At a glance
- Join our Nursing internship in Vietnam and gain work experience. Learning directly from nurses, you’ll work at a hospital and shadow nurses in a department of your choice.
- Broaden your medical knowledge and add value to your CV. You’ll be taught about traditional medicine and learn how to diagnose and treat the illnesses you see.
- In Vietnam, you will live and work in Hanoi, the capital city. Immerse yourself in the culture, eat as much delicious pho noodles as you want, and socialise with other interns.
16 or over
You should have completed at least one year of medical related studies or training.
What do you do on the Nursing internship in Vietnam?
Your main role on the Nursing internship in Vietnam is to observe. These will be some of your main activities:
- Shadow nurses on their daily rounds through many departments in the hospital
- Help hospital staff prepare equipment and theatres for surgical procedures
- Transfer patients to operating rooms and play a part in the surgical process
- Observe and care for patients after surgery, assisting nurses where you can
- Attend and present at medical research sessions and workshops
The focus of your work during this internship will be observational. Your work can include these main activities:
Shadow professional nurses while they conduct their daily rounds in the hospital
Most of your work is observational. You will watch and learn as nurses and doctors do their work. This internship is an opportunity to expand your medical knowledge by watching experienced professionals in action.
Help hospital staff prepare equipment for surgical procedures
Some of our placements in Vietnam have a large focus on surgery. You can learn how to prepare equipment for different types of surgery, and assist nurses under supervision when permitted.
Transfer patients to operating rooms to play a part in the surgical process
Another practical way to get involved is by helping nurses transfer patients to and from operating rooms. This is a great way to interact with patients, and observe hospital procedures.
Observe and care for patients after surgery, assisting nurses where you can
The treatment of patients after surgery is often crucial to their recovery process. You’ll learn about the intricacies of caring for recovering patients, and help nurses with this if requested.
Attend medical research sessions and workshops
Once a week, you can share your hospital experiences at a research session. You’ll be given a platform to present to other interns and staff, and listen to their stories as well. We also organise monthly medical workshops with lectures by experienced local doctors. They often share their knowledge of traditional medicine at these workshops.
Where you work on the Nursing internship in Vietnam
Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital, and the second largest city in the country. 7.5 million people call it home.
By working at a hospital in Hanoi, you will get to experience how healthcare is practiced in a developing country. You’ll find that facilities will be of a similar standard to hospitals in developed countries.
Navigate your way through thousands of motorcycles - Vietnam’s primary mode of transport for the majority of citizens, and follow the delicious smells coming from street food vendors at nearly every corner. Enjoy lunches of spring rolls and Vietnam’s famous pho - a noodle dish with rice, broth, herbs, and chicken or beef.
Medical electives for students
This project is also perfect for university medical and healthcare elective students. The real-world insight and knowledge you gain will help shape you as a future medical professional. You will also learn to work with different people and get a broader perspective of global healthcare systems and issues. This benefits your career for years to come. We can organise a placement that meets all of your university's requirements.
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.
Food and accommodation
You'll stay in shared accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns while in Vietnam. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.
The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
Vietnam offers a mix of bustling cities and picturesque countrysides. With so many different activities and tourist sites, you’re bound to find plenty of ways to spend your free time.
For a glimpse into the country’s history, you can spend an afternoon exploring the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology or the National Museum of Vietnamese History. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also a major historic site, located in Hanoi.
If you’re looking to buy some souvenirs, there are many markets with locally made products on sale. Evenings in Hanoi are filled with excitement and bright, colourful lights. You can watch street performers and then head to a nearby restaurant for a taste of local cuisine.
The countryside, with its emerald rice paddies stretching to the horizon, provides the perfect escape from the busy capital.
We run many different projects in Vietnam, so there will likely be other volunteers in-country with you. This makes travelling as a group easy to arrange. However, you’re welcome to explore independently if you prefer.
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 Vietnam
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