In 2008, this organization joined forces with Oddar Meanchey’s provincial government and began partnering with NGOs to initiate several volunteering projects in the Northern Cambodian countryside.
This project’s goal is to provide affordable medical treatment to Samraong's community members at one of its main hospitals. The main hospital has 15 doctors, 36 nurses and 2 midwives; an insufficient number for the amount of patients seeking medical care. Often patients who need medical assistance outnumber the staff, resulting in patients leaving without being seen. In addition, this hospital has recently introduced a free HIV testing facility, which has expanded their treatment abilities, but created greater stress on the hospital staff.
What's not Included
Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey Province, Cambodia's newest province, which is on the border with Thailand. To this day, the town is still recovering from a long civil war, which resulted in decades of isolation. Most people visit Samraong to do much-needed development work. Samraong is about 120 km away from Siem Reap (about 4 hours by car).
The project staff will make every effort to place you in the appropriate volunteer role based on your skills and experience. The hospital director will determine your volunteer schedule based on your resume, prior experience and qualifications.
You will begin your placement observing and monitoring hospital practices. Unless you're qualified to assist with more hands-on tasks, you will primarily be shadowing a doctor or nurse. Your tasks may include:
- Shadowing a nurse while he/she takes patients' vital signs
- Shadowing a doctor during patient consultations
- Dressing wounds (if qualified)
- Assisting in different operations, such appendectomies and cesarean sections (if qualified)
Typical day: You will work from around 8 am until 5pm, with a lunch break at the accommodation at approximately 11am, Monday to Friday. The schedule for this program is highly flexible and depends a lot on the local needs and requirements, as well as your skills. You will generally have your evenings free.
Please take note of the project's minimum requirements:
- Minimum age 18
- Good level of English
- Works well under pressure
- Flexible and able to adapt quickly to a new environment
- Police clearance form
- At least one year of medical training or related work experience
- Malaria precautions
Culture Week (highly recommended)
For an additional fee you can extend your stay for a week with a program designed to introduce you to a great stay in a new country. As part of your orientation week, you will receive basic language classes to help you get around the country without a hassle. You will also have the opportunity to take some traditional cooking classes as well as travel to some of the finest temples in the area, engaging in Q&A sessions with monks to enhance your understanding of Buddhism and its customs. Throughout the week, there will many opportunities to interact with the local residents, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the community.