Medical Volunteering in Cambodia is an excellent way to get get experience in the medical field and live in this amazing country. Cambodia is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, and poverty can affect an individual’s health hugely. There are additional dangers in Cambodia, such as insect bites, snakes, heat stroke and various contagious conditions that spread more easily in the heat. Medical volunteering in Cambodia will give you an opportunity to learn about tropical diseases and way of life as well.
At the end of the 1960s, Cambodia was driven into a civil war that completely destroyed the social structure and subsequently the medical and education systems that has never really come up. Cambodia has underfunded hospitals, employing a number of doctors who may not have all the necessary qualifications to meet international standards.
The population in Cambodia is over 14 million people, meaning there is a strain on hospitals all across the country. As a medical volunteer, you’ll work in one of the state hospitals in the city of Phnom Penh to assist medical staff for basic medical care for patients. General health for the people of Cambodia is more of a concern than in other parts of Southeast Asia because there is a lack of effective medical-treatment facilities. Combined with higher risk of tropical diseases spreading, the need for medical professionals will always be high.
Due to this level of importance placed on hospitals and healthcare facilities in Cambodia, our medical volunteering projects could be the perfect placement to sign up for, to add something valuable to your CV and help make a difference while working in a beautiful country. This program is ideally suitable for medical students, nursing students and health care students who want to learn about medical systems in a developing country.
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What is involved
Your responsibilities as a medical volunteer in Cambodia will involve working in various hospital departments alongside the medical teams at the hospital, where you can observe the general practice and see how day-to-day life in the Cambodian medical environment works.
You’ll be working in a hospitals in Phnom Penh, which has many departments ranging from surgery, oncology, cardiology, intensive care units, neonatal facilities and paediatric. You’ll be given a full briefing on arrival and will get a rotation is several units of the hospital.
This program is suitable for medical and nursing students, healthcare workers, medical professionals. This would be a valuable learning journey while serving the society. And not just that, volunteers will also get to observe the Cambodian life closely and know more about the culture and lifestyle of the people. Some tasks that you can expect to be doing include
- Shadow hospital professionals and assist them whenever needed.
- Depending on your skills, you'll be assigned work like suturing wounds, giving vaccinations etc.
- You can also assist/observe the Doctors during critical surgeries and operations.
- You need to be actively involved in the daily procedures of the hospital, taking rounds of the wards, maintaining files, and doing routine patient checkups like measure Blood pressure, check fever and so on.
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Cambodia will allow you to explore the heart of Southeast Asia, a nation replete with lush natural landscapes from dense forests to rice paddy fields, bustling cities, and the majestic architectural remnants of the great Khmer empire dotting every bit of the country.
The charming city of Phnom Penh is the capital and also serves as our base of volunteer operations. Volunteering Journeys Cambodia volunteer abroad projects include Teaching English, Working with NGO’s, helping Special Needs individuals, and Medical & Nursing Internships. Whether you are a gap year student, career breaker or a family or a mature volunteer, you can apply to any of our volunteer in Cambodia projects.
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