Medical Volunteering projects in Thailand, Surin are an ideal way for both students and qualified medical professionals to learn about and participate in (depending on your skills) rural healthcare practices in Thailand. Throughout the placement all volunteers are supported by a member of the local Thai Health Authority and member of our in-country support team who will help with translations.
Our volunteers provide support to the rural communities of Surin by working alongside local healthcare professionals in their on-going care and treatment of the community. Activities take place both in the local clinics (much like a GP in the UK) and also in the field with regular home visits and checks for the community. Although healthcare provision has improved enormously in recent years in Thailand, there are still many communities who haven’t as yet been able to take advantage of this and small rural clinics are their only resource.
This is a unique medical volunteering opportunity in Thailand, to make a large and lasting difference whilst observing the working conditions of health care professionals in developing countries. Experience traditional rural Thai life, and explore the breath-taking beauty of Thailand. Being a volunteer on this project will not only help immensely in improving career prospects for medical students and practitioners but also will provide a first-hand perspective of medical challenges and solutions in Thailand.
Volunteering Solutions offer a set of some amazing medical volunteering opportunities for college students and professionals in Surin. While working for this program, volunteers will be required to execute the following tasks on a daily basis;
Volunteers joining the medical and healthcare volunteering in Thailand, Surin are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. Under the medical and healthcare volunteering program, volunteers work from Monday to Thursday and have Friday, Saturday, and Sunday free to explore the city. 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. Alternatively, volunteers can visit Cambodia over the weekends as well, or head off to Khao Yai National Park.
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project the volunteer is participating in.
As a VolSol volunteer you are provided with best of living standards available in Thailand. Our dedicated coordinator and staff will assist you with your airport pick up, stay, meals and even weekend sightseeing and travel. Arrive in peace and have the best time of your life.
Volunteers are picked up from the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok by the local coordinator or representative on the program start date. Please note that airport pickup is only provided between 6am – 10pm at night. Those participants who are already in Bangkok will need to make their own way to the hotel/guest house accommodation details of which shall be provided.
All volunteers are provided with an orientation and 2 days city tour 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 Bangkok.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a Guesthouse/ hotel for two nights in Khao San Road area in Bangkok on arrival. While in Surin, lodging will be provided in one of our three volunteer houses where accommodation is shared with other volunteers. The houses are centrally located and close to shopping, ATM’s, restaurants and more.
While at the Elephant Vil will be a beautiful experience as you'll get to enjoy the authentic rural lifestyle. You'll be staying close to the mahout family, who are the caretakers of the elephants. Shared toilet facilities are in each house with cold water showers and simple ‘Western’ style toilets (please be aware that in many parts of Thailand there isn’t handle flush system – instead you need to pour water from the bucket next to the toilet down the toilet to flush away your business! There is no Wifi in the village, so make sure you inform your family & friends back home about this! .
Daily transportation to and from the project placement to the volunteer house is provided to the volunteers.All intercity transfers are included in the program fee.
No meals are provided to the participants staying in Surin. Please allow $10 per day for meals. There are plenty of eating options and volunteers love to eat out and explore the taste of Authentic Thai food. While at the Elephant Village all meals are provided to the participants.
During your Free Time
In Surin there are many local bars, shops and restaurants in the town plus a night food market. The city is an extremely safe place to stay. Surin province once belonged to the Khmer empire (now Cambodia) so you’ll find scattered ancient temples from the same period as the temples of Angkor in Cambodia. The land border crossing in to Cambodia is located just an hour from Surin and is easily accessible from the town’s bus station. This accessibility allow volunteers to travel to Cambodia during weekends
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