The Medical project in Ho Chi Minh provides skilled medical professionals and students with the opportunity to experience a new culture and working environment, while simultaneously developing their specialized medical knowledge. Volunteers are given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of differences between medical systems in developed and developing countries. Volunteers are placed in a local Orthopedic and Rehabilitation hospital in Ho Chi Minh, where they work alongside a local doctor and/or nurse who guides them in different tasks and activities at their placement. It is important to note that as a volunteer, you will not be allowed to partake in major procedures and your role will be more job shadowing. Depending on your level of experience, you may observe operations, provide assistance in basic procedures and visit patients before and after surgery, as well as any other tasks offered or required by the local staff. While volunteers are always encouraged by local staff to see and learn as much as possible, the local staff are also very interested in gaining a better understanding of medical work in your country and learning about the similarities and differences. Volunteers are able to work within the fields of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy with children and adults who suffer from cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, congenital motor system deformity and other disabilities.
Please note, there is a minimum duration requirement of 2 weeks for this project. The Medical project has a surcharge of US$25 per week for training provided and resources used on this project. This amount will be included in the Program Fee quoted to you by IVHQ when you apply. Volunteers need to be in training or qualified in a relevant medical field, therefore, volunteers are required to present a copy of their qualifications and certificates to our partner organization on arrival in Vietnam.