Vietnam – Medical Placement in Ho Chi Minh

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This program is based in a government-operated hospital which serves the underprivileged community of Ho Chi Minh City. It aims to offer effective treatment to a large number of its local population with the help of international volunteers.


Program Highlights:

  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s largest city
  • Assist and observe clinicians in a government-operated hospital
  • Receive a certificate of accomplishment upon program completion
  • Gain international work experience
  • Explore outdoor markets, temples and more during free time
  • You can enhance your Vietnam experience by adding our “Culture Week in Ho Chi Minh” for an additional cost. If you book together with this program, you will receive a 50% discount off the culture week’s full price! *Discount will be applied to your final balance.


Your Schedule at a Glance (Minimum one-week commitment):

Arrival Day, Sunday: Arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN). You will be picked up by the local team and transferred to your accommodations in a college campus in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 1, Monday: Volunteer will receive an introduction to the local team, their program, partake in Vietnamese culture lesson, a language lesson and tour around the local area. Following lunch, volunteers will partake in activities with local students and visit a market.

Days 2-5, Tuesday-Friday: Volunteers will assist in the clinic and shadow Vietnamese doctors while learning about the hospital’s medical practices and treatment methods.

Day 6, Saturday: Departure day for volunteers only staying for one week. Volunteers staying longer than one week will have both Saturday and Sunday free.

Remaining Weeks: Volunteers staying longer than one week will work at the site Monday-Friday and have weekends free.


Location icon Location of the Project: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Project length Project length: Minimum 1 week – Maximum 8 weeks

Arrival Airport Arrival Airport: Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)

Volunteer Work Volunteer Work: Shadowing medical professionals

Age Age: 18-75

Number of Volunteers Number of Volunteers: Up to 15 international volunteers

Important Note Important Note: You will need to buy or rent navy scrubs to wear at the hospital.


What’s Included

Accommodations Accommodations: Shared dorm room on college campus

Food Food: Three meals are provided during the weekdays, and two meals are provided on weekend days.

Airport Transfers Airport Transfers: Airport pick up is included on arrival day

Orientation Orientation: All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival

Support Support: Comprehensive and professional pre-departure travel guidance, 24/7 GoEco emergency hotline, experienced local field team.


What’s not Included

Flights, visas (if required), travel health insurance, personal expenses, daily transport to project location, weekend lunches, airport drop off

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam’s largest city, has completely transformed over the last two decades as a result of Doi Moi, the 1986, widespread economic reform. It went from a war-ravaged city to a flourishing metropolis, putting it in a position to rival Bangkok and other Asian powerhouses. The city’s gushing success can be seen in its five-star restaurants, fancy hotels, topnotch bars and clubs and luxury shops. However, much remains to be done to improve and expand the social and health services for its residents.


This project offers the opportunity to observe Vietnamese doctors while learning about the hospital’s medical practices and treatment methods. The project will start with an introduction to the hospital equipment, the operating procedures and the staff with whom you will be working. You will then be assigned to either a nurse, staff member or a doctor, whom you will shadow for the remainder of your placement.


Some of your tasks may include:

  • Measuring blood pressure
  • Monitoring patients
  • Observing, recording and analyzing patient conditions
  • Observation in various departments, such as X-ray room, Rehab, Speech Therapy and Acupuncture
  • Helping in the children’s or adult’s ward (depending on the need at the time)
  • Upon completion of this placement, you will receive a certificate to reflect your accomplishments.


A typical day: You will be at the hospital five-six hours per day (not including travel time), Monday-Friday. There is usually a two-hour break. Depending on the needs of the hospital at the time and your level of medical experience, you will shadow doctors performing medical procedures, shadow other hospital staff members and/or participate in everyday tasks.
Although weekends are free, you do have the option to volunteer at the hospital on Saturday and Sunday.


Please note: Due to patient safety and local licensing regulations, this placement is primarily a shadowing opportunity. Not all doctors have a high level of English.


Holidays: During public holidays, volunteers can join the local celebrations. Please inquire about exact dates.


Internet iconInternet: There is WiFi in the rooms as well as Internet cafes nearby.

Laundry icon Laundry: Affordable laundry services are available close to the accommodations.

Accommodations icon Accommodations: You will stay in the dormitories of a college campus. There is an air- conditioner in every room. Rooms are single-gender and shared with up to six people. They are basic but comfortable, with bunk beds. There are eight shared showers – four hot and four cold – and a western-style toilet in each room. There are several common areas, including a terrace overlooking the city, a cafe and a creative corner with paint and guitars. Volunteers are required to follow campus regulations, including an 11:30 PM curfew.

Food icon Food: Three meals a day are included and served at a restaurant on campus. Meals are typically Vietnamese, but also include some Western dishes.


Please take note of this project’s minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Police clearance
  • Able to work in hot and humid climate
  • CV/Resume
  • Previous medical experience: currently enrolled in nursing or medical school, or qualified nurse/doctor/therapist
  • Immunizations (please consult your local travel clinic)

Culture Week (Highly Recommended):
For an additional fee you can extend your stay for a week, with a program designed to introduce you to Ho Chi Minh and Vietnamese culture, as well as give you time to get to know the other volunteers. During the week you will visit some of Vietnam’s iconic landmarks, market places and even go to a traditional water puppet show. You’ll take cooking and language lessons, learn about traditional jewelry techniques and get an understanding of Vietnam’s past, present and future.

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