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 at LFHC, we 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 accommodation and day-to-day living in Luang Prabang. We have a list of guesthouses that offer preferential rates to hospital staff which can range anywhere from $180/month upwards. 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. 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, 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.

Lao Friends Hospital for Children accepts applications for medical volunteers of all different specialties on a rolling and continual basis 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 supporting patient care through training our Lao staff in pediatric medicine. Because of this, we require that all of our medical volunteers have at least two years of specialist training in pediatrics, or extended training in emergency medicine with a strong pediatric training component. For this reason, we cannot 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 would work with the Laotian and international team, with the main responsibilities being clinical supervision and teaching Lao nurses. Much of the teaching is done at the bedside although opportunities are available to deliver more formal teaching sessions.  The position would ideally require a minimum of 1 month commitment, longer commitments preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international public health & clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country setting. Luang Prabang is a quiet and charming tourist-friendly town along the banks of the Mekong River. There are plenty of opportunities for weekend sightseeing trips in the surrounding area.

Qualifications

• Registered in home country; preference for nurses with sound pediatric experience but not essential. We are also seeking nurses with experience in wound care, neonates, 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 in the beautiful town of Luang Prabang, Laos.

Doctors would work with the Laotian and international team, with the main responsibilities being clinical supervision and teaching recent Lao graduates. The position requires a minimum of 1 month commitment, longer commitments preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international public health & clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country setting. Luang Prabang is a quiet and charming tourist-friendly town along the banks of the Mekong River. There are plenty of opportunities for weekend sightseeing trips in the surrounding area.

Qualifications

  • Registered in home country;
  • Must have pediatric experience; strong preference for 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 is a volunteer position with a preferred 1 month minimum commitment up to 6+ months. The position is required to be filled throughout the year and as such applications will be 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 interviewing. 

We are looking for physiotherapist, child life specialist or speech/language pathologist.
The position would ideally require a minimum of 1 month commitment, longer commitments (6+ months) preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international health & clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country setting. Luang Prabang is a quiet and charming tourist-friendly town along the banks of the Mekong River. There are plenty of opportunities for weekend sightseeing trips in the surrounding area. 

Responsibilities

The volunteer therapist would work with the Laotian and international team, with the main responsibilities being clinical supervision and teaching Lao staff. Much of the teaching is done at the bedside although opportunities are available to deliver more formal teaching sessions.

Qualifications

  • Registered in home country; preference for therapists with sound paediatric experience but not essential.
  • 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

This is a volunteer position with a preferred 1 month minimum commitment up to 6+months. The role is required to be filled throughout the year and as such applications will be accepted for various time throughout the year. Please email a cover letter and resume to MedicalEducation@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Therapist”.

The position would ideally require a minimum of 1 month commitment, longer commitments (6+ months) preferred and much appreciated.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international health & clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country setting. Luang Prabang is a quiet and charming tourist-friendly town along the banks of the Mekong River. There are plenty of opportunities for weekend sightseeing trips in the surrounding area. 

Responsibilities

The volunteer pharmacist would work with the Laotian and international team, with the main responsibilities being clinical supervision and teaching Lao pharmacists. Much of the teaching is done at the bedside although opportunities are available to deliver more formal teaching sessions.

Qualifications

  • Registered in home country; preference for pharmacists with sound paediatric experience but not essential.
  • 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 would be a plus. 

Apply 

This is a volunteer position with a preferred 1 month minimum commitment up to 6+months. The role is required to be filled throughout the year and as such applications will be accepted for various time throughout the year. Please email a cover letter and resume to MedicalDirector@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Pharmacist”.

The surgical nurse would work within the Laotian and international team, with the main responsibilities being clinical supervision and training. The position would ideally require a minimum of 2 month commitment, longer commitments preferred and much appreciated. Given that we would need to train the nurses for a surgical role, we are really keen to get someone out here from January onwards.

This is a unique opportunity for those looking to gain international public health & clinical experience in a developing/lesser-developed country setting. Luang Prabang is a quiet and charming tourist-friendly town along the banks of the Mekong River. There are plenty of opportunities for weekend sightseeing trips in the surrounding area.

Qualifications

• Registered Nurse in home country (current practicing certificate).
• Experience in operating rooms as a scrub/surgical nurse essential
• Preference for those with paediatric 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 a volunteer position with a preferred 1 month minimum commitment up to 6+months. The role is required to be filled throughout the year and as such applications will be accepted for various time throughout the year. Please email a cover letter and resume to nursing@fwablaos.org with the subject “Volunteer Surgical Nurse”.

Design and implement processes for the functioning of the sterilization room and operating theatre. Extensive training and education of Laos national 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 theatre standard
  • Responsible for the running and maintenance of the autoclaves
  • Responsible for ensuring consumable supplies are in stock for operating theatre
  • Experience in management of operating theatres 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 healthcare facility maintenance and physical plant operations such as: buildings, plumbing, carpentry, electrical, ventilation & air conditioning. He/she will also oversee all external contractors (for construction/installation matters).

Experience

• High school diploma, 2 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 interviewing.

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;
  • Training of doctors, nurses, and other medical staff to understand how their good usage practices can also contribute to the longevity of a machine’s life;
  • Liaise with the biomedical technology team at the Provincial Hospital to assess capabilities and possible sharing of tasks;
  • Build biomedical skills to 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.

This is a volunteer position with a preferred 1 month minimum commitment. Shorter stays of 2 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 Human Resources volunteer will be coaching and training the Lao Friends Hospital for Children Human resource team. The areas to focus on are increasing their capacity and confidence in employee relation, recruitment process, disciplinary actions and help to implement and develop their organizational skills.

Skills/Experience:

  • A valid experience in human resources management
  • Experience in development of policies and procedures
  • Experience in a low resource setting environment desirable

Application:
Please email a cover letter, resume and three references from past employers to admin@fwablaos.org

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviewing.

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 the specific duties that follow:

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 that are 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, liaising with nutrition and medical teams to accomplish this;
  • 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 LPPH to improve their maternity staff’s skill and involvement with neonatal resuscitations;
  • 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 over 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, an additional 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 2 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 exclusive breastfeeding and optimal maternal nutrition.
  • Strengthen relationship with Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital to improve their maternity staff’s skill and involvement with neonatal resuscitations.

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