Program & Schedule
This medical program will have you in close contact with patients and medical staff at Vientiane’s medical facility. You’ll learn from the medical staff about the treatments they use for their patients, the majority of whom have medical issues concerning their limbs (arms, legs, feet and hands).
During your time here, you will:
- Observe a doctor in his/her daily routine
- Observe and experience common cases in treatments
- Exchange medical experience and knowledge according to your ability
- Assist with the treatments (occupational therapy), patient care and diagnostic examinations of patients where possible
In the early stage of the program, your placement should be understood as an observatory role and exchange experience, but as needs arise, you will assist with patient treatment, patient care and examinations where feasible. This depends on your level of experience. Occupational therapists will be placed in the rehabilitation center, where they can assist with physical exercises.
You will also be asked to engage with the local nurses and doctors in Medical English terminology and general English conversation skills for body examinations and treatments. You will hopefully end up learning some of the Laos language also!
This medical project will be coordinated by the organization’s staff and supervised by a staff member from the medical team at CMR. Part of the program fee will go to the medical center for the facilitation and supervision of this project.
Aims & Objectives
- Support the local organisation with the medical help and attention they offer to this Laotian community
- Exchange medical knowledge with local staff
- Gain valuable knowledge as well as practical experience on medical practice in Laos
Monday to Friday
A typical schedule may look like:
- Shadowing local doctors and nurses during patient treatment
- Assist in patient care and follow up on morning directives
Participant Criteria & Requirements
Minimum age: 18
Maximum age: -
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: No
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: On Signup
Required qualification: Specific Medical Training
- 1 year medical training or medical related work experience in the areas of Physical or Occupational Therapy
- Document(s) must be submitted 2 weeks prior to arrival date
Living & Location
Ban Houakhoua Village is located in the Naxaythong District, located about 25 kilometers from Vientiane, the country’s capital. This location allows for the best of both worlds, its rural nature will give you a taste of Laos while still being close enough to the city!
The accommodation is tucked away in the countryside of Laos, allowing you to get a true taste of Laotian sceneries. It has a sports area where you can play football or volleyball with other participants!
It is surrounded by rice fields and lakes, which you can take advantage of through activities such as swimming and boating.
We offer a variety of Western and delicious Laotian dishes accompanied with a lot of fruit.
You can find simple groceries and beverages sold in two local restaurants located next to the accommodation. There are also shops and a local market located 3 minutes and 10 minutes away respectively, by foot. There is also a pharmacy and local clinic located less than 5 kilometers away.
There is a lake-side makeshift restaurant just for us, where you can enjoy the evenings and order Western or Laotian food at reasonable prices.
Vientiane is located about 25 kilometers away and it is very easy to reach via public transport from our center and back. Anything that you might need can be found there, with its numerous shopping malls, a cinema and local markets to explore! There are also bikes available for you to use to explore the area during the afternoons.
The closest ATM machine can be found on the main road to Vientiane, approximately 5 kilometers from the accommodation. We advise all participants to bring some local currency with them for personal expenses, although you don’t need a lot of money when you stay with us, participants can exchange money or use the ATM at the airport when they arrive.
Activities & Events
These optional activities can be enjoyed by all participants of all programs staying at this location:
There is a BBQ night every Tuesday, which provides a perfect opportunity to relax and spend time with other participants on our lakeside restaurant!
Cozy movie night at the accommodation
We will head to a local restaurant (or if preferred stay in our location) to enjoy one of Southeast Asia’s favorite activities - Karaoke! (or “sing a song”, as the locals like to call it)
Sights & Surroundings
A laid-back, French-influenced city situated on the banks of the Mekong River and is located only 25 minutes away from our center. This ancient city, is different from any other capital city in Southeast Asia. With its authentic Laotian and French colonial style, it truly is ‘a pearl at the Mekong”.
A favorite go-to place for our participants during their weekends! The city is a major backpacker hub, made famous thanks to its nightlife and outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and kayaking.
Although a bit further afield it is still worth the journey for sure. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Southeast Asia thanks to its alluring mountainous landscapes and riverside location!
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):
Name: Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Population: 7 million
Currency: Kip (LAK)
Time zone: ICT +7:00
Once known as the ‘land of a million elephants’, Laos is the only landlocked country in Asia, bordered by Burma, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. It became a French protectorate in 1893 and finally became an independent country in 1953 with a constitutional monarchy. This monarchy however was shortly ended by a long civil war. Today Laos is a single-party socialist republic whilst remaining strongly influenced by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Vietnam People’s Army. The Laotian people make up roughly 60% of the population whilst indigenous groups and hill tribes account for 40% of the Laotian population.
It is a country that has a lot to offer whether it’s the underground river caves, the white-water rapids and jungle zip lines for thrill seekers, the beautiful forests for trekkers and nature lovers or the wonderful cuisine for the foodies!
The average temperature in Laos is around 29°C although in the cooler months, temperatures can drop to around 15-20°C. It has a tropical monsoon climate with its rainy season spanning from May to October. The dry season can be subdivided into two categories: the cool, dry season spanning from November to February and then the hot, dry season which lasts from March up to April.
High season in Laos tends to be from November to March when the temperatures are more agreeable, note that prices rise accordingly during this period too! July and August can be quite wet with high humidity but the landscape becomes especially greener during this time. The low season months can be found from April to June and September to October. April and May are especially hot, this is when temperatures are most likely to reach 40°C, the months of September and October can be incredibly wet as well.
Like its neighbours Cambodia and Thailand, Theravada Buddhism is the dominant form of religion in Laos and has a significant influence in Laotian culture, playing a role in its language, art, literature and performing arts.
It is a country that has managed to retain its authenticity and traditions, more so than some of its neighbours which are becoming increasingly modernised and succumbing to western influences in many ways.
The staple food in Laos is steamed sticky rice, which is thought to have originated in Laos. The Laotian people are thought of as the largest consumers of sticky rice in the world. Galangal (comparable to ginger), lemongrass, and padaek (fermented fish sauce) are all important ingredients in Lao cuisine.