Healthcare Volunteer in Thailand


This medical volunteer program is located in a very friendly beach town called Da Nang in Vietnam. Whilst healthcare provision has improved enormously in Vietnam over the last 20 years, there is still a huge amount of healthcare issues impacting many communities. Your placement will be in a busy hopsital where you will get a chance to interact with patients and local doctors and learn a lot.

Tam Tri Danang Hospital has a staff of 200 doctors. It is a 150 bed facility that sees between 400-500 patients per day. Tam Tri has the following departments - Ob, Gynecology, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Paediatrics, ENT, Dermatology, Traditional Medicine, and Physiotherapy and you can get a rotation in any department of your choice.

The Surgery Dept in Tam Tri Da Nang General Hospital has urinary surgery, general surgery, gastroenterology surgery, and musculoskeletal surgery. They conduct open surgery and laparoscopy.

The advantage of doing a global medical placement in Vietnam is that you may find the way in which patients are treated in different ways to what you may be used to in your own country, but this is a great opportunity to learn and support rather than to seek to change or criticise the local methods used.

Your role at the hospital will vary tremendously depending on your skills and experience and the ailments being treated by the staff when you are there. All your work is directed by the professional Vietnamese staff at the clinic and whilst they enjoy greatly the support and commitment from volunteers, they do understandably request that you show high levels of cultural understanding and respect the fact that they are fully qualified under the Vietnamese Healthcare system.

Da Nang is a typical, vibrant Vietnamese town and whilst not as developed as many Western towns it is packed with character and charm. The people are friendly, the food is sublime and during your weekends you can relax at one of Da Nangs many beaches or go for local excursions to Hoi An - the city of Lanterns or Hanoi over the weekend.

Medical Electives in Vietnam Gallery

What is involved

Local medical Students have been learning and assisting at the hospital for several years and both the clinical teams and the visitors have found the experience to be mutually beneficial – with volunteers supporting the small medical team with the regular duties and the volunteers learning about the challenges and differences of healthcare provision in Vietnam.

The hospital runs several core health programmes and initiatives throughout each year and the precise activities you can observe and become involved in of course are driven and set by the clinic itself. Please be understanding about this – the hospital is a fully operational modern set up and run for the benefit of the locals and their needs rather than those of the staff or volunteers.

Whilst the duties that you are able to assist with will depend very much on your training and skills, and the judgement of the local professional medical staff (who of course have the last say over everything anyone does at the clinic) examples of the activities you can expect to be a part of during your time include:

  • Conducting general health checks including the on-going recording of weight, height and waist measurements.
  • Participating in regular hypertension clinics
  • Participating in regular diabetes clinics
  • Learning about the local health challenges and efforts to ensure that the community takes responsibility for remaining fit and healthy – common areas focused on include prevention of Dengue fever, issues around planned pregnancy and birth control etc
  • Child development assessment clinics
  • The treatment and dressing of wounds, sutures etc
  • Assisting the local team with the diagnosis of medical conditions (subject of course to your training and skills)
  • Packing and distributing medications and medical materials

You can expect to start around 8 each morning (sometimes earlier depending on the activities that day at the hospital) and return home between 2:30 and 4:30 pm each day – depending again on how busy the hospital is and what work is being done that day. Whilst it can be tiring working in the hot and often humid climate, there is plenty of time at the end of each day to rest up and of course, explore the town and local area.

Some details

2024 2025
Jan 20,27 Jan 4,11, 18, 25
Feb 3,10 Feb 1, 8
Apr 6,13, 20, 27 Apr 5, 12, 19, 26
May 4,11,18, 25 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 6,13, Jul 5, 12,
Sep 21, 28 Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct 5,12,19,26 Oct 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Dec 7, 14 Dec 6, 13, 20

What your first week looks like

Arrival day

Training in Vietnam
Your arrival weekend will be relaxed. We will pick you up from the airport and bring you to your accommodation. Depending on your time of arrival, our team will meet you and give you a local orientation so you can get to know the area you are living in. The next day you will be given project training before we take you in for your program.


Medical Students observing procedures
Your project coordinator or a member of the team will be taking you to the project and after introductions you can get started. All your meals breakfast, lunch and dinner will be the accommodation unless you are at the project site or outside. In the evenings most volunteers spend it either exploring local sights, relaxing at the accommodation or preparing for projects.


Hoi An Vietnam
Our local team will suggest many activities for you to do! Your weekends will be free for you to explore Vietnam. We highly recommend you to utilise your time so you can get to see more of the country that you are visiting. We usually make recommendations based on past volunteer experiences. Its always better to book excursions in country with other students.

Weekend activities

Hoi An

Hoi An Vietnam
Be sure to stroll the magical ancient streets in the famous city of Lanterns where you can do some amazing shopping..


Hanoi is a must see destination in Vietnam with Chinese and French influenced architecture and amazing coffee shops

Halong Bay

Cruise down Halong bays gorgeous limestone rocks and soak in nature at its best.. this is truly breathtaking

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh
Also known as Saigon, this is a city filled with colonial architecture, museums and a sesnsational street food scene

Testimonial Videos

Choose an Inspiring Volunteering Destination

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.

Learn More!


    Our newsletter

    Stay updated with the latest news on what we are upto. Promise we won’t spam your inbox!

      Our brochure

      To get an overview of all our destinations and programs you can download our latest brochure