Location: Palawan, Philippines
Duration: Minimum 1 week, maximum 6 months
Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday
Cost: €500 Euros per week – see Costs section for more details
Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities
Does not include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations
- Medical placement in a hospital working alongside local doctors and support staff.
- Flexible placement, tailored according to your interests and abilities.
- Opportunity to experience the Philippine health sector and increase your medical speciality skills.
- Keywords: medical internship, hospital placement, flexible serious internship.
This project takes place on the beautiful island province of Palawan whose vivid green mountains contrasts with the surrounding clear blue sea. The project focuses on providing healthcare to the people living in the rural areas far away from the cities’ big hospitals. People turn to the small hospitals located in the district centre and the local healthcare centers for check-ups and treatments. The rural healthcare centers serve more people than the resident doctors and nurses can handle so your contribution will be greatly appreciated and welcomed.
You will get a chance to exchange medical experience and knowledge with the local doctors and nurses and to gain new skills. Working alongside a local doctor or nurse during their daily operations will give you an insight into the functioning of a rural healthcare centre and challenge you to find ways to provide basic health care with limited resources. Another aspect you can be involved in is the organization and participation in health awareness campaigns for children at the local schools.
You will have a challenging and enriching experience and make a valuable contribution!
During the week, each day will start with breakfast at your accommodation. You will then spend mornings and afternoons at either the hospital/health care centre supporting the local staff or spend time with awareness activities in local schools. This placements is aimed at participants with a medical professional background looking to gain a better understanding of rural healthcare in a developing country.
While you will assist and learn from the local staff, you will also have the opportunity to impart your own knowledge and exchange ideas. Your duties will include seeing patients for check-ups and treatments at the hospital or healthcare centre and assisting in running health awareness campaigns at the schools.
Your schedule will run Monday through Friday, leaving your weekends free to explore the many wonders and sights of Palawan. Nearby attractions include Coron Bay, known as one of the finest wreck-diving locations in the world, as well as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park – recently voted as one of the modern 7 wonders of the world.
Travel & Accommodation
Your accommodation is located in the small village of Tigman in the Aberlan district, just outside of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan. You will be sharing comfortable rooms with 4 to 8 other volunteers. All rooms are assigned on a single gender basis and are lockable as well as equipped with fans, bed linens and mosquito nets, however you should provide your own towel. The showers only provide cold water, which is refreshing in the Philippine heat! Wifi is available in public areas, however laundry facilities are limited so you will be expected to wash your own clothes by hand. At all times, you are expected to use all resources responsibly and maintain environmental awareness, including using water and toilet paper sparingly. You will also be expected to clean up after yourself and keep the accommodation clean.
You will be provided with three meals daily, consisting of local Philippine cuisine, including lots of vegetables, meat, egg and rice.
ATMs, Western Union transfers and necessary amenities are available in the nearby town, which is 30 minutes away by car. You can also use local transportation such as jeepneys, buses and vans, which depart every hour for Aberlan or Narra towns.
This placement is particularly well suited for medical students in their second to fourth years, and for electives as well as medical professionals looking to give back. The key requirements for a medical intern are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances.
- Min age 18
- Minimum 1 week commitment – 30+ hours a week
- Experience and motivation to work in medicine
- CRB Police check (or equivalent) showing that you have no previous criminal convictions
- Must be enrolled or graduated from a university-level medical course.
- Full travel & medical insurance
- Necessary vaccination, flights & visas. Full assistance in arranging all of this available with our Premium Support.
€500 Euros per week
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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit
Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation, in-country support and project activities.
Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.
What’s not included:
Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.
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