Volunteer in Thailand with Friends for Asia

Doctor Follows Week

Local Thailand International School Student Medical Internship Program

This project is in Chiang Mai.

Make the most of your mid-school year break. Shadow doctors treating patients at some of Northern Thailand’s best hospitals. Learn about what it’s like to be a medical professional, and boost your resume experience all at the same time.

Application at bottom of page

American Medical Interns

International School Student Doctor Follows Week Sessions

  • Session A: 12th – 19th of December, 2020
  • Session B: 19th – 26th of December, 2020 (full – wait list available)
  • Session C: 2nd – 9th of January, 2021

*Group maximum is 25 students.

During this group medical internship for international high school students, those who apply through Friends for Asia enjoy unparalleled access to hospital facilities, doctors and the patients they treat. Each day of the program takes place at different international-standard hospitals in Chiang Mai, where students are grouped with full-time doctors or nurses.

All of the doctors with whom our students are placed with are highly qualified. Many received their credentials overseas in the United States or United Kingdom. In every case, students will only be grouped with a healthcare professional that possesses a high command of the English language.

Students will rotate through departments at the hospitals we visit, spending two hour blocks in each department in small groups.

Departments include:

  • General Surgery
  • Dental
  • Emergency Room
  • Hemodialysis
  • Out-patient
  • Pediatrics
  • Thai Traditional Medicine

Each group will be accompanied with a Friends for Asia coordinating staff. Participation in shadowing in each department is required. We do try to place students in departments of their interest.

Volunteer and Intern in Thailand

This assignment during your Doctor Follows Week in Chiang Mai is primarily observation based. You’ll follow your doctor or nurse on daily rounds while they consult with patients, administer treatment, and perform operations. Each stage of observation is carefully monitored and regulated to ensure the safety and comfort of the patients involved. The time you spend on assignment will look incredible on your resume or CV.

Program Outline Plan

Saturday – Arrive into Chiang Mai. Airport pick up. Introductions and Welcome Dinner.

Sunday – Morning Orientation with afternoon Chiang Mai city tour. Evening visit and Dinner at Chiang Mai Sunday Night Walking Street Market.

Monday – Morning and Afternoon Hospital Rounds at Hospital #1. Late afternoon visit to Doi Suthep Temple.

Tuesday – Morning and Afternoon Hospital Rounds at Hospital #2. Late afternoon Thai Cooking Course.

Wednesday – Morning and Afternoon Hospital Rounds at Hospital #3. Chiang Mai Worarot Market Tour.

Thursday – Morning and Afternoon Hospital Rounds at Hospital #4. Visit to Hot springs.

Friday – Morning and Afternoon Hospital Rounds at Hospital #5. Evening Farewell Dinner.

Saturday – Good byes and depart. Staff will escort students to airport. Help them check in for their flights and see them through to security.

Student Intern Qualifications

Participation age for the program is 14-18. Students need to be actively enrolled or recently graduated from local school. Have an interest in following medicine as a career in the future. Be able to freely communicate in English, as English is the language of communication for the program. All students need to currently be in Thailand.

Student Accommodation

Students will stay in our central Chiang Mai Intern accommodation. Room assignments will be separated upon gender.

Our Chiang Mai Friends for Asia accommodation is the perfect spot to unwind after a day of interning at busy hospitals. Located in a convenient area in the middle of Chiang Mai city, our two residences are only minutes apart and accommodate up to 35 people in air-conditioned bedrooms that provide respite from the hot, sunny days of northern Thailand.

Students start their day with toast, cereal, eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, and fresh fruit.

Program Coordination and Supervision

We have been hosting students in our Medical Intern program since 2007. Our bilingual coordinating staff will be translating for student groups at the hospitals, for medical professionals that prefer to speak in Thai. They will also be with the group 24 hours a day.

Todd Volunteer in Thailand

Todd Cikraji is the founder and international director of Friends for Asia. He corresponds with all our volunteers and interns throughout the application and booking process. He also keeps in touch with volunteers and interns during their projects in Chiang Mai.

Todd is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Dayton. Before founding Friends for Asia, he was a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan and Thailand. Todd also worked at several large schools here in Thailand teaching English as a second language and overseeing the work of other foreign teachers. Todd believes strongly in international volunteerism and has been overwhelmingly impressed with the contribution and work of the volunteers and interns at Friends for Asia.

Chiang Mai-based Volunteer and Intern Coordinating Staff

Participation Fees

Participation in the Doctor’s Week – Local International School Student Medical Intern Program is 17,950 Thai Baht per student.

Project Fee Includes

Project Fee Does Not Include

  • Travel to/from Home and Chiang Mai (airfare, train tickets, etc.)
  • International Medical Insurance

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