MMI in Cambodia

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MMI’s first project to Cambodia was in 1999. Our projects have been exclusively small surgical teams. Our principal partner has been with Southern Baptist missionaries who have established a medical care program in the country. We will continue to take teams to Cambodia and pray God will illuminate our path as we determine what our future development in the country should be.

Allan B. Melicor, M.D., Asia

Dr. Allan B. Melicor is a General, Cancer and Laparoscopic Surgeon serving with MMI as a Project Director throughout Asia.  Allan was trained in the Philippines, U.S.A., U.K., and Japan.  He lives with his wife Blessie, an RN, and son Allen Paul in the Philippines.  They were introduced to MMI in 1994 when a surgical team went to the Philippines.  After volunteering that year, Allan has continued to host projects at the Bethel Baptist Hospital in Bukidnon, Aklan Baptist Hospital, Leyte Baptist Hospital & Leyte Province, Palawan Baptist Hospital and in North and South Palawan, the Tboli Evangelical Clinic and various places in Northern Philippines, as well as in Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Dr Eliseo"Jun"Garcia, Jr

Dr. Eliseo"Jun"Garcia, Jr is a General Surgeon in the Philippines serving with MMI assisting Dr. Melicor throughout Asia.  Jun was served as Project Director for the August 2017 project in Cambodia with Dr. Melicor serving as Medical Director.

Project Site:

Baray


Baray is a rural district in the province of Kompong Thom, central Cambodia, situated along the highway that runs between the capital city of Phnom Penh in the south and the city of Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat, in North Cambodia. Baray district has a population of 159,000 (2002 statistics) and mostly subsistence farmers. Most of them live in wooden homes and built along the highway and on top of rice paddies. They are basically poor and depend on what they can agriculturally produce. There are no factories in the area. There is a river that crosses the main town of Kompong Thom which is also their source of fish.

* Project Description: This surgical project serves one of the poorest districts in Central Cambodia. Surgical services is almost non-existent in the village of Baray. We have been the only major surgical team that have been coming to the area for the past six years, but only once a year.

Elevation
Ranges from -2m (-6 ft) to 418 m (1371 ft)

Climate
The average August temperature ranges from a high of 32°C (90°F) to a low of 24°C (75°F)
Average min and max temperatures in Kompong Thom, Cambodia

Travelling on a Project

Entry & Exit Requirements


Travellers must present a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia. Tourist visas are required and can be obtained at a Cambodian embassy abroad, upon arrival at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, or at certain land borders. Tourist visas allow entry to Cambodia for 30 days only, counting from the date of entry. When issued outside Cambodia, visas have an expiry date, which refers to the date by which the visa must be used, not the length of time allowed in the country. Travellers must pay a fee of US$30 for tourist visas (cash only) and provide two passport-sized photos. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Cambodia or visit the Embassy of the Kingdom of Cambodia website for the most current visa information.

Important: An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required to visit Cambodia.

• Americans: Cambodia offers on-line visa processing. You may also apply in person at the Cambodian Embassy located at 4530 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20011, tel. 202-726-7742, fax 202-726-8381. Cambodian immigration officials at airports now collect fingerprints upon entry using an inkless, electronic process. The US Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Cambodia.
For more information, see the US State Department website:
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/cambodia.html

• Canadians: Please check the following website for the most current entry/exit requirements:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/cambodia

• International: Please contact MMI office or Raptim Humanitarian Travel for visa requirement if needed.

Application Requirements


Please email ALL CREDENTIALS upon application, as these must go to the Project Director in the country to be translated and then taken to the Ministry of Health to get temporary licenses prior to your arrival.

• For everyone, we need:
- Colour Scan / Photocopy of Passport (photo page)
- Colour photo for your name badge (any good photo, we can adjust size)
- Travel Itinerary
- Supply Lists

• Medical Professionals, we also need your:
- Current License (through time of project)
- Diploma (Techs, Nursing, Dental, MD and Board Certifications)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume (this also will help the Project Director know your skills & experience to assign you a task on the project, especially for 1st time participants)

• Health Care Students: Letter of Good Standing from your school (including year of study and graduation date).

• All MINORS travelling with only one parent, or without their parents, will need a letter from BOTH parents stating that it is OK for the child to travel with one parent or an appointed guardian. The letter should be signed and notarized. MMI needs a copy of this letter, and the parent or guardian should carry the orignial letter while travelling.

Travel


Once you have been accepted on the project, you can contact our designated travel agency to arrange your travel and coordinate your arrival the team.

Raptim Humanitarian Travel: www.raptim.org

• US Applicants: Travel costs are arranged directly with the travel agent and are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “Serve Team 2”: ServeTeam2.us@raptim.org
Direct Toll Free: 1-844-882-3233 and ask for the agents by name or extension.
Lead Agents – Claudia (ext. 13302), or Michael (ext. 15004).

• Canadian Applicants: Donations to MMI for travel are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “We Partner” team: wepartner.na@raptim.org
905-465-4300 or Toll Free: 1-844-442-6978 & ask for the agents by name.
Lead Agents - Anca (ext. 32327), or Connie.

• International Applicants: Travel arrangement can be procured locally or following the Canadian instructions above.

• Airport: Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Lodging and Accomodations


MMI will arrange local accomodations for the team.
• Laundry Service: usually available for additional fee
• AC: dependent on location
• Phone Service: check with your cell phone provider, roaming is very expensive
• Wifi/Internet: dependent on locations
• Voltage: 220V(adaptor and converter required).
• Meals: MMI will provide meals for the team. Dietary restrictions can be indicated on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Be sure to bring your own re-usable water bottle with a wide mouth for refilling. Purified water is supplied.

Culture

• Language: Khmer (official) 96.3%, other 3.7%
• Religion:
- Buddhist (official): 96.9%
- Muslim: 1.9%
- Christian: 0.4%
- Other: 0.8%
• Government: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Currency


The money in Cambodia is called the Cambodian Riel (KHR). MMI staff will help you exchange money. All major credit cards are accepted - Visa and MasterCard the most widely accepted (make sure to call your credit card company and let them know that you’ll be traveling internationally). Traveler’s cheques are not easily cashed. You must bring US dollars in good condition. Torn, stamped or old bills will not be exchanged. $100 bills older than 2006 are also not accepted.

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About Cambodia

COUNTRY BACKGRound

Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is bordered Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. The majority of its people are Khmers, whose ancestors lived during the great Angkor civilization. Evidence of the kingdom's splendor dot the landscape of modern Cambodia with its numerous temples, monuments, churches, reservoirs, old roads, bridges and agricultural waterways.

The temple of Angkor Wat is the largest and most prominent among the thousands of "prasats," or temples, sprawling all over the country. Around 380,000 laborers and 4,000 elephants are said to have toiled for more than 30 years to complete the structural marvel.

After decades of solid growth driven by its garment industry, Cambodia is seeking to shift its economy into more sophisticated light manufacturing, such as electronics and auto-parts. Most of these manufacturers are Japanese and they are slowly coming online in Cambodia’s special economic zones, aiming to establish another hub in the regional supply chain. To maintain its growth momentum, the government is seeking to expand its manufacturing base, moving away from dependency on garments and aiming to attract more sophisticated manufacturers, like auto-parts and electronics producers

GEOGRAPHY

LOCATION:

Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos

GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES:

13 00 N, 105 00 E

MAP REFERENCES:

Southeast Asia

 

LAND BOUNDARIES:

TOTAL:

2,530 km

BORDER COUNTRIES:

Laos 555 km                                                                     Thailand 817 km                                                                 Vietnam 1,158 km

COASTLINE:

443 km

MARITIME CLAIMS:

12 nautical miles

CLIMATE:

Tropical; rainy, monsoon season (May to November); dry season (December to April); little seasonal temperature variation

TERRAIN:

Mostly low, flat plains; mountains in southwest and north

ELEVATION EXTREMES:

LOWEST POINT:

Gulf of Thailand - 0 m

HIGHEST POINT:

Phnum Aoral - 1,810 m

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