Trip Details

A project perfectly designed for medical students or people with a medical background to gain experience abroad! Are you looking for voluntary work that will broaden your horizons and help people who really need it? As a medical Volunteer with Tru Experience Travel you will be working alongside experienced, English-speaking doctors and Nurses, this project is designed to give you an active hands-on role in the care of the patients. A suitable role will be assigned to you, depending on your level of skills, qualifications and experience. This will be discussed with you by the hospital director and his assistant when you arrive.

For the duration of your stay, you will shadow the practices of an English-speaking Vietnamese doctor, observing, recording and analysing symptoms, diagnoses and treatments. Staff will encourage you to share your opinions which will be valued and considered, even if they are not acted upon. While putting your previously gained theoretical knowledge into practice, you will build upon existing skills and develop new ones. Facilities at the hospital are limited but include an x-ray room, children’s ward, adult’s ward and operating theatre, all of which will become familiar to you during your stay. For volunteers who stay on for longer periods, there will be opportunities to gain more responsibilities at the hospital. Regardless of the length of time spent on the project, every medical volunteer will receive a certificate at the end of their stay as a record of their accomplishments.

Aims & Objectives

  • Gain insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system
  • Observe the medical practices of local staff at the hospital in Ho Chi Minh
  • Broaden your perspective of international medical care and treatment


Trip Itinerary

Have an eye-opening observational experience at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh.This program is ideal for persons currently working or studying in the medical field.

Get your scrubs on for this rare opportunity to shadow local medical professionals and gain insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system. You will experience a new culture and new working environment, as you are guided through different tasks and activities.


During your first week on the project, you will take part in an introductory session where you will meet the staff at the hospital and be shown around the facilities. Procedures and equipment used will be fully explained to you and you will meet the fully qualified, English-speaking doctor that you will be shadowing while you stay. Staff at the hospital will discuss your medical background and decide with you the role that you will take on.

Tuesday to Friday

On the Tuesday of your first week, you will begin your medical placement. As well as being suitable for your level of experience, your duties will be responsive to the needs of the patients and the hospital. This could involve assessing patients, performing medical procedures to treat ailments, or observing practices in the operating theatre or x-ray rooms. In addition, you will be expected to attend regular meetings at the hospital where you will take part in discussions about practices and routines and how they could be improved.

***This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.***

Trip Accommodation

Ho Chi Minh City, commonly known as Saigon, is located in the southeastern region of Vietnam and is the country’s largest city. During your stay, you will be living in a dorm on college campus right in the centre of the city.

Accommodation & Food

The accommodation is located on a campus in a college dorm. As such, it follows certain campus rules such as a night curfew.

We also have a room reserved as an “office”, where you can go to if you want some peace and quiet. We have books and magazines available here for you to borrow.

  • Persons per room 8
  • Wifi in public areas
  • Safety box
  • Lockable rooms
  • Hot showers
  • Private bathroom
  • Air conditioning

There is the nice local café next to our dorm. A beautiful and peaceful place where you can enjoy fresh juices, snacks and lots more treats.

Please be aware that this accommodation has a 23:30 curfew

Food Arrangements

Basic Vietnamese meals are provided on campus. Food include some western dishes such as sandwiches, spaghetti and bread.

On weekends brunch instead of breakfast and lunch

There are many taxis around our campus. You can easily catch one from the main road to reach your destination of choice in Ho Chi Minh.

There are several ATMs in the area where we stay. The nearest one is about 10 minutes walking distance from our campus.

All necessary amenities can be found in the city, remember we are located in the country’s capital after all!

Sights & Surroundings
Here are some interesting places to visit in your free time/weekends!

As a large city, Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer from shops to Vietnamese water puppet shows. Here are a few suggestions:

Backpacker street
Bui Vien Street is the main street, it is called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. There are a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street.

Landmark 81
Landmark 81 is the tallest building in Vietnam, Southeast Asia. As of July, 2018 and the 14th is the tallest building in the world.

Bitexco tower
There is an observation deck, Saigon Skydeck, open to the public daily and offering 360 degree panoramic views of Ho Chi Minh City. From floors 50 to 52, there are further F&B and entertainment offerings, including a fine dining restaurant and bar/nightclub.

Suoi Tien Amusement Park
Suối Tiên Amusement Park is an amusement park in District 9, Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam. The park includes several entertainment areas. The landscaping and attractions in the park illustrate Vietnam’s history and legends.

Trip Country Info


Population: Approx.92 million
Capital: Hanoi
Language: Vietnamese
Currency: Vietnamese dong (VND)
Time zone: UTC +7

Vietnam is currently the world’s 13th most populous country and occupies 331,211 square kilometers. Today, although scarred by its past, Vietnam is a fast-growing economy helped by tourism that its interesting history and beautiful sights draw in.

One frequent thing to hear is that it has not yet been subjected to the western influence that Thailand and, to an extent, Cambodia have been. The Vietnamese still tend to prefer their traditional cuisine to the fast food chains that seem to be taking over the world.

Aside from the beautiful countryside of the north, rice fields and beaches, Vietnam is a country that is very much on the move. Roads are being upgraded, new hotels are opening everywhere and its cities are fastly developing.

If you are planning to work & travel in Vietnam there are a number of fulfilling opportunities available from volunteering with children to Hospital Out reach projects. As an experienced gap year travel company we have helped many people enjoy the delights of Vietnam during their gap year so if you are looking for an adventure in South East Asia you should add Vietnam to your shortlist. Few countries in the world can offer such a diverse range of culture, history, natural wonders and excitement.

Vietnam offers ravishing coastlines, emerald-green mountains and dynamic cities. The breathtaking National Parks continue to yield new species and are teaming with exotic wildlife. With outstanding cultural interest and one of the world’s best cuisines, Vietnam has it all. If you are looking for a Volunteer experience in Vietnam have a look at our latest experiences below.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Criminal Background Check

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa