Medical Internship Vietnam

Gain valuable experience in the medical field by volunteering in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh. Ideal for those studying or working in the medical field, you'll have a rare opportunity to shadow local medical professionals in the Vietnamese healthcare system.

Medical Hospital Internship Vietnam


Program Fees

Whats Included

  • Arrival airport transfers
  • Local transportation
  • Accommodation – Volunteer Center (Shared single gender rooms)
  • 3 Meals per day
  • Qualified medical supervision
  • Use of necessary hospital equipment and project materials
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • 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)

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Background Information

Best suited to pre-medical, medical students aiming to gain valuable experience in a medical hospital setting, this placement is based within a busy government operated hospital serving various communities in Ho Chi Minh City. 

You will have the unique opportunity to shadow medical professionals such as nurses, doctors, and specialist therapists.  The hospital includes a physiotherapy department, childrens ward, x-ray ward, operating theatre and emergency room. 

has an x-ray room, a children’s ward, an adult ward, a physiotherapy department, as well as an operating theatre, all of which participants may be actively involved in. You may also have an opportunity to observe staff in the acupuncture and occupational/physical therapy departments.

It is important to keep in mind that the English level of the placement staff does differ, however you will always be supported by an English-speaking coordinator from the local team. Participants are allowed to be involved with medical issues and ask the staff questions.

After completing your observational experience, you will be awarded a certificate to reflect your learning accomplishments!

  • Gain insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system
  • Observe the medical practices of local staff at the hospital in Ho Chi Minh
  • Broaden your perspective of international medical care and treatment


Sunday (Arrival) – Receive your complimentary airport transfer from Ho Chi Minh airport and settle into your accommodation with dinner lunch and/or dinner provided

Monday – If you have opted in for the cultural orientation week, you’ll be provided an in depth orientation to the Vietnamese culture with visits to cultural sights, vietnamese cooking lessons, and basic language lessons to hep you get the most out of your volunteer placement.
If you have opted to go straight into the medical internship, you’ll be provided with a brief orientation on the Monday and then begin your placement at the hospital from Tuesday.  

Tuesday to Friday – At the start of your placement, you’ll receive a full intro to the hospital and relevant staff.   You’ll have an opportunity to discuss your experience levels with a coordinator and devise a strategy for your role within the placement and any specialties or expectations .  You’ll start by shadowing medical professionals in various observational settings within a variety of hospital wards.   You may have the opportunity to assist in basic wound care, triage and vital sign gathering including blood pressure measurements and medication preparation etc.  

Who Can Participate in the Program

  • In most cases, you’ll need an established medical background – studying on a pre-medical track, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational/physical therapy, or working in a relevant field.
  • Those without a medical background but with other healthcare related interests are encouraged to apply ensuring you highlight how your background applies to the program
  • You will need to submit your qualifications ( Medical study transcripts) and CV/Resume.

What to bring

  • Blue Scrubs (any shade)
  • Closed toe shoes (no flip flops allowed)


The accommodation is in a volunteer center which is located on a college campus. You will share the rooms with fellow participants, but be in close proximity with local students. This allows a really nice cultural exchange and bonding. Rooms are dorm-style with 4-6 people per room.  Rooms are well equipped with air conditioning, and fans and good sized single gender bathrooms, clean and functional.  Internet access is available at the accommodation and there are various internet cafe’s nearby.


3 good meals are provided every day on every program.  Meals are served at the volunteer center during the week.   Breakfast and dinner only are served during the weekends. Bottled water is readily available in Vietnam and volunteers should budget approximately US$1 per day.  There is also filtered water available at the accommodation. 

Rice is the staple food in the Vietnamese diet, present at all main meals, closely followed by the condiment added to most dishes: ‘nuoc mam’. This is made from salt and well fermented fish. 

You will be eating the local Vietnamese dishes which is known for it’s lively, fresh flavors and artfully composed meals.  Vietnamese food and cooking is the true ‘light cuisine’ of Asia.   Abundant fresh herbs and greens, delicate soups and stir-fries, and well-seasoned grilled food.

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.  You can save time going through customs by completing and entry/exit form before you arrive in Ho Chi Minh.  Go to this page  for more info.

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