This is a great volunteer abroad opportunity for medical students to gain international work exposure. Medical students joining the medical internship program in Thailand are placed at some of the best hospitals in Bangkok city. Interns under this program are paired with a team of professional doctors and nursing staff. Interns will shadow the Thai doctor in their normal, daily routines and assist with professional responsibilities. 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 amount of hands on work that volunteer interns would get depends on the knowledge and skills which the doctor would acces upon meeting the volunteers. Interns would also need to send in a letter of motivation and recommendation from university, which is required by the hospital before they begin with their medical internship in Thailand.
The hospital in Bangkok offers the following health care departments and services:
The hospital cannot ethically allow individuals without the proper experience, education and certifications to actively participate in medical procedures they are not able to conduct. Most interns only observe or help out with very minor tasks. The tasks assigned to the interns will be strictly on the basis of the level of their education and experience. While pre-med students would mostly be observing the doctors and the staff, 3rd and final year medical as well as nursing students can get hands on experience depending upon their level of work experience and understanding; such as suturing wounds, giving vaccinations, measuring blood pressure, fever, etc. A list of daily routine of the intern volunteers includes general tasks as given below:
Volunteers joining the medical internship program in Thailand, Bangkok are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. It must be noted that every placement functions at a different pace and on separate time-lines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
The same volunteer work schedule continues for the coming weeks
Weekends : Free to explore the city and indulge in some great weekend activities in Bangkok
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
VolSol ensures that all our international volunteers are provided the same comfort as they get at their homes. We ensure that your stay, meals and other personal requirements are looked after well.
All international volunteers are required to arrive on Friday in Bangkok. Pick up from the Suvarnabhumi Airport is available between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers are requested to wait at the airport if there is a time difference between the pick up hours and arrival of flights. Also, volunteers who are already in Bangkok or arriving at Don Mueang Airport, will be picked from the airport, their local stay, hostel or hotel. Make sure you inform us in advance.
During weekend an extensive orientation session is held. Volunteers are taken for the tour of the local area and visits to Victory Monument and Chatuchak Market. A detailed information about the activities would be provided after the enrolment in your respective programs. During this session, volunteers would be familiarized with local transportation, currency, culture and utility shops in the area. After their sessions, volunteers are again free to get their personal belongings and work done.
Accommodation for our volunteers are provided in the volunteer house which has good road connectivity via BTS sky train system. All bedrooms are well furnished and have air conditioners. Rooms are allotted on same gender sharing basis. The entire house is wifi enabled. This volunteer house is in the well known residential area and is very safe too. The area is well kempt and clean too. A ride to Sky Train station would cost one around 20 Thai Bahts (80 US cents).
Volunteers are provided 2 meals a day, breakfast at the accommodation and lunch at the project site. There is a fully functional kitchen at the volunteer’s house, complete with daily supplies (breads, eggs, vegetables, etc.) you are free to cook your own meal. A simple lunch is provided at the project site, for dinner volunteers are free to venture to the city. There are many eating out and dining options in the vicinity of the Volunteer House as well. There are plenty of street food, simple Thai food, and fancier dinner options in Bangkok.
All the volunteers and interns in Bangkok have weekends free as well as evenings are free during the weekdays. You can head out to the beach destinations of Phuket, Pattaya or Koh Samui on the weekends and during the weekdays explore Bangkok city. Bangkok has a lot to offer for everyone and there are plenty of options to explore.
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