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Samrong Hospital-Medical Volunteering In A Primitive Setting

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Fri, Jul 30, 2010

Surgical gowns drying in front of a fan."I went to was a small hospital - Sam Roang Hospital, at the rural area of Siem Riep. This hospital is nothing like what you will ever see in Melbourne or Malaysia and I was utterly shocked by the condition of the hospital. The very limited facilities and resources, running low on/out of medical supplies, fan-less maternity ward, supposedly sterile operating theatre with flies in it and only three out of five bulbs of the operating lamp are working. You can't possibly imagine what the condition is like until you see it for yourself. It is primitive."

Phey Yee is from Melbourne, Australia.  She wants to be a Doctor.  So quite naturally, Phey looked to the GeoVisions Medical program in Cambodia for a unique medical experience.  She found it!

Phey volunteered at the Samrong Hospital in the rural area of Siem Riep in Cambodia.  Phey wrote a Blog about her experiences and was kind enough to grant us permission to feature her Blog and her photos.  Some of her posts include:

A Typical Day in Sam Rong
Of Fund Raising and Fun Raising
Of Dust and Sweat and Cambodia

At the entrance to the hospital.Phey Yee had such a great experience, she is now fund raising for the community and hospital.  Please click the links above to particular posts, or just click this link to see the entire Blog.  And be sure to look at all the photos.  They're so good.

If you have an interest in GeoVisions' Medical programs, there are 10 to choose from:

Cape Town Medical & Clinic Assistance

Children's Hospital in Costa Rica

Cusco Rehabilitation Center

Ecuador Children's Hospital

Ecuadorian Red Corss and Mobile Clinic

Galapagos Islands Hospital

Medical Center in Lima

Medical Help in Cambodia

Medical Project in Sri Lanka

Paramedic Service in Costa Rica

Volunteers' tennis shoes outside the hospital."We got to do a lot of clinical stuff. We attended the hospital handover meeting everyday at 7.30 a.m. and went to the ward rounds.  We have covered the maternity ward, pediatrics ward, general medicine ward, emergency medicine and surgical ward. Most of the doctors here are extremely friendly.  Not all of them know English but they sure tried their very best to teach us a much as they could. I heard my first heart murmur on Thursday! It was indeed a very special moment for me."

We would love to talk to you about any of the medical volunteer projects available and to put you in touch with former volunteers.

Have you volunteered at a rural medical project?  Where were you and how did it compare to Phey's experience?

Tags: Cambodia, Medical/Health Projects, Volunteer Blogs, Volunteering Abroad

Volunteer Abroad in China, Egypt or Cambodia

Posted by Randy LeGrant on Sun, Mar 01, 2009
Conversation Corps-Egypt is here.  Magnificent monuments are everywhere. The pointed perfection of the Pyramids of Abu Sir, soaring minarets of Cairo's skyline, and majestic tombs and temples of Luxor are just a few of the wonders that generations of visitors have admired during their city sojourns, jaunts up and down the Nile and expeditions through spectacularly stark desert landscapes.  Awaiting you are families who want to learn or improve their English.

Conversation Corps-China has arrived.  A journey through this colossus of a country is a mesmerizing encounter with the most populous and perhaps most culturally idiosyncratic nation on earth.  Families are looking for native English speakers to tutor them in English in return for free room and board.

Remember that the Conversation Corps is a volunteer program, whereby you volunteer to tutor a family up to 15 hours each week to teach or improve their English.  In return, volunteer tutors receive free room and board.  Conversation Corps tutors usually have days and weekends free to immerse themselves into the culture of their host country.  Conversation Corps tutors must be native English speakers.

Conversation Corps-China includes airport transportation, 2 nights in a 3-star Beijing Hotel at the start of the program for a formal orientation and a 1/2 day tour.  Transport to the family is also included as well as meals and accommodation during orientation.

Northern Cambodia.Interested in a more traditional volunteer program?  Think Cambodia.  The medical volunteer projects located in the Northern Cambodian countryside involve working with local and international NGOs.  The renovations of several medical outpost/heath centers in these remote areas is done in cooperation with the provincial public health department. In addition, volunteers may work on the follow up of a project initiated by the international development NGO, Malteser, replenishing medical aid kits in over 60 village communities. For participants with a professional medical training, it will be possible to assist local medical staff in the Health centers or to organize first aid refreshers training for villagers.

Find out more about this amazing project in Northern Cambodia and apply now to have the most amazing experience of a lifetime.

Email us for more information.  Remember, at GeoVisions you can apply for free.  We take no form of payment until you have been confirmed.

The GeoVisions Global Work and Service Team

Tags: Cambodia, Conversation Corps-China, Conversation Corps-Egypt