Program & Schedule
The hospital where you will be working aims to offer affordable health treatment to all the inhabitants of Samraong. Unfortunately, the hospital is inundated with patients who cannot receive assistance due to a shortage of staff.
At this project, you will be able to develop your pre-existing medical understanding and help deter the problem that the understaffed hospital faces. Furthermore, the you will be able to absorb knowledge, information and experience from the existing medical staff at the hospital whilst working abroad.
You will begin by observing and monitoring hospital practices, carrying out daily tasks and helping out where needed. After this, you will have an opportunity to progress to a more "hands on" role at the hospital.
A variety of options are available for those on this medical placement. Depending on your level of skill and experience, we will find the correct role for you in which we can fully optimize your abilities allowing you to contribute as much as possible to the hospital. We are able to offer you with daily roles as nurses and doctors if you are experienced.
In accordance with Cambodian law, this program will be supervised by a registered doctor.
- Bed capacity of 120 beds
- Staff includes 15 doctors, 36 nurses and 2 midwives
- A maternity ward facility is available
- 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 happen here, such as: appendectomy and cesarean section
- A free HIV testing facility was recently added
- There are some diseases/cases that require patients to be transferred to other hospitals. For example: cancer, diabetes, meningitis, and serious traffic accidents
Aims & Objectives
- Offer affordable health treatment to the inhabitants of Samraong
- Give you invaluable, practical experience in medical work abroad
- Assist the local staff by lending an extra hand
- Develop your teamwork and medical skills through exchange of knowledge and practical work
Monday to Friday
You can expect to work from 08:00 - 1700, with a lunch break at around 11:00. Your tasks and activities will vary based on your skill level and qualifications.
The activities for this program are highly flexible and also largely depend on the needs and requirements at the time.This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: No
Passport copy required: No
Resume copy required: On Arrival
Required qualification: Medical Background
- You must have at least one year of medical training or related work experience
- You will need to bring a copy of your qualification certificates
Living & Location
Samraong, which name translates from Khmer into “impenetrable jungle”, is a town located in northwestern Cambodia, close to the border with Thailand. You will be located in a small, rural village located in the outskirts of town. This remote location will give you a taste of what rural Cambodia looks and feels like, while at the same time allowing you to explore some of Cambodia’s highlights, as Siem Reap is located only two hours away.
The accommodation in Samraong is simple and natural. There are no laundry facilities, so expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places that you can do laundry in the town for a small cost.
All locations have a communal area where you can eat, relax, meet fellow participants or use the free Wifi. Requests for specific locations or room configurations cannot be guaranteed.
There are bikes available, which you can use to explore the area during your free time!
Your meals will be typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian options are available.
There are ATMs in Samraong, as well as a bank. There are numerous local shops where you can get all the basics you might need during your stay. Depending on the location of your accommodation, these may be accessible within a 10 - 15 minute bike ride or walk.
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
There is a nearby park where you can relax or play volleyball with locals during your free time.
Further away is Siem Reap, which is two hours away from the accommodation. Participants often opt to head there during the weekends to explore the famous Angkor Wat and more!
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
- Siem Reap
- Banteay Chhmar
Name: Kingdom of Cambodia
Capital: Phnom Penh
Currency: Riel (KHR)
Time zone: UTC +7
Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat - finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.
Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.
Cambodia has monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from 21°C - 35°C (The average year-round temperature is 27.7°C). Its monsoon season spans from May - October, whilst dry season lasts from November to December . Dry season is the most popular time to visit however rainy season can be incredibly beautiful in Cambodia due to the richer colours that it causes. The rain also can help to make temperatures more pleasant. Post-monsoon season is also a favourite time to visit because of the stunning green countryside
Whilst temperatures do not vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.
Buddhism is an important aspect of Khmer cultural and is practiced by 95% of the Cambodian population.
In true Asian style, the staple food in Cambodia is rice whilst fish from the Mekong river plays another major part in Khmer cuisine. You can also expect to find use of noodles, soups, stir-fries, curries and salads and so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The french colonial influence can even be seen in the use of toasted baguette with Cambodian red curry.
It has to be said that the Cambodian cuisine is relatively unknown compared to that of Thailand and Vietnam.