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Ho Chi Minh - Medical Placement

Aims & Objectives

The government operated hospital aims to offer effective treatment to a large number of citizens from Ho Chi Minh. At this project you will be able to share your pre-existing knowledge with the medical staff at the hospital as well as absorb new knowledge and information in return.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Introduction Day
Your project starts with an introduction day on the first Monday including a tour of the area surrounding the accommodation, available facilities, cultural "do's and don'ts", safety concerns as well as some basic local language lessons. You can also choose to start with an introduction week orientation.

Monday to Friday
After your initial orientation day or week, you will work typically 4-6 hours per day.

You will have the opportunity to shadow nurses, doctors, and therapists. Depending on your profile and availability, your daily tasks may consist of medication preparation, blood pressure measurement, basic triage and wound care.

Your Role - General Information

On the other hand, undoubtedly the best thing about working in healthcare or in the medical field is the fact that you’ll be helping the local people of this amazing city every single day while making an impact in their lives even in just a short period of time. Regardless of an exhausting the work and role you may have, working in the medical field allows you to nurture your desire to help others and give back to the community as well. In this program, you will need endless patience, energy and a sense of responsibility and accountability, as you will work with patients with health problems and concerns.

Your general duties will include the following:

Shadow observe and assist with the Hospital's daily operations.
Assist patients/residents in their health concerns with the close monitoring of the doctor/nurses in charge.
Observe local doctors/nurses on duty during operations and other medical procedures.
Observe in diagnosing and treating patient's illnesses performed by the doctors/nurse on duty.
Participate in basic triage, wound care, blood pressure measurement and medication preparation.
Join healthcare campaigns (if there is any) for children at local schools or communities to increase their health awareness.
Partake in the day-to-day activities of the hospital.
Note: Possible activities during your time in the hospital may vary depending on your background and experience.

During the Medical Placement, the following needs to be considered:
Work at the placement between 4-6 hours a day.
You will be requested to wear a scrub during working time, you must bring a scrub with you or rent one at the accommodation when you arrive, if possible wear a proper medical uniform.
Be on time and always come to the hospital prepared.
Smile and have lots of patience as you are working with patients with different medical conditions.
Always be kind and calm in different situations.
Be attentive to the care, diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Be careful when using the hospital equipment.
Show compassion towards the patients.
Be always respectful of the local staff, fellow participants, patients, and hospital staff.
Adhere to the rules and regulations of the hospital.
Beware of the medical protocols, procedures, and guidelines of the hospital.

Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.

Please note that there will be a long break in between shifts at lunch time.

Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings and weekends the volunteers are free to relax or take the opportunity to explore other parts of Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh has an incredible number of things to see and do, from the busy morning markets where you can taste the most incredible street food to the Cu Chi tunnels, where you can experience firsthand the conditions of the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war, Ho Chi Minh is a city where modern culture meets ancient temples and you'll wish you had more time.
Long weekends can also be taken to give you time to travel further afield and explore more of the country.

Public Holidays

The project is either closed or has alternative activities on public holidays.

02 September

* Lunar New Year
During the Lunar New Year (Tet), volunteers will prepare food (lunch) for the at-risk community (mostly the young children). We also arrange some activities with the children (singing, dancing, playing, etc…) and teach them English. The local team will buy all the food, ingredients and materials for volunteers to help with preparation of the food, cooking the food and serving for that center. The center is about 45 minutes by bus from the accommodation, and you can expect to volunteer from 08:00-13:00. Alternatively, volunteers can use the time to travel and join in on the local festivities.

Please note that there are fewer patients during the holidays, which means fewer activities at the project.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Good level of English
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Passport copy required on arrival
Participants wanting to take part in this program should have a medical background such as studying medicine, nursing, pharmacy etc. You will need to provide your CV and a copy of your passport to be submitted to the hospital. You can submit your papers to your travel advisor who can forward them onwards.

What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.

Volunteering work and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. At times, alterations in activities are due to changes in local conditions. This can be part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that it is.

How Long Should I Volunteer?

Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.

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Ylimääräiset paikallismaksut


Your accommodation is on a campus in a college dorm where we have our own rooms reserved for volunteers only. The dorm is on the 4th floor, but there is a lift. The rooms are shared between 4-6 participants with private hot water shower and air-conditioning. WiFi is available, but please note that the quality of the Internet access depends on weather conditions. In Southeast Asia internet accessibility is often rather unstable due to heavy rain.

There is also a room reserved as an office, where you can go to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available for you to borrow. There is a nice local cafe next to our dorm.

All volunteers are expected to be environmentally conscious and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to participate in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. In an effort to go green, we have installed a hot water solar system, as such, there may be a shortage of hot water during cloudy days or at night time.

Please note:
This accommodation has a 24:00 curfew.

There is a pool available for volunteers to use free of charge at the 4-star hotel next to the accommodation.

Paikalliset kuljetukset

You will be met upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport (SGN) by our team between 06:00 and 21:30. They will be waiting outside the airport’s main arrival hall and holding a sign with either your name or "The Green Lion". If you don’t see him/her, please do not leave the airport, but wait at pole number 3 (after picking up your luggage and coming through customs). Please note that in some cases you may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.

Flight arrivals after 22:00 will incur an additional fee for pickup.

Alternatively you can make your own way to the accommodation at your own cost (with at least a 24-hour notice of your arrival plan) so that arrangements can be made to have the gate opened by the security team for your arrival.

How To Get Here On Your Own
Option A: By Taxi (easiest option)
You can take a taxi at the airport straight to our Ho Chi Minh center (address below). A ride should not cost you more than USD$5-7. Use only Mai Linh and Vinasun, SM they are trustworthy companies with taximeters and satellite maps to show you where you are. Other companies working at the airport are not official and may overcharge you.

Option B.
Prior to your arrival, you may download the Grab App, a digital app, where you can arrange private cabs or cars straight to our accommodation center with the address below. Additionally, you can input your pickup and dropoff points without needing to speak with the driver. With Grab, you can easily find the car you've booked by its green color and license plate numbers.

Late Arrivals
We discourage late arrivals as it may take longer for you to settle into your program. Any emergency or early/late arrivals need to be communicated to us via email [email protected].

Transfer Coordinator: +84 (0) 77 8310 910 (Ms. Anna Pham)
If you are lost or have any major concerns regarding transfer, please contact the coordinator who speaks English.

Tourist Police: Dial 113. The Touristic Police of Vietnam are trained to assist you in English. Direct any safety concerns to them.

Getting to the Project
There are no transportation costs between the accommodation and the project.

Getting Around in Ho Chi Minh
There are many taxis around the campus. You can easily catch a taxi from the main road to get to any destination in Ho Chi Minh.

Departure Information
Check-out is on the Saturday before 12:00 in the last week of your program. We can assist you in arranging a local bus or taxi back to the airport. A bus will cost around USD $1 and a taxi USD $5-7.


Three good Asian style meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) are provided every day of the program, and on weekends only brunch and dinner. However, meals will also be served based on your dietary requirements, but you need to inform us in advance.


What to Bring
Blue scrubs, closed shoes (no flip flops allowed)

Local SIM Card
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM card for your whole time in Vietnam for your own personal safety and for easier/cheaper communication with other participants, staff and family back home, and especially if travelling to us by yourself, this becomes especially useful. These are extremely cheap in Vietnam, costing around USD $3-5.

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