Service Opportunities for Students and Residents
This directory includes organizations that accept medical students and residents for international service. Please contact these organizations directly for more information.
Amazon Promise(www.amazonpromise.org) offers a specialized volunteer program, including the summer health care internship program for medical students, to enhance medical training with hands-on experience helping underserved populations.
Contact: Jacqueline Carroll, Volunteer Coordinator
American Baptist International Ministries(www.internationalministries.org), organized in 1814, is the oldest Baptist Mission agency formed in North America. It serves more than 2,500 short-term missionaries annually.
Contact: Angela Suderman, Coordinator of Volunteers in Global Missions, (800) 222-3872 x2164
Countries: China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Japan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Phillippines, Thailand
American Jewish World Service(ajws.org) (AJWS) is an international development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality.
Contact: Andrea Richardson
Countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, Sudan, Uganda, Dominical Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Burma, Cambodia, India, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Bridges to Community(www.bridgestocommunity.org) is a nonprofit community development organization that takes volunteers to developing countries to work, learn and reflect. Through the process of living and working with local communities on construction, health and environmental projects, Bridges promotes cross-cultural learning, a deepening awareness of our global interdependence, and a commitment to the common good.
Contact: Executive Director
Countries: Nicaragua, Kenya
Cachamsi(cachamsi.com) is a non-profit international medicine program located in the Andean highlands of Ecuador. Cachamsi is one of the few international medicine rotations that offers structured Medical Spanish classes as well as volunteer opportunities among a unique indigenous population. Participants will gain an appreciation of cross-cultural medicine, and enjoy a vibrant and stimulating experience in Ecuador.
Contact: Jorge Duchicela, MD
Caring Partners International(www.caringpartners.org) is a non-denominational Christian ministry that provides church medical mission and work camp teams with quality medical supplies at no cost.
Contact: Caring Partners International(www.caringpartners.org), (937) 473-2744
Countries: Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Ukraine
CMMB’s Medical Volunteer Program(cmmb.org) (MVP) addresses the global human resources for health crisis by recruiting and placing volunteers at healthcare facilities in resource-poor countries around the world.
Contact: CMMB staff
Countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, West Bank/Gaza, Mauritania, Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa
Center for Personal Restoration(www.cprestoration.org) facilitates personal renewal for health care professionals through volunteer service.
Contact: David Krier, MD
Countries: Peru, Honduras, others in planning phases.
Child Family Health International(www.cfhi.org) (CFHI) is the leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just.
Contact: CFHI staff
Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, South Africa, Uganda
Children of Peace International(www.childrenofpeace.org) (COPI) is a humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the people of Vietnam develop the capability to help themselves. Through the financial and material support of orphanages, hospitals and clinics, as well as two medical missions each year, COPI offers hope, and help, to those in need.
Contact: Mission Coordinator
Concern America(www.concernamerica.org) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, nongovernmental development and refugee aid organization. Its International Health Immersion Program is a unique opportunity for all health care students, residents in medicine, and health care professionals to receive a hands-on learning experience in Guatemala.
Contact: Recruitment Coordinator
Countries: Bolivia, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Mozambique
Foundation for Sustainable Development(www.fsdinternational.org) provides comprehensive training and immersion programs for interns and volunteers who seek hands-on development experience in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Program participants come from countless professions and more than 300 universities worldwide to collaborate with our partner organizations on community-driven projects that reflect sustainable principles.
Contact: Training Coordinator
Countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, Uganda
Global Medical Brigades(www.globalbrigades.org) is an international network of more than 50 university clubs and volunteer organizations that provide communities in developing countries with sustainable health care solutions. It is the world’s largest student-led international relief organization.
Contact: Global Medical Brigades
Countries: Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Ghana, China, India, Vietnam
Global Service Corps(www.globalservicecorps.org) is an international service-learning organization that is built on the participation of its volunteers, staff and advisers both in developed and developing countries of the world. Its program is established on the view that the personal lives and activities of people around the world are increasingly intertwined. An international health internship program is available.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinators
Countries: Cambodia, Tanzania, Thailand
Global Volunteers(www.globalvolunteers.org) is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, nongovernmental organization engaging short-term volunteers on microeconomic and human development programs in close partnership with local people worldwide.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinators
Countries: Ecuador, Peru, Tanzania, Cook Islands, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Poland
Health Horizons International(hhidr.org) is an nonprofit organization that provides quality primary health care to underserved patients of the Dominican Republic and to build local capacity for achieving improved community health.
Contact person: Elizabeth Geier, Executive Director
Countries: Dominican Republic
HealthCare Nepal (USA)(www.healthcarenepal.org) provides free care in rural Nepal through short-term health “camps.” Camps are initiated by local village organizations and coordinated by doctors from Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu, in collaboration with HealthCare Nepal. Camps are staffed by Nepalese physicians and surgeons, with volunteer clinicians from the USA and other countries.
Contact: Jack Starmer
Helping Hands Health Education(www.helpinghandsusa.org) is a non-profit organization with the main objective of bringing low-cost quality medical relief services to people in rural villages of Nepal and Vietnam through the help of Western medical and non-medical volunteers.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinators
Countries: Nepal, Vietnam
HELPS International(www.helpsintl.org) is a non-profit corporation that partners with individuals, businesses, corporations, and local and national governments to alleviate poverty in Latin America. HELPS integrated programs include medical care, education, community and economic development, and agricultural innovations in order to improve the quality of life for the indigenous people of Latin America.
Contact: HELPS International
Countries: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico
Himalayan Health Exchange(www.himalayanhealth.com) is a humanitarian service program bringing together health care professionals who give of their time, talent and resources to provide care to the underserved populations in select, remote areas of the Indo-Tibetan Borderlands. Medical students work side-by-side with local and U.S.-based health care providers in a spirit of learning and informational/technical exchange.
Contact: Volunteer Coordinators
Countries: North India and Nepal (Himalayas)
Institute for International Medicine(inmed.us) (INMED) is an educational nonprofit organization providing clinical rotations in developing nations with fully-qualified preceptors and online and classroom courses in international medicine, international HIV medicine, and international public health.
Contact: Nicholas Comninelis, MD, MPH
Countries: Angola, Cameroon, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jordan, Kenya, Macau, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
International Service Learning(www.islonline.org) (ISL) presents a unique opportunity for students to be part of an international health team. As an international educational agency, ISL provides medical and educational teams of volunteers to provide services for the underserved populations of Central and South America, Mexico and Africa.
Contact: Program Coordinators
Countries: Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Peru, Africa
The Medical Electives Network(medical-electives.net), based in Peru, provides structured, AAFP-accredited, medical Spanish immersion programs alongside hospital rotations in a variety of health care facilities. The organization also coordinates free surgical missions in partnership with visits to international surgical teams. The Medical Electives Network employs both health care professionals and language teachers to ensure participants advance as quickly as possible, regardless of their existing level of Spanish.
Contact Kevin Hurley (Kevin@medical-electives.net)
Mission Doctors Association(missiondoctors.org) is the only program in the United States exclusively dedicated to recruiting, training, sending and supporting Catholic doctors and their families to serve at mission hospitals and clinics around the world.
Contact: Mission Doctors Association Staff
Countries: Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Cameroon, Ecuador & Guatemala
Physicians for Peace(www.physiciansforpeace.org) was founded in 1989, dedicated to the ideal that health care in the developing world can best be improved by providing training and education to health care professionals in those countries.
Contact: Program Coordinator
Project HOPE(www.projecthope.org) is unique among international organizations, having always worked across the health spectrum in a wide variety of settings –- from the family and community levels to the tertiary care level –- training traditional birth attendants and community health volunteers where resources are limited and cardiac surgeons and biomedical engineers where technology is appropriate.
Contact: Tracy L. Anderson, Senior Development Coordinator
Project Vietnam(www.pvnf.org) is a nonprofit humanitarian program that provides health care assistance to children in poor rural communities of Vietnam.
Contact: Project Vietnam Staff
St Francis’ Hospital(www.saintfrancishospital.net) is a large rural hospital serving a local population of over 200,000 within a 60 km radius and receiving specialist referrals from all over Eastern Province (about 1.5 million people). Medical students travel from all over the world to spend their electives at St. Francis’ Hospital.
Contact: Richard Newell, MD
Timmy Global Health is a nonprofit that works to expand access to healthcare in poor, rural, isolated, or underserved communities, which also empowering the next generation of global health leaders. Timmy offers opportunities for 2nd/3rd year residents and attending physicians who would like to volunteer on a short term medical service trip, but as part of a long term commitment to a local partner in each country.
Contact: Brett Hesse, MD, Medical Director, or Alyssa Rossodivita, Volunteer Coordinator
Countries: Ecuador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic
Volunteers In Medical Missions(www.vimm.org) (VIMM) is a team of Christian doctors, nurses and other volunteers that minister to the physical and spiritual needs of children and adults in developing countries throughout the world. VIMM provides opportunities for Christian medical professionals and other volunteers to experience missions firsthand.
Contact person: Kathy Cater, Trip Coordinator
Countries: Belize, Bulgaria, China, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sudan. Tanzania, Thailand