Volunteering in Thailand. Child and Health Care
Care Volunteers help and study Thailand health and child care
Health problems include teenage pregnancy and respiratory and non-chronic diseases. Local people still believe in traditional treatments. Medium sized, public hospitals in Thailand have 3 - 400 beds and employ 20 - 30 doctors, and some 200 nurses.
Local people go to small rural health centers in villages. They come for vaccinations, prenatal care, family planning, diabetes, common respiratory problems and other medical issues. Patients are admitted only daytime and the Centers have some nurses, health care staff and often a part-time doctor and dentist. They also visit patients in their villages. The Centers have some beds for day patients.
As a child care volunteer you help out at nurseries and preschools Primary schools have preschools and nurseries for young children to prepare them for school.
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Volunteer work - Child & Health Care
Qualified care volunteers may be assigned special, clinical tasks as volunteers at hospitals. Specific tasks for volunteers are worked out with the management from helping to take care of patients, to assisting with clinical work depending on skills and experience and normally also include teaching English. Volunteers must have health care experience to work in hospitals, nurse, and doctor or nurse/medical student.
Volunteer work at a health centers suit volunteers with some health care background. Depending on your skills, you may assist nurses and make family and village visits together. Volunteers are often asked to teach English too.
Child care at a preschools, nurseries is suitable for volunteers who like to play with children and teach Basic English and help staff. Childcare volunteers play games, music and can support the staff with other tasks too.