Rural Community Medical Centre Philippines

Volunteer in a rural medical clinic which serves as the only source of free healthcare for impoverished communities in rural towns on the island of Leyte, Philippines.

Rural Community Medical Centre Philippines

Project Type

Home Stay Placement | Specialist Medical, Nursing, Doctors, Public Health, exercise science, dietetics, community education

Duration

2 Weeks+

Start Dates

All year round.  Programs start weekly on Monday’s

Location

Leyte, Phlippines

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 Background Information

The indigent people in rural communities face major challenges in access to quality healthcare.  In some cases there is only one doctor to serve the entire community from the 54 villages so the assistance of medical volunteers is greatly needed.  Many patients are women and children who receive medical care and treatments to prevent injuries and diseases.

Project Tasks

Provide volunteer assistance to a busy rural medical  center which provides health care services to all, regardless of income and nationality. In some cases with only one doctor in the entire town with limited hours , it is easy to see how beneficial volunteers can be.   Volunteers will shadow and work with health professionals in community health centres. Volunteers will assist the doctor and get hands-on practice working and interacting with the patients. Some days will be spent in the health center and other days the volunteer will treat patients in the surrounding barangays.  The services are generally provided at the clinic, although periodically outreach health services are provided to outlying areas.  Volunteers may also assist in administration duties such as designing public health awareness seminars and various community programs.

Example tasks include (but limited to):

  • Taking patient vitals,
  • Obtaining medical history,
  • Administering inoculations
  • Assisting with minor surgery,
  • Helping with delivery, and conducting medical screens and exams
  • General Outpatient services
  • Preventative health education services
  • Specialist services such as Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • ‘Health Promotion for Wellness’ activities in the community by our staff and Community Health Workers.
  • Rural Women’s awareness, education and empowerment in Reproductive Health
  • Research, training and education

Who Can Participate

 In general, volunteers must have studied a health related subject in University or have requisite experience in the medical field.  Qualified doctors, nurses and public health professionals are desperately needed

Accommodation

At the core of your experience is the friendly and warm accommodating local homestays who have been accepting volunteers for over a decade. Life inside a homestay is not only safe and cost effective, but is also a great way to contribute to the local economy and to experience the true nature and culture of the Philippines.  All homestays have electricity and running water.

You will have a private room by yourself or shared with a fellow volunteer.  Mosquito net, electric fan, bed linens and door lock are also provided.   The bathroom will be shared with the family and will be basic with cold, bucket baths (hot running showers are uncommon in Philippines) as it’s so tropical and warm!   All homestays are English speaking.   The homestays have been thoroughly evaluated before being accepted into the program and have been in operation for several years.  You will be able to experience the Filipino culture and participate in the daily life of a local.

Volunteers will end their time in the Philippines with a farewell dinner, consisting of traditional Filipino dishes prepared by the host family. This is often one of the highlights of the volunteer’s time in the Philippines because it can be an endless night of eating, singing, and cultural dancing!

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner is provided but volunteers will need to buy their own lunch which costs approx 50-80 pesos.  Access to filtered drinking water will also be provided by your homestay.  All meals will be served with rice and typically include fish, chicken or pork. Homestays can cater for special dietary restrictions, however we require advance notice so we can place you accordingly.

Volunteer Hub

A dedicated community center is open to all participants and serves as a home base for volunteers from all over the world as well as local residents in need of care and support.  Here you will have access to a wide range of local knowledge and social opportunities.  The center offers empowerment programs and social welfare services as well as being a hang out spot.

Included Excursions

An organised excursion is included in the volunteer program costs.  Places that may be visited include the Santo Niño Shrine and Heritage Center, the palatial residence and guest house of Imelda Marcos and MacArthur Park in Palo. Other weekend excursions may include visiting local cultural parades and fiestas, a trip to a rural village, a visit to a nearby beach resort and visits to other scenic areas in the region.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.