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Healthcare Volunteer Projects

Many communities in developing countries lack access to adequate healthcare. World Endeavors volunteer projects in healthcare aim to support health clinics and hospitals in these communities. Volunteers provide support and services, including record-keeping, helping patients to and from procedures, making beds, sanitation, and helping to keep long-term pediatric patients occupied and active. In certain countries, we can also arrange opportunities to gain experience in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy — providing hippotherapy and hydrotherapy services for children with special needs, or leading patients through exercises at a nursing home under the supervision of trained therapists. Those with compassion and a genuine desire to advocate for the health of vulnerable populations will find plenty of rewarding work through a World Endeavors Healthcare volunteer project.

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEER PROJECT

Volunteering in healthcare abroad is a great way to learn about different health practices and to work hands-on with local community members. For aspiring healthcare professionals, volunteering abroad is a valuable way to gain experience and a better cross-cultural understanding of the field. Participants from many different backgrounds can find these projects rewarding and inspiring.

HIGHLIGHTS & BENEFITS

World Endeavors Healthcare volunteers are committed to supporting local clinics and hospitals. It’s important for all volunteers to be patient, adaptable, and willing to take instruction. Healthcare volunteers do not provide direct patient care or treatment but are there to observe and assist local licensed professionals as they provide care to patients.

Our Healthcare volunteer projects

Volunteer Abroad
Nepal

Physiotherapy Internship Volunteer in Nepal

Our physiotherapy internship program allows you to gain valuable experience by working as an intern in a Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Hospital in Kathmandu. You will spend your time here shadowing doctors, observe the medical experts, physiotherapists and will be called upon to assist doctors and nurses.

Physiotherapy Internship Volunteer in Nepal

Our physiotherapy internship program allows you to gain valuable experience by working as an intern in a Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Hospital in Kathmandu. You will spend your time here shadowing doctors, observe the medical experts, physiotherapists and will be called upon to assist doctors and nurses. There will be able to experience hands-on work. Participants will be helping the patients of various health conditions and engage in different therapeutic sessions at the hospital. The sessions shall be assigned to you, according to your field of study and expertise. This project has a minimum duration of 4 weeks. Please note, you should be enrolled in a university course in any field of

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Argentina

Healthcare Volunteer in Argentina

Volunteers in Argentina donate their energy and knowledge to improve the quality and availability of healthcare in local communities.

Healthcare Volunteer in Argentina

Volunteers in Argentina donate their energy and knowledge to improve the quality and availability of healthcare in local communities.

Volunteer Abroad
Vietnam

Teaching in Ho Chi Minh City

Lend a helping hand as a caretaker for young children at a local kindergarten in Ho Chi Minh.

Teaching in Ho Chi Minh City

Kindergarten
Play games, sing songs and teach basic English. Your full energy and assistance is needed as you engage with 3-6 year old children in this kindergarten serving the local community. You will help the dedicated teaching staff with daily tasks, as you feed, play with, and provide one-on-one attention to the young children in attendance.

English Teaching
Teaching with a twist! Help students your own age with your advanced English skills, in a two-way learning process that will allow for great cultural exchange! Teach English! Native and advanced level speakers will help students improve vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and fine tune their overall knowledge of English. You will as

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Tanzania

Tanzania Medical Placement Monduli

Be part of a medical program at a local hospital in Arusha, Tanzania and gain valuable knowledge and skills alongside local professionals.

Tanzania Medical Placement Monduli

This is a great opportunity for prospective medical students to not only hone their medical skills through international work experience, but also provide medical assistance to people and places with less resources available to them.

The hospital is an institution established in 1975 which is operated by a religious order in the community, and initially focused on providing medical care to expectant mothers and children. As the population grew in Arusha, the need for varied care grew as well. Over time this medical facility has grown to become the second largest hospital in Arusha with an in-patient capacity of 100 and well over 100 staff members. It now handles patients in Obstetrics/Gyneco

Volunteer Abroad
Vietnam

Vietnam Medical Placement Ho Chi Minh

This program is based in a government-operated hospital, serving the community of Ho Chi Minh. Observation, recording and analysing will be a key part of this project, as it is a hands-off experience.

Vietnam Medical Placement Ho Chi Minh

It’s important to note that these institutions are bound by government regulations and cannot allow international participants to perform tasks independently. For this reason, this project is best suited to pre-medical or medical students hoping to gain more insight into the Vietnamese healthcare system.

You will have the opportunity to shadow nurses, doctors, and therapists. Depending on your choice and availability, your daily tasks may consist of medication preparation, blood pressure measurement, basic triage and wound care.

The hospital has an x-ray room, a children’s ward, an adult ward, a physiotherapy department, as well as an operating theatre, all of which participants may be activ

Every World Endeavors Volunteer Project Includes

Our carefully designed international volunteer programs encompass everything necessary for your success and well-being while abroad.

YOUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

  • Volunteer project customized to match your interests and goals and meet community needs
  • Year-round program availability
  • Flexible durations from 2 to 12 weeks

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

ACCOMMODATION

  • Host family or shared volunteer house, depending on destination
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind
  • 2 to 3 meals per day included

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator
  • Volunteer project supervisor

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

Our Top Volunteer Abroad Destinations

World Endeavors volunteers support communities in several destinations in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. Our programs are located in a variety of sites, including urban and rural, economically developed and developing, and English-speaking and non-English speaking.

How to choose the best volunteer program

Choosing your volunteer program is easy when you evaluate your priorities. Follow these steps to guide you toward your ideal program.

Explore a New Career

Interning abroad offers a great opportunity to explore your professional and personal interests, and help define your career path. Peruse our internship fields and past examples to find the best fit.

Choose Your Dream Destination

Finding a meaningful way to combine interning and travel to your dream location is a big incentive. Carefully consider which destinations suit your interests and international internship goals.

Improve Language Skills

Immersing yourself in a language-rich environment is the ultimate method for developing fluency. If language-learning is your goal, favor destinations that use your language of choice.

Fit your budget

Explore scholarships and financial aid to determine if these may impact your destination options. Consider the overall cost of the program and cost of living in-country to identify the optimal match.

Try our program finder to filter based on your choices.

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Volunteer Abroad FAQs

How old do you have to be to Volunteer Abroad?

For most of World Endeavors’ volunteer programs, applicants must be 18 or older, although we make exceptions on a case-by-case basis. The good news is there is no maximum age for our volunteer abroad programs.

Are there any free volunteer abroad programs?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any volunteer programs for free. We value the impact our programs make, the partners we work with, and the overall experience of our participants. To provide the best volunteer abroad experience, we require participants to pay volunteer program fees.

Does Volunteering Abroad Look Good on a Resume?

Volunteering abroad enhances your resume by showcasing your cultural adaptability, global perspective, problem-solving skills, language proficiency, leadership, teamwork, initiative, and interpersonal abilities. It highlights your willingness to step out of your comfort zone, make a positive impact, and work effectively in diverse settings, making you a valuable candidate with a broader skill set and a strong sense of civic responsibility.

How to Fundraise for Volunteering Abroad?

There are plenty of ways to make volunteering abroad affordable and fit within your budget. Check out our fundraising page for guidance on to fundraise for your volunteer abroad program.

Where is the Best Place to Volunteer Abroad?

The optimal location for volunteering abroad depends on your interests, skills, and the causes you’re passionate about. Whether it’s teaching in a rural community, conserving wildlife in a biodiverse region, contributing to healthcare initiatives in underserved areas, or participating in sustainable development projects, the best place to volunteer abroad is where your strengths align with the needs of the local community, fostering meaningful and lasting positive impact. Browse all our volunteer abroad programs to see which project and destination stands out most.

Do You Need a Visa to Volunteer Abroad?

The specifics differ based on the destination and volunteer project you choose, not to mention visa regulations and requirements fluctuate periodically. As part of our enrollment procedure, our team will guide you through the steps needed to secure a visa if it’s deemed essential for your volunteer program and destination.

Is Volunteering Abroad Safe?

World Endeavors rigorously tracks travel advisories and exclusively organizes programs where safety is guaranteed, so when you choose to volunteer abroad with us, you don’t need to worry if you’ll be safe.

Our dedication to volunteer safety involves several measures, including a preparatory guide, continuous local assistance, on-site experts, thorough orientations before and after arrival, extensive travel medical coverage, and staff certified in Mental Health First Aid. Your well-being is our priority, ensuring you can flourish as a volunteer abroad with confidence!

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How to apply for a Volunteer Abroad Program

You’ve decided to volunteer abroad – congratulations! Applying for your World Endeavors program is easy and stress-free. We can’t wait to get you on your way!

STEP 1
EXPLORE & ASK

Research and compare. If you can’t decide on a program, we can guide you toward the best fit.

STEP 2
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Fill out our online application form to share all your relevant details with our team.

STEP 3
ENROLL & PREPARE

Receive your official acceptance and enroll. We’ll give you all the info you need to get ready!

STEP 4
START YOUR ADVENTURE!

You’ve researched, planned and saved. Now you’re ready. It’s time to PUT YOURSELF OUT THERE!