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Medical Internship Project in Chiang Mai - Thailand

Medical Interns working in Hospital in ThailandVolunteering Solutions offers a medical internship opportunity at a historic, Thai-colonial hospital located within the  beautiful city of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
 
Thailand has become a medical center for much of Asia and westerners travel half-way across the world to receive expert, inexpensive medical care.  Thailand’s medical system is well known for its highly qualified doctors, staff and new medical equipment.
 
Medical Interns in this project will be paired with a full-time Thai doctor and work five days a week (Mon – Fri) 8:00am – 4:00pm.  In special cases interns may work on weekends and evenings.  Interns will shadow the Thai doctor in their normal, daily routines and assist with professional responsibilities.  
 
No more than two interns at any one time will be paired with each full-time doctor.  The amount of “on hands” involvement while interning will depend upon the intern’s experience, education, comfort level, the length of the internship and the consent of both the attending doctor and the hospital administration.  Interns who have completed course study and received their medical degree will be able to execute a more active role during their internships.
 
All of the doctors participating in the internship program have a strong command of English, having not only studied it throughout their educations, but many also having attended multiple conferences and seminars in English.  Numerous doctors have also had supplemental training within the United States and other western countries.
 
The hospital has a wide variety of departments and services.  Interns may be able to pick different centers and clinical areas of the hospital to focus their work on or to spend supplemental time in.  
 
 The hospital offers the following health care departments and services: 

 
1.    Ophthalmology
2.    Microchemistry
3.    Biochemistry
4.    Parasitological
5.    Pathology (must study in this field)  
6.    Pharmacology (must study in this field)  
7.    Family Medicine
8.    Obstetrics & Gynecology (only females can participate)
9.    Orthopedics 
10.  Emergency Room
11.  Neonatal (only females can participate)
12.  Pediatrics (HIV+ Care)
13.  Cardiology 
14.  Nursing
15.  Dental
16.  Physical Therapy
17.  Surgery
 

Medical Internship Program Description

Program Requirements

Volunteers must be 20 years or older at the beginning of the program and should be either studying Pre med, medical school or completed medical school. This project is designed for interns that are specifically interested in working in the medical profession.
 

Project Location


The project placement is located in the city of Chiang Mai which is Northern Thailand’s  largest city. Chiang Mai is a pleasant city, encircled by mountains and lush rice fields.  
 

During your Free Time 

Volunteers can take part in the Thai Cookery classes or Thai Massage course which are available all around Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai also boasts of restaurants of every international cuisine. During the weekends, you can travel to the cities of Pai , Chiang Rai or fly down to the capital city of Bangkok.

What we provide

Airport Receive/ Transfer: The project starts on 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Volunteers need to arrive 3 days prior to the start date, on a Friday. Volunteers should book their flights to arrive in Chiang Mai between 8am -8pm.
 
Orientation: All volunteers are provided with a two day orientation before starting their project work. The Orientation session covers areas like, local Thai culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Volunteers are also given a city Tour of Chiang Mai. 
 
Lodging: Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer’s home in Chiang Mai. Accommodation is shared with other volunteers. The volunteer house accommodations are located in very safe and secure neighborhoods of the city of Chiang Mai. To view the volunteer house video tour, please click here
 
Food: Volunteers are provided with breakfast at the home everyday. Lunch is at the hospital. For dinner, volunteers and interns eat at local Thai restaurants.
 
Insurance: Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here
 
In-country support: 24 hours support provided by our local staff. You will be provided with the contact details of the local coordinator and staff who will be contactable 24 hrs once you are in country.
 
Pre-departure information: After we receive full and final payment all participants are provided by a pre-departure information booklet by e-mail which will have all vital information about your program. The Pre Departure Information Booklet provides the complete details of the country, project locations, Visas, Immunizations, Things to Pack list, Accommodations, Contact Information etc.
 

Start Dates

The project starts on 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. Volunteers need to arrive 3 days prior to the start date, on a Friday.Volunteers should book their flights to arrive in Chiang Mai between 8am -8pm.
 

Program Costs

Volunteering Solutions strives hard to keep costs low and offers one of the most affordable volunteer abroad programs. Compare our prices and services to other organizations and you would be surprised to see the difference
 

Program Costs

2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
$995$1280$1560$1840$2120$2400$2680$325
Please Note: -An application fee of $200 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
£697£896£1092£1288£1484£1680£1876£228
Please Note: -An application fee of £140 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.
2 Weeks3 Weeks4 Weeks5 Weeks6 Weeks7 Weeks8 WeeksExtra Weeks
€826€1063€1295€1528€1760€1992€2225€270
Please Note: -An application fee of €170 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment.

What are you Paying For ?

    • 24 hrs Assistance and support from Staff
    • Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
    • Airport Pickup in Chiang Mai
    • 2 Day Orientation and Half day city tour
    • Cultural dinner and show
    • Food - 2 meals a day
    • Accommodation
    • Certificate of completing the internship
    • Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)

What's NOT Included ?

    • Return Airport Drop
    • Airfare
    • Visa Fee
    • Vaccinations 
    • Local Transportation
  • Chiara Calogero (Rome,Italy)

    Reviews Medical Intern Project in Thailand with Volunteering Solutions
    The pre-departure booklet was nice and the staff was really very helpful. The highlight of my experience was working at the operations...... read more
  • Hatem Ghorab (Neuilly Sur Seine,France)

    Medical Intern Project in Thailand
    The pre departure booklet was amazing it contained all the information I wanted to know. I did not need to contact the staff prior to my travel. The accommodation was good and clean...... read more
  • Nicole Thomson (Canada)

    Volunteering Solutions Reviews - Medical Internship Program, Thailand
    I really enjoyed my time at the hospital placement and I got to meet some good doctors and experience some very interesting things...... read more
Does Volunteering Solutions help with Visa?

Receiving a tourist visa for tourism purpose is the volunteer's responsibility. Volunteering Solutions strongly recommends all volunteers to apply and get a tourist visa before departing for Thailand. If needed, Volunteering Solutions do provide with written document which would help volunteers in getting the Visa.

How long does it take to process my application?

Once you have applied, we will send you details of your placement usually within 7-10 working days.

When do I need to arrive in Thailand for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Thailand?

Volunteers are picked up from the Chiang Mai/Bangkok International Airport by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Thailand will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.

For Chiang Mai Programs: - Volunteers need to arrive 3 days prior to their program start date.
For Thailand Summer Program: - Volunteers need to arrive on the same day when program starts.
For Ayutthaya: - Volunteers need to arrive 1 day prior to their program start date.
For Surin 2 weeks Program: - Volunteers need to arrive on the same day when program starts.

How do I get to the program location?

Your country coordinator will take you to your placement and introduce you to everyone after giving you a basic orientation about the program/city/culture etc.

I want to know more about accommodation arrangements?

We provide you with accommodation from your start date to the end of the program. Accommodation will either be in the volunteer’s home or with a host family. Accommodation is shared along with other volunteers. You need to bring your own toiletries, mosquito net and sleeping bag.

Are there any necessary requirements to participate in the Thailand-based volunteer programs?

The only qualifications are: -
 
-- Volunteers must be 18 years (for summer program, minimum age requirement is 17 years) or older at the beginning of the program
-- Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
-- The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
-- Be in good health.

What immunizations/vaccinations will I need?

We recommend you speak to your doctor before coming. The following are recommended vaccinations: - 

  1. Hepatitis A and B
  2. Typhoid

Are there more expenses once I arrive in Thailand?

Your program fee covers you for accommodation, airport pick up, Orientation, Pre departure information, food (depending on your project) and in country staff support . You will need to cover yourself for your personal expenses, such as traveling, telephone, internet, shopping, sightseeing etc. However you should carry around $40 - $50 per week for your basic personal expenses, such as water, local transport, phone etc.

Is there phone and internet available on projects?

Yes there is usually a phone at every placement we provide. However you will have to use Internet café’s to use Internet. It is strongly recommended that you carry a mobile phone while travelling to Thailand. You can get international roaming or can simply buy a local sim-card from the airport when you arrive.

What hours will I volunteer every day?

Volunteers usually work for 5 to 6 hours a day depending on their program. You will have weekend off so you can go to travel on weekends. However some organizations will need you to work on some Saturdays as well.

Where can I change my money in Thailand? Are there ATM’s in Thailand?

You can change money in any bank or at the airport by showing your passport. There are ATM's located all around the Chiang Mai/Bangkok city.

Can couples or families join the volunteer program?

Yes, couples and families are welcome to join our programs. We make special provisions for families joining our volunteering programs; we will be able to provide them with program placements and accommodations together.

What will be the food arrangement?

The host family provides two or three meals per day. Depending on your project you will be provided with two or three meals a day. Lunch and dinner will be rice, a bowl of soup, fried meat (chicken, beef. pork or fish) and a lot of vegetables. 

Do I need to buy health insurance?

Volunteers have the option to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance at a nominal extra cost from Volunteering Solutions. To buy insurance from Volunteering Solutions, please click here

What sorts of clothes are required for Thailand?

Lightweight clothing and rainwear is recommended as well as warmer clothing for the evenings (light jacket and/or light sweaters). A pair of walking shoes is highly recommended as well.

Do you recommend any cheap airlines flying into Thailand?

We would recommend you to visit, http://www.kayak.com, http://www.orbitz.com to have more details on cheap airlines to Thailand.

When do I need to arrive in Thailand for my program? What will happen once I arrive in Thailand?

All volunteers need to arrive two days before their program start date. Volunteers are picked up from the designated airport depending upon the program location by the local coordinator or representative. Those volunteers who are arriving overland or are already in Thailand will be picked up from the bus station or at a meeting point decided beforehand.