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Medical Hospital Assistant

Bangkok, Thailand show on map

Support local doctors and nurses in several departments. Shadowing or hands-on help will be arranged, depending on the participants education degree.

The program

This exciting program offers Medical Internships for medical students in a number of notable private and public full-service hospitals in Bangkok. In all cases, volunteers/interns are able to work closely with a supervising physician, and are paired with a full-time doctor who they will shadow on daily rounds. Interns are only placed with doctors with an exceptional command of English. These are highly qualified professionals, many of whom have been educated in the US or UK. Intern responsibilities vary according to their own qualifications, experience and/or comfort level. Participants with a full medical degree will often enjoy far more access when it comes to administering care and interacting with patients, but it is important to note that most interns only observe or help out with very minor tasks. While every aspect of the internship is carefully monitored by the supervising staff, it is important to note that medical interns would never get this far ‘behind the scenes’ in a Western hospital, so it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for medical students.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide essential medical care to the people of Thailand
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of some of the poorest people in the world
  • Enable international volunteers to spend time working with those who need it most
  • Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.

How you can help

Volunteers play an essential role in providing medical care in Thailand. Depending on current needs and on what hospital volunteers are placed, interns may be able to choose which department they work in and in most cases it is possible to spend supplemental time in a second department as well. Some of the areas medical interns can work in include; Ophthalmology (interns must study in this field), Otolaryngology (must study in this field), Biochemistry, Pharmacology (must study in this field), Family Medicine, Community Medicine, Orthopedics, Emergency Room, Paediatrics (OPD/Ward), Anatomy, Nursing (shadowing local nurses), Rehabilitation and Surgery. The basic project calls for interns to work from 8am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. Depending upon the working schedule of the paired doctor or nurse and area of the hospital an intern is placed, the times and days of work may fluctuate. As with all Medical placements, patience and flexibility with work schedules is greatly appreciated.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide essential medical care to locals, dependent on volunteers qualifications, skills and experience
  • Undertake routine hospital tasks as required
  • Work on health and education campaigns

Typical day

A volunteer’s work day on this project will generally last between 4 and 6 hours and while we ask all volunteers to be flexible in this regard, a typical daily schedule is likely to go something like this:

7:00am Breakfast in the Volunteer House

7:45am Travel to the Hospital

8:15am Pre-start meeting with program supervisor

8:30am VOLUNTEERING DUTIES START

Volunteers break for lunch, provided at the Volunteer House, for several hours each day as per the local custom.

4:30pm VOLUNTEERING DUTIES END

4:45pm De-brief with the program supervisor

Evening Volunteers have free time in the evening to relax in the comfort of the volunteer house and prepare their evening meal or explore the city and dine out at one of the many eatery options.

Details on Arrival

This project is available year-round and programs start the 1st and 3rd week of every month with volunteers arriving on FRIDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

Free-time activities

Volunteers on this exciting program have the opportunity to explore Thailand's 'City of Angels'. The city packs so much punch it is hard to know where to start!  With its world renowned food, famous markets, boat trips to catch a breeze on the impressive Chao Phraya river and streets that reward exploration at every turn it is no surprise that Bangkok rates as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.  Volunteers have the unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of this amazing city and help a people who are among the most hospitable you will ever meet.
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Medicine, Med-School, Pre-Med Students at University level
Required Documents
Emergency Contact, Passport, Resume, Medical Qualification and References
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with patients and staff, though this is not a pre-requisite. Naturally, all applicants must also have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

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On-site services

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Orientation & full safety briefing
  • Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast & Lunch on weekdays provided
  • 24/7 local support network
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • registration fees included
Airport Pickup at Suvarnabhumi Airport

You will be met on arrival into Bangkok by our local representative and taken back to the Volunteer House to settle in, relax and meet with fellow volunteers and your hosts. The following day the Orientation Weekend begins, designed to give an insight into Thai culture, learn some basic Thai words and phrases, negotiate the public transport system, including getting to and from your project and basically set you up to get the very most out of your placement from day one. The two day orientation is a great chance to see a little of this vibrant city with the help of expert guides and in the company of other volunteers.  It will also allow you to purchase a local SIM and data package should you wish, withdraw or exchange Thai Baht and ask any last minute questions.

    • Arrival Day: FRIDAY 8AM - 8PM
    • Departure Day: SATURDAY 
    • Arrival Airport: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand (Code: BKK) 

    Accommodation

    Volunteers on this program are accommodated in a volunteer house conveniently located within easy reach of the city. Rooms are dormitory style and split by gender with 2 – 4 volunteers sharing.

    All rooms are air-conditioned for comfort and the house has all the amenities a volunteer requires including western-style bathrooms, hot running water, bed linen (volunteers should bring their own towels and toiletries), kitchen and laundry facilities and Wi-Fi available 24 hours a day. Easy!

    Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Double)
    Food & Beverages

    Accommodation on this program includes daily breakfast at the volunteer house and lunch on weekdays at the program site (included in the program fee). Dinners are self-catered which provides an excellent opportunity to explore the city and dine at one of the numerous eateries offering Thai or international cuisine. Volunteers are also welcome to make use of the kitchen facilities at the volunteer house to prepare meals.

    Thai dishes use an abundance of fresh ingredients, herbs and spices and are a taste sensation. Be sure to try the coconut based curries such as Kaeng Khiao Wan’ (Thai Green Curry) and fruit based salads such as pomelo and green mango. Delicious!

    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 Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok. We assist you to find cheap flights to Thailand.
    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 Thailand provides security and is a plus to have.
    Vaccines
    If you are intending to volunteer in Thailand you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Thailand.
    Costs (Prices in USD)
    2 weeks (min. stay)
    $1,238.00
    3 weeks
    $1,548.00
    4 weeks
    $1,858.00
    5 weeks
    $2,158.00
    6 weeks
    $2,468.00
    7 weeks
    $2,778.00
    8 weeks
    $3,088.00
    9 weeks
    $3,398.00
    10 weeks
    $3,698.00
    11 weeks
    $4,008.00
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    $4,318.00
    Average fees
    $489.00/week

    You can volunteer at the project site in Bangkok/Thailand between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Love Volunteers 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 Thailand.
    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 Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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