Join a Medicine internship in Cambodia and shadow doctors in a hospital as they consult with and treat patients. You can rotate around a number of departments, learning directly from medical staff. We’ll teach you how to diagnose and treat different illnesses and diseases.
Our medical placements in Cambodia give you a deeper insight into a developing country’s healthcare system. This kind of work experience will give your CV an extra edge. Unsure of what you would like to specialise in in the future? You can work in more than one department.
We’ll also teach you basic medical skills that you can put into practise during outreaches. You'll work under supervision, monitoring heart rates and measuring blood sugar and blood pressure.
You will live in Phnom Penh, and live in shared Projects Abroad apartment. You can spend your free time sampling delicious local food, and visiting ancient temples.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 212 244 7234 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
You should have completed at least three years of medical related studies or training.
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will you do during your medical internship in Cambodia?
During your medical internship in Cambodia, you’ll be involved in the following activities:
- Shadow medical staff as they consult and treat patients in a state hospital
- Provide free basic healthcare in underprivileged areas of Phnom Penh
- Raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of common illnesses
Your work will be split in the following main areas:
Shadow doctors at the hospital
During your internship, you’ll observe experienced doctors during their hospital rounds. You’ll also sit in on their consultations as they talk with and assess their patients. This will help give you insight into the types of illnesses prevalent in Cambodia. From the doctor, you’ll learn how to diagnose and treat the diseases you see. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes.
Throughout your stay, you will have the chance to work in different medical departments. Your level of involvement within the hospital will also depend on your initiative and the trust you build with the medical staff.
Many of the disadvantaged communities in Cambodia cannot afford access to healthcare. As part of your internship, you’ll participate in community outreaches. Most of our outreaches take place in childcare centres. You’ll do health checks, and monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and temperature. All of your work is done under supervision.
Run awareness and prevention campaigns
Due to the conditions in disadvantaged communities and the lack of education, many of the locals are susceptible to disease and illness. You’ll help us raise awareness on how to prevent diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, and parasitic infections. You’ll also share knowledge about how to spot the signs and symptoms.
Where in Cambodia will I be working?
Situated along the Mekong riverside is the charming capital city of Phnom Penh. The city offers a host of attractions, including historical museums in the city centre, the famous Royal Palace situated along the riverside promenade, and modern malls or local marketplaces.
As a medical intern, you’ll work in one of the hospitals in this rapidly modernising city. Most interns work at a large state hospital, but there is also an opportunity to work with children in a paediatric hospital.
The state hospital is the largest hospital in the city and the facilities are basic. With over 17,000 patients being admitted to the hospital every year, there will always be work for you to observe. There’s no need for a translator as most of the doctors speak English. Many of them also speak French.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
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