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Medical volunteering programs are an excellent way to learn about medical and healthcare practices abroad while also gaining valuable experience to boost your studies or career.

What you can do as a medical volunteer

If you have no background experience in healthcare or medicine, you may find that community education volunteer programs are the best fit for you. Through these programs, you will help to organize and present workshops and trainings in subjects such as dental hygiene, reproductive health, and disease prevention at schools, community centers, or at events. There also are lots of opportunities for volunteers with or without background experience in medicine or healthcare to provide support and companionship to patients, particularly at assisted living facilities.

  • Observing or shadowing medical professionals in a hospital, clinic, or other facility providing basic support and companionship to patients in assisted living facilities or other healthcare and medical centers
  • Providing hands-on support to medical professionals in departments such as maternity, pediatrics, pharmacy, radiology, and more
  • Getting involved with community healthcare campaigns, such as dental checkups, vaccinations, and other services
  • Getting involved with community healthcare campaigns, such as dental checkups, vaccinations, and other services

Qualifications for medical volunteers

Medical volunteering is not just for qualified professionals! There are lots of ways for students and other volunteers who are interested in medical and healthcare programs to get involved and provide support for communities in need.

If you have no background experience in healthcare or medicine, you may find that community education volunteer programs are the best fit for you. Through these programs, you will help to organize and present workshops and trainings in subjects such as dental hygiene, reproductive health, and disease prevention at schools, community centers, or at events. There also are lots of opportunities for volunteers with or without background experience in medicine or healthcare to provide support and companionship to patients, particularly at assisted living facilities.

If you're a pre-med student or in your first or second year of medical school, you may want to check out community outreach programs as well as basic clinic or hospital volunteering opportunities. If you're volunteering at a medical facility, your role may be mostly observational–you can shadow a doctor, nurse, or other professional–but there may also be opportunities to assist with basic tasks such as sorting medications, organizing and updating patient records, taking vitals, stitching, and more.

And if you are in your second or third year of medical school, or if you are a medical professional, you may take on a much more hands-on or specialized role. This can range from providing direct care in a hospital or clinic, to training emergency responders, to organizing and taking part in community outreach and education programs, and much more.

Why you should become a medical volunteer

As a medical volunteer, there are so many ways that you can make a difference! Some of the ways that medical volunteers help our partners include:

  • Providing much-needed medical care and healthcare to people living in impoverished communities and otherwise unable to access these services
  • Offering support and companionship to patients who have experienced trauma, who are in need of long-term care, or who are stigmatized for their condition
  • More stuff here - gaining experience in the field, providing support at understaffed clinics and hospitals, etc.

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