Healthcare in Surin
Healthcare in Surin
Healthcare in Surin
Healthcare in Surin

Healthcare in Surin

Regular price £575.00

The Healthcare programme in Surin really is an unforgettable experience and is a great opportunity for you to get to know the real Thailand. Based in a rural province of Thailand you’ll get the chance to work in a small community clinic under the guidance of fully qualified local staff.

Surin is a typical, vibrant Thai town and whilst not as developed as many Western towns it is packed with character and charm. The people are friendly, the food is tasty, spicy, and cheap; and spending time here will be an unforgettable and authentic Thai experience!

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival day. Meet your fellow travellers and our team, enjoy the sights and sounds of Bangkok

Day 2 – Orientation and Bangkok Tour. A great day sightseeing and then spend an evening on the famous Khao San Road

Day 3 – Transfer to Surin! You and your group will take the train to Surin. Taking around 8 hours it is an experience in itself. Sit back in the air conditioning and enjoy the journey! Be sure to take plenty of photos as you watch the Thai countryside go by!

Day 4 – 7 – The Healthcare experience begins! You will be picked up at a designated meeting point each morning and driven to the medical program, around 30 minutes away. You will be given time to settle in and discuss with our team and the clinic staff exactly what you can help with and what you would like to observe. An average day would run from 8am to 3pm.

The activities can vary from day to day and will depend on the needs of the patients and the clinic.

Day 8 – Free day! Time to relax, unwind and explore Surin! Our team will be happy to help you organise activities and let you know the best places to visit in Surin and the surrounding area.

Return travel to Bangkok is not included, but our team will help you make arrangements. If you are staying for more than one week you will have the weekends to relax and explore. All weeks on the programme follow the same format: Monday to Thursday at the program, with Friday, Saturday and Sunday free to soak up life in Thailand!.

Day-to-Day Activities

The clinic is of huge importance to the local community and your help makes a real difference. Exactly what you help out with may depend on your medical background. It also depends on how many members of the local community are coming in to the clinic at any given time. Please be flexible and adaptable as every day may be different to the last.

General day to day duties include:

  • Participating in general health checks, blood pressure, weight and BMI
  • Screening for Diabetes
  • Helping to educate people about health risks and healthy living
  • Participating in the school health check program, including educating young students about the importance of basic hygiene healthy living
  • Depending on your medical qualifications and experience, you may be able to assist the local staff in diagnosing illnesses and offering advice on treatments. This is subject to the agreement of the Thai professionals on site.
  • Packing the medication and medical materials
  • Observing and learning from the professional staff working at the clinic

 

We want to do everything we can to ensure you have an enjoyable stay in Thailand. An important part of this means staying safe, so here are some things to be aware of before you travel:

  • Vaccinations – Thailand is very safe indeed, but as with any hot and humid country there are health risks and viruses that we may not be used to back at home. Contracting anything is very rare, but it’s always best to check with experts before you travel to get the latest and most up to date medical advice. Visit your local travel clinic or your local doctor before travelling to check if you do need any vaccinations or medication.
    *We suggest doing this as far in advance as you can, as some courses of vaccinations can take several weeks to complete*
  • Food – Trying the local food is always a fun part of travelling, but it’s common to have the odd upset stomach within the first few days, as your body adjusts to the climate and different foods you may not be used to. Generally, it’s important to keep hydrated, keep your energy levels up and make sure you eat well and enough.
  • Water – Tap water is not safe to drink so please only drink bottled or filtered water. It’s very easy to buy bottled water throughout Thailand and it’s very cheap too.
  • Alcohol – Please drink in moderation. Remember that it’s very easy to become dehydrated, especially in the heat of Thailand, and so your tolerance to alcohol may be lower than normal.
  • Drugs – Extremely strict drug laws for possession or use. The penalties are severe. Drug use of any kind is not tolerated on any of our experiences.
  • Motorbikes – Riding a moped or motorbike is a common way for locals to travel around, and motorbike taxis are commonplace. Renting a motorbike when traveling through Thailand may look fun, but the fact is that it’s incredibly dangerous and Thailand does in fact have one of the highest road traffic accident fatality rates in the world.
    We strongly recommend you avoid using motorbikes at all costs.
  • Crime levels are no different to at home, and so please be as cautious as you would at home. Don’t leave your belongings on show or unaccompanied, and please don’t ‘show off’ your spending money.

 

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