Travel to Asia and gain medical work experience by doing a Public Health internship in Cambodia for teenagers. You’ll work with a group your age, and focus on doing health checks in disadvantaged communities. This is a great way to add practical healthcare experience to your CV, which can help your future career.
You’ll learn directly from healthcare professionals, who’ll teach you basic medical skills and first aid. You’ll use these skills during outreaches at schools and care centres. You’ll also help run awareness campaigns in communities, and share knowledge about preventing disease. In addition to hands-on work, you’ll also get some clinical experience at a hospital.
You’ll be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital, and stay with other teenagers in a hotel or guest house. You’ll have around the clock support from Projects Abroad supervisors. When you’re not working, we’ve organised fun cultural and social activities, and a weekend trip.
Fixed dates during school break
This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do on a Public Health placement in Cambodia for teenagers?
While learning more about Cambodian culture alongside other high school students, you’ll work under supervision at medical outreaches. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll be involved in:
- Participate in community outreaches and assist medical staff with basic health checks
- Conduct public health campaigns to educate schools and the local community
- Learn about the healthcare system in Cambodia and traditional Khmer medicine
- Learn more about Cambodian culture and the country’s history
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Participate in community outreaches and assist medical staff with basic healthcare
You’ll be taken to various kindergartens, primary schools, and care centres where you’ll assist medical staff with health checks for the children. You’ll also assist in improving the health standards of the children cared for at the schools and centres you visit.
Conduct public health campaigns to educate schools and the local community
You’ll visit communities where you’ll run awareness campaigns. You’ll present these campaigns to the public and share knowledge on various healthcare issues affecting the community. You can talk about the importance of good hygiene and how to prevent common diseases. You’ll also focus on the importance of seeking medical attention
Learn about the healthcare system in Cambodia
You’ll be taken on supervised visits to a local hospital. By doing so, you’ll get to learn more about the healthcare system in a developing country. Many countries still use traditional medicine and techniques to treat patients. By shadowing doctors in the hospital, you may also get to see traditional Khmer medicine being used.
Learn more about Cambodian culture and the country’s history
Your High School Special is not complete without a few activities that teach you about the history and culture of Cambodia. Depending on the length of your project, your supervisors will take you to various historical museums, the Royal Palace and the magnificent Angkor Temples. In addition, you’ll watch a traditional Apsara dance, eat local cuisine, and visit many of the buddhist temples and local markets.
Throughout all these activities, you’ll be with our staff and a group of teenagers your age.
Where will I be working in Cambodia?
You’ll be based in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The city is rich in history and culture, boasting beautiful scenery, lively locals, delicious food, and traditional buddhist temples to explore.
You’ll spend time doing outreach work at kindergartens, primary schools, and care centres. You’ll also work within local communities to raise awareness about the importance of hygiene, and how to prevent disease. All of your work is supervised, and you’ll have constant support from Projects Abroad staff.
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
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Overall, joining this project was one of the best choices I ever made. Being able to help people, learning new things and being able to connect with people from different walks of life made the experience an unforgettable one.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Cambodia
Angkor Wat was amazing to see and unlike anything I have visited before.
Public Health Internship for Teenagers in Cambodia
Meet the team in Cambodia
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