Program Details

  • Program Type: Internship
  • Location: Thailand
  • Starting Price: EUR 850.00
Thailand

As a medical volunteer, gain work experience while working with local communities in rural Thailand

 
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Trip Highlights

  •  Rewarding medical volunteer experience
  • Excellent framework for medical internships and elective placements
  • Experience Thai Isaan culture near the Thai/Cambodia border
     

 Volunteering overseas on our medical and healthcare project is a great way to gain valuable work experience whilst offering support to some of the poorest and neediest people in a small Thai community. Whether you are looking for some practical experience to help you get on to a university course, a healthcare professional who wants to use your skills for those less fortunate, or you just want to come and help out in any way you can, you will have a role to play at our medical project. Each placement is tailored to you so that, where possible, your work will depend on your experience and your interests.

 Our medical volunteering abroad program is especially ideal for healthcare students and professionals as it will give you a first-hand look at the healthcare sector in a rural Thai community. This is a hands-on experience with support from our team who will arrange day-to-day activities and assist with your questions.

As a healthcare volunteer in Thailand you will get to see the importance of healthcare in these rural areas and get a greater understanding of the standards of medical practice in Thailand. Hospitals and clinics in the rural parts of Thailand are very often poorly resourced and you may encounter patients who have advanced illnesses and conditions that are rarely seen in the western world. By working in these communities you will have the opportunity not only help to diagnose and treat illnesses, but also help to educate people so that they can prevent harmful behaviors which may negatively impact their health.

Pre-university and general volunteers

 You will be involved in the day-to-day running of the local clinics, observing and assisting doctors and nurses. Your work will be varied and interesting so that you will be constantly learning and discovering new things. Some days you may be visiting patients in their homes whilst others you may be doing the rounds in a clinic or hospital among other things.

Medical student & professional volunteer placements

 As a medical or healthcare student you will likely be given increased responsibility and have a much more hands-on approach to your placement. You may also be given a more active role in patient care. Our medical volunteering abroad project gives you an interesting opportunity to experience healthcare services in rural Thailand and compare them to healthcare services you have already experienced in your home country.

Elective students volunteer placements

 Our medical volunteering abroad program also provides an excellent framework for medical internships or elective placements and may offer unique opportunities to learn new skills and knowledge from other volunteers, nurses and doctors. You can then use this knowledge throughout your medical career so that you can contribute more to your patients care.

 As an elective healthcare volunteer you and your group will be given supervision while you collaborate and work with the local doctors and nurses. You may also have the opportunity to take part in an outreach program and visit patients in their homes.

Work organisation

In terms of the volunteer the working day is approximately 8:30 through to 15:00 Monday - Thursday.

Working hours vary on the needs and number of patients.

The actual work done depends 100% on the skills of the volunteer but is of course limited through professional healthcare protocols. We wouldn't let a nurse take full charge of a patient without rigorous training, language skills etc etc. However, whilst not knowing the background of the person concerned, they can expect to work alongside the local Thai healthcare staff (with our translator), observe different diagnosis, take and record core health measurements (Blood Pressure, pulse etc) and also get involved in basic treatment.

Recent professional nursing staff volunteering at the center were assisting with sutures from wounds - relatively common as this is an agricultural community

WATCH THE VIDEO of 6 student nurses on a 5 week medical internship in Thailand! 

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Testimonials

  • - Groupe d'infirmières anglaises en volontariat médical en Thaïlande

    "I was part of a group of 7 student nurses from England volunteering in Surin hospital in Thailand. We all thoroughly enjoyed our experience with the organisers and can not fault them at all. From the moment we landed in Bangkok airport a member of their team has been with us to answer any queries we may have, nothing is too much of a problem for them. Arranging the trip was simple as the staff in the office in Bangkok are extremely efficient. The staff in Surin province, were the hospital and other volunteering projects are based, are very welcoming and you instantly feel at home. We will definitely be returning to Thailand amazing place!"

What’s Included

  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Two night guest house accommodation in Bangkok
  • Guided Bangkok Tour
  • Train transfer to Surin
  • Accommodation in Surin volunteer house
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • Daily transfers to and from project location
  • Full ongoing support
  • 24 hour emergency support

What Isn’t

  • Meals – Please allow around $10USD/day
  • Visa (if required)
  • Any additional activities
  • Travel insurance

Terms and conditions for volunteers

  • Up to date CV/ resume
  • Copy of return flight itinerary 
  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of English; understanding and speaking
  • Acceptance subject to availability of position

Payment & Cancellation

To make a booking you will need to pay a deposit (which includes an administration charge) at the time of booking which is 250€ (or equivalent in other currencies).

You must pay 100% of the costs of your travel arrangements at least 90 days before the start date of your programme(s). If the deposit and/or balance are not paid in time we will cancel your travel arrangements. If the balance is not paid in time, we shall retain your deposit.

You may cancel your booking at any time. Notice of cancellation will be effective upon receipt of your written communication.

As we start to incur costs from the time the contract is confirmed we will retain your deposit and in addition will apply other cancellation charges as shown below. Where written notification of the cancellation is received: - 90 days or more prior to the start date of your programme: loss of deposit plus a charge of 10% of the total value of the programme cost.
- less than 90 days prior to the start date of your programme (or failure to join the programme): 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements.

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We work with an organisation that supports community-based projects in Asia to maximise improvements to human and environmental issues. The 45 organisation staff has guided almost 3,000 volunteers since its creation in 2002. The aims of its volunteering programme are to change the needs of the communities, provide education and knowledge to the local communities and provide volunteer and financial help in tandem to ensure demonstrable, lasting change. Our local Foundation is dedicated to improving health, safety and hygiene at schools throughout Asia, as well as making it possible for people like you to make a difference. From building projects like demolishing unhygenic toilets and rebuilding clean facilites, brightly coloured school buildings and fun, ongoing community projects such as allotments and farms, the work in Asia that it is able to do is very varied. It can also place volunteers who are keen on teaching english to children or working in an elephant camp in Thailand. Development and sense of community are two areas that it focuses on in its projects, and this is definitely reflected in the success that it has acheived throughout Asia.

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