Medical volunteers wanted in Lao PDR



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Luang Prabng
Luang Prabang


Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) is a 30-bed acute pediatric hospital situated on the campus of Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital. LFHC is a teaching hospital offering emergency, inpatient, outpatient and surgical services to babies and children throughout Northern Lao. Limited on-site radiology, pathology and pharmacy together with a homecare program complement these clinical activities. A major goal of LFHC is to promote the clinical learning and professional development of the local staff such that key positions within the hospital are progressively filled by a well-trained and dedicated local workforce.

The volunteer physicians would work with the Laotian and international team, with the main responsibilities being clinical supervision and teaching Lao doctors. Much of the teaching is done at the bedside although opportunities are available to deliver more formal teaching sessions. The position would ideally require a minimum of 1 month commitment, longer commitments preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international public health & clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country setting. Luang Prabang is a quiet and charming tourist-friendly town along the banks of the Mekong River. There are plenty of opportunities for weekend sightseeing trips in the surrounding area.


  • Registered in home country
  • Must have pediatric experience; strong preference for pediatricians
  • Teaching, administrative and management experience.
  • Committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families.
  • Ability to interact with people from various countries and backgrounds with tact, diplomacy and poise.
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and a confidence–inspiring attitude.
  • Experience practicing medicine in a low or middle income country would be a plus.


This is a volunteer position with a preferred 1 month minimum commitment up to 6+ months. The position is required to be filled throughout the year and as such applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume and three references from past employers, with the subject "Volunteer Doctor". Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviewing.