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Medical Assistance & Learning

Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

A great platform to not only witness and understand the healthcare system of Vietnam but also get immense exposure by assisting the local medical team to enhance career

The project

Volunteering Solutions offer a unique platform for those who have a medical and/or nursing background. Be it a pre-med/pre-nursing or a medical/nursing student, or a certified medical professional, this project is useful for each of them. 

While, as a student, one has the opportunity to get the kind of exposure they couldn't get back home, giving their career that much needed boost, and as professionals one can utilize their knowledge, experience, and skills to contribute and assist the local team of doctors. Placements are provided in local hospitals and clinical setup located in Ho Chi Minh City area itself. 

Volunteer Work

Volunteers working in the medical volunteer program are paired along with a medical professional such as a doctor or nurse who will guide them to different tasks and activities in their placement. 

However, it is to be noted that volunteers will not be involved or allowed to perform any kind of serious operations or other medical procedures during this program. Depending on the volunteer’s level of experience, skills and confidence level they may observe operations, provide assistance in basic procedures.

We provide opportunities for volunteers to work in pediatrics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy with children and adults who suffer from cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, congenital motor system deformity and other disabilities. 

Students of Physiotherapy are provided with a very good opportunity to work at the Centre of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation of Disabled. 

The medical program in Vietnam provides skilled medical professionals and students the chance to experience a new culture and working environment while developing their specialized medical knowledge, all at the same time. 

Typical day

Volunteers in Ho Chi Minh City are supposed to arrive on the program start date i.e First or Third Thursday of the month. The general schedule is as follows :

  • Thursday – Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City. Pickup from the airport and transfer to volunteer house accommodation
  • Friday – Orientation session conducted by the local team. Details about rules of the house, transportation, culture, Vietnamese lesson, project etc shall be provided.
  • Saturday – City Tour. Volunteers get an opportunity to witness some of the important sights of Ho Chi Minh City on this day. 
  • Sunday – Free day
  • Monday  – Start work at the project 
Note : The minimum program duration to join this program is two weeks and the participants work for around 20 hrs per week on an average.

Details on Arrival

Below are the next available start dates for this program:


2017
September 07 & 21
October         05 & 19
November 02 & 16
December 07 & 21

2018
January 04 & 18
March 01 & 15
April 05 & 19
May 03 & 17
June 07 & 21
July          05 & 19
August 02 & 16
September 06 & 20
October 04 & 18
November 01 & 15
December 06 & 20

The date which you choose as your program start date, will also be your arrival date in Ho Chi Minh City.. 

Free-time activities

Volunteers work from Monday - Friday and have their weekends free for sightseeing. Evenings are free for the volunteers and they usually get together and go out for social gatherings, eat out or just relax at the volunteer house. 

Weekends are free for the volunteers and you can go for short weekend trips. There is a lot to do in Ho Chi Minh City. You can start with Cu Chi Tunnels, Ho Chi Minh Square, Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater, Hon Viet - The Soul Of Vietnam, Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station and much more. You can also go to Mekong Delta or head out to Hanoi.

Swimming
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/Opera

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Healthcare at Pre-med level
Required Documents
CV, Insurance, Passport, Letter of Recommendation and Statement of Motivation
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 09:30 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at Volunteering Solutions are happy to help you.

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The total cost for this program includes;

  • 24 hrs Assistance and support from VS Staff
  • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
  • Airport Pickup
  • Orientation and City Tour
  • Food 
  • Accommodation in Volunteer house
  • Local coordinators support
  • Travel and Medical Insurance(Available at an extra cost)

Airport Pickup at Tan Son Nhat International Airport

Volunteers are picked up from Tan Son Nhat International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Vietnam will be picked up at a meeting point decided beforehand. 

Accommodation

Volunteers are provided with accommodations in a four storey volunteer house along with other volunteers in Phu Nhuan district of Ho Chi Minh City. Accommodation is shared with other volunteers and the homes have got modern facilities available such as Air Conditioning in the rooms during night, Wireless Internet, TV, Fridge, and Washing Machine. 

The location is convenient for bus connections and travelling to the city center and projects.There are four big bedrooms over two top floors with the capacity of hosting upto 24 persons at a time. Normally, rooms are arranged for about 1-4 volunteers per room. In the busy time, the number can be maximum either 8 or 5 volunteers per room in five or three bunk beds respectively. Bedding is provided to the participants and bathrooms are shared per floor with shower (hot and cold water) and toilet. 

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Food & Beverages

Volunteers are provided with three cooked meals a day. Local Vietnamese food is provided to the volunteers and the meals are cooked by the local cooks at the house. Meals consist of Rice,noodles, soups, chicken , meats , vegetables etc. Vietnamese cuisine is influenced from different Asian countries such as Thailand, China and Cambodia.

There is one permanent cook and one part time cook who prepare a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced, fresh, and daily produced ingredients. 

Volunteers who have any special diet requirement (vegan/veg etc.) or are allergic to any specific type of food item, can mention the same in their application and it will be taken care of. 

Internet Access
Limited 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 Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Viet Nam.
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 Viet Nam provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Viet Nam you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Viet Nam.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$850.00
3 weeks
$1,035.00
4 weeks
$1,220.00
5 weeks
$1,405.00
6 weeks
$1,590.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$4,920.00
Average fees
$315.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Ho Chi Minh City/Viet Nam between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Viet Nam.
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 Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Asia South-Eastern Asia Viet Nam Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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