At a glance
- Shadow doctors in a hospital as they consult with and treat patients and teach you how to diagnose and treat different illnesses.
- You can rotate around a number of departments, learning directly from medical staff, which may help you to pick a specialty for the future.
- Learn basic medical skills such as monitoring heart rates and measuring blood sugar and blood pressure and put them into practice during outreaches.
16 or over
You should have completed at least one year of medical related studies or training.
What will you do during your medical internship in Cambodia?
During your medical internship in Cambodia, you’ll be involved in the following activities:
- Shadow medical staff as they consult and treat patients in a state hospital
- Provide free basic healthcare in underprivileged areas of Phnom Penh
- Raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of common illnesses
Your work will be split in the following main areas:
Shadow doctors at the hospital
During your internship, you’ll observe experienced doctors during their hospital rounds. You’ll also sit in on their consultations as they talk with and assess their patients. This will help give you insight into the types of illnesses prevalent in Cambodia. From the doctor, you’ll learn how to diagnose and treat the diseases you see. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes.
Throughout your stay, you will have the chance to work in different medical departments. Your level of involvement within the hospital will also depend on your initiative and the trust you build with the medical staff.
Many of the disadvantaged communities in Cambodia cannot afford access to healthcare. As part of your internship, you’ll participate in community outreaches. Most of our outreaches take place in childcare centres. You’ll do health checks, and monitor heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and temperature. All of your work is done under supervision.
Run awareness and prevention campaigns
Due to the conditions in disadvantaged communities and the lack of education, many of the locals are susceptible to disease and illness. You’ll help us raise awareness on how to prevent diseases like HIV, tuberculosis, and parasitic infections. You’ll also share knowledge about how to spot the signs and symptoms.
Where in Cambodia will I be working?
Situated along the Mekong riverside is the charming capital city of Phnom Penh. The city offers a host of attractions, including historical museums in the city centre, the famous Royal Palace situated along the riverside promenade, and modern malls or local marketplaces.
As a medical intern, you’ll work in one of the hospitals in this rapidly modernising city. Most interns work at a large state hospital, but there is also an opportunity to work with children in a paediatric hospital.
The state hospital is the largest hospital in the city and the facilities are basic. With over 17,000 patients being admitted to the hospital every year, there will always be work for you to observe. There’s no need for a translator as most of the doctors speak English. Many of them also speak French.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Explore Cambodia and you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks. This country has a lot to offer during your free time.
The world-famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must for all visitors, especially the magnificent Angkor Wat. Climbing over huge tree roots to temple doorways shrouded by vines is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in you!
However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles or try snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville. For a more relaxed afternoon, you can spend time on one of the beautiful beaches.
What’s more, with a network of international volunteers in Cambodia with you, you can decide if you want to spend your free time exploring independently or in a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Cambodia
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