Gain an insight into the medical profession supporting staff
with basic tasks and patient care in hospitals and community clinics. Work
alongside health professionals in a range of areas and fields while gaining
first-hand experience in the medical profession.
assist staff in hospitals, community centres or health clinics with basic tasks
as well as patient care.
Working towards a better role with experience of
working with people from all walks of life.
in local health centres, volunteers help the local staff, who are usually
overworked and responsible for almost everything medically-based in their
community. Typical activities of a Volunteer Health Worker will include:
assisting with some of the running of a health centre, looking after a basic
pharmacy and providing general administration for patient care, helping to
maintain patient records, assisting with activities with babies and under-fives
and monthly baby monitoring (weighing) and feeding, assisting with outreach
programmes and involvement with health education campaigns. You are also likely
to have the chance to involve yourself in other community activities; this will
often be encouraged and developing links with the community through your role
as a Volunteer Health Worker will help you easily make contacts and friends and
help you to experience, explore and understand the culture of a rural area.
Medical placements in Japan are a fantastic opportunity to experience working
in a busy hospital while living in one of the world’s most culturally
fascinating countries. Medical volunteers usually work in Red Cross hospitals
around the country and have the opportunity to witness the daily inner-workings
of a hospital – from nursing to brain surgery! Typically your duties as a
volunteer will include transporting patients around the hospital, preparing
bandages and dressings, collecting prescriptions from the pharmacy and
generally working with the nursing and medical teams. Volunteers will usually
help nursing staff with English and in return be offered the opportunity of
Japanese tutorials. A basic knowledge of the Japanese language and a
willingness to learn is required for these volunteering placements. In the past volunteers that have proven their capabilities
and knowledge of the language are relied upon with greater responsibilities.
These placements are fantastic for volunteers looking for or interested in a
career in the medical field.