About the Internship
This exciting program offers Medical Internships for medical students in a number of notable private and public full-service hospitals in Bangkok. In all cases, volunteers/interns are able to work closely with a supervising physician, and are paired with a full-time doctor who they will shadow on daily rounds. Interns are only placed with doctors with an exceptional command of English. These are highly qualified professionals, many of whom have been educated in the US or UK. Intern responsibilities vary according to their own qualifications, experience and/or comfort level. Participants with a full medical degree will often enjoy far more access when it comes to administering care and interacting with patients, but it is important to note that most interns only observe or help out with very minor tasks. While every aspect of the internship is carefully monitored by the supervising staff, it is important to note that medical interns would never get this far ‘behind the scenes’ in a Western hospital, so it really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for medical students.
Goals of this Project:
- Provide essential medical care to the people of Thailand
- Improve the health and wellbeing of some of the poorest people in the world
- Enable international volunteers to spend time working with those who need it most
- Enable inter-cultural exchange which benefits both locals and international volunteers alike.
How You Can Help
Volunteers play an essential role in providing medical care in Thailand. Depending on current needs and on what hospital volunteers are placed, interns may be able to choose which department they work in and in most cases it is possible to spend supplemental time in a second department as well. Some of the areas medical interns can work in include; Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Parasitology, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics & Biology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Otolaryngology, Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, OBGYN, Pathology and Forensic, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Physical Rehabilitation, Ophthalmology, Radiology, ENT, Dental, Cardiology, HBOT, Underwater and Aviation Medicine and Rehabilitation.
The basic project calls for interns to work from 8am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. Depending upon the working schedule of the paired doctor or nurse and area of the hospital an intern is placed, the times and days of work may fluctuate. As with all Medical placements, patience and flexibility with work schedules is greatly appreciated.
Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways on this program and can expect to undertake the following tasks:
- Provide essential medical care to locals, dependent on volunteers qualifications, skills and experience
- Undertake routine hospital tasks as required
- Work on health and education campaigns
This program offers an amazing opportunity for suitable applicants who are 18 years and over to work alongside qualified medical professionals and gain first-hand insight into Thailand's healthcare system. It is open to those with experience and/or education in the field of medicine, as well as med-school and pre-med students. Ideally, volunteers on this project will have at least a basic knowledge of the local language in order to communicate effectively with patients and staff, though this is not a pre-requisite. Naturally, all applicants must also have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:
- Emergency contact
- Medical Qualification
- Police check
Volunteers on this exciting program have the opportunity to explore Thailand's 'City of Angels'. The city packs so much punch it is hard to know where to start! With its world renowned food, famous markets, boat trips to catch a breeze on the impressive Chao Phraya river and streets that reward exploration at every turn it is no surprise that Bangkok rates as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Volunteers have the unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of this amazing city and help a people who are among the most hospitable you will ever meet.
Start Dates & Duration
This project is available year-round and programs start the 1st and 3rd week of every month with volunteers arriving on FRIDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.
Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.
For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.
Arrival & Orientation
You will be met on arrival into Bangkok by our local representative and taken back to the Volunteer House to settle in, relax and meet with fellow volunteers and your hosts. The following day the Orientation Weekend begins, designed to give an insight into Thai culture, learn some basic Thai words and phrases, negotiate the public transport system, including getting to and from your project and basically set you up to get the very most out of your placement from day one. The two day orientation is a great chance to see a little of this vibrant city with the help of expert guides and in the company of other volunteers. It will also allow you to purchase a local SIM and data package should you wish, withdraw or exchange Thai Baht and ask any last minute questions.
- Arrival Day: FRIDAY 8AM - 8PM
- Departure Day: SATURDAY
- Arrival Airport: Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand (Code: BKK)
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers on this program are accommodated at the contemporary Yard Hostel in the hip Ari neighbourhood of Bangkok. Popular with locals for its cafes, bars and restaurants and as yet largely undiscovered by tourists, Ari is the perfect location to soak up the modern vibe of Bangkok.
Rooms are dormitory style, shared by up to 4 people and split by gender. The hostel provides all the modern amenities required for a comfortable stay, including western-style bathrooms, hot running water and free Wi-Fi in all areas. A house bar and 3 restaurants make dining and socialising easy. A private locker is available in all rooms and laundry facilities are available for a small fee. Bed linen is provided so volunteers need only bring their own towel and personal toiletries and a padlock for the locker.
The hostel is conveniently located close to public transport (Ari BTS Sky train station is an 8min walk) and bicycles are free to hire from the hostel. Please note that the hospital is an hour away from the hostel by public transport.
The hostel is conveniently located close to public transport (Ari BTS Sky train station is an 8min walk) and bicycles are free to hire from the hostel.
Breakfast is provided daily at the hostel from 8am to 10:30am and a packed breakfast can be arranged when needed. Lunch is included on weekdays at the program site and dinners are an excellent opportunity to relax at a restaurant in the hostel or explore the city and dine at one of the numerous eateries offering Thai or international cuisine.
Thai dishes use an abundance of fresh ingredients, herbs and spices and are a taste sensation. Be sure to try the coconut based curries such as Kaeng Khiao Wan’ (Thai Green Curry) and fruit based salads such as pomelo and green mango. Delicious!
Options to stay nearer to the hospital, upgrading to a private room or providing your own accommodation are noted in the 'Additional Info.' section.
*In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.
Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.
Medical interns wishing to stay closer to the hospital:
Commuting to the hospital from the hostel can take an hour or more each way. Accommodation is available near to the hospitals for an additional cost of US$100 per week. Let us know if you wish to stay closer and we will make the arrangements.
Prefer a private room?
Private rooms are available at Yard Hostel for an extra cost of approximately US$30 per night. Let us know if you wish to upgrade and we will make the arrangements.
Arranging your own accomodation?
Volunteers wishing to arrange their own accommodation in Bangkok are welcome to do so. The program fee is reduced accordingly as shown below:
2 weeks: US$462
3 weeks: US$583
4 weeks: US$704
5 weeks: US$825
6 weeks: US$946
7 weeks: US$1067
8 weeks: US$1188
9 weeks: US$1309
10 weeks: US$1430