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Vietnam Medical Placement

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Vietnam Medical Placement

Work alongside English- speaking Vietnamese doctors in Ho Chi Minh.

Prices from US$1,295

After emerging from years of conflict and war, Vietnam has now become a permanent fixture on many a wanderer's bucket list and attracts millions of visitors annually. It is a diverse country, both geographically and demographically. From the chilly and lush jungle-clad mountain peaks of the north and the unique, traditional tribes that occupy them to the vast marshes and waterways of the mighty Mekong delta in the south, there is much to experience throughout Vietnam.

Traditionally the economy in Vietnam has been rooted in agriculture and rice production, and though this is still a very important part of the economy, Vietnam has transformed itself into one of the fastest growing and most diverse economies in Southeast Asia with the expansion of manufacturing and tourism. This project offers the rare opportunity of hospital work and practice alongside English­speaking Vietnamese doctors in Ho Chi Minh. Your level of interaction will depend upon your experience, confidence and qualifications. It is an ideal project for students of the medical profession.

Project Highlights

  • Gain an insight into healthcare in a developing country context
  • Observe, shadow and assist healthcare professionals
  • Work alongside English-speaking, local medical professionals

Specific Requirements

  • Current qualifications in medicine or healthcare or currently studying
  • CV outlining education, qualifications and experience


Location Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Activities Observe, shadow and assist doctors and nurses
Provide care for patients
Observe, shadow and assist medics
Encourage and teach prevention, hygiene and checkups
Airport pickup
Accommodation Shared volunteer dorm


Before you go Pre-departure support
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt

Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


This project is based in a Government operated hospital, serving the poorer community of Ho Chi Minh. Your main responsibilities will be a daily check­up of all patients, monitoring patients’ situations and offering advice to doctors as well as assisting and consulting with them. Observation, recording and analysing will be a key part of this project.


On your arrival you will be paired with a local doctor whom you will shadow throughout your placement. Your main responsibilities on this placement will be to assist in the daily check-ups of patients, monitor patients' situations and offer advice to doctors as well as consulting with them. Observations, recording and analysing will form a key part of your placement. The exact nature of your role will depend on the needs of the hospital at the time of your placement. Your level of interaction with patients and staff  will depend on your qualifications, experience and confidence. The longer you stay on the project, the more responsibilities you will be given.


You will need to be a current medical or nursing student or medical practitioner and submit proof of enrolment/graduation along with your CV.


You should arrive into HCMC Airport (SGN) on the Sunday where you will be met by local staff and transferred to the project site. Once you have had time to rest the staff will give you a local orientation. Your in-country coordinator will help you acclimatise and you’ll feel at home in no time in this stunningly vibrant country.


You will be staying in shared volunteer dorms. The dorms are located on a college campus, though the rooms are reserved for volunteers only. There is hot water and western style showers and patchy WiFi available, dependent on weather. Welcome to Vietnam!


On your project you will be provided with three meals per day which are served in a restaurant on campus. Meals are typically Vietnamese; traditional Vietnamese cooking is known for its fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil, plentiful use of herbs and vegetables. Typical meals may include rice vermicelli noodles, jasmine rice, dried shrimp and bean sprouts however meals may include some Western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread. Did we mention rice?

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Additional Opportunities

From Vietnamese water puppet shows to shopping there is plenty for you to see and do in Ho Chi Minh. For an exciting day out why not head to Dam Sen water park. Alternatively visit Ho Chi Minh city museum to educate yourself on Vietnam's war- torn history. The museum houses many informative exhibitions and explains the country's history through photographs, artefacts and memorabilia. The city is home to numerous temples; Jade Emporer Pagoda is one of the cities most impressive and atmospheric temples.

During the weekends or before/after your placement you may like to explore further afield. Located 40km away Can Gio Mangrove biosphere reserve is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and is home to a huge variety of wildlife. The capital city of Hanoi with its interesting cultural history is a great place to explore. Or why not head to the coast to relax on the beautiful beaches of Vung Tao or Mui Ne. Your in-country coordinators will help you to arrange any additional activities.


2 weeks US$1,295

3 weeks US$1,745

4 weeks US$2,245

5 weeks US$2,695

6 weeks US$3,145

Departure Dates

Weekly, please arrive on the Sunday.


1 week +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Pick up from local airport or bus station
  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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