Medical Outreach Volunteer in Cambodia
Health education is a tool that has the potential to impact massively on the lives of the ordinary Cambodian people. There are several projects available where you can help and, depending on your experience and qualifications, you may also be asked to volunteer and help at Doctors health outposts.
Jointly with the provincial public health department, volunteers on this program have worked in some of Cambodia’s remote locations to deliver health care and to assist in medical outposts and centers.
Education is not the only tool either as there are follow-up projects available where volunteers can travel the country to at need villages and communities to replenish medical aid kits and offer advice and guidance.
This projects is suited perfectly to motivated, educated individuals with backgrounds in medicine. Qualified nurses, doctors and medical students are all more than welcome to apply for this posting. The role allocated to you will depend on your level of experience, as well as on the professional judgment of the local doctors and directors that oversee the program.
The are you will be working in form some of the poorest in Cambodia. Malaria is a serious concern in these regions, and so personal vaccination is an absolute must. The Medical Outreach Project in Samraong runs from Monday to Friday, although the last Thursday of the month, as well as weekends, are days off.
Aims & Objectives
- Improve the development of health education in rural areas of Cambodia
- Give you invaluable, practical experience in teaching
- Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand
- Develop your teamwork and creativity skills through practical work
The Medical Outreach Project in Oddar Meanchey offers a range of diverse activities. You will work with your project coordinator to develop lessons for students, and you will help to build medical networks with local school principals. Prior knowledge of lesson planning is helpful, but not essential. Your lesson plans should be designed to include and cover the following areas: basic health care, personal hygiene, dental hygiene. Throughout your stay you will also be allowed time where you can introduce elements of your own health care knowledge.
Elaborating on basic healthcare concepts is an important part of this program, so ensure that you come prepared to teach class and answer questions. Good communication equals good education. As well as developing lesson plans, you will also teach alongside other doctors and volunteers – not only does this project allow you to help and teach others, but you are also sure to be introduced to methods and techniques that you will not have encountered previously.
The standard schedule for the Medical Outreach Project in Oddar Meanchey has you working Monday to Friday, with the last Thursday of the month off. It is worth remembering though, that changes can sometimes be made, and a full-time project coordinator is on hand and willing to coopoerate with you to maintain as flexible a timetable as possible.
Your schedule will be made up of various activities and you will be matched to the areas of roles that you best suit as much as possible. If you posses certain skills or knowledge that would be particularly useful in a specific region then this will be taken into account too.
Your schedule and daily tasks can differ drastically from week to week during the course of this program as many areas are differently equipped. Adapting to the situation and resources available is a necessity if you are educating in Cambodia.
During your time in this project you will closely with the coordinator and with the principal of the school that you are assigned to. You will develop classes and plans to discuss methods of dealing with the different situations that the local area is likely to have to deal with. On top of this, there will be a range of other volunteering options related to events that cannot be foreseen.
Throughout the program, your medical knowledge will be tested; you will interact with people who have learnt their own skills in many different ways and, as mentioned, this is likely to push your own understanding of medicine forward too. It is up to you to communicate in a way that your audience and pupils understand, and it is important that you are able to justify the choices you make during the course of your program.
Your role within the program will be dependent on your rapport with the local coordinators, as well as on the trust that exists between you, them and the other volunteers.
A high level of professionalism is recommended for internal work, and a calm and informal approach is better for dealing with students. For those who are dedicated to the program, this is likely to be a rewarding and highly engaging opportunity. You can undertake your daily schedule safe in the knowledge that you are making a real difference to the lives of those people that you are working with and treating.
Make note and remember that the Cambodian weather is both tropical and prone to storms, heavy rains, floods and more. The project’s schedule and the activities you take part in can change depending on the weather that you experience.
Samraong, which name translates from Khmer into “impenetrable jungle”, is a town located in northwestern Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand. You will be located in a small, rural village located in the outskirts of town. This remote location will give you a taste of what rural Cambodia looks and feels like, while at the same time allowing you to explore some of Cambodia’s highlights, as Siem Reap is located only two hours away.
The accommodation in Samraong is simple and natural. There are no laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do laundry in the town for a small cost. All locations have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free WiFi. Requests for specific locations or room configurations cannot be guaranteed.There are bikes available, which you can use to explore the area during your free time!
Available Room Types
- Persons per room 4
- WiFi in public areas
- lockable rooms
- Private bathroom
- Private rooms available on request
Your meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian options are available.
Three meals on weekdays, Two on weekends
There are ATMs in Samraong, as well as a bank. There are numerous local shops where you can get all the basics you might need during your stay. Depending on the location of your accommodation, these may be accessible within a 10 – 15 minute bike ride or walk.
Sights & Surroundings
There is a nearby park where you can relax or play volleyball with locals during your free time.
Further away is Siem Reap, which is two hours away from the accommodation. Participants often opt to head there during the weekends to explore the famous Angkor Wat and more!
Trip Country Info
Capital: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Time zone: UTC +7
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Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance