Medical Placement in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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Volunteering Journeys

(67 Reviews)
  • From $999 USD for 2 Weeks

  • 2 - 11 Weeks

  • Select Start Dates

  • 18 to 40 years old



Volunteering to work in a hospital in Cambodia is an excellent way to get involved and help vulnerable people in situations they need it most. Cambodia is one of the poorest nations in Southeast Asia, and poverty can affect an individual’s health hugely. Living in unsanitary conditions will make a person much more likely to fall ill, so medical facilities in Cambodia are essential in helping the country to progress. There are additional dangers to citizens in Southeast Asia, such as insect bites, snakes, heat stroke and various contagious conditions that spread more easily in the heat. Your volunteering project can help to make a difference to those suffering from unavoidable risks. Your responsibilities during your medical volunteering trip will vary depending on your previous experience, your medical background and your goals on what you’d like to accomplish during your trip. You’ll generally be working in various departments alongside the existing nurses and doctors at the hospital, where you can observe the general practice and see how day-to-day life in the Cambodian medical environment works.

Arrival and Orientation

Upon arrival you will be met by the local team and given an orientation and training. You will also be taken to the hospital on your first day by the local team.


Medical students that work in Phnom Penh will stay at guesthouses. The guesthouses are located in the center of Phnom Penh and are within minutes of many of the major tourist attractions. The guest houses feature large roof decks for lounging, restaurants servicing local and western cuisine, Wi-Fi, computers, bicycles for free rental, and laundry service. Additionally, bus tickets to almost anywhere in Cambodia and select locations in Vietnam and Thailand can be purchased for those that wish to travel on the weekends or after their service has ended. Most volunteers share room with other volunteers, however, private rooms can be arranged as well.

Field Conditions

The responsibilities at the hospital will vary depending on your background and previous experience. Volunteers are generally work alongside the nurses and doctors. Volunteers will have the opportunity to observe work in many departments. Volunteers need to complete at least one year of medical school, nursing school or related training to join this project. For Surgery department volunteers need to have at least three years' experience.

Your Impact

During the Vietnam war, at the end of the 1960s, Cambodia was driven into a civil war. Subsequently, the Khmer Rouge led by Pol Pot seized power and started experimenting in social engineering, completely destroying the social structure in Cambodia. Sadly, during that time, many doctors and educated medical professionals were killed. Nowadays, medical facilities and services in Cambodia do not meet international standards. Volunteering in Cambodia is an excellent way to become involved in some of the poorest medical institutions in the developing world. Cambodia has a limited number of internationally-run hospitals that can provide basic medical care and stabilization. Volunteers will work in one of the state hospitals in the city.


Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Where you will be volunteering
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Volunteers work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Where you'll be staying
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Volunteers stay in a shared house

  • Nearest Airport
    Pochentong Airport (PNH), Phnom Penh, Cambodia


2 Weeks
11 Weeks
2 Weeks

$999 USD

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Volunteering Journeys is a social enterprise that provides the global youth of today with responsible and experiential travel opportunities through sustainable and impactful volunteer programs in the areas of education, healthcare and marine & animal conservation. Our two marquee locations are Galle, Sri Lanka and Kerala, India - both tropical destinations known for their raw beauty, deep culture/history and hospitable people. What separates us from others is our global mindset, local knowhow and ability to deliver wonderful experiences to our young travellers. We are ground operators and offer truly authentic projects be it hospital placements for medical/nursing students, working with special needs communities, women's empowerment, teaching english to children or Buddhist monks, or working on serious elephant, dog care or sea-turtle conservation projects. We also offer unique adventure & sightseeing tours in these locations, which can be done on a standalone basis or combined with any of our volunteering programs. All our programs are created and managed with the goal of enhancing young travellers' learning and having fun, whilst providing sustainable development and aid to the communities we serve.

Reviews (67)


Dec 31, 2017

I'm a medical student from Germany and I spent four weeks in Kerala. The staff were very helpful and warm. On the first day we got a tour of the surrounding area and the staff helped us plan for the weekends as well. I spent the majority of my ... +more


Nov 17, 2017

Had a great time in Nepal. I really enjoyed my placement at the hospital and felt like I really experienced culture in Nepal


Nov 16, 2017

VJs was very supportive and organised. If we needed help with anything, hospital related or otherwise, they would always have a friendly face and research it for us and give us the information as soon as they could.

The orientation was very helpful and informative for cultural immersion.

Hospital took ...

Angela Au

Nov 15, 2017

I'm a medical student from Australia doing a medical elective with Volunteering Journeys in Kathmandu. The level of support from Volunteering Journeys is great. Although I was mainly at the hospital, I also had the chance to do community work at a school. They give you a free tour ... +more

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