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Travel Advice for Medical Volunteers to Vietnam

January 20, 2017 • Kenneth Gordon

Doing medical volunteering in Vietnam for the ones who need healthcare the most is a truly beautiful and altruistic act. However, you must be prepared well because being an ethical volunteer is much more than a mindset. It is not enough to just show good will and put in an effort to help the ones in need. You have to have a realistic understanding of what are you about to do, what are going to be your duties and what you can actually achieve during your placement in Vietnam. If you have decided to go on medical missions to rural Vietnam, you have to be prepared well and know what to expect. With our tips and guidelines, we hope you will be able to make an impact where it really matters.

How Does a Medical Mission Trip Look Like?

Medical trips in Vietnam usually provide three types of medical assistance and services. You will be focusing on assisting the doctors and surgeons to help children with congenital facial deformities and eye defects. You will perform and assist during medical examinations at rural clinics and infirmaries. At schools, you will help during oral exams and provide oral and dental healthcare services. If you really want to volunteer, but you don’t have any medical training, you should at least take a few medical assistant classes to familiarize with the basics of anatomy and physiology, medication and therapy distribution and so on.

The trip can last from one to two weeks. You will be visiting a different locality every day, and you will be required to work at least eight hours a day. You will be staying at a hotel and have all accommodations that you need. However, you will have to pay for the flight that costs around 800 dollars. You will also have to get a working visa, but that is easily obtained through Project Vietnam. Physicians and all healthcare personnel are welcomed to apply for the project, but all people with humanitarian passion can also apply. Non-medical volunteers can provide great support during the mission, and they will always be assigned to tasks that are most suitable for their skills. So even if you don’t have any medical skills, you will still be able to make a difference and a positive impact on the society.

Non-medical volunteers will be needed to help various teams of healthcare professionals in different management tasks, patients care and therapy distribution. You can handle paperwork or manage and control the distribution of supplies to people in Vietnam. Also, you can be of great help if you know Vietnamese and work as a translator. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough local resources, means of transport and similar meaning everything will be done manually. However, this is a wonderful opportunity to bond with the endangered families and get to know them.

In order to apply, you must complete the medical mission application and gather documents such as your volunteer application, copy of your resume, a scan of your passport and a document that shows your current education status. After this, you will be contacted and invited for an interview.