Trip Details

A project perfectly designed for medical students or people with a medical background to gain experience abroad! Are you looking for voluntary work during your gap year that will broaden your horizons and help people who really need it? Based at a government run hospital, where you will be working alongside experienced, English-speaking doctors, this project is designed to give you an active hands-on role in the care of the patients. A suitable role will be assigned to you, depending on your level of skills, qualifications and experience. This will be discussed with you by the hospital director and his assistant when you arrive. For the duration of your stay, you will shadow the practices of an English-speaking Vietnamese doctor, observing, recording and analysing symptoms, diagnoses and treatments. Staff will encourage you to share your opinions which will be valued and considered, even if they are not acted upon. While putting your previously gained theoretical knowledge into practice, you will build upon existing skills and develop new ones. Facilities at the hospital are limited but include an x-ray room, children’s ward, adult’s ward and operating theatre, all of which will become familiar to you during your stay. For those participants who stay on for longer periods, there will be opportunities to gain more responsibilities at the hospital. Regardless of the length of time spent on the project, each participant will receive a certificate at the end of their stay as a record of their accomplishments.


Trip Itinerary


During your first week on the project, you will take part in an introductory session where you will meet the staff at the hospital and be shown around the facilities. Procedures and equipment used will be fully explained to you and you will meet the fully qualified, English-speaking doctor that you will be shadowing while you stay. Staff at the hospital will discuss your medical background and decide with you the role that you will take on.

Tuesday to Friday

On the Tuesday of your first week, you will begin your medical placement. As well as being suitable for your level of experience, your duties will be responsive to the needs of the patients and the hospital. This could involve assessing patients, performing medical procedures to treat ailments, or observing practices in the operating theatre or x-ray rooms. In addition, you will be expected to attend regular meetings at the hospital where you will take part in discussions about practices and routines and how they could be improved.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Trip Accommodation

Trip Country Info


Population: Approx.92 million
Capital: Hanoi
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7

Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.

One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.

Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.

If you are planning to work & travel in Vietnam there are a number of fulfilling opportunities available from volunteering with children to Hospital Out reach projects. As an experienced gap year travel company we have helped many people enjoy the delights of Vietnam during their gap year so if you are looking for an adventure in South East Asia you should add Vietnam to your shortlist. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonders and excitement.

Vietnam offers ravishing coastlines, emerald-green mountains and dynamic cities. The breathtaking National Parks continue to yield new species and are teaming with exotic wildlife. With outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. If you are looking for a Volunteer experience in Vietnam have a look at our latest experiences below.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa