Jai Mistry, a chartered physiotherapist at the George Eliot Hospital, volunteered for five weeks in Phnom Penh to pass on his expertise to others.
Jai joined an important volunteering project in Cambodia late last year to provide physiotherapy treatment to patients, including amputees at a hospital in the largest city in Cambodia.
The Nuneaton physiotherapist experienced five weeks of intensive work supporting patients and also providing workshops, guidance and advice to local staff treating patients with a wide variety of physical ailments.
Jai worked with volunteers from organisations across the world helping mainly older people who had been injured during fighting in Cambodia. Many of these patients hadn’t received physiotherapy treatment before and really appreciated the support from a team of experts from the Outreach International volunteering scheme.
Outreach International organise projects that place volunteers in meaningful projects carefully selected to match an individual’s skills and interests.
Jai said: "I was grateful to the George Eliot Hospital for allowing me to take five weeks off to volunteer for this eye opening project.
"I had an opportunity to share my knowledge with patients and staff in Phnom Penh and learn something about a different culture and its issues at the same time.
"I was treating land mine victims in a medical environment that was not as experienced as ours in the UK.
"I felt boosted from the experience and grateful for the health service we have here, as it is far safer and stronger than the one I saw in Cambodia which relies heavily on volunteers coming over to help.
"I am grateful that I live in Nuneaton but this experience was a fantastic opportunity and one that I will definitely volunteer for again in the future."
Note: More information about Outreach Volunteering can be found at http://www.outreachinternational.co.uk/
The George Eliot Hospital provides a comprehensive physiotherapy service to the local population. This includes an in-patient service, and an out-patient service at the hospital and at a number of GP practices and health centres.