Give back to the local rural community and gain valuable work experience at rural hospital in Samraong.
In this project you will be working in a hospital that aims to provide affordable health treatments to the inhabitants of Samraong. The hospital remains understaffed and there is a lot of help needed in different areas.This program is designed for highly motivated individuals with a medical background and a passion for assisting those less fortunate. The role you play in the program will greatly depend on your level of expertise as well as the professional assessment of the local doctors and program directors.
Experienced volunteers may ultimately work as nurses and doctors. You will begin by observing and monitoring hospital practices and carrying out daily tasks around the hospital, helping out where needed. After this, you will progress to a more "hands on" role at the hospital. In accordance with Cambodian law, this program will always supervised by a registered doctor.
About Your Location
Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey province, which is Cambodia’s newest province. The province is located north of Siem Reap province and borders Thailand. The city of Siem Reap is about 120 km away from Samraong, currently about 4 hours by car, depending on the condition of the road. During raining season the trip may take considerably longer.
Aims & Objectives
The Referral Hospital aims to offer affordable health treatment to the inhabitants of Samraong. The understaffed hospital has recently introduced a free HIV testing facility, and is consequently inundated with patients who don’t get medical assistance due to issues related to the shortage of staff. This is why volunteers' work is greatly needed and appreciated.
In this project both parties can learn from each other. Volunteers are able to share their pre-existing knowledge as well as absorb new information and experience from the medical staff at the hospital. The hospital director and many staff members have a decent level of English. Volunteers will also be accompanied with our coordinator, who will ease the process of cultural exchange on both sides.
Weekly Schedule & Activities
The Referral Hospital of Oddar Meanchey is equipped with the following:
- 84 beds
- Staff: 15 doctors, 36 nurses, 2 midwives
- A maternity ward
The Referral Hospital is known as a level 2 hospital. CPA2 means Completed Package Activity 2. Patients with diseases such as cancer, diabetes or meningitis as well as patients injured in serious traffic accidents are transferred to other hospitals that are on level 3. The Referral Hospital only handles emergency operations, such as appendectomy and Cesarean sections.
You will work from Monday to Friday from around 08:00 until 17:00 with a lunch break at the volunteer accommodation around 11:00. The tasks will vary as your skill level and qualifications will influence the activities you partake in. The activities in this program are highly flexible and depend a lot on local needs as well as your particular skills.
Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings the volunteers are generally free, and there are no program activities scheduled unless otherwise mentioned. Weekends are always free. Relax at your homestay accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many sites in the Oddar Meanchey province, or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend. Our friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.
The project is closed on the following public holidays:
- 10-16 April 2017 (Khmer New Year)
- 18-24 September 2017 (Ancestor's Day Holiday)
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
Minimum age of 18
Police clearance certificate
A copy of the your CV, passport and any medical qualification certificates should be sent to the volunteer organization before your arrival. This is mandatory for anyone wanting to do the medical project. You can submit your papers to your travel advisor who can forward them onwards.
Basic level of competency in English
The volunteer accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room. The rooms are equipped with a fan, cold shower and WiFi. There are no laundry facilities so please expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places where you can do laundry in the town at a small cost. All volunteers are expected to be environmentally conscious and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to participate in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. The volunteer accommodation is very relaxing, nice place to be after a day of volunteering, with hammocks where you can chat or read a book.
Culture Week Accommodation:
During the optional Culture Week your accommodation in Siem Reap until Wednesday morning is at a guesthouse that is only a short 10-minute walk away from downtown Siem Reap. The accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a fan, cold shower and WiFi that a maximum of 4 people will be sharing. All the meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, are included and served at the guesthouse. The guesthouse has a nice big green garden where you can relax, and a big screen in the communal area that you can watch movies on. From Wednesday onwards you will be staying at homestay accommodation in the rural town of Samraong. This gives you a great opportunity to meet the locals and learn about Khmer customs first-hand.
Arrival transfer is included if you arrive on Sunday at Siem Reap airport between 06.00-16.00, your coordinator or pick-up person will be waiting in the arrivals hall with a sign that reads "Greenway" and your name. You may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.
If you arrive by land you should meet at Smiley's guesthouse in Siem Reap at 14 pm sharp.
if you arrive outside these times the transfer is not included, you can either make your own way to the project or arrange a transfer by taxi which takes about 3 hours and costs approximately USD30. Please confirm the price upfront with the driver an contact the Green lion team if there are any problems.
Transportation between your accommodation and the project: There are bicycles for the volunteers.
All food is included during your stay. The meals are typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian options are also available. There are three meals served during the week and two during the weekend. All the food is prepared at the volunteer accommodation and volunteers eat together. There are snacks available between meals.
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or intolerances during your application. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.
What to bring:
There are bikes available at no extra cost that you can use to explore the area during your free time.
There is WiFi at the volunteer accommodation.
Money and shopping:
There are ATMs as well as a bank in Samraong. There are numerous local shops where you can get the basics.
Specific health information:
Malaria still exists in certain areas of Cambodia. Please check with the medical services in your home country.
Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.
While de-mining efforts have cleared away mines in the cities and villages, there are still some less-inhabited areas that have not been reached. ‘Danger Mines’ signs should be taken extremely seriously. Walking through fields or other places where you don’t see any locals is not recommended.