Give back to the local community and gain valuable experience volunteering in the Medical Outreach Project.
Working together with the Provincial Public Health Department, we aim to support health education in Cambodia by teaching children at several local schools. The project is set in rural Cambodia, where access to good health center is second to none.
The Medical Outreach project is designed for highly motivated individuals with a medical background, that is, for medical students or qualified nurses/doctors to teach medicine related topics at local schools. As such, the objective is to transfer knowledge in relation to improving the health of Cambodian children.
About Your Location
Samraong is the capital of Oddar Meanchey province, which is Cambodia’s newest province. The province is located north of Siem Reap province and borders Thailand. The city of Siem Reap is about 120 km away from Samraong, currently about 4 hours by car, depending on the condition of the road. During raining season the trip may take considerably longer.
Weekly Schedule & Activities
We aim to maintain a flexible program, which means that your schedule can include a combination of activities that will be matched with your skills and experience as well as the local situation and current needs. We advise volunteers to come prepared with topics such as:
- Sanitation (basic hygiene such as washing hands, brushing teeth etc.)
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Bodily health
- Care for the elderly
On arrival you will have a meeting with the project coordinator to plan your lessons in more detail. You will also meet with the school principals to introduce yourself. You will be working with basic classroom facilities, such as blackboards and whiteboards, which is why we encourage volunteers to be as creative as possible.
The working hours are from around 08:00 until 17:00, with a lunch break at the accommodation around 11:00. The program runs from Monday to Friday, but every last Thursday of the month is a day off as all the teachers have a monthly meeting they must attend. The volunteer will attend schools which are extremely poor and are situated in the rural area. Be therefore prepared to start early and return late, as the medical outposts can be quite far away from where you will be staying, and the roads in Cambodia are badly maintained, especially in this part of the country.
Please note that the volunteer activities and schedule can change at any time based on the needs of the project, local conditions, the weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings the volunteers are generally free, and there are no program activities scheduled unless otherwise mentioned. Weekends are always free. Relax at your homestay accommodation, take a bicycle into town, or expand your sightseeing and visit the many sites in the Oddar Meanchey province, or take a taxi to Siem Reap for the weekend. Our friendly staff are always there to make your choice easier with advice.
Mandatory Volunteer Requirements
- Minimum age of 18
- Police clearance certificate
- A copy of the your CV, passport and any medical qualification certificates should be sent to the volunteer organization before your arrival. This is mandatory for anyone wanting to do the medical project. You can submit your papers to your travel advisor who can forward them onwards.
- Basic level of competency in English
What Makes a Good Volunteer?
Volunteers need to be flexible and keep an open mind concerning their placements as situations can arise beyond our control which could require you to be placed at a different project than the one you have initially chosen. We will of course always do our utmost to fulfill your initial wishes but do remember that where you are going is quite different from where you are coming and as such one should be prepared for things not always going according to plan.
Volunteering and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups that are prepared to adapt to the local environment and its current needs. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. Alterations in activities are mainly due to changes in local conditions, which we believe is part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that they are.
How Long Should I Volunteer?
Our projects range from 1 week up to approx. 30 weeks. Projects have a specified minimum stay, then it’s up to you how long you can commit. In our experience the longer you stay the more you will gain, as your understanding of the project broadens and you take on more responsibilities. Every volunteer will be given a certificate of appreciation at the end of their stay as a symbol of volunteering stay.
The volunteer accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a maximum of 4 people per room. The rooms are equipped with a fan, cold shower and WiFi. There are no laundry facilities so please expect to wash your clothes by hand. However, there are some places where you can do laundry in the town at a small cost. All volunteers are expected to be environmentally conscious and to use all resources with restraint, especially water, paper and electricity. You will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to participate in keeping the accommodation neat and organized. The volunteer accommodation is very relaxing, nice place to be after a day of volunteering, with hammocks where you can chat or read a book.
Culture Week Accommodation:
During the optional Culture Week your accommodation in Siem Reap until Wednesday morning is at a guesthouse that is only a short 10-minute walk away from downtown Siem Reap. The accommodation is based on single gender rooms with a fan, cold shower and WiFi that a maximum of 4 people will be sharing. All the meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, are included and served at the guesthouse. The guesthouse has a nice big green garden where you can relax, and a big screen in the communal area that you can watch movies on. From Wednesday onwards you will be staying at homestay accommodation in the rural town of Samraong. This gives you a great opportunity to meet the locals and learn about Khmer customs first-hand.
Arrival transfer is included if you arrive on Sunday at Siem Reap airport between 06.00-16.00, your coordinator or pick-up person will be waiting in the arrivals hall with a sign that reads "Greenway" and your name. You may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.
If you arrive by land you should meet at Smiley's guesthouse in Siem Reap at 14 pm sharp.
if you arrive outside these times the transfer is not included, you can either make your own way to the project or arrange a transfer by taxi which takes about 3 hours and costs approximately USD30. Please confirm the price upfront with the driver an contact the Green lion team if there are any problems.
Transportation between your accommodation and the project: There are bicycles for the volunteers.
All food is included during your stay. The meals are typical Cambodian style, including plenty of rice dishes, meat and at times, western food. Vegetarian options are also available. There are three meals served during the week and two during the weekend. All the food is prepared at the volunteer accommodation and volunteers eat together. There are snacks available between meals.
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or intolerances during your application. However, we need to stress the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible and accommodating to the local food.
What to bring:
There are bikes available at no extra cost that you can use to explore the area during your free time.
There is WiFi at the volunteer accommodation.
Money and shopping:
There are ATMs as well as a bank in Samraong. There are numerous local shops where you can get the basics.
Specific health information:
Malaria still exists in certain areas of Cambodia. Please check with the medical services in your home country.
Please remember to take care of the visa arrangements on time.
While de-mining efforts have cleared away mines in the cities and villages, there are still some less-inhabited areas that have not been reached. ‘Danger Mines’ signs should be taken extremely seriously. Walking through fields or other places where you don’t see any locals is not recommended.