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Live Your Dreams: Volunteering Abroad

Live Your Dreams: Volunteering Abroad


March 24, 2010

Ever had dreams of leaving it all behind to volunteer your skills in another country? More importantly, have you thought of all the lives you could improve with your many skills?

Whether you’re clearing debris from a storm or volunteering in a medical clinic, the actions that you take while volunteering can make a big difference. So why not explore it?

Some websites to check out:

Hands On Disaster Response

Hands On Disaster Response (HODR) is a US-based, 501©3 non-profit organization, that provides hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, with maximum impact and minimum bureaucracy. You get yourself to the project, and in return we provide shelter, food, and a rewarding and unique volunteer experience. You are welcome to volunteer with us even if you choose to stay elsewhere.

Doctors without Borders

You definitely don’t have to be an MD to provide medical care to people in developing countries. They’re currently seeking doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, technicians, logisticians, and others. Anesthesiologists/Nurse-Anesthetists, Operating Room Nurses, and Nurse-Midwives or Certified Midwives are urgently needed. A salary of $1404 is provided monthly in addition to room and board, transportation, insurance, a letter of support for student loan deferment, payment of interest after first field assignment and for six months thereafter, and an employee assistance program. Click the “Work with MSF” link.

With small health clinics and understaffed hospitals serving low-income communities, volunteers support the over-worked staff, adding to their efficiency and allowing more people in need to be served. Volunteers provide moral support and reduce anxiety for patients and/or residents in communities where many people still view doctor’s visits as a last resort.

This link is a listing of all their nursing volunteer opportunities all over the world. You can specify which country you want to go to, or just browse all the nursing opportunities. VolunteerAbroad also has a Jobs Abroad channel for those interested in making a career move, too. Here’s the nursing jobs link:

Project Hope

Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked to make health care available for people around the globe – especially children. It’s in the name: Health Opportunities for People Everywhere.

Relief International is a humanitarian non-profit agency that provides emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. RI is solely dedicated to reducing human suffering and is non-political and non-sectarian in its mission.