Aside from serving patients in Vietnam, VHC's other main objective is educating our students. Each year, 40 to 50 student members work hard to raise funds and acquire supplies in preparation for our mobile health clinic. On top of that, they attend weekly trainings to prepare for every aspect of our makeshift clinic — from measuring blood pressure, to taking medical history, to interpreting for our health professionals. Since the creation of VHC, over 300 students have volunteered with us and more than 40% have gone on to successfully pursue careers in healthcare.
VHC also empowers our previous members to become student officers and assist in training our members. No matter how much work or stress is involved each year, our student officers put the weight on their shoulders to make the trip successful and rewarding for all of the volunteers and health professionals.
We are excited to announce that the next VHC mobile health clinic is scheduled for the Summer of 2019. Applications for student members will open in the Fall of 2018. If you would like to get updates on applications, info sessions, upcoming events and programs, please subscribe to our email list here.
In the meantime, please consider signing up to be a VHC volunteer! Throughout the year, our volunteers have the opportunity to work closely with VHC and our community partners to plan and participate in memorable events such as fundraisers, mock clinics, and educational workshops as well as help us reach out to sponsors, donors and healthcare professionals for their support as our ambassadors. These opportunities will help provide you with a better understanding of our mission, the chance to give back, and the ability to network with new people. It will also allow you to get valuable experience that would be beneficial to your application if you choose to later apply as a student member. Please click here to sign up!
frequently asked questions:
Who do we accept?
All students and professionals, 18 years and older, from any major and accredited school in the U.S.
How many student members are accepted?
How many healthcare professionals join?
~50 student members
~20 health professionals
When are student member's applications due?
Applications are due in the fall leading up to the summer trip to Vietnam. For our summer 2019 mobile health clinic, applications are due in the fall of 2018. Exact dates will be provided closer to the trip.
How often are meetings? Is attendance required?
As we are a Seatte-based nonprofit, weekly meetings are held locally and attendance is mandatory.
When is the trip?
How long is the trip?
*We recommend against taking summer quarter classes.
How much does the trip cost?
Broken into 4 installments.
Do I need a valid passport?
Passport must be valid
6 months after date of entry into Vietnam.
How many shadowing hours will I earn from the trip?
From our alumni:
Member: 2.0 | Leader: 3.0, 4.0
"I joined Vietnam Health Clinic in 2010 as a student volunteer and for the first time during my college career, I felt a sense of purpose and belonging. I was surrounded by driven, like-minded students with similar career aspirations and the support we provided each other not only helped us produce successful mission trips, but also success in our own personal and professional endeavors. I have made many life-long friends through the organization and for that, I am grateful."
Member: 4.0 | Leader: 5.0
"Vietnam Health Clinic offers no epiphanies--you likely won't save lives and you probably won't figure out the rest of your life in two weeks. Instead, you'll work hard, sweat a lot, and laugh loudly with a team that will slowly become some of your best friends. You'll gain new appreciation, insight into new perspectives, and serve a population you will never forget."
Member: 6.0 | Leader: 7.0
"It is a complex and multifaceted task to make a lasting impact on a community, but VHC has the passion, drive, and teamwork to continually evolve. Working with such a dedicated and tenacious family has greatly informed my goals as an aspiring physician and has not only unlocked new opportunities, but also provided me with fresh perspectives."