Medicine Volunteer Projects in Mongolia
- Placement location: Ulaanbaatar
- Role: To work alongside trained local doctors, assisting with daily tasks and observing different conditions and treatments
- Type of placements: Large and small hospitals, traditional medicine and outreach work
- 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 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering on a Medicine project in Mongolia can be an eye-opening experience. As a volunteer you will gain a great deal of valuable work-experience alongside some of the top doctors and surgeons in the country. The facilities are generally of a basic standard and patients will often have travelled vast distances to attend appointments. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old to join this project.
Medicine projects in Mongolia are based in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, where you will be working in busy central hospitals. The doctors are keen for you to achieve as much as possible during your placement, by working in a number of different departments. Medicine and healthcare practice in Mongolia is typically 'Western', but there are also a number of private complementary medical clinics where you can also spend some time, to help broaden your medicine and healthcare experience.
Your Role as a Volunteer in Mongolia
As a medicine volunteer you will have a mainly observational role. In accordance with Mongolian law you will not be able to treat patients directly, but you can help take basic observations. Other tasks might include helping to prepare equipment for surgery, transferring patients to surgery, observing surgery, and checking patients post-surgery. By showing enthusiasm and gaining the confidence of the doctors and nurses by proving your ability, you may well earn yourself a more hands-on role. The supervisors on our Medicine placements in Mongolia have a lot of time for enthusiastic volunteers.
Projects Abroad organises regular medical outreaches for volunteers in order for you to gain a greater understanding of the Mongolian healthcare system. You may be involved in assisting with basic medical check-ups at a community centre for homeless people, or helping with a hand hygiene campaign at one of the local hospitals. We also offer monthly workshops providing volunteers with lessons about traditional treatments, the history of the Mongolian healthcare system and practical lessons on basic medical procedures - such as how to check blood pressure.
While you volunteer on our Medicine project, you will live with one of our hospitable Mongolian host families. You will also become part of the Projects Abroad volunteer community. There is much to see in the area and a lively bunch of volunteers to experience it with.
"The Medicine & Healthcare volunteers are able to pose any questions about areas that they would like to explore further and I'm always delighted to spend the necessary time providing the relevant information to expand their practical and theoretical knowledge. I still maintain good contacts with many former volunteers, who repeatedly stress their desire to become qualified and proficient doctors, partly based on their experience here in Mongolia. I hope that this continues and that any future volunteers feel that they can gain some experience whilst working in our hospitals together with our qualified doctors, in a way that will be beneficial to them regardless of their area of expertise."
Dr Erdenechimeg, Paediatric Hospital
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