Here are some free resources to help with planning your international placement or volunteering trip:

DocTours tips and suggestions for your health and safety while travelling overseas. 

Your free downloadable brochure:  Will I be safe ?

Where shall I go? Not sure where to go for your preferred department or area of medicine? 

Have a look out our quick Where Shall I Go?  guide.

Need some help in deciding on which awesome destination to visit?

Check out our free downloadable brochures: Awesome things to see and do in ….

Cambodia   Fiji   Namibia   Nepal   Sri Lanka   Tanzania

Tonga   Timor Leste   Vietnam


New book: Anatomy of an Awesome Medical ElectivePlus a free eBook for students planning their international clinical placement:  Click here for more details.







The DocTours Referral and Loyalty ProgramDocTours Referral and Loyalty Program

This new loyalty program rewards everyone for referring volunteers to DocTours.

For every person that you refer, we will pay you a referral fee of A$50 when the person signs up with DocTours. You can choose to receive this fee in cash or we can donate it to your favourite charity on your behalf or you can apply it to your booking.

AND, the person that you refer will also receive a discount of A$50 from their DocTours program. Just ensure that the referrer’s name is note on the referree’s Application Form. Easy and everyone wins!

PLUS, all repeat volunteers will receive a A$50 discount from their new booking.







Travel insurance

It is a condition of your international placement that you have current travel insurance to cover against cancellation fees, medical expenses, lost luggage and evacuation.

Flight Centre are happy to advise and assist with your travel insurance cover and offer a discount to DocTours’ customers. You may also wish to look at travel insurance cover provided by your medical indemnity provider or your private health fund.

We will need details of your policy (such as the policy number, insurer and their 24/7 emergency phone number) for our records.

You may wish to consider a policy available through a comparison site:





Medical indemnity

We recommend that you advise your medical indemnity provider of your volunteer plans in advance of travel. Most providers extend cover for your usual activities when volunteering in developing countries for short periods.





National Police Check (NPC)

A National Police Check or Working with Children Check or similar background report is required.  Please forward your report when it is available. 

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) online application form NPC check (choose ‘Name Check only’).  The report normally takes a few weeks.





Working with Children Check

This is compulsory for all volunteers who are in direct contact with children. Please forward your clearance number and expiry date, to DocTours (when available). The Working with Children Check is free for Volunteers and is valid for up to 5 years. Please ask if you have any questions.






Your passport must be valid for 6 months AFTER you return home and have at least two blank visa pages.

Please ensure that the name on your airline ticket is exactly the same as the name in your passport as the airlines will refuse boarding. It is currently possible to apply for your visa on arrival for short visits to Nepal, Cambodia, Fiji, Tonga and Tanzania. Please take with you some spare passport-sized photos, a black pen and USD cash (depending on the country will cost between USD21 and USD50) to pay for your visa.  We will advise on changes and current requirements for your destination.

  • For those travelling to Sri Lanka, you will need to refer to the following website for advice on the visa process:

Official travel advice from the Australian government for Australians covering all destinations providing the latest health, safety, visa and security information.

Here is the link to the:  Smartraveller website





CPD for Doctors

Your medical voluntary work may be eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points from your relevant college. For the guiding notes from the RACGP, click here.


CPD for Nurses

Your medical voluntary work may be eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – for points and background information, click here.




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Medical Supplies and Donations

DocTours has partnered with AirborneAid to distribute badly needed medical supplies and resources to hospitals and clinics in developing countries.

So when you are travelling to developing countries, whether it is for your volunteer placement, medical elective, or even visiting on a holiday, AirborneAid will help you to help those in need.  Through international connections, community relationships and the supply of medical aid, we can provide you with a donation package suited to your destination and your own interests.

The cost of transporting aid is high and normal delivery services may be unreliable.  Therefore, by utilizing spare luggage capacity, we can transport medical aid at no cost, right to where it is needed.  What a great way to enhance your next journey and help those in developing countries!  Register your interest in being an AirborneAid Transporter online now.   Tell us where you’re going, what you’re doing and how much aid you’re able to carry in your suitcase. Whether it’s 1 kg or 20 kg, no request is too small or too big.  And then leave the rest up to AirborneAid and DocTours.