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As a medical volunteer in Cambodia you’ll work in the busiest health centre in Battambang. The centre struggles to meet the demands of its patients due to ageing equipment, limited medicines and a significant shortage of staff. Gap year volunteers can help to provide healthcare to patients with needs ranging from pre and post natal care to illnesses, such as HIV/Aids and mental health issues.
The daily schedule of volunteers on a medical gap year project in Cambodia will vary depending on the needs of the hospital and the volunteers’ own interests and abilities. Typically, participants on this volunteer project will shadow doctors on their morning rounds, assisting and supporting them where necessary, observing consultations and helping with simple assessments.
Volunteers can also contribute by getting involved with the processes and organisational structures at the centre. There are opportunities to help with administrative duties and to work in the small pharmacy, as well as to teach English to local staff members and help out with small refurbishments.
This medical volunteer project in Cambodia is a hands-on experience where you will be kept active, involved and made to feel part of the team. Volunteers will acquire knowledge and skills about medical practices in Cambodia, broaden their knowledge of general medicine, and be present for births, HIV testing and general medical appointments whilst assisting the local staff.
Cambodia is located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula, between Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Cambodia is a tropical country with wide ranging geographical features including stunning mountains, rivers and a long stretch of coastline. A history marked by suffering is hard to spot on the surface as the people are extremely friendly and their joy for life is infectious.
The province of Battambang is dominated by agriculture and is known within Cambodia for its exceptional natural beauty. The namesake capital city of Battambang stands apart from well known cities, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap in that is has not yet experienced the same high volumes of western tourism.
Battambang city is located along the Sangker River and due to the surviving French colonial buildings and promenades has peculiar and unique charms. In town you can visit the local museum, the pagodas, a small 16th century Chinese temple, and the numerous statues placed on almost every street corner. For $3-4 you can hire a wooden boat to take you on trips along the river, which is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset. There are a handful of Western orientated restaurants and bars.
Volunteers are advised to fly into Siem Reap where you will be picked up at the airport and it is around a 3 hour transfer to Battambang. If you’re looking for a cheaper option then you can fly to Bangkok and get a bus to Poipet, where we can pick you up!
This volunteer project lasts a minimum of four weeks. To give you greatest flexibility in your volunteer experience we give you the option of extending your stay on a week-by-week basis.
You can book this volunteer program online by clicking on ‘Book Now’. After filling in our online booking form you will be asked to pay a sign-up fee of $250 via PayPal, which will confirm your place on the project.
The $250 sign-up fee is not an additional cost and is taken from your total project cost. Your place is not confirmed until we receive this payment. Payments can be made online via PayPal or by bank transfer. If you have any queries regarding the booking process please get in touch by sending us a message.
If you’re not ready to book, but want to find out more about any of our volunteer opportunities, click on ‘Enquire about this trip’ and submit our online enquiry form, or send us an e-mail at [email protected] Our volunteer coordinators will be happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you on what project best suits you.
Once we have confirmed your booking we will talk you through the application process and be in regular contact as we help you plan your trip of a lifetime!