Thailand Medical Volunteers

2-8 weeks

from £729.00

Trip Highlights

  • Educate villagers about hygiene, health and keeping healthy
  • Experience the way of life in a rural Thai village
  • Assist Thai medical staff in procedures (Dependant on current experience/qualifications)

Trip Summary

This nursing and medical project assists villagers in rural and poor parts of Thailand that require medical assistance and education on hygiene and staying healthy. You will get to experience the life of a rural Thai village whilst getting involved with helping local staff diagnose and treat patients.

Mainly based in a small village of around 7,000 the healthcare centre is the first port of call for most of the community and treats a large number of people most weeks. Staffed by locally trained nursing and medical staff, a large number of different health problems are catered for as well as regular health checks and clinics.

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Trip Info

This project is an on-going government healthcare centre that provides medical assistance to villagers in rural and poor parts of a fast developing country.

This is a challenging program but one offering a real insight into the life of a Thai village and the health issues within for volunteers with the right approach and willingness to be led by the local team. The nursing and general medical projects are becoming more and more popular as many qualified medical and nursing professionals and students, of all ages and in various stage of their training, are using this to both gain experience and also to gain college / Uni credit.

The centres that we work with provide medical treatment and education to rural communities in Thailand. Without these centres villagers would not have any medical assistance.

Thai medical staff will be working at the clinics. Volunteers must be led by and be respectful of the local Thai healthcare workers and of course the patients that they treat. Sensitivity and cultural awareness are required.

Please note that treatments and medication may from time to time be different from that which you are used to. However, the staff at the centre are experts in the setting where they are and one must be careful not to assume that because we treat something differently in the ‘West’ that that is necessarily the right way to operate in a rural setting in Thailand.

You will be working Monday- Thursday, 9am until 3pm, with Fridays and weekends free.

Typically activities may include any of the following:

  • Conducting general health checks with the villagers including weight, height and waist measurements.
  • Participating in the Hypertension Clinic; focusing on blood pressure, weight and BMI
  • Participating in the Diabetics Clinic; screening patients for what is a more and more common challenge in the community
  • Helping educate the villagers about health challenges and remaining healthy. Common areas focused on are Dengue Fever, Hand Foot and Mouth Program and Birth Control Program.
  • Joining home visits
  • Assessment of child development in the community
  • Participating in the school health check program including educating young students about the importance of basic hygiene
  • If you are Medically qualified you MAY be able to assist with the diagnosing of illnesses and treatment, subject to the agreement of the Thai professionals on site and their patients
  • If you are a qualified Nurse you MAY be able to assist with occasional dressing of wounds, sutures etc although this is of course subject to the agreement of the Thai professionals on site and their patients
  • ER Part do the wound dressing, suture (Need experience), Injection (Need experience)
  • Assisting with clinics at the local temple, running health checks for the monks
  • Participating in ‘pap’ / ‘smear’ test screening – subject to your qualifications and agreement of the local professionals and patients
  • Observing the role of the clinic and those working there
  • Packing the medications and medical materials or packing the medical materials.
  • Experiencing the way of life in a rural Thai village

Please be aware that these are guideline activities and may vary during your time at the project. The in country co-ordinator will confirm the work that you are required to help with once you get to the project. 

Day 1: Arrive into Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand

If your flight arrives between 06:00am and 10:00pm then a member of in country staff will be pick you up from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and transfer you to your guest house in Khao San road.

Day 2: Orientation and tour of Bangkok

Orientation will take place in the breakfast area of your guest house and will be followed by a tour of Bangkok with a professional guide. A boat trip and a visit to Wat Arun and Wat Pho are included in this tour.

There is an option to extend the tour to include a visit to the Grand Place for an additional 500 THB paid on entrance.

After on that evening, there will be social evening held in Khao San Road.

Day 3: Transfer to Surin

Today you will be making your way to Surin. One of our staff members will accompany you via public transport.

On arrival in Surin, you will be transferred to the volunteer house where a member of the local team will provide you with further location and project specific details.

Day 4 & Following Weeks: Working on the Project

Day 4 is the day that you will start working on the project! Due to the ever changing needs of the community in regards to healthcare, and volunteers’ involvement with patients based on their experience and qualification, an exact breakdown of the day to day activities on the itinerary will be decided when you arrive.

Typically, your days will be filled with assisting the local medical staff in conducting general health checks, educating  villagers about health and remaining healthy, participating in the school health check program including educating young students about the importance of basic hygiene, packing the medications and medical materials and observing the role of the clinic and who is working there. If you are fully qualified, you may also get involved with diagnosing of illnesses and treatment and assisting with occasional dressing of wounds although this is of course subject to the agreement of the Thai professionals on site and their patients.

On your weekends when you have more time you will have the chance to explore the beautiful surrounding area or if you fancy travelling further afield why not try Khao Yai National Park, one of Thailand's most rewarding reserves or alternatively the beautiful island of Ko Samet on the east coast is the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend. Cambodia is also close enough for you to visit on a long weekend.

Your Last Day

After having spent quite a long time here in the village we’re sure you will miss it. You can say goodbye to your new friends and make your way back to Bangkok (or towards your new destination if you plan on continuing travelling).

Flights

Flights

To receive your included airport pick- up, your flight to Thailand should arrive at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) on your programme start date between 6am and 10pm. Your return flight or onward travel should be arranged on your programme end date.

To book your flights, please contact our flights team on 01892 277037 so that we can search for some great flight deals.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination. 

DBS

This is a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you if you book this with us and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking. If you are from outside the UK you will need to provide us with a recent police record check from your home country.

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to arrange the correct visa/s for your time away. Please ensure you check the most up to date visa requirements with the embassy before you travel. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand. Entry to Thailand is normally refused if you have a passport which is damaged or has pages missing.

British passport holders arriving by air can enter Thailand for 30 days without a visa. If you’re arriving at an overland crossing, you’ll only be given visa free entry valid for 15 days. If you plan to stay in Thailand for longer than the time endorsed on arrival you must apply for a visa prior to departure or get an extension of stay in Thailand. 

If you are not a UK passport holder, you will need to contact your nearest Embassy, High Commission, Consulate for the country that you are travelling to in order to obtain the relevant visa for your time away.

Visa courier service

For those of you who would prefer a specialist company to take care of your visa needs, we have teamed up Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice when arranging your visa/s for your time away; making your preparations for your trip easier and more straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

Whats Included

  • Two nights guest house accommodation in Bangkok & accommodation in volunteer house
  • Airport pick-up on arrival
  • Full orientation of project and surrounding areas
  • 24 hour emergency support and full ongoing Thai translator support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return Airport Transfer
  • Food

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