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Ho Chi Minh - Medical Placement

Aims & Objectives

The government operated hospital aims to offer effective treatment to a large number of citizens from Ho Chi Minh. At this project you will be able to transfer your pre-existing knowledge to the medical staff and the hospital as well as to absorb new knowledge and information in return.

Weekly Schedule & Activities

Introduction Day
Your project starts with an introduction day on the first Monday including a tour of the area surrounding the accommodation, available facilities, cultural "do's and don'ts", safety concerns as well as some basic local language lessons.

Monday to Friday
Your actual project work will begin with a full introduction to all the staff and the hospital. At this point you will also discuss your upcoming role at the project. We will introduce the equipment and the current operating procedures at the hospital. You will also have a full-time doctor designated to you, whom you will "shadow" throughout your entire placement. This doctor will be fully qualified and fluent in English.

Depending on the needs of the hospital at the time, you will assess patients, perform medical procedures, perform surgery and X-rays. The hospital staff also have regular meetings, which you will attend to discuss and improve the needs and performance of the hospital. Your input is vital as different perspectives help with the long-term success of the hospital.

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.

Please note that there will be a long break in between at lunch time.

Evenings & Weekends
During the evenings the volunteers are generally free, but on Wednesday afternoons you can join the other volunteers and local coordinators for a game of football. Weekends are free, although if preferred, you can continue your work at the hospital.

Public Holidays

The project is either closed or has alternative activities on public holidays.

01 January
08-16 February *
18 & 29-30 April
01 May
02 September

* Lunar New Year
During the Lunar New Year (Tet), volunteers will prepare food (lunch) for the at-risk community (mostly the young children). We also arrange some activities with the children (singing, dancing, playing, etc…) and teach them English. The local team will buy all the food, ingredients and materials for volunteers to help with preparation of the food, cooking the food and serving for that center. The center is about 45 minutes by bus from the accommodation, and you can expect to volunteer from 08:00-13:00. Alternatively, volunteers can use the time to travel and join in on the local festivities.

Please note that there are fewer patients during the holidays, which means fewer activities at the project.

Mandatory Volunteer Requirements

Minimum age of 18
Basic level of competency in English
Police Clearance Certificate on sign-up
Passport copy required on arrival
Participants wanting to take part in this program should have a medical background such as studying medicine, nursing, pharmacy etc. You will need to provide your CV and a copy of your passport to be submitted to the hospital. You can submit your papers to your travel advisor who can forward them onwards.


You don’t need any proof of a COVID test to join the project. However, it is recommended to take a self-test kit with you in case you get COVID-like symptoms, whilst at the volunteer project.
However, please still check please with your airlines and the country's health guidelines on this matter.

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 work 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. At times, alterations in activities are due to changes in local conditions. This can be part of what makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that it is.

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.

Wat is inbegrepen?

Extra kosten tijdens tour


Your accommodation is on a campus in a college dorm where we have our own rooms reserved for volunteers only. The dorm is on the 4th floor, but there is a lift. The rooms are shared between 4-6 participants with private hot water shower and air-conditioning. WiFi is available, but please note that the quality of the Internet access depends on weather conditions. In Southeast Asia internet accessibility is often rather unstable due to heavy rain.

There is also a room reserved as an office, where you can go to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available for you to borrow. There is a nice local cafe next to our dorm.

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. In an effort to go green, we have installed a hot water solar system, as such, there may be a shortage of hot water during cloudy days or at night time.

Please note:
This accommodation has a 24:00 curfew.

There is a pool available for volunteers to use free of charge at the 4-star hotel next to the accommodation.

Lokaal vervoer

You will be met upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City International Airport (SGN) by our team between 06:00 and 21:30. They will be waiting outside the airport’s main arrival hall and holding a sign with either your name or "The Green Lion". If you don’t see him/her, please do not leave the airport, but wait at pole number 3 (after picking up your luggage and coming through customs). Please note that in some cases you may need to wait for several participants to arrive before the group leaves the airport.

Flight arrivals after 22:00 will incur an additional fee for pickup.

Alternatively you can make your own way to the accommodation at your own cost (with at least a 24-hour notice of your arrival plan) so that arrangements can be made to have the gate opened by the security team for your arrival.

How To Get Here On Your Own
Option A: By Taxi (easiest option)
You can take a taxi at the airport straight to our Ho Chi Minh center (address below). A ride should not cost you more than USD$5-7. Use only Mai Linh and Vinasun, SM they are trustworthy companies with taximeters and satellite maps to show you where you are. Other companies working at the airport are not official and may overcharge you.

Option B.
Prior to your arrival, you may download the Grab App, a digital app, where you can arrange private cabs or cars straight to our accommodation center with the address below. Additionally, you can input your pickup and dropoff points without needing to speak with the driver. With Grab, you can easily find the car you've booked by its green color and license plate numbers.

Late Arrivals
We discourage late arrivals as it may take longer for you to settle into your program. Any emergency or early/late arrivals need to be communicated to us via email [email protected].

Transfer Coordinator: +84 (0) 77 8310 910 (Ms. Anna Pham)
If you are lost or have any major concerns regarding transfer, please contact the coordinator who speaks English.

Tourist Police: Dial 113. The Touristic Police of Vietnam are trained to assist you in English. Direct any safety concerns to them.

Getting to the Project
There are no transportation costs between the accommodation and the project.

Getting Around in Ho Chi Minh
There are many taxis around the campus. You can easily catch a taxi from the main road to get to any destination in Ho Chi Minh.

Departure Information
Check-out is on the Saturday before 12:00 in the last week of your program. We can assist you in arranging a local bus or taxi back to the airport. A bus will cost around USD $1 and a taxi USD $5-7.


Three good Asian style meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) are provided every day of the program, and on weekends only brunch and dinner. However, meals will also be served based on your dietary requirements, but you need to inform us in advance.

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What to Bring
Blue scrubs, closed shoes (no flip flops allowed)

Local SIM Card
We highly recommend buying a cheap local SIM card for your whole time in Vietnam for your own personal safety and for easier/cheaper communication with other participants, staff and family back home, and especially if travelling to us by yourself, this becomes especially useful. These are extremely cheap in Vietnam, costing around USD $3-5.

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