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Work with health care professionals, local/national health organisations and community leaders in field research learning about specific diseases, identifying risk factors, and intervening when appropriate. Volunteers help with ongoing research projects that seek to understand the specific health care needs of communities within the province of Chiang Mai. Kaya staff and volunteers work with local researchers to conduct the best possible investigation taking into consideration the language barrier, which can cause difficulties within developing country research. The project really needs qualified health care and medical professionals capable of drawing conclusions from research and/or bringing their own expertise to the program. This opportunity seeks individuals who are keen on doing research via the web to gather information for publications and journals, international outreach newsletters and other materials. Many projects often run on small budgets trying to complete detailed health projects, so any volunteer help and expertise is very welcome and appreciated.
Participants do not conduct health assessments, but are involved in more observational roles. Research and data compiling is required in the position. You will have a chance to observe most departments of the hospital in a welcoming atmosphere.
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Participants must have a background in health care, in particular pediatrics or related fields, and registered nurses are most welcome. An interest in research will be essential for this role.
In most cases volunteers are placed in local home-stays where they either have their own room or share with another volunteer. Usually two meals a day are provided by the home-stay family, all included in the placement fees. This way a portion of your volunteer fee goes back into the local economy, and you gain first-hand experience of true local family life.
Since you are about to volunteer in another country, we ask you to make the necessary preparations before departing. We prefer volunteers to take some small gifts to the local people. Some communities might have a high prevalence of viral diseases like malaria or yellow fever, so volunteers need to get vaccinated accordingly. Each member of Kaya staff have worked, travelled, studied or volunteered abroad, and many staff have visited and volunteered in our projects knowing firsthand the country and nature of the programme placements. Their knowledge of international travel and volunteering is invaluable, and they can give you good advice and tips to make the most of your international placement. For detailed information on this program contact us at: email@example.com