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Samrong Hospital-Medical Volunteering In A Primitive Setting

Posted by Randy LeGrant | Jul 30, 2010 3:36:00 PM

Surgical gowns drying in front of a fan."I went to was a small hospital - Sam Roang Hospital, at the rural area of Siem Riep. This hospital is nothing like what you will ever see in Melbourne or Malaysia and I was utterly shocked by the condition of the hospital. The very limited facilities and resources, running low on/out of medical supplies, fan-less maternity ward, supposedly sterile operating theatre with flies in it and only three out of five bulbs of the operating lamp are working. You can't possibly imagine what the condition is like until you see it for yourself. It is primitive."

Phey Yee is from Melbourne, Australia.  She wants to be a Doctor.  So quite naturally, Phey looked to the GeoVisions Medical program in Cambodia for a unique medical experience.  She found it!

Phey volunteered at the Samrong Hospital in the rural area of Siem Riep in Cambodia. Phey wrote a Blog about her experiences and was kind enough to grant us permission to feature her Blog and her photos.  Some of her posts include:

A Typical Day in Sam Rong
Of Fund Raising and Fun Raising
Of Dust and Sweat and Cambodia

At the entrance to the hospital.Phey Yee had such a great experience, she is now fund raising for the community and hospital.  Please click the links above to particular posts.  And be sure to look at all the photos.  They're so good.

If you have an interest in GeoVisions' Medical programs, there are 10 to choose from:

  1. Cape Town Medical & Clinic Assistance
  2. Children's Hospital in Costa Rica
  3. Cusco Rehabilitation Center
  4. Ecuador Children's Hospital
  5. Ecuadorian Red Corss and Mobile Clinic
  6. Galapagos Islands Hospital
  7. Medical Center in Lima
  8. Medical Help in Cambodia
  9. Medical Project in Sri Lanka
  10. Paramedic Service in Costa Rica

Volunteers' tennis shoes outside the hospital."We got to do a lot of clinical stuff. We attended the hospital handover meeting everyday at 7.30 a.m. and went to the ward rounds.  We have covered the maternity ward, pediatrics ward, general medicine ward, emergency medicine and surgical ward. Most of the doctors here are extremely friendly.  Not all of them know English but they sure tried their very best to teach us a much as they could. I heard my first heart murmur on Thursday! It was indeed a very special moment for me."

We would love to talk to you about any of the medical volunteer projects available and to put you in touch with former volunteers.

Have you volunteered at a rural medical project?  Where were you and how did it compare to Phey's experience?

Written by Randy LeGrant

Randy is the Executive Director of the GeoVisions Foundation. He has spent the last 44 years managing organizations that send people abroad on cultural and educational exchanges.

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