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Workcamp working as a nurse

Medicine & nursing
The medical program in Vietnam provides skilled medical professionals and students the chance to experience a new culture and working environment while still learning and developing their specialized medical knowledge at the same time. Volunteers get the chance to gain a greater understanding of differences between medical systems in developed and developing countries. Volunteers will be placed with a local Doctor and/or Nurse who will guide them in different tasks and activities at the placement. It is important to note that as a volunteer, you will not be allowed to partake in serious procedures and will be job ‘shadowing’. However, depending on the volunteer’s level of experience, they may observe operations, provide assistance in basic procedures and visit patients, before and after surgery as well as any other tasks offered or required by the local staff. While volunteers are always encouraged by local staff to see and learn as much as possible, the local staff are also very interested in gaining a better understanding of medical work in your country and learn about the similarities and differences. There are opportunities for volunteers to work in pediatrics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy with children and adults who suffer from cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, congenital motor system deformity and other disabilities. There are also opportunities to work in other specialties within a very large hospital with highly skilled staff that speak English.

This programme will be offered for three type of applicants

  • Students from nursing or medicine school/college/university who will become the nurse or doctor in the future
  • Students who has no back-ground on medicine/nursing, but intend/plan to study medicine or nursing
  • Nurses or doctors who has working experience and wants to share/exchange experience and help other people

There are 5 big hospitals in HCMC is welcoming participants from this programme.

Duration of the project and participation fee

2 weeks, 280 euro

MAIN ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM (what the fee is included)

  •  Pick up from Tan Son Nhat (Ho Chi Minh city) international airport
  •  Accommodation at Volunteer House (Peace House)
  •  Food (3 meals per day) & drinking water
  •  1 to 3-days Orientation trainingo Presentation of aims and structure of VPV & its’s projects
    o Short introduction to Vietnam and tourist destinations recommendation o Practical information and arrangements
    o Basic Vietnamese & local travel guide
    o Visit to Host Placement(s)
  •  1- day Mid-term Evaluation (for those who stay for 6 months and over)
  •  1- day Final Evaluation
  •  On going support and supervision during the program (24/7 support)
  •  Local transportation to the project on working days

What is not include in the fee

  •  Air fare, visa and travel/medical insurance
  •  Personage expenses during program
  •  Meals/Accommodation out arranged by personage plan

THE ARRIVAL AIRPORT AND START DATES

The arrival airport
The arrival airport is Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam (or Ho Chi Minh city international airport – There is another name is Saigon international airport). There are direct connection/flights from this airport to most international airports in the world (North of America, Europe, Asia, Australia, etc).

The start dates

Our projects start officially on every Tuesday, except Tuesday 24 Jan 31 Jan 2017 (as it is holiday).

Office and volunteer house

Office and volunteer house (Peace House) is a 6-storey building on street No.23, Tan Qui ward, District 7, a residential area with many shops surrounding. District 7 is a part of city central and it is about 6km (4 miles) to District 1 (the most central), which is about 15 minutes driving.

There are 6 bedrooms over 3 top floors, with the capacity of hosting up to 40 persons at a time. The normal number is in between 10-25 volunteers. Volunteers will share the room with other volunteers from different countries in the same programme. The normal number will be 1-5 volunteers per room. In the busy season, the size can be either 7 to 9 per room.

By individual request, the private room or twin room can be arranged, either at volunteer house or at private accommodation near by.

The first floor is for office, meeting & dining room. The second floor is for common room & kitchen and thereis a terrace on top for chatting or viewing to city.

Address: No 63, street No 23, Tan Qui ward, District 7, Hochiminh city

In the house, there are TV, PC, free wifi, fridge, washing machine, air conditioner, hot water, provided meals as well as cooking equipment, common area & terrace. Bunk-beds, fans, sheets, pillows, mosquito-net & blankets are provided. Bathroom is inside every private bedroom with shower (cold & hot water using solar energy) and toilet; please bring your own towel.

There is a permanent cook who prepares a wide variety of delicious and authentic Vietnamese dishes with locally sourced, fresh produced daily from Monday to Saturday morning. At the weekend, food will be beef noodle and served by local restaurant near by; apart from this , volunteer are freely to cook in the kitchen.

For some special cases, when volunteers work at projects in other places than Ho Chi Minh city , they will stay at the project site.

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