Hospital Volunteers

Each year, we welcome medical and non-medical volunteers from across the world and they are instrumental to the future success of the hospital.

In 2018, LFHC welcomed 135 volunteers from 4 continents.

  Click here for a video about the volunteer experience at LFHC.

Every volunteer has demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching our Lao staff and building LFHC’s capacity. Our volunteers have included nurses, doctors, surgeons, pharmacists, physical therapists, radiologists, English teachers, nutritionists and biomedical and IT technicians.

The LFHC team prides itself on being inclusive and friendly. We strive to make sure that all volunteers are made to feel welcome and part of our hospital family, and we regularly receive positive feedback about the strong sense of collaboration among the staff. There is a high level of on-call support available from the permanent staff and a good social scene within the hospital community. Check out our video to learn more about the volunteer experience at LFHC.

We provide assistance with finding accommodations and day-to-day living in Luang Prabang. We have a list of guesthouses that offer hospital staff preferential rates. The hospital is about 4.5 km from the center of town. Most people travel to work by bicycle or motorbike, although a tuk-tuk can be affordably arranged. Luang Prabang offers a wide variety of places to eat and drink cheaply, with most meals ranging from $2-$5. Luang Prabang is a scenic town, bordering the Mekong River and surrounded by lush mountains. It’s considered one of the most desirable places to live in Southeast Asia and has a unique blend of traditional Lao culture and tourist-friendly activities.

Lao Friends Hospital for Children accepts applications for medical volunteers throughout the year. In addition to the listings below, all trained medical professionals and individuals interested in volunteering are welcome to send their resume to hr@fwablaos.org at any time. Full-time, salaried positions in Laos are listed in Careers.

Our primary focus for medical volunteers is to support patient care through the training and mentoring of our Lao staff in pediatric medicine. Because of this, we require that all of medical volunteers have at least two years of specialist training in pediatrics, or extended training in emergency medicine with a strong pediatric training component. We typically do not accept medical students as volunteers.

Volunteers: LFHC maintains a wishlist of hospital supplies that can fit in carry-on luggage should you like to make a donation of such items.

Angkor Hospital for Children (in Cambodia) has a separate application process. To volunteer at Angkor Hospital for Children, please click here.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

The volunteer nurse is primarily responsible for the clinical supervision and training of Lao nurses. Much of the teaching is done at the bedside of our patients, although opportunities are available to deliver more formal teaching sessions. Volunteers are asked to serve a minimum of one month. Longer commitments are preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international public health and clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country.

Qualifications

• Registered in home country; preference given to nurses with sound pediatric experience. We are also seeking nurses with experience in wound care, neonatal care, infection control and emergency care.

• Teaching and supervising experience.

• Committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families.

• Ability to interact with people from various countries and backgrounds with tact, diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.

• Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and a confidence–inspiring attitude.

• At least three years experience. Practicing medicine in a low- or middle-income country would be a plus. 

Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume and three references from past employers to nursing@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Nurse.” Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviewing. 

We are looking for short- or long-term volunteer doctors (pediatricians, ER doctors or family doctors) to work in our pediatric hospital.

Volunteer doctors are responsible for the clinical supervision and teaching of recent Lao graduates. The position requires a minimum commitment of one month. Longer commitments are preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international public health and clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country.

Qualifications

  • Registered in home country;
  • Must have pediatric experience; preference given to pediatricians
  • Teaching, administrative and management experience.
  • Committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families.
  • Ability to interact with people from various countries and backgrounds with tact, diplomacy and poise.
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and a confidence–inspiring attitude.
  • Experience practicing medicine in a low- or middle-income country would be a plus.

Apply

This position needs to be filled throughout the year and as such applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please email a cover letter and resume to: medicaldirector@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Doctor.” Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. 

We are looking for a physiotherapist, child life specialist or speech/language pathologist.
The volunteer is required to serve a minimum one-month commitment. Longer commitments (6+ months) are preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international health and clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country. 

Responsibilities

The volunteer therapist is primarily responsible for the clinical supervision and training of the Lao staff. Much of the teaching is done at our patients’ bedside, although opportunities are available to deliver more formal teaching sessions.

Qualifications

  • Registered in home country; preference given to therapists with sound pediatric experience.
  • Teaching and supervising experience.
  • Committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families.
  • Ability to interact with people from various countries and backgrounds with tact, diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and a confidence–inspiring attitude.
  • Experience practicing in a low- or middle-income country would be a plus. 

Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to MedicalEducation@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Therapist”.

The pharmacist volunteer is asked to make a minimum commitment of one month. Longer commitments (6+ months) are preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international health and clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country.

Responsibilities

The volunteer pharmacist is primarily responsible for the clinical supervision and training of Lao pharmacists.

Qualifications

  • Registered in home country; preference given to pharmacists with sound pediatric experience.
  • Teaching and supervising experience.
  • Committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families.
  • Ability to interact with people from various countries and backgrounds with tact, diplomacy and cultural sensitivity.
  • Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and a confidence–inspiring attitude.
  • Experience working in a low- or middle-income country is a plus. 

Apply 

Please email a cover letter and resume to MedicalDirector@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Pharmacist”.

The surgical nurse is primarily responsible for clinical supervision and training. The volunteer is expected to make a minimum two-month commitment. Longer commitments are preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international public health and clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country.

Qualifications

• Registered Nurse in home country (current practicing certificate).
• Experience in operating rooms as a scrub/surgical nurse essential
• Preference for those with pediatric experience.
• Teaching and supervising experience.
• Committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families.
• Ability to interact with people from various countries and backgrounds with tact, diplomacy and poise.
• Demonstrated leadership, integrity, and a confidence–inspiring attitude.
• Experience practicing medicine in a low or middle-income country would be a plus.

Apply

This is volunteer position must be filled throughout the year and as such applications are accepted for various times throughout the year. Please email a cover letter and resume to nursing@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Surgical Nurse.”

This position is responsible for the design and implementation of processes for the functioning of the sterilization room and operating theater. The person also provides extensive training and education to the Laos staff in the use of sterilization equipment and processes.

Role specification

  • Ensure operating instruments are sterilized and stored appropriately
  • Ensure all surfaces, equipment and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected to an operating theater standard
  • Responsible for the running and maintenance of the autoclaves
  • Responsible for ensuring consumable supplies are in stock for operating theater
  • Experience in management of operating theaters a bonus

Apply 

Please email a cover letter and resume to LFHC@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Sterilization Technician.” Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviewing. 

The Facility and Maintenance volunteer is responsible for the maintenance and physical plant operations of the hospital, Responsibilities could involve work in plumbing, carpentry, electrical, ventilation & air conditioning. He/she will also oversee all external contractors (for construction/installation matters).

Experience

• High school diploma, two-year technical degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Technical skills in construction, plumbing, electricity, knowledge of all applicable safety standards.

• Knowledge of equipment maintenance desirable.

• Knowledge of hospital facility environment is a plus. 

Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to: LFHC@fwablaos.org with the subject “Facility and Maintenance Volunteer.” Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

This is an ongoing position and applications will be accepted for various times throughout the year.

Position Summary

The Biomedical Technician’s primary function is to develop and implement policies and procedures for the upkeep of the biomedical equipment. Including:

  • Review the policies and procedures for basic machine maintenance, including inventory, schedules, and checklists, and update as necessary;
  • Train doctors, nurses, and other medical staff in the best-use practices regarding the upkeep of biomedical equipment;
  • Liaise with the biomedical technology team at the Provincial Hospital to assess capabilities and possible sharing of tasks;
  • Build biomedical skills of our local engineer staff.

Skills/Experience

  • Degree in engineering
  • Experience in development of policies and procedures or the updating thereof
  • Experience in a low-resource setting environment desirable

Apply
Please email a cover letter, resume and three references from past employers to admin@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Biomedical Technician.” Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviewing.

A minimum commitment of one month is preferred. Shorter stays of two weeks to help perform quarterly maintenance needs are also possible. 

The LFHC team prides itself on being inclusive and friendly. We strive to make sure that all volunteers are made to feel welcome and part of our hospital family, and we receive regular good feedback on the strong sense of collaboration. There is a high level of on-call support available from the permanent staff and a good social scene within the hospital community.

We provide assistance with finding accommodation and day-to-day living in Luang Prabang. We have a list of guesthouses that have been tried and tested by previous volunteers, who offer preferential rates to hospital staff which can range anywhere from $180/month upwards. The hospital is about 4.5km from the town centre, and most people travel to work by bicycle or motorbike, although a tuk-tuk can be affordably arranged. In Luang Prabang we’re blessed with a wide variety of places to eat and drink cheaply, with most meals ranging from $2-5. Luang Prabang is a beautiful town to live in, surrounded by lush mountains and the Mekong River. It’s seen as one of the most desirable places to live in Southeast Asia and has a unique blend of traditional Lao culture and tourist-friendly activities.

Position Summary:

The Long-Term Neonatal Nurse Volunteer is primarily responsible for the education, training and development of the LFHC neonatal nursing team. This includes the development and delivery of education and training, implementation of education curriculums, and development of trainers among the local neonatal nursing team. The volunteer will also be instrumental in the development of suitable working spaces within a newly refurbished Neonatal Unit.

In addition to this, the nurse will work in close collaboration with the Nursing Director, Nursing Educator and Medical Director, assisting with organization of the Neonatal Unit and development of clinical guidelines and protocols. The role includes clinical shifts, both in a mentoring capacity and role modeling when caring for a caseload alongside Lao nurses.

This role differs from that of other LFHC nursing volunteers with respect to theses Specific Duties:

  • Improve and deliver education and training opportunities for the neonatal nursing team. Develop and implement Lao-led training of staff with the aim of developing a self-sufficient education program;
  • Develop and implement strategies for the provision of care in the Neonatal Unit and associated areas of care;
  • Liaise with other LFHC executive staff to coordinate and develop new working areas in the Neonatal Unit;
  • Assist in the development and implementation of Lao-led training programs and courses;
  • Liaise with the Nursing Education Director and Medical Education Director in the coordination of joint medical and nursing neonatal education;
  • Identify new therapeutic measures to deal with more complex neonatal problems encountered in the unit and devise new treatment pathways for them;
  • Conduct educational sessions designed to improve neonatal competencies;
  • Lead by example in demonstrating excellent neonatal care on a daily basis;
  • Promote breastfeeding and maternal nutrition by liaising with nutrition and medical teams;
  • Review existing nursing-specific and hospital-wide neonatal policies and protocols, and update as appropriate;
  • If required, organize participation in clinical placements and courses in external facilities;
  • Provide support and guidance to nursing volunteers, encouraging their involvement in training and staff development;
  • Strengthen relationship with the local Provincial Hospital to improve its maternity staff’s skill and involvement with neonatal resuscitation;
  • The volunteer will be required to work a mixture of administrative shifts (08.00 – 17.00) and clinical shifts (07.00 – 19.30 and 19.00 – 07.30) in response to the needs of LFHC. The organization of these shifts will be negotiated with the Nursing Director.

Salary and Benefits:

This is a funded role with possibility of extension. One week of leave will be given for each three months of work.

 Application and Inquiries:

Please email a cover letter and resume to hr@fwablaos.org.

Position Summary:

An expanded, modern Neonatal Unit opened at LFHC in October 2018 and typically has a census of more than 12 babies. We are seeking a Neonatologist Volunteer who will be primarily responsible for the education and training of the Lao medical and nursing staff in neonatal care. In addition to bedside patient care and daily ward rounds, a major responsibility will be to help develop and implement clinical care protocols and assist the LFHC Medical Director with management of the Neonatal Unit.

Qualifications and Attributes:

Essential:

  • A medical degree from an internationally recognized university;
  • Registration to practice clinical medicine in the applicant’s home country;
  • A higher qualification in pediatrics;
  • Subspecialty training of at least two years in Neonatology and/or significant clinical experience in Neonatology.

Highly desirable:

  • Additional training or experience in acute pediatrics and tropical medicine;
  • Experience in managing a hospital department;
  • Experience working in a developing country;
  • Commitment to providing compassionate and nurturing care to patients;
  • A high degree of humility, patience, and cultural awareness;
  • Demonstrated leadership, organizational, and teaching skills.

Specific Duties:

  • Providing close supervision and assistance with clinical care to Lao medical staff in the Neonatal Unit.
  • Development of medical policies, procedures, and clinical practice guidelines, as necessary, in close collaboration with the Medical Director and Nursing Director.
  • Initiating and supervising appropriate quality-improvement activities including critical incident, morbidity and mortality reviews.
  • Close collaboration with the Medical Director and Medical Education Director on all aspects of clinical supervision and staff education,
  • Development of a Neonatal curriculum for Lao staff doctors and nurses and helping to deliver this training to staff.
  • Lead by example in demonstrating excellent Neonatal care on a daily basis.
  • Promote breastfeeding and optimal maternal nutrition.
  • Strengthen relationship with Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital to improve their maternity staff’s skill and involvement with neonatal resuscitation.

Salary and Benefits

This is a funded role with possibility of extension. One week of leave will be given for each three months of work.

 Application and Inquiries:

Please email a cover letter, CV, and three references from past employers to hr@fwablaos.org with the subject line “Neonatologist.”

 Visit www.fwab.org/laos  for further information.

For specific information regarding this position, email to ExecutiveDirector@fwablaos.org.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviewing.