Volunteer Medical Services Abroad

Are you interested in volunteering your medical skills?

This is a searchable index of US-based volunteer organizations that provide all types of medical services in underdeveloped countries. Programs needing help range from large well-known international agencies to small groups of a few individuals who assist one or two locations annually.

The list includes US-based agencies whose goals are to provide education, direct medical care, or public health supervision.

The list does not include organizations whose main goals are supplying medical equipment, offering tour packages with secondary volunteer activities, or recruiting non-medical volunteers (although many medical programs require logistical and administrative support).

Accuracy. We have attempted to confirm information from the organizations directly, but some listings may be incomplete or may have changed. Questions regarding volunteer work should be directed to the agency. Additional information about some charities can be obtained from the Better Business Bureau's Philanthropic Advisory Service (http://www.bbb.org/reports/charity.asp)

Most organizations require volunteers to be licensed in the jurisdictions where they practice. Physician specialists generally should be board-eligible or board-certified. Most agencies do not provide malpractice insurance.

Feedback appreciated!
Please help us keep this up-to-date and accurate. If you have been a volunteer you may want to add a comment. If you represent an agency please suggest additions or changes. You can contact the authors at: vmsa_search@pedsanesthesia.org.

This database was created by the Committee for International Education and Service of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia.

Please check all relevant fields to return the most specific results.

Organization name keyword search:
Religious Affiliation
(no selection implies no preference; multiple selections are possible)
I want to go to:
(no selection implies "Worldwide"; multiple selections are possible)
I want to volunteer in this specialty:
Surgical Physicians Medical Physicians
 General Practice
 Public Health / Infectious Disease
 Internal Medicine
 Psychology / Psychiatry
Surgical Nurses Non-Surgical Nurses
 Operating Room
 Recovery Room
 General Medical / Surgical Nursing
 Family Planning
Other Medical Volunteers
 Physician Assistant
 Nurse Practitioner
 Physical Therapists
 Lab Techs
 X-Ray Techs
 Dental Hygienists
 Family Planners
 Respiratory Therapists

For medical students and residents (all others skip this section):
Does the agency accept medical students? Yes no n/a
Does the agency accept resident trainees? Yes no n/a
I am available for:
Usual time commitment for volunteers:
(no selection implies no preference; multiple selections are possible)
Principal activities for volunteers:
(no selection implies no preference; multiple selections are possible)