Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs & Health Promotion
Our abroad medical volunteer and health promotion program is ideal for students who want to get hands on experience on the field or for professionals who want to donate their time and skills to help local communities.
Medical Volunteer Experiences
Magda Camaxide: “I was able to exchange experiences and knowledge” – Nepal
During my 3 week stay in Nepal I was very fortunate to be welcomed in a host nepalese family that not only demonstrated utmost kindness and generosity to me and my boyfriend, but also with whom I was able to learn about many customs and their meanings, cultural inheritance, frustrations and dreams in the heart of Kathmandu. I thank them for having enriched my experience in countless ways.
At the hospital I was able to exchange experiences and knowledge that was beneficial to both sides and was also extremely well integrated in the hospital routines. Thank You Manmohan Cardiothoracic Vascular and Transplant Center for this opportunity!!! – Magda Camaxide, Portugal
Find out more about the medical internship in Nepal
Ana Norleyne: “Freedom to help in your own ways” – Brazil
Volunteering with Iko Poran is definitely one of the most amazing experience I ever had. The organization gives you the freedom to help in your own ways.
Working with kids was certainly a challenge but the support of other volunteers and people in charge of the projects make everything so much easier.
I also volunteered in a health project where people from the communities work together to inform people about important health issues. – Ana Norleyne – University of Texas
Find out more about the health promotion project in Rio de Janeiro
Medical Internship at a Small Hospital in Surin, Thailand
Work as a medical volunteer in Thailand at a small community hospital, comparable in size to most western clinics. Since it is situated in one of Thailand’s poorest provinces, your work as a medical volunteer is vey important.
Since the clinic is responsible for maintaining the health and wellbeing of the local village community, you will partake in healthcare for the local people. From the 7000 people living at this communit, a majority are from underprivileged backgrounds.
Your duties and responsibilities are subject to your competency and formal experience. Volunteers with formal medical experience will have the opportunity to practice non-intrusive care under the supervision of the Thai medical team.
The aim of this program is not intervention or bringing about major changes to the Thai medical system, but to build awareness of the complex healthcare issues of rural Thai communities and provide some support to the local staff in their work.
Learn more about medical volunteering in Thailand
Medical Volunteering with Health Promotion – Overview
If you are considering a career in the health or medical field, our medical and health promotion volunteer projects are perfect to gain experience in the field working alongside local healthcare professionals and/or healthcare education to local communities. Volunteers may be placed in different settings according to their qualifications and the country they pick.
Some of the medical volunteer projects focus on:
- Health Awareness
- AIDS Prevention (Uganda)
- Pediatric Hospital at Kathmandu (Nepal)
- Dental Programs (Peru)
Health promotion and education is an integral part of furthering the goals of development. With a well-informed and healthy population, anything is possible. However, there are extensive health problems that continue to threaten the wellbeing of the people. As a health volunteer you will be on the front lines of educating and raising awareness for healthcare issues impacting local communities. Whether you are involved in hands on health promotion and canvassing, healthcare advising, contraceptive literacy, or leading disease awareness workshops – your work will make an immediate, positive impact on your project.
Opportunities for medical health promotion volunteers
It is no secret that development countries healthcare systems are still in its early stages of development, and has limited impact on the poorest communities in these countries. As a result, many communities rely on local organizations and NGOs for healthcare advice and education, meaning it is up to the people to provide effective health awareness. Thus, it is imperative that these organizations are staffed with dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers to execute essential health activities.
Medical volunteers may have the opportunity to assist clinics and hospitals but they will not be allowed to partake in serious procedures.
Skills needed for medical health promotion volunteers
Programs are suitable for both experienced and inexperienced volunteers. However, volunteers will be placed according the their specific experience and qualification levels. It is an excellent opportunity for medical students to learn and gain experience in the field.