Health and Medical in Thailand

Being a volunteer in Thailand is meant to be a satisfying and enriching experience. Volunteers are immersed into Thai culture so they can learn some of the language, enjoy typical food and interact with locals. Our local partners have plenty of experience guiding and assisting the newcomers who are willing to help the community. We do our best to make sure that all the volunteers in Thailand benefit as much as they can throughout their stay in the country, staying safe and earning the respect of the locals.

 

Regardless of the activities you carry out in Thailand, whether you teach English, work out in the nature, or stay at the elephant camp, living and working in this country is an eye-opening experience to gain the most valuable insight about the Far Eastern culture. All of this would be totally unattainable from the point of view of a tourist.

 

Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the South Eastern region. This country offers incredible experiences including diving excursions, amazing food, and, most importantly, meeting some of the friendliest people ever.

 

What’s included in our fair-cost policy?

 

All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.

 

The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.

 

The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.

 

Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.

 

Medical Internship

CW Abroad offers Medical Internships in several well-established private and public hospitals in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, with the help of our local partners. In every case, each intern will have to shadow a full-time professional doctor on daily shifts. Only medical doctors with the highest level of English will be in charge of guiding interns. They are exceptionally qualified, and many of them have studied in the US or in the UK.

Thailand is becoming renowned in the West for its achievements in Medicine, more than any other country in Asia. Every year, thousands of tourists travel to Thailand to obtain affordable and effective medical treatments. Interns will be able to experience this phenomenon first-hard, but their tasks will vary depending on their qualifications and experience. Holders of a full medical degree will have the most access to taking care of patients and interacting with them. However, it is crucial to point out that most interns only observe or assist with small tasks.

This is a unique opportunity that is highly valuable for medical students and young professionals, as they would never be able to have this level of access in a hospital in the West. Moreover, every side of their internship will be overseen by the supervising staff. Depending on the needs of each hospital, interns will choose a specific department where they would like to work, and a second department where they can spend some extra time. Some of the available departments, to name a few, are the following:

-Ophthalmology (must study in this field) 

-Otolaryngology (must study in this field)

-Biochemistry

-Pharmacology (must study in this field)

-Family MedicineCommunity

-Medicine

-Orthopaedics

-Emergency Room

-Paediatrics (OPD/Ward)

-Anatomy

-Nursing (follow the nurses most of the time)

-Dental

-Rehabilitation

-Surgery

 

 

The typical routine as part of this project involves work from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. This schedule may vary depending on the hospital department and the doctor that interns are paired with. Interns are expected to be patient and flexible regarding their timetables.

Accommodation will take place at a comfortable volunteer house in the chosen city, be it Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Volunteers will be provided breakfast here, and lunch will normally take place at the internship hospital on working days. They will be able to enjoy their evenings and weekends to travel and explore Thailand, or simply to relax on their own or with other fellow volunteers!

Please NOTE that the dates to arrive should be the first and third Fridays of each month between 8am and 8pm, so that volunteers may begin their placement the following Monday. Orientation will take place on the weekend. Interns on this program are required to participate for a minimum of 2 weeks.

Requirements

To volunteer for our Programs in Thailand you must be at least 18 years old on the date of your placement in a project, have graduated from secondary school and have a good command of the English language.

The minimum duration of your stay required in this medical program is two weeks. 

Volunteers have to be either medical professionals or students with proven knowledge in the field of medicine and health. To be able to join this program, volunteers must supply their most recent CV.

 

Locations and duration

Chiang Mai is away from the buzzle of international tourism and gives the tourist coming here a chance to have a taste of the locals lifestyle.

Programs in Chiang Mai start on the first and third Monday of each month, but volunteers are required to arrive on the previous Friday.

NOTE: This program will be closed throughout the entire month of April 2018. All placements will need to be completed on or before the 31st March '18. Applications can then be accepted for programs commencing 7th May '18. 

 

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation will take place at a comfortable volunteer house in the chosen city, be it Bangkok or Chiang Mai. Volunteers will be provided breakfast here, and lunch will normally take place at the internship hospital on working days. They will be able to enjoy their evenings and weekends to travel and explore Thailand, or simply to relax on their own or with other fellow volunteers!

 

Orientation

We require volunteers to arrive in Chiang Mai between the hours of 8am and 8pm on the Friday prior to their project start date. 

You’ll be introduction to thai culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety measures, travel opportunities, introduction to the the different projects and placements available.

During this orientation period you’ll also have the opportunity to meet other volunteers, exchange contact details and make new friends to share your spare time.

Working schedule

 

The typical routine as part of this project involves work from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. This schedule may vary depending on the hospital department and the doctor that interns are paired with. Interns are expected to be patient and flexible regarding their timetables.

Groupal shopping trips to the local market places are organized each Saturday evening, which allows volunteers to enjoy some spare time together while getting stocked for the following week.

The rest of the weekend is free and volunteers can go sightseeing in the surroundings and exploring places like the “Golden triangle” (the common border among Thailand, Laos and Myanmar), take a rafting tour down the Kok river or sail down the Mekong.

 

Basic Facts

 

-Officially called the Kingdom of Thailand, it is a country in the South East of Asia.

 -It shares borders with Laos and Cambodia to the East, Malaysia to the South, and the Andaman Sea and Myanmar to the West.

 -Thailand was previously known as Siam. This name was changed for the first time in 1939 by Prathet Thai, and then again in 1949 (after being reverted during WWII). Prathet means “country” and the word “thai” means “free” or “freedom” in Thai language.

-Around 75% of the ethnic population is Thai, 14% is Chinese, and 3% is Malay. The remaining 22% is made up of minority groups and tribes.

-The official language in Thailand is Thai, also known as Siamese.

-The most popular religion is Buddhism, practiced by 95% of the population.

 

For more information, visit the following link: http://www.cwabroad.org/thailand-p-54.html

Program Fees:

Chiang Mai and Bankok:

 

Volunteer period (weeks) 2 3 4 6
Medical  USD 850 USD 1130 USD 1410 USD 1970

 

*Please note: All Volunteer programs in Thailand attract a refundable* Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee. A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.  You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Discounted program fees, Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, staff salary, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund,  administration costs, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

 

Program Fee:  Accommodation in a guest house, breakfast included, airport pick-up, orientation, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included:  Air tickets, Lunch, dinner and any other snacks, Transportation to and from project, Vaccinations, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels,  transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Personal expenses and International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation. Our participants in Thailand generally find USD 20 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.