Volunteering

 

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Missionary and volunteer personnel from Australia, Burma, India, Japan, Korea, Norway, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan,  the UK, the USA, and Thailand have served at the hospital over the years. These personnel have included doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists, plumbers, bookkeepers and electricians who have generously contributed their talents, made a substantial contribution to the outreach of the hospital and have been a great encouragement to the hospital staff.

We continue to welcome applications from people who have skills to offer to the hospital’s ministry in serving the health needs of the community and sharing the Gospel. We welcome applications for periods of service from 1 week to 1 year, and we would ask volunteers to help cover their expenses with donations towards their board and living expenses.

Click on this link to view some the many Helping Hands that have blessed us.

The following sections provide further information to help when thinking about applying to serve with us.

Roles

The following list identifies roles where the hospital has needs in supporting our daily activities and training our staff:

  • Tutor for high school students (see Human Resource Development)
  • Nursing personnel working in the area of Critical Care / High Dependency, Mid-wifery, Community Health, Geriatric and Palliative care.
  • Medical personnel working in the areas of: Family Physician / General Practitioner, Surgeons, Infectious Diseases, Anaesthetists, Paediatricians, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internists and Dentistry

However, please do not be put off if your skills are not listed here! We welcome applications from any willing trained individual who would like to offer their time and skills, and we will give careful consideration to how your skills may be used.

We would also welcome applications to partner with us in the longer term, as we seek to develop the services that the hospital offers. We would welcome applications for long-term work by medical personnel working in the following areas:

  • Anaesthetists
  • Paediatricians
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Internists

We would welcome exploring if you or your organization would be interested to provide training on-site or host our staff for training at your institution.

 

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Medical Electives

We welcome applications from medical students to spend their elective period at KRCH. We prefer students to be in their final year of studies.

We are able to offer elective placements of up to four weeks. Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation, visa and food expenses.

We would ask that you contact us well in advance, so that you can be sure of obtaining a placement as we have many requests. Following initial contact, we require a letter from your medical school / training institute confirming your training period and the name of your medical school supervisor.

Accommodation

We have some simple on-site housing at low cost within the hospital campus for our visiting volunteers and elective students, and this can be a good opportunity to experience communal life with our staff. Hot showers, seated flush toilets, ceiling fans, electricity, refrigeration and basic cooking facilities are available in all units. The units are all on the hospital generator power grid, so while power outages are quite common, the interruption is only until the generator starts up. Laundry service is provided. There are some smaller units suitable for individuals and couples, and families with children can be accommodated in some of the larger units when available. The number of available units is quite limited, so we will need to know well in advance if you will require on-site housing.  This is the recommended accommodation for visitors staying more than a brief stay – cost 250 baht/person/night.

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Within Huay Malai village there are very limited options for guest housing suitable for non-locals, however for teams or individuals with the ability to travel about a half-hour drive from Sangklaburi town each day, there are many options for air-conditioned accommodation ranging from small budget resorts to well-appointed hotels.

Meals and Provisions

The hospital has a canteen operator and there are several small coffeeshops and restaurants just across the street from the hospital. The hospital’s Safehouse self-sustainability project also runs a bakery cafe next to the hospital and meals can be arranged there as well.

There are several small provision shops  next to the hospital carrying most of the essential items, snacks, cold drinks, and now recently, even ice cream and milk! The traveling market also comes on Thursday mornings and sets up at the temple about 3 min walk from the hospital – a large variety of seasonal produce, fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and fish are available along with clothing, tools and some electronic items.

A few Other Things…

Wifi  is available at the hospital but is intermittent especially during the rainy season (End May-October). More reliable mobile data access through a 4G plan can be set up with the SIM card installed by the vendors at the airports in Bangkok: the most reliable provider for our location is AIS 

Dengue and Malaria are common in our area especially during the wet months from May-October. Plan to have personal protection by keeping well-covered with appropriate light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, avoiding damp dark areas where mosquitoes congregate and using a DEET repellent. Chemoprophylaxis with an anti-malarial can be considered as Thailand’s border area with Myanmar is Moderate risk by CDC criteria with high rates of Choroquine and Mefloquine resistance: Doxycycline or Atorvaquone/Proguanil are recommended for prophylaxis.

Medical visitors should consider if they would wish to carry their own PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) for HIV: at times our hospital stock runs low.

Longer-term visitors may consider medical evacuation insurance as the nearest secondary referral hospitals are over 200 kilometers away. You should pack sufficient regular medications to last the visit, as the hospital’s pharmacy may not carry the equivalent medication, especially for newer and combination tablets.

The  CDC recommendations for vaccinations in our area include the standard child/adolescent/adult vaccines (Td/Tdap, MMR, Zoster, HPV, MenACWY) and Hep A, Hep B, Japanese Encephalitis, Typhoid

How to Apply

If you would like to partner with us by volunteering or undertaking a medical elective, or would like any further information, please contact us.