Medical Aid in Cambodia

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Medical Aid in Cambodia

from £498
Duration: from 2 weeks to 8 weeks
Countries: Cambodia
Shadow medical professionals and provide much needed assistance at a local, understaffed hospital in the rural town of Samraong, Cambodia.

Medical Aid in Cambodia

In 2008, this organization joined forces with Oddar Meanchey’s provincial government and began partnering with NGOs to initiate several volunteering projects in the Northern Cambodian countryside.

This project’s goal is to provide affordable medical treatment to Samraong's community members. The main hospital has  only 15 doctors, 36 nurses and 2 midwives; an insufficient number for the amount of patients seeking medical care there. Often patients who need medical assistance outnumber the staff which  results in patients not getting to see a doctor at all. In addition, this hospital recently introduced a free HIV testing facility, which has expanded their treatment abilities, but created greater stress for the hospital staff.

You will begin your placement observing and monitoring hospital practices.  Unless you're qualified to assist with more hands-on tasks, you will primarily be shadowing a doctor or nurse. Your tasks may include:


  • Shadowing a nurse while he/she checks patients' vital signs
  • Shadowing a doctor during patient consultations
  • Dressing wounds (if qualified)
  • Assisting in different operations, such as appendectomies and cesarean sections (if qualified)  

In accordance with Cambodian law, you will also always be under the supervision of a registered doctor.

You will work 4-6 hours a day, Monday to Friday. The schedule for this program is flexible and depends primarily on the needs and requirements of the hospital during your volunteering. 

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Orientation Week

This orientation is the first step towards a great stay in a new country. As part of your orientation week, you will receive basic language classes to help you get around the country without a hassle. You will also have the opportunity to take some traditional cooking classes as well as travel to some of the finest temples in the area, engaging in Q&A sessions with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism and its customs. Throughout the week, there will many opportunities to interact with the local residents, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the community.


During your volunteer placement,  you will stay in the main volunteer house in Samraong. The house can accommodate up to 28 people with 4 people in each room. All rooms come with a fan, shower (no hot water), mosquito net, and a western - flush toilet. It is about a 10-minute bike ride from the volunteer house to the hospital.


From Monday-Friday, three meals a day are provided. On the weekends, only brunch and dinner are provided.  The food consists of Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes.


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