Dr Jagadish Chandra Bose MS Mch
Surgical Oncologist

Dr. Jagadesh Chandra Bose is a specialist in conservative oncology and pelvic tumor surgeries, has over 38 years of expertise in the field of surgical oncology

Dr Bala Sundaram MBBS MD
Radiation Oncologist

Dr.Balasundram a Radiation Oncologist, having 32 years of experience. He  uses ionizing radiation in the treatment of head and neck cancer breast, colorectal cancer.

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