Medical Internship - Leyte, Philippines

The health care professionals at this rural medical clinic need the help of qualified or soon to be qualified volunteers interested in a medical internship and an amazing cultural experience! Calling on those in medicine and related fields to assist the under funded free healthcare clinic in providing quality medical services. This clinic is making a enormous difference in the lives of their patients and within the broader community which relies on the clinic as one of the sole healthcare ceters in the area.

Community Medical Internship, Philippines

Project Type

Home Stay Placement | Medical internship, nurses, doctors, medical students, specialists, public healthcare, graduates, community development and education

Duration

4 Weeks+

Start Dates

All year round.  Programs start weekly on Monday’s

Location

Leyte Island, Philippines

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Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 

Whats Not Included

  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

Background Information

Rural communities in Philippines have very little access to quality healthcare, and the busy centers are normally run off their feet and low on resources.   In these areas usually one or two doctors and a handful of nurses have the responsibility of looking after an entire community with thousands of people and limited resources.  By volunteering you’re helping these underfunded clinic’s in providing manpower while gaining first hand experience from qualified nurses and doctors.  

The rural health unit clinics are one of the only sources of free healthcare avaialble in these areas. Every single day new challenges presen themselves in providing standard equipment, medicine and healthcare supplies.  This placement is geared for volunteers seeking medical experience or those with experience to help implement professional medical ideas and skills in a challenging yet rewarding environment.

What’s included

  • Arrival Airport Transfers
  • 2 meals p/day (Home Stays)
  • Accommodation (Homestay – Single rooms
  • Program Orientation
  • Waray Waray language lesson,
  • Training & Volunteer Coordination
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Certificate of completion
  • Comprehensive project guide

Medical Internship Project Tasks

Volunteers will generally assist nurses and doctors and will be hands-on working and interacting with patients.  

Example tasks include (but limited to):

  • Record patient vitals
  • Obtaining medical history
  • Assisting with diagnosis
  • Shadowing doctors and nurses
  • Training, research and education
  • Dressing wounds
  • Administering inoculations
  • Conducting medical screens
  • General outpatient services
  • Preventative health education talks
  • Specialist services such as Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Health Promotion for Wellness activities

 

Who can Apply?

Individuals embarking on a career in health care will be able to gain valuable experience in their chosen fields.  Qualified practitioners and/or any students studying in the discipline of medicine, health science or related fields.  You may be studying medicine or an aspiring medical professional with a strong desire.   Every application will be considered as the needs in this area are very great.

Medical professionals must submit a copy of their credentials or certificates.   Please provide within your application.   Students who are pursuing a career in health care must be at least 18 and have a strong commitment to work in the health care field.  

Accommodation

At the core of your experience is the friendly and warm accommodating local home stays 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 home stays are English speaking.   The home stays 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.

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 home stay.  All meals will be served with rice and typically include fish, chicken or pork. Home stays can cater for special dietary restrictions, however we require advance notice so we can place you accordingly.

Visa Requirements

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

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