MMI in Thailand

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Thailand has been one of the recent, new destinations for MMI. The medical and dental team composed of volunteers from North America and the Philippines led by Dr. Allan Melicor, by the Grace of God, hopes to provide curative and preventive care to the villagers living in the Tsunami-hit outlying areas of Phuket and among the sea gypsies and migrants as well as those in flood-damaged villages around Samroiyod. The team works closely with the workers and missionaries of the Philippine Association of Baptists for World Evangelism – Thailand. MMI Philippines leads the way as they reach out to neighbouring countries.

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.

                                   MMI THAILAND TEAM

                                   MMI THAILAND TEAM

Project Sites:

Kanchanaburi & Korat


Kanchanaburi is a town of 30,000 people and is situated 3 hrs by land transport northwest of Bangkok. The clinics will be held in outlying villages outside of town. People in these villages are farmers and do speak the Thai language; English is hardly spoken there.

Korat is around 5 hours northeast of Bangkok by land. The clinics are often held inside prisons. Our partners there would like to minister to one of the marginalized groups of the Thai society. Prison authorities did request our presence as the prisoners have been asking for our return as they felt the love and excellent care the team showed them in the past.

* Project Description:
The medical and dental clinics are in the outlying villages around Kanchanaburi. Dental services for those with carious teeth that could hardly eat nor enjoy their meal would experience a long-lasting impact. Furthermore, the contacts and the care we show them will mean a lot to Pastor Narit who is ministering in the area.
In Korat, there is an ongoing ministry among the prisoners in terms of Bible correspondence. Our visit means a lot to them by sharing with them that our Lord cares for them body, soul and spirit. Our visit will further enhance our partners’ effectivity and impact.

Elevation
30 m (98 ft.)

Climate
A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the months: May, June, July, August, September and October.
On average, the temperatures are always high.
Average min and max temperatures in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Phuket & Samroiyod


Phuket, a rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore.

The villages around Phuket area are mostly fishing villages, and those in Samroiyod area are mostly farming villages. In the outlying villages in both areas, health and dental facilities are inadequate. In fact, in the outskirt of Samroiyod there is only one health center.

Elevation
529 m (1,736 ft.)

Climate
A lot of rain (rainy season) falls in the months: April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November.
On average, the temperatures are always high.
Average min and max temperatures in Phuket Town, Thailand

Travelling on a Project

Entry & Exit Requirements


Travelers must present a passport, which must be valid for at least six months. U.S. or Canadian citizens entering Thailand for fewer than 30 days do not require a tourist visa. Thailand Airport Departure Tax of 700 Baht is usually included in your flight ticket. Proof of return or onward travel is required. If you have visited a country where yellow fever occurs, proof of yellow fever vaccination is required. For a list of countries please see:
http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-county-list.pdf?ua=1&ua=1

• Americans: For more information see the US State Department website:
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/thailand.html

• Canadians: For more information see the following website:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/thailand

• 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.

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 (converter or adaptor 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: Thai (official), Burmese and other
• Religion:
- Buddhist (official): 93.6%
- Muslim: 4.9%
- Christian: 1.2%
- Others: 0.3%
• Government: Constitutional Monarchy

Currency


The money in Thailand is called the Thai baht (THB). 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 Thailand

COUNTRY BACKGRound

Thailand became an upper-middle income economy in 2011. Over the last four decades, Thailand has made remarkable progress in social and economic development, moving from a low-income country to an upper-income country in less than a generation. As such, Thailand has been one of the widely cited development success stories, with sustained strong growth and impressive poverty reduction, particularly in the 1980's. However, average growth has slowed to 3.5 percent over 2005-2015. The government has embarked on an ambitious reform program to raise Thailand’s long-term growth path.

Thailand’s government has taken measures to enhance regulatory efficiency and better integrate the economy into the global marketplace. The overall regulatory framework has gradually become more efficient and transparent, with procedures for business formation streamlined and the financial sector opened to competition.

The manufacturing sector constitutes Thailand's main industry, producing a wide variety of goods such as textiles and garments, plastics, footwear, electronics, integrated circuits, computers and components, automobiles and parts, and cement.

GEOGRAPHY

LOCATION:

Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, southeast of Burma

GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES:

15 00 N, 100 00 E

MAP REFERENCES:

Southeast Asia

 

LAND BOUNDARIES:

TOTAL:

5,673 km

BORDER COUNTRIES:

Burma 2,416 km                                                             Cambodia 817 km                                                                     Laos 1,845 km                                                                       Malaysia 595 km

COASTLINE:

3,219 km

MARITIME CLAIMS:

12 nautical m

CLIMATE:

Tropical; rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon (mid-May to September); dry, cool northeast monsoon (November to mid-March); southern isthmus always hot and humid

TERRAIN:

Central plain; Khorat Plateau in the east; mountains elsewhere

ELEVATION EXTREMES:

LOWEST POINT:

Gulf of Thailand - 0 m

HIGHEST POINT:

Doi Inthanon - 2,576 m

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