Medicine Volunteer Projects in the Philippines
- Placement location: Bogo City and San Remigio
- Role: To gain valuable work experience alongside skilled local staff observing cases less common in the West
- Type of placements: Hospital and health office
- Requirements: Volunteers must have completed at least one year of medical related studies or training
- Accommodation: Host family
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Medicine project in the Philippines is an exciting experience. As a Medicine volunteer you will gain a large amount of valuable work experience alongside some extremely skilled and talented doctors and nurses.
Medical volunteers will find that the local facilities are basic and limited. You are likely to encounter some diseases and conditions that are less common than in North America and Europe. The standard of patient care and the role of their families may also be different to what you are used to in your home country.
It is preferred that Medicine volunteers in the Philippines have completed at least one year of medicine or healthcare related studies or training by the time they join this project.
Your Role as a Medicine Volunteer in the Philippines
Our medical volunteers work in the Bogo District Hospital and in the City Health Office (CHO) in Bogo City, in Cebu Province. On arrival you will be introduced to your project supervisor, who will show you around and introduce you to other staff at your placement. By observing the doctors, midwives and nurses, you will learn about different conditions and treatments and can discuss the cases with them to improve your medical knowledge.
Volunteers without any previous medical experience shadow the local medical staff and have a mainly observational role. Volunteers with more experience will find that your exact role within the hospital or CHO will be determined by your level of medical experience as well as the enthusiasm and effort which you show to the local staff.
Through showing initiative and building a good rapport with your colleagues, you can get more involved with the doctors and patients with whom you are working. Volunteers have the opportunity to shadow doctors in a number of different departments. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to get involved with the medical team’s community outreach project in various remote villages, but this depends on your placement and whether or not one is organised.
There is also the option to work at a rural health unit in San Remigio. These rural health units often serve as the only source of free healthcare for impoverished communities in rural areas. Each unit is staffed by a municipal health officer, a public health nurse, a sanitary inspector and several midwives. They provide a number of services in the following areas: maternal and child care, general outpatient care, dental care, family planning, nutrition advice, disease control, health education and environmental sanitation.
Your working hours will usually be decided on a weekly basis, however most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free. You also have the option to work night shifts.
When you're not working, you will live with a local host family who will provide your meals and a real taste of Filipino hospitality. When you aren't at work there is plenty to do in and around Bogo City and Cebu.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Philippines Medicine & Healthcare Management Plan.