CAMBODIA

MEDICAL WORK EXPERIENCE IN A HOSPITAL IN SAMRAONG IN CAMBODIA

Gain valuable medical work experience in a variety of tasks at the Samraong hospital in Oddar Meanchey Province. At the same time, you'll help give back to the local rural community, as the hospital offers affordable health treatment. Recently The hospital introduced a free HIV testing facility. Consequently they are inundated with patients, which is not helped by being under-staffed.

Your programme will start with an Introduction Week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to know the town and everything required to make your stay more comfortable.

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £875 (approx. US$1,090) for 1 week
£1,190 (approx. US$1,480) for 2 weeks
£1,550 (approx. US$1,925) for 3 weeks
£1,990 (approx. US$2,475) for 4 weeks
£325 (US$405) for each additional week.
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 1 week to 8 weeks, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Projects start every Sunday throughout the year - you choose your start and finish dates.
Requirements: Minimum age 18.You should either have a medical background or be in your first year of medical studies.
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Accommodation
Food
Transfer to the placement site
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport.
Who is this Programme suitable for? SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in medical work experience.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Intern attending to a patient
An Intern attending to a patient in the hospital.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

Your programme will start with an introduction week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to the town and everything required to make your stay more comfortable.

After Siem Reap you will move on to the location of your programme where the introduction week continues. If your programme is 2 weeks or less you can choose to do a few days or opt out of the introduction week and go straight to your project. Please let your Project Coordinator aware of this upon booking.

The hospital you'll work at aims to offer affordable health treatment to the inhabitants of the town of Samraong. The hospital has recently introduced a free HIV testing facility. Consequently they are inundated with patients and are under-staffed. You'll be able to help by transferring your own knowledge and you'll be able to absorb new knowledge and information from the medical staff and the hospital.

A variety of options and experiences are available to you on this medical placement. Depending on your skill level and experience, we will find the correct role for you in which to fully optimize your abilities and enable you to contribute to the hospital. You'll begin your programme by observing and monitoring daily hospital practices. After this you will progress to a more "hands on" role at the hospital. How 'hands-on' you'll be will depend on your level of study, qualifications or experience.

This specific program is designed to give you the maximum level of interaction in the hospital. In accordance with Cambodian law, this will always be under the supervision of a doctor. The hospital is equipped with the following:

  • There are 120 beds
  • Staff is currently made up of 15 doctors, 36 nurses, 2 midwives
  • There is a maternity ward
  • This hospital is known as a level 2 hospital. We call it “CPA 2”, which means: Completed Package Activity 2. Some diseases can't be treated here so they need to transfer these patients to other hospitals that are on level 3.
  • Only emergency operations take place here, such as appendectomy and Caesarean Section.
  • There are some kinds of diseases / cases where the patients need to be transferred to some other hospitals, such as cancer, diabetes, meningitis and serious traffic accidents.

The hospital director and many of the staff have a reasonable level of English. You'll usually also be accompanied with our coordinator, who will ease the process of cultural exchange on both sides.

Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups who are prepared to adapt to the local environment and the current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that it is.

SCHEDULE AND ACTIVITIES

Your programme will start with an introduction week where you’ll visit cultural sites in Siem Reap and learn about language and rich culture of Cambodia. It’s a great way to get to the town and everything required to make your stay more comfortable.

After Siem Reap you will move on to the location of your programme where the introduction week continues. If your programme is 2 weeks or less you can choose to do a few days or opt out of the introduction week and go straight to your project. Please let your Project Coordinator aware of this upon booking.

Monday-Friday:
The schedule for this programme is highly flexible and depends a lot on local needs and your skills. You can expect to accompany the doctor on his rounds at around 7.30 a.m. every morning and be prepared to assist in various tasks based on your own level of experience. The Hospital Director will schedule your programme when a resume and qualification certificates have been received.

Weekends:
Weekends are always free after each project. You can relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many more sites in the Oddar Meanchey Province. You could also take a taxi into Siem Reap for the weekend and visit the amazing Angkor Wat Temple. Friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.

2018 Holidays:
The project is not available during these dates:
13th - 22nd April 2018 Khmer New Year
8th - 12th October 2018 Ancestors Day Holiday

If your programme falls within any of the dates above, you may join the Community Construction Programme.

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Intern attending to a patient
An Intern attending to a patient in the hospital.
Doctor in her office
A local doctor in her office at the hospital.
Intern and Doctor in the grounds of the hospital
Intern and Doctor in the grounds of the hospital.
Intern in the hospital
An Intern all suited up and raring to start her internship practice.
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ACCOMMODATION

You will be housed at a basic yet comfortable volunteer house. Rooms are single-sex with locked doors, bunk-beds, mosquito nets and a fan– maximum 4 volunteers per room.

Wi-Fi / Internet: Wifi is available in the house but not necessarily in your rooms.

FOOD:
All food is included during your stay. The meals will be typical Cambodian fare, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and western food. There are three meals served during the week inside the accommodation and two during the weekend (Brunch and Dinner).

A little about Cambodian food:
Cambodian food has generally been influenced by Chinese and French cuisine, and also shares many common dishes with Thai food, although not as spicy. The staple food for Cambodians is rice. Almost every meal includes a bowl of rice, although noodles are also popular. A wide range of curries, soups and stir fried are served with rice.
Typically, Cambodians eat their meals with at least three or four separate dishes. A meal will usually include a soup, or samlor, served alongside the main courses. Each individual dish will be either sweet, sour, salty or bitter. Chilli is usually left up to the individual to add themselves.

Khmer cuisine also uses many vegetables, some of which are very unusual, such as different and unusual local varieties of melon, beans and squash. Fish is the most common form of meat in Khmer cuisine, including dried salted fish known as trei ngeat. Getting to taste and know local cooking is one of the many delights of living in a foreign country.

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Outside communal seating area in accommodation on the Voluntary Projects
Delightful outdoors gathering area under the palms.
Outside verandah in the accommodation on the Community Voluntary Projects
Outside shaded verandah in the accommodation.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

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A volunteer standing next to a well-known statue of an elephant and baby
A volunteer standing next to the well-known statue of an elephant and baby which is on everyone's tourist list.
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

Make the most of your time there! To help you do that, we've put together some exciting activities, courses and tours that you can add to your itinerary. These are designed to be fun, but also to enable you to learn, and expand your personal and professional development enjoyment ... but mostly for your enjoyment! :-)

Cultural Week in Cambodia

1-WEEK CAMBODIA CULTURAL IMMERSION PROGRAMME IN SAMRAONG:
PRICE:
£450, including food and accommodation.

This fun-filled culture week is designed to ease you into the lifestyle and pace of Cambodia. It gives you the opportunity to integrate into the rich cultural life of Cambodia. You'll meet the local people, taste the local cuisine and get familiar with Cambodian customs.

You'll get to know your town and everything required to make your stay comfortable. You will also be given basic "survival" language classes and learn traditional Cambodian cooking techniques with the chance to sample your work. Cambodia is most famous for its temples and you'll be taken to the finest temples of the area. We also carefully arrange a Q&A session with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism.

The rural town of Samraong is where you will live during the culture week. The relaxed and slow paced way of life is sure to leave a mark on all travellers and upi'll have maximum interaction with the people!

SCHEDULE:
The following schedule is a guide and the day order may change, however the full program will still be experienced.

Monday (Siem Reap)
 Breakfast
 An excursion to Wat Thmey, a small pagoda
 A visit to the Museum of War, dedicated to the Civil War and guided by ex-soldiers
 Exploring Artisant D’Angkor, a craft shop that brings ancient Khmer arts and crafts back to life
 Lunch
 A visit to markets, and the Lucky Mall (supermarket
 Dinner
 An evening at Pub Street and the night market, the liveliest area of Siem Reap
Tuesday (Siem Reap)
 Breakfast
 Excursion to a silk farm and West Baray, a popular place for swimming
 Lunch
 Khmer massage salon
 Relax at the swimming pool
 Dinner
Wednesday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 Depart for Samraong
 Lunch
 Introduction to the projects
 Walk around and discover the local rural Cambodian village
 Dinner
Thursday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 A visit to Greenway School, a rural school built from scratch over the years by previous participants
 A tour around Samraong and visits to the surrounding local villages
 Lunch
 Cambodian culture lessons
 Cambodian cooking lessons
Friday (Samraong)
 Breakfast
 An excursion to the local temple: assist the monks with the chores, discussion and Q&A about Buddhism with a local monk.
 Lunch
 Free afternoon to relax
 Dinner

Weekend
You are free during the weekends – you can relax at your accommodation, take a bicycle into town, expand your sightseeing or visit the many more sites in and around the Oddar Meanchey Province. There is also the possibility to take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend and visit the famous Angkor Wat.

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a lesson on the local culture
A lesson on the local culture before heading out and sightseeing or exploring.
lesson on the local cuisine
A practical lesson on how to cook local Cambodian food.
Volunteers together with a monk at the temple. Here you'll give a little help in the temple.
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LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

ANGKOR WAT: Surrounded by beautiful rice fields, lakes and jungles Truly one of mankind’s most incredible achievements, this ancient city of temples will take your breath away and leave you traipsing through a mystical magnificent past. Built between 800 - 1200 AD by the Khmer Empire, more than 200 temples have been restored, to some extent enabling you an insight into life from this time. There are more than 1,000 ancient sites of Angkor although several are now almost entirely gone. Angkor Wat is a symbol of Cambodia and is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

SIEM REAP: is a lively stop off destination on the South Asia tourist trail! With the flat plane jungle ruins catapulted to fame via Lara Croft just over the outskirts, the town is geared up for travellers and this is no more evident than in ‘Pub Street’ a place to drink beer and make new friends. Siem Reap was a fashionable destination for the 1960’s elite pack wanderers and, according to the Lonely Planet, is once again one of the most popular spots on the planet today having reinvented itself as the heart of Cambodia, scattered with guesthouses, superb food and a steady flow of tourists from near and far.

Although developing fast, Siem Reap retains its charm with colonial, Chinese and old-style French architecture, shady boulevards and a river amidst the upsurge of hotels and new resorts. In the city, you’ll find traditional dance, craft shops, silk farms, rice-paddy countryside, fishing villages and markets of all kinds! Other local attractions include Angkor National Museum and the Cambodian Cultural Village.

This is a great time to be here. Siem Reap is a place you can get stuck, in the best possible way. The temples of Angkor are to be savoured leisurely and the city to be discovered and enjoyed at any pace you desire! Although the second main city of Cambodia, the city itself is fairly small and feels more like a town than a city. Most people in this area are farmers. Despite the tourism industry, the people are generally extremely poor, even by South East Asian standards. Silk farming is particularly popular. The local population is 171,800 with Buddhism the major religion and Khmer the local language, although most people speak English and also some French.

TRAVEL:

Read about Travel arrangements and what happens when you arrive in your new country.

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A tuk-tuk in Cambodia
A tuk=tuk. These are found all over the count and are great fun to ride in!
One of the many very colourful temples.
A photo to share with friends and family, a place you visited on your travels!
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AIMS AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

The Challenges
The hospital aims to offer affordable health treatment to the inhabitants of Samraong. Unfortunately, the hospital remains understaffed and thus fall short in the facilities and access that they would like to provide.

Our Goals
(1) Our goal is to continue to work towards improving health conditions in the hospital in Samroang.

(2) Our second goal is to bring in volunteers who can continue to lend a helping hands to providing access to all types of assistance to patients and staff alike.

(3) Our further goal is to enlist the help of volunteers who have a medical background and who can thus provide skills and knowledge which will help both staff and patients in the hospital.

Our Achievements:
(1) The level of hygiene in the hospital have improved extensively since having interns who have shared their knowledge of hygiene from their home countries.

(2) Staff have been able to serve more patients due to the additional help they get from Interns.

(3) Through support and donations from interns and our partner volunteer organisation, we’ve been able to build up on and improve thefacilities at the hospital.

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Volunteers and the children they teach all waving for the camera.
Temples often have rows of statues rather than single ones. These are one of the more beautiful rows, although there are many in Cambodia.
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PHOTO GALLERY: Medical Work Experience in a Hospital in Samraong