Participants in our programs are delivering healthcare and health education, hands-on every day. They are not watching, shadowing or observing and they are not conducting research. They’re making a difference!
Shortly after their arrival in the Bangkok airport, participants will travel as a group, including GPSA staff, to Mae Sot, a town located at the border with Myanmar, where we work in direct collaboration with the Mae Tao Clinic (MTC).
For their clinical service, volunteers are divided into teams led by trained college graduates (premeds from Duke, NYU or similar universities) or faculty. Volunteers learn to facilitate several medical interventions and screenings and complete an important introductory cultural and language training. They will assist the MTC staff on community outreach activities in rural villages, will work directly with nurses at the outpatient clinics and will provide health education to the student's living on the MTC grounds.
- Work at a local health center and deliver healthcare related to non-communicable diseases.
- Learn to facilitate medical interventions and screenings (how to measure infant height and weight, how to measure blood pressure, blood glucose, heart rate, etc.).
- Provide health education to refugee children.
- Receive intense cultural and language training focused on Thai and Burmese.
- One to two week programs are offered in the summer.