If you’re a healthcare professional or student looking for real-world experience in a developing country, look no further. Volunteer in Cambodia in the Healthcare project, and provide medical services to those in rural communities.
As a developing country plagued with poverty, deficient resources and lack of infrastructure development, Cambodia faces many healthcare issues.
In many rural areas especially, healthcare facilities are very poorly-funded and heavily understaffed. Not only that, healthcare is too expensive for the poor, and even if they could afford it, they have to travel far to receive the proper care.
These are just a handful of reasons why Cambodians are still dying of very treatable diseases. New Hope collaborates with the local health facilities to help improve the healthcare system in Cambodia. As a volunteer, you’ll be placed at rural areas which are deprived of adequate healthcare aid. Help the locals lead healthier and better lives while immersing in the friendly Khmer culture and enchanting attractions!
As a volunteer working in the medical/healthcare project in Cambodia, your responsibilities will depend on your level of training, certifications and licensing. Volunteers with specialties will be able to help in their specific fields.
The clinics may also provide basic trainings for volunteers with less experience. Depending on your skills, experience and interests, and also the needs of the local staff, your daily activities involve, but are not limited to:
- Participating and/or organizing educational workshops aimed at reporting on topics of general relevance such as hygiene, healthy eating habits, vaccination, etc.
- Educating about disease prevention, harmful addictions, eating disorders, etc.
- Promoting health maintenance within families, communities and populations
- Educating on improving the environment of the community
- Promoting clean living, optimizations of resources, implementation of different strategies, changing habits
- Participating in trainings
- Helping with administrative tasks
- Help with physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Provide basic care
- Observe the work of nurses or doctors
- Carry out daily administrative tasks
- Take patient details
- Measure vital signs such as blood pressure, height, weight
- Distribute medicines
- Perform basic first aid
- Help with medical procedures
- Provide assistance in the in-day emergency room
- Partner with local doctors, nurses and therapists
How You Can Make a Difference
With increasing international aid, the healthcare system in Cambodia is slowly witnessing improvement. However, there are still too many Cambodians who do not have access to basic healthcare. They also have poor knowledge of treatable and preventable diseases, and unfortunately many succumb to them.
By volunteering in Cambodia, you’ll be helping to provide medical care to low-income and deprived communities. There is no better opportunity for you to gain invaluable medical experience than at this project. You’ll be able to learn about the healthcare system in a developing country while giving your best in helping the locals lead healthier lives.
Skills and Qualifications
Applicants interested to join this program must possess healthcare certification, such as: ID as a medical student, EMT, paramedic certification, nursing, physical therapy, midwifery or physician’s credentials. We do not permit volunteers without medical credentials to participate in this program due to the potential risk.
This project also requires a copy of the volunteer’s resume which clearly documents the education and/or professional credentials, prior to arrival. The projects will also require an official copy of the credentials. Depending on your specific placement and host institution, additional application materials may be required.
This project is located in Phnom Penh and Pursat.
Chaotic yet charismatic, Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. Amid the apparent poverty and depravity of the people, lies a historical treasure trove worth exploring.
For an eye-opening experience, visit The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 Prison) and The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, relics of the plight and the suffering of the people under the hand of the Khmer Rouge. The magnificent Royal Palace, The National Museum of Cambodia and Wat Phnom are less-disheartening visits.Amidst the chaos, lies a laidback culture. Volunteers can take a pleasant stroll along the park-like riverfront, where plenty of cafes and restaurants are located - idyllic settings for you to kick back, relax and absorb the local culture.
Pursat is a beautiful city well-known amongst travelers for its adept marble carvers and oranges. Nearby, the waterfall and floating village of Kompong Luong is an attraction. Pursat also offers perfect access to the Tonle Sap Lake and the massive Cardamom Mountains, a magnificent ecological wonder.