DocTours in the Media, Medical Electives and Medical Volunteering Abroad

Medical volunteering abroad – with DocTours – here are some of our favourite articles.

Go solo on DocTours Medical Volunteers

Kate Webster

“Why do doctors, nurses and medical students want to leave the comfort of home and volunteer at a hospital in a developing country? The reasons are varied and vast.  A genuine desire to make a difference, escape the day-to-day and explore a new culture.”

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A lifeline for the Bushmen

Medical Observer 
Dr Cherry Wu
“Combining my interests in travel and medicine with an interest in the San Bushmen, I decided to undertake a two-week volunteering stint in Namibia through DocTours… “
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Annabel brings a message of caring to Oz Day celebrations

The Morning Bulletin
Michelle Gately
“Annabel Pike didn’t go into nursing for the glory. But her compassion and outstanding patient care have brought the 22-year-old Brisbane woman recognition with a Pride of Australia Medal in 2013…”
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Students show they care

The Chronicle 
“You could hear a pin drop when Catholic Education Week ambassador, Annabel Pike, was sharing her experiences of a Catholic Education and the work that she has done to become an accomplished and recognised nurse at the young age of 23…”
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Volunteering in the Kathmandu Valley

Good Practice 
Dr Steve Margolis
“Approaching the later stages of our respective careers in education and medicine, my partner Valmae and I were looking for opportunities to give something back to those less fortunate. With many years of experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and having lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates, we looked for locations where our skills and experience might provide the greatest benefi t to those most in need…”
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Helping has tangible results

Medical Observer 
Dr Bruce Gerard
“To combine voluntary work in Cambodia with a holiday, I headed with DocTours to Siem Reap to spend two weeks at a new NGO health centre in one of the poorest communities…”
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Healing and learning

Medical Observer 
Dr Carmel Hogan
“Nepal is a country that can take your breath away. Not only will the beautiful Himalayas leave you breathless, but so will the scenes of poverty and underdevelopment. I feel lucky to have experienced a fortnight of medical volunteering in this amazing country — such a different world to my own in North Queensland…”
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Two weeks in Tanzania: how the other half lives

Medical Observer 
Dr Bernard Lee
“It had been a long time since my mission to Banda Aceh after the tsunami in 2004. I was yearning to go on another volunteer mission but the length of time one had to take off from work was rather prohibitive. So I jumped at the chance when the DocTours brochure came across my desk: a two-week medical program plus seven-day safari in Tanzania. Perfect!..”
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Australian Doctor 
Dr Paul Adler
“Many doctors at one time or another consider doing volunteer work for people who are less fortunate, or who lack the healthcare we in Australia…”
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Should I Reuse, Recycle or Return my Medication and Medical Supplies?

Charmaine Yabsley

From crutches and X-rays to medicines, we look at what you can do with them after use or expiry. >read full article

A Volunteer doctor gets a reminder to follow his own advice

Dr. Daniel Lean

While volunteering for a not-for-profit organisation in the Pacific with my wife, Jane, we celebrated her birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary on one of the outer islands of Vanuatu, where I encountered presentations I had not seen in Australia. >read full article


Volunteer articles

Read true accounts of experiences by DocTours volunteers:

A final year medical student in Nepal

Nepal 2b medical volunteering abroadDr Sam Scaife

“Over the months of October and November, I had the chance to spend four weeks working in Nepal as part of a DocTours Voluntary Program… ”
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My Timor Leste Placement

Timor leste 3 medical volunteering abroadDr Maria DaCosta

“I had been thinking about volunteering in Timor Leste for more than a year and had been doing some up-skilling  to prepare for it. Then I saw an article in the DocTours Newsletter regrading new placements, which included Timor Leste and that was the final catalyst: I decided to do it. As a bonus, even my father, now in his 70’s but in good health, decided to go with me as a handyman volunteer, as it had been on his bucket list for years!”
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My volunteer experience in Tanzania

Therese-Anthides medical volunteering abroadDr Therese Anthides

“The idea of volunteering overseas brewed in the back of my mind for many years. Apart from being at that stage of life, family and career where it seemed more feasible to ‘give something back’…”
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Another day at a Medical Clinic in Siem Reap

Natalie-Donoghue-1 medical volunteering abroadNurse Natalie Donoghue

“I ride down the river road which leads to the medical clinic. Along the way the traffic is a weaving sea of motto’s, bicycles, tuk tuks and cars. There is an ordered chaos…”
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Volunteering as a nurse in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Amanda-Mason-Jones medical volunteering abroadNurse Amanda Mason-Jones

“…usual complaints of hypertension and chest infections. Occasionally though, things like monkey bites and possible Malaria…”
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“Namaste” from Nepal

Jennifer-Leow medical volunteering abroadNurse Jennifer Leow

“…to experience my first nursing volunteer work in a totally different environment and take a break from my usual mundane nursing work…”
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Postcard from Fiji

Nurse Maria Hansson

“Thank you for everything you have done in terms of arranging this trip for me. There is a greeting from Fiji where I am enjoying my time. On my weekends off I go to resorts and go sightseeing in Suva.”
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Working in a developing country
– what is it like?

medical volunteering abroadSally Haw

“A lot of people find the idea of living and working in a developing country a bit daunting. Working abroad anywhere takes us out of our comfort zone to a certain degree – but working somewhere where the quality of life is profoundly different to that which we are used to is undeniably a scary prospect. However, getting out of your comfort zone is no bad thing… “
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