Siem Reap, Cambodia - Virtual

Date: Flexible

Partner: Health Volunteers Overseas

Cost: There is no cost to be a volunteer, however HVO membership is encouraged.

About Health Volunteers Overseas: Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. Working collaboratively with our partners abroad, HVO volunteers engage in activities such as delivering didactic and clinical trainings, offering case consultations, providing curricular input for teaching institutions, or revising administrative and clinical procedures for health care facilities. While in-person volunteer assignments are on hiatus due to COVID-19, HVO is offering remote volunteer opportunities. In 2021, HVO volunteers provided over 4,000 hours of e-learning and online support to health professionals at over 45 different institutions. Once travel is possible again, both in-person and remote volunteer opportunities will be available.

About the Mission: Volunteers needed to provide online lectures on topics related to nutrition and lactation for nurses at Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC). The lectures take place every two weeks on Thursday from 8:15 AM-9:15 AM Cambodia Time via Zoom. Recruitment is ongoing.

 Volunteers should be registered nurse practitioners with a current license to practice in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, or Western Europe. They must have at least 5-10 years’ experience.

In 2005, AHC received accreditation as one of the recognized nursing teaching hospitals in Cambodia. Nursing training programs run on an almost continual basis. Some training programs are initiated by the hospital, others are managed by the Ministry of Health, and some are products of joint collaboration. Teaching is an important part of the hospital for which nurses attend weekly classes for one year. Each nursing team is responsible for presenting an aspect of their work every week. Two times a month, the hospital runs its own month-long basic pediatric care course to refresh and update nurses’ knowledge. There are also rotation courses where nurses spend 16 weeks in a different unit and attend weekly classes on advanced topics. Education for patients and their families also plays an important part in the nursing role, especially nutrition education.