At a glance
- Work with a group your age, focusing on doing health checks in disadvantaged communities.
- Learn directly from healthcare professionals, who’ll teach you basic medical skills and first aid.
- Help run awareness campaigns in the communities, and share knowledge about preventing disease.
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This project is only for 15-18 year olds
What will I do on a Public Health placement in Cambodia for teenagers?
While learning more about Cambodian culture alongside other high school students, you’ll work under supervision at medical outreaches. Here are a few of the tasks you’ll be involved in:
- Participate in community outreaches and assist medical staff with basic health checks
- Conduct public health campaigns to educate schools and the local community
- Learn about the healthcare system in Cambodia and traditional Khmer medicine
- Learn more about Cambodian culture and the country’s history
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Participate in community outreaches and assist medical staff with basic healthcare
You’ll be taken to various kindergartens, primary schools, and care centres where you’ll assist medical staff with health checks for the children. You’ll also assist in improving the health standards of the children cared for at the schools and centres you visit.
Conduct public health campaigns to educate schools and the local community
You’ll visit communities where you’ll run awareness campaigns. You’ll present these campaigns to the public and share knowledge on various healthcare issues affecting the community. You can talk about the importance of good hygiene and how to prevent common diseases. You’ll also focus on the importance of seeking medical attention
Learn about the healthcare system in Cambodia
You’ll be taken on supervised visits to a local hospital. By doing so, you’ll get to learn more about the healthcare system in a developing country. Many countries still use traditional medicine and techniques to treat patients. By shadowing doctors in the hospital, you may also get to see traditional Khmer medicine being used.
Learn more about Cambodian culture and the country’s history
Your High School Special is not complete without a few activities that teach you about the history and culture of Cambodia. Depending on the length of your project, your supervisors will take you to various historical museums, the Royal Palace and the magnificent Angkor Temples. In addition, you’ll watch a traditional Apsara dance, eat local cuisine, and visit many of the buddhist temples and local markets.
Throughout all these activities, you’ll be with our staff and a group of teenagers your age.
Where will I be working in Cambodia?
You’ll be based in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The city is rich in history and culture, boasting beautiful scenery, lively locals, delicious food, and traditional buddhist temples to explore.
You’ll spend time doing outreach work at kindergartens, primary schools, and care centres. You’ll also work within local communities to raise awareness about the importance of hygiene, and how to prevent disease. All of your work is supervised, and you’ll have constant support from Projects Abroad staff.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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