Specifically designed with medical professionals in mind, this project gives you the opportunity to volunteer your time to help poor communities. Based in the most rural areas of Palawan, it aims to ease the strain of understaffed healthcare centres and hospitals while enabling participants to exchange knowledge and experiences with local medical staff. Living away from the cities, the people living in the rural areas do not have access to the bigger hospitals in the Philippines and so they attend the local centres for treatments. All participants need a medical background to be considered for a placement as the work is hands-on at both the health centres and hospitals. The role you take on will be dependent on your experience but will be active and responsive to patients’ and the centre’s needs. You will work alongside a qualified local doctor and nurses, learning their routines and procedures and assisting them in the day-to-day running of the centre. There will also be opportunities to raise health awareness among the children of Palawan by working at the local school.
Monday to Friday
After enjoying a breakfast at the accommodation centre, you will travel to your place of work. This could be a hospital, local health centre or a local school. Once at the location, you will carry out your allocated duties, whether they involve assessing, diagnosing and treating patients, assisting in the day-to-day running of the centre or educating the local children about health related issues. A lunch break will be taken on site around midday and in the evening, you will return to the centre for dinner and to have time to unwind.