Medicine Volunteer Projects in Vietnam
Volunteering on a Medicine Project in Vietnam with Projects Abroad is a challenging experience that will allow you to gain new skills and knowledge in a medical setting. You will be based in Hanoi at one of several different hospitals where you will shadow and work alongside some of the most skilled doctors in the country.
- Placement location: Hanoi
- Role: To work alongside highly skilled doctors and nurses in a variety of different departments
- Type of placements: Hospitals
- Requirements: Volunteers must have completed at least one year of medical related studies
- Accommodation: Host family or shared volunteer apartment
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
The hospitals we are partnered with are generally of a high standard and are equipped with the modern technology that you would find in hospitals in your own country. At each hospital you will be able to observe differences in general healthcare practices, such as traditional medicine or family members caring for patients instead of nurses.
In addition to the main hospital departments (surgery, paediatrics, oncology, internal medicine, dermatology, acupuncture, ICU, cardiology, traditional medicine, and dentistry), volunteers can also choose to be placed in radiology and plastic surgery departments.
Surgery can be further broken down into:
- General surgery
- Orthopaedic surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Maxillo-facial surgery
- Spinal surgery
- Cardiovascular surgery
- Digestive surgery
- Emergency abdominal surgery
- Hepato-biliary surgery
Your Role as a Medicine Volunteer in Vietnam
On arrival you will be introduced to your supervisor, their role is to ensure that you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible during your placement. Your role at the hospital will usually start by being observational as you shadow the local staff. If you show enthusiasm and initiative and develop a good relationship with the medical staff, you may find that you gain enough trust to be given more to do. As with any job – and especially in the field of medicine - you must prove yourself to be trustworthy before you are given responsibilities!
Although English is increasingly spoken in Vietnam, not all of the doctors will speak English; Projects Abroad will therefore provide you with a translator for your first couple of weeks to help you settle in and you can ask lots of questions.
Most hospitals in Vietnam provide treatment to the patients in the morning. Hospital staff work on paperwork in the afternoons. During the afternoons volunteers can therefore continue to provide treatment to patients if needed, research cases or help by teaching conversational English to some of the doctors and nurses.
You will usually work from Monday to Friday with the weekends free. Depending on the location of your placement you may stay with a local host family, or you may stay in a Projects Abroad rented volunteer house or guest house.
It is possible to join the medical project at the hospitals and rehabilitation centres for just two weeks, if you don’t have time to join us for a longer period, however, please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Vietnam Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.