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  • Professional Development
    Professional Development Acupuncture Relief Project offers opportunities for volunteers to gain valuable field experience and earn continuing education credits.
  • Rural<br>Nepal
    Rural
    Nepal
    Home to eight of the highest mountains in the world including Mt. Everest, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world.
  • Building<br>Relationships
    Building
    Relationships
    Learning to understand each other and truly listen is the first step in building trust and lasting friendships.
  • Objective Outcomes
    Objective Outcomes Our volunteers hone their clinical skills by properly assessing their patient's condition and setting achievable outcome goals.
  • Cultural Immersion
    Cultural Immersion Before we can provide effective medical care we must first learn to understand how our patients live.
  • Synergy<br>Teamwork
    Synergy
    Teamwork
    Sharing our individual knowledge with our colleagues and staff helps us grow as practitioners and insures exemplary patient care.
  • Providing<br>Access
    Providing
    Access
    According to the World Health Organization, Nepal's healthcare system ranks 150th in the world with less than one doctor per 6000 people.
  • Inspiring<br>Confidence
    Inspiring
    Confidence
    Our volunteers acquire the confidence to serve as primary care providers, treating 15 to 25 patients per day in our community style clinic.

Leith Nippes | Acupuncturist

Volunteer Community Care Clinic in Nepal

Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in the world and has been plagued with political unrest and military conflict for the past decade. Since 2008, the Acupuncture Relief Project has provided over 140,000 treatments to patients living in rural villages outside of Kathmandu Nepal. Our efforts include the treatment of patients living with HIV and AIDs as well as people suffering from extreme poverty and social disfranchisement. Common conditions include musculoskeletal pain, digestive pain, hypertension, diabetes, stroke rehabilitation, uterine prolapse, asthma, and recovery from tuberculosis treatment, typhoid fever, and surgery.

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Volunteer With Us

If you are an acupuncturist, herbalist, chiropractor, massage therapist, naturopath or other natural-health practitioner, Acupuncture Relief Project needs your help. We have two volunteer programs designed to provide opportunities to serve at our treatment facilities in Nepal.

Volunteers in Nepal

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Compassion Connects The Series

Compassion Connects The Series

Integrated Primary Care in Rural Nepal

Seven 5-Minutes Films: 2016

Documentary filmmaker Tristan Stoch returns to Nepal in 2015 to follow up on his 2012 work Compassion Connects. This new series of seven short films focus on Acupuncture Relief Project’s current work in rural Makawanpur Nepal. 

Compassion Connects The Series: Synopsis

In the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake, Andrew Schlabach, Director of the Acupuncture Relief Project and Tsering Sherpa, Director of Good Health Nepal begin a new primary care clinic in the rural district of Makawanpur. This series explores the challenges of providing basic medical access for people living in rural areas. 

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Compassion Connects

Compassion Connects

Ancient Medicine for Modern Health Care

30-MInutes: 2012

In 2011, film-maker Tristan Stoch followed a team of Acupuncture Relief Project volunteer practitioners during their stay in Nepal. In this short film he successfully illustrates many of the complexities of providing primary medical care in a third world environment.

Compassion Connects: Synopsis

Against tremendous obstacles of poverty, in regions where the struggle to survive often usurp basic medical needs, five volunteer acupuncturists, set up a health clinic in Nepal. Through the practice of healing, a connection between patient and volunteer emerges transcending the physical and leading both parties into a relationship of human connection and compassion that creates long-lasting effects within their communities.

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Mobile

Serving small remote villages by utilizing motorbikes and on foot, our volunteers are able to reach many patients who would be unable to come to our main clinic.

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Effective

Case studies and other field research helps us analyze the efficacy of our clinic efforts and benefits other researchers and practitioners here at home.

Case Studies Research

Accountable

We provide extremely effective and cost efficient care... here's the proof. We offer this accounting of our operations to our community of support.

Annual Report

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In addition to volunteering their time and energy, our practitioners are required to raise the money it takes to support their efforts at our clinic. Please consider helping them by making a tax deductible donation in their name.

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