Basic Public Health Internship

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Coordinator | Bethany
Coordinator | Bethany
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High­lights

Get practical experience in basic healthcare outside of a hospital environment
Help doctors and nurses conduct basic health checks during home visits and educational outreaches
Encourage people to lead healthier lives and gain plenty of practical experience in the process
Be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery and famous historical landmarks
Explore Cambodia’s picturesque capital in your free time
Gain practical healthcare experience and help improve the overall health of people in disadvantaged communities This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

During this internship, you’ll get practical experience in basic healthcare outside of a hospital environment. Here are some of the tasks you’ll help out with:

  • Conduct home visits to screen local people for various diseases
  • Do health checks for children in care centres
  • Teach children about healthcare, nutrition, and hygiene
  • Record, analyse, and report data for our Global Impact Database

At your Public Health placement in Cambodia, your work will focus on the following areas:

Conduct basic medical checks during home visits

During home visits, you will conduct non-invasive tests. These tests establish how well organs are functioning and whether any treatment is needed. You’ll also measure blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and weight.

If patients need further treatment, the supervising nurse or doctor will refer the case to the closest government-funded clinic. Most of the cases we end up referring are patients with high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or arthritis, or symptoms like lethargy and loss of appetite

Do health checks for  children in care centres

You will also have the opportunity to provide basic health services for children at kindergarten centres and schools. These visits tie in with our Care Project and our goal of supporting early childhood development and improving hygiene.  

We work closely with a local NGO, Khemara. This organisation support vulnerable people, including women, children, and disadvantaged families. The tests we conduct for children include:

  • Skin disorders
  • Anaemia (through physical symptoms)
  • Chest problems
  • Basic teeth checks
  • Common colds and flu
  • Cuts and infections

Teach children about healthcare, nutrition, and hygiene

During visits to care centres, you’ll also have an opportunity to teach children about basic healthcare, hygiene, and good nutrition. You can keep it fun by brainstorming educational games, songs, and stories with your fellow interns. It’s always a good idea to combine this with posters and flyers that we can use again in the future.

Record, analyse, and report data

Recording, analysing, and reporting on your findings with your supervisor is an important part of your internship.

You will use our Global Impact Database to record all patient details, which can then be used to refer back to information collected at previous consultations. A follow up and evaluation of intervention is completed after each visit. This helps us track and monitor patients and long-term outcomes.

Typical day

A typical day will normally run from about 8am to 4:30pm, with an hour and a half set aside for lunch.

You will normally start your day by meeting your fellow interns, supervisor, and the coordinators at the Projects Abroad office. From there, you will set out for your morning outreach work. Since this falls during school hours, you will head out to care centres, schools, and kindergartens. You’ll do basic health checks and educational activities.

If you’re working close to your shared apartment, you can head home for lunch and a bit of a rest. On days you’re working in communities further away, you will get a packed lunch.

Afternoon shifts are normally dedicated to house visits, where you’ll conduct basic health checks for adults.

On Fridays, you won’t head out for community work. Instead, you will spend the day recording, analysing, and reporting information you’ve gathered throughout the week. You’ll work with coordinators and input information into our Global Impact Database.

We also set aside time for working on presentations and campaigns, and attending skill workshops. All Public Health coordinators have a medical background, speak Khmer and have good English skills. This will makes it easier for you to communicate with locals.

Free-time activities

Explore Cambodia and you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks. This country has a lot to offer during your free time.

The world-famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must for all visitors, especially the magnificent Angkor Wat. Climbing over huge tree roots to temple doorways shrouded by vines is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in you!

However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles or try snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville. For a more relaxed afternoon, you can spend time on one of the beautiful beaches.

What’s more, with a network of international volunteers in Cambodia with you, you can decide if you want to spend your free time exploring independently or in a group. 

Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Climbing
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

Airport Pickup at Phnom Penh International Airport

You’ll fly into Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH). Once you’ve arrived, you’ll go through immigration and stand in a queue for your visa on arrival. Once your passport has been stamped, you’ll collect your luggage and exit into the arrivals area. A member of Projects Abroad staff will be easily visible, waiting for you behind the barrier with a Projects Abroad sign.

You can also fly to Siem Reap International Airport (REP). However, you’ll need to pay an additional fee for a round-trip airport transfer to Phnom Penh International Airport. Our staff will then meet you at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Our staff will have organised everything from the moment you arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport, and the cost of your pickup is included in your programme fees. Depending on the time of your arrival, you’ll either travel directly to our office, or you’ll head straight to your accommodation. Both of these trips are a 30 minute drive. However, the length of this trip can change depending on traffic.

Accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Phnom Penh. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. 

Guesthouse Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages
Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) in Phnom Penh. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cambodia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Cambodia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Cambodia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cambodia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Our Public Health Project runs all year round and requires you to participate for a minimum of one week. We encourage you to stay longer, so you can do and learn more.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$1,411
2 weeks
$1,625
3 weeks
$1,840
4 weeks
$2,054
8 weeks
$2,911
16 weeks
$4,624
50 weeks (max. stay)
$11,907
Average fees
$825 /week

The organization charges its fees in GBP. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Basic Public Health Internship

Gain practical healthcare experience and help improve the overall health of people in disadvantaged communities

$655/week

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