Student to travel more than 6,000 miles to volunteer as nurse in Nepal

Twenty-eight-year-old Chris Kember is studying nursing at Swansea University, and works part time at Elliot’s Hill care home in Haverford West. He arranged a placement, independently of his course, to travel to Nepal this summer to help vulnerable people by volunteering as a nurse.

Looking for a way to enhance what he has learnt so far and find out more about the work British nurses do overseas, Chris was drawn to a volunteer placement at a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Chris said the hospital appealed to him because of the striking difference between nursing in the National Health Service (NHS), where healthcare is free to all at point of access, and in Nepal.

“Only 15% of Nepal’s population is provided for by its national health service, and the hospital where I will be volunteering provides vital health care for poorer members of the community.

“I believe nursing is a vocation. Working with Nepalese people will contribute greatly to my studies, to me as a person, and as a nurse.”

Currently living in Kilgetty, much of Chris’ experience as a trainee nurse has been locally at Withybush and Tenby Cottage Hospitals.

He said applying what he has learnt so far in a new environment would be challenging, but feels he has a lot to offer.

“I am especially looking forward to some of the outreach projects where I’ll be helping provide healthcare to some of the poorest members of society, especially those who are most vulnerable, such as children and older people.”

Chris has worked at Elliots Hill Care since 2011, and said the team at the care home had been “fantastic” in making it possible to study alongside working.

So far, Chris has funded the £2,500 needed for the project himself, but has set up a sponsorship website if anyone wishes to help him reach his total.