A female intern is pictured taking part in testing blood sugar levels whilst on her public health internship in Cambodia.

Public Health Internship in Cambodia

Gain practical healthcare experience and help improve the overall health of people in disadvantaged communities

Join our Public Health Internship in Cambodia and gain practical experience in basic community healthcare. This project takes place outside of a hospital environment, focusing instead on working directly with people in and around Phnom Penh.


You’ll help doctors and nurses conduct basic health checks during home visits and educational outreaches. In Cambodia, many people don’t have regular access to healthcare. They either can’t afford to see a doctor, or they live to far away from clinics and hospitals. Because of this, they also don’t have much access to information about hygiene and healthcare.


The work you do will help encourage people to lead healthier lives. In the process, you’ll gain plenty of practical experience to add to your CV, and learn skills like measuring blood pressure.


You will be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s picturesque capital, where you will live in a shared apartment with other volunteers and interns. Evenings and weekends are your free time to explore the city and surrounding areas.


Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price

We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 01 571 5080 for more info.

When you apply you only pay €295, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 01 571 5080 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Completely flexible dates

Minimum Duration:

One Week

Placement Location:

Phnom Penh (Read More)

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation Read More

Requirements :

Anyone aged over 16 can join

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Visa support and advice

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

An intern is seen talking to locals during an outreach whilst she completes her public health internship in Cambodia with Projects Abroad.

Is a Public Health internship in Cambodia right for me?

This project is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a career in healthcare. It’s also great experience for students interested in studying medicine.


As a Public Health intern in Cambodia, you’ll gain gain hands-on experience doing basic health checks . You’ll work alongside medical professionals on a daily basis, and they’ll supervise your work. 


You can use this placement to add some practical work experience to your CV. Talking about what you learned during your internship in interviews will also give you an extra edge. This kind of internship also helps demonstrate your commitment to helping others. 


Our Public Health Project runs all year round and requires you to participate for a minimum of one week. We encourage you to stay longer, so you can do and learn more.

What will I do at my Public Health placement in Cambodia?

During this internship, you’ll get practical experience in basic healthcare outside of a hospital environment. Here are some of the tasks you’ll help out with:


  • Conduct home visits to screen local people for various diseases
  • Do health checks for children in care centres
  • Teach children about healthcare, nutrition, and hygiene
  • Record, analyse, and report data for our Global Impact Database

At your Public Health placement in Cambodia, your work will focus on the following areas:


Conduct basic medical checks during home visits


During home visits, you will conduct non-invasive tests. These tests establish how well organs are functioning and whether any treatment is needed. You’ll also measure blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and weight.


If patients need further treatment, the supervising nurse or doctor will refer the case to the closest government-funded clinic. Most of the cases we end up referring are patients with high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or arthritis, or symptoms like lethargy and loss of appetite


Do health checks for  children in care centres


You will also have the opportunity to provide basic health services for children at kindergarten centres and schools. These visits tie in with our Care Project and our goal of supporting early childhood development and improving hygiene.  


We work closely with a local NGO, Khemara. This organisation support vulnerable people, including women, children, and disadvantaged families. The tests we conduct for children include:


  • Skin disorders
  • Anaemia (through physical symptoms)
  • Chest problems
  • Basic teeth checks
  • Common colds and flu
  • Cuts and infections


Teach children about healthcare, nutrition, and hygiene


During visits to care centres, you’ll also have an opportunity to teach children about basic healthcare, hygiene, and good nutrition. You can keep it fun by brainstorming educational games, songs, and stories with your fellow interns. It’s always a good idea to combine this with posters and flyers that we can use again in the future.


Record, analyse, and report data


Recording, analysing, and reporting on your findings with your supervisor is an important part of your internship.


You will use our Global Impact Database to record all patient details, which can then be used to refer back to information collected at previous consultations. A follow up and evaluation of intervention is completed after each visit. This helps us track and monitor patients and long-term outcomes.

Who are our partners for the Public Health Internship in Cambodia?

In January 2014, Projects Abroad started working with Khemara to open three new care centres. The organisation was the first local NGO in Cambodia to support vulnerable people, including women, children, and disadvantaged families.


We also work with various other NGOs and disadvantaged communities.


Our Care and Micro-finance volunteers and interns already support local staff by working in these centres. We also collaborate with them for this Public Health Project.

Where will I be working?

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh Description

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Cambodia Arrival Procedures page.

An intern is pictured conducting health screening as part of her public health internship in Cambodia.

What will a typical day be like as a Public Health Intern in Cambodia?

A typical day will normally run from about 8am to 4:30pm, with an hour and a half set aside for lunch.


You will normally start your day by meeting your fellow interns, supervisor, and the coordinators at the Projects Abroad office. From there, you will set out for your morning outreach work. Since this falls during school hours, you will head out to care centres, schools, and kindergartens. You’ll do basic health checks and educational activities.


If you’re working close to your shared apartment, you can head home for lunch and a bit of a rest. On days you’re working in communities further away, you will get a packed lunch.


Afternoon shifts are normally dedicated to house visits, where you’ll conduct basic health checks for adults.


On Fridays, you won’t head out for community work. Instead, you will spend the day recording, analysing, and reporting information you’ve gathered throughout the week. You’ll work with coordinators and input information into our Global Impact Database.


We also set aside time for working on presentations and campaigns, and attending skill workshops. All Public Health coordinators have a medical background, speak Khmer and have good English skills. This will makes it easier for you to communicate with locals.

Interns from Projects Abroad can be seen in a classroom making posters to promote nutrition information during their public health internship in Cambodia.

What are the main aims and impacts of this project?

The main aim of this project is to help provide disadvantaged and vulnerable Cambodian people with the healthcare services they need.


In Cambodia, many people don’t have regular access to healthcare. They either can’t afford to see a doctor, or they live to far away from clinics and hospitals. You’ll help us provide these services, and you’ll share knowledge about disease prevention. All of your work is supervised.


The secondary aim of this project is to help you gain practical experience with community healthcare. You’ll learn basic medical skills and learn directly from healthcare professionals. We encourage you to ask questions and take notes to make the most of your internship.


We have identified four long-term, sustainable goals in our Medical Management Plan for Cambodia. These are to:


  • Improve access to basic healthcare for disadvantaged groups
  • Improve the quality of specialised or alternative healthcare provided
  • Encourage an understanding of medical practices and promote an exchange of medical knowledge
  • Improve hygiene standards


Gain invaluable public health work experience in Cambodia, while helping us achieve these long-term goals.

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.


Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Phnom Penh. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.


The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES AND FREE TIME

Explore Cambodia and you will be amazed by the juxtaposition of vibrant cities, achingly beautiful scenery, and famous historical landmarks. This country has a lot to offer during your free time.

The world-famous gathering of temples near Siem Reap is a must for all visitors, especially the magnificent Angkor Wat. Climbing over huge tree roots to temple doorways shrouded by vines is guaranteed to bring out the Indiana Jones in you!

However, Cambodia offers far more than ancient temples. You can go trekking in the jungles or try snorkelling and dolphin-spotting in the seas surrounding Sihanoukville. For a more relaxed afternoon, you can spend time on one of the beautiful beaches.

What’s more, with a network of international volunteers in Cambodia with you, you can decide if you want to spend your free time exploring independently or in a group. 

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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