Volunteer Opportunity posted by: Where There is No Doctor
Posted on: January 10, 2014
The medical project is for everyone; both for medical professionals as well as non-medical people. Most hill tribes don't get access to local health care for three main reasons: first of all these people can't prove Thai citizenship because they don't have Thai national I.D. Second thing is that they are marginalized and looked down upon by the local Thai society. The last thing is that financially they are paralyzed.
Way of Volunteer:
We move from village to village as we give free medical treatments. As we treat sick hill tribes we stay 2-3 days in each village. We see 60-100 patients a day and set up 3 clinics per week, which cover 3-5 villages. So, roughly we see 250-350 patients a week. Villagers come with different sicknesses ranging from skin rashes to systemic disorders. The illnesses are between dermatological disorders caused by fungus, virus, bacteria, and respiratory,parasitic infections and malnutrition. Illness related to low sanitation and poor water supply are seen quite often, and high blood pressure and blood sugar cases are also seen temporary.
As a medical professional you will be able to do lots of hands on works in a village bamboo hut clinic such as: assisting Dr. David in the following ways: Examining patients starting with taking blood pressure, vital signs, and doing medical tests which cover ABO blood grouping ( ABO& Rh factor ), blood staining and screening for parasites ( malaria and worms), blood sugar and fecal test for parasites, and urine analysis. Arranging eye checkup and eye glasses are sometime necessary. Cutting, stitching, cleaning and dressing wounds are a part of our daily medical routine and giving injections both IV and IM are common practice in the village clinics. Giving vitamins shots and drips are usual to weak and anemic hill tribe women and men. Being a pharmacist is a must to some of you at the clinics as Dr. David writes a prescription. As a pharmacist you will have to dive into a hips of medical supplies and find the right prescriptions and fill up the prescription bags.
Place of volunteer: 50-100 kilometers away villages in the hills
Duration of volunteer: Minimum 1 week – 1 year
Time of volunteer: Any time of the year
Way of transportation: Most of the time we move on foot and sometimes we get a truck. Once a week we come back to our base to get more supplies. Our base is on the way to town and it is 15 kilometers away from town.
How to Volunteer: It is essential that you go through the entire website thoroughly before applying. This is to make sure you are the right volunteer and the kind of work you will be doing. You will have to fill up our online application if you are interested to volunteer with us after going through the website. And then please kindly send us your registration fee 100 US$ to confirm your placement with us. We will contact you with more information. There may be a slight delay in our correspondence as we are out in the hills for a week at a time.
We have got two volunteer options below. The choice is absolutely yours whether you like to "volunteer for free" or "pay to volunteer". The "volunteer for free" consist of some fundraising effort. But it is indeed a great effort for the poor and less fortunate human beings in this part of the world.
Please take a note that funding a project of any kind
Pay to volunteer program
Please check the volunteer's weekly expenses below:
Duration of volunteer Volunteer's weekly expense
1 week - 200 US$ + funding a project of any kind
2 weeks - 400 US$ + funding a project of any kind
3 weeks - 600 US$ + funding a project of any kind
4 weeks - 800 US$ + funding a project of any kind
If this is the kind of volunteer program you are looking for please kindly fill up the online application form and send it to us along with your registration fee, 100 US$.
The registration or application fee,100 US$, covers administration, communication, confirmation, pick up from the airport or bus station to our base and your internet access at our base as a volunteer.