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Study, Volunteer, or Work Abroad

Agencies

Studying, volunteering, or working abroad are important ways for members of the professions to serve people with communication disorders.  Fortunately, many resources can help an internationally-minded professional in communication disorders, including the 64 agencies listed on the right.

The listed agencies are eclectic, some focusing on health care, others being religious in nature, or government agencies, or private companies.  Some place persons in a specific region or country and others offer experiences worldwide.  A word of caution:  agencies may charge a great deal of money for their services.  Every attempt has been made to weed those from the list.  Still, before committing to any agency, it is important to discuss all costs for their services. 

The list of agencies includes many that place students and academics, including the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Council on International Educational Exchange, Fulbright Exchange Programs, Institute of International Education, International Student Services, and International School Services.  Many others can be found on the Internet.  Another avenue –and often a far less expensive one—to a study abroad experience is to work through the student or faculty’s academic department and the university’s study abroad program.  Typically, a study abroad program has contracts with a range of universities around the world and has experience in placing students and faculty in foreign settings.   If a study abroad program does not have a contract with a university in which a person wishes to study, a contract typically can be created, or a student or faculty can study abroad without a university contract.  If either a study abroad program does not exist or if a person wanting a study abroad experience is not currently a university student or faculty member, another avenue is to identify the country or region where the study experience is to occur and then contact communication disorder programs in those areas.  Alternately, a perspective student or faculty could contact a professional association in the nation or territory in which he or she wants to study, who then may be able to identify possible universities to contact.

Most agencies on the list place volunteers or are employment placement services.  Many have vast experience and are eager to help.  Another avenue to a volunteer or employment situation is to search the website of the national association in the country the person wants to visit.  Associations seldom offer volunteer or employment experiences, but they may direct a person to those who do.  To illustrate, the student education program in Bangladesh also has an active volunteer placement service, and the website of the national association in Singapore contains useful information for professionals in communication disorders who may wish to work in that beautiful city.

Addresses


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American Baptist Churches, Board of International Ministries
P.O. Box 851
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0851
Phone: (610) 768-2000
Web: www.abc-usa.org

In Their Own Words:


The Volunteers in Global Mission team exists to enable direct and personal involvement of American Baptists in international missions. 
We can help you prepare for a great short-term missions experience. 
Join thousands of American Baptist individuals and volunteers teams who have worked side by side with international partners and missionaries, building relationship across cultural boundaries and making new disciples of Jesus Christ.
Check out the various opportunities to serve, get connected to training resources, and learn what other American Baptists are currently doing in short-term missions.

 

American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 241-7067
Web: www.afsc.org

In Their Own Words:
The American Friends Service Committee is a practical expression of the faith of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine.
We recognize that the leadings of the Spirit and the principles of truth found through Friends' experience and practice are not the exclusive possession of any group. Thus, the AFSC draws into its work people of many faiths and backgrounds who share the values that animate its life and who bring to it a rich variety of experiences and spiritual insights.
This AFSC community works to transform conditions and relationships both in the world and in ourselves, which threaten to overwhelm what is precious in human beings. We nurture the faith that conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity and participation. We believe that ultimately goodness can prevail over evil, and oppression in all its many forms can give way.

Ann Foundation
20 Old Shelter Rock Road
Roslyn, NY 11576
Tel: 516-570-0088
Fax: 516-570-0088
www.annfoundation.org/  

In Their Own Words:
Ann Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit service organization committed to improving the quality of life for children with visual and hearing impairments.  Through mission trips and special projects, we reach out to children with disabilities who might not otherwise receive medical or educational services.  Won't you take a moment to help support our work with children?

Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
www.nafsa.org/

In Their Own Words:
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is a member organization promoting international education and providing professional development opportunities to the field.
Mission, Vision, Values
NAFSA serves its members, their institutions and organizations, and others engaged in international education and exchange and global workforce development.  The association has three major foci: Creating and disseminating knowledge; influencing public policy; and maintaining a strong association. Hundreds of NAFSA members volunteer to serve the Association.

Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD)
Austraining International
Level 2, 81 Flinders Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Ph: 08 8232 3050
Fax: 08 8223 4703
AYAD@austraining.com.au
FREECALL 1800 225 592
www.ayad.com.au

In Their Own words:
Welcome to the Program website, developed and maintained by the AYAD Program Management, Austraining International.   This site provides a range of online functions for the AYAD Program in support to the official Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development website hosted by the Australian Agency for International Development.

Canadian Bureau for International Education
www.cbie.ca/index_e.

 


Canadian Society for International Health
One Nicholas Street, Suite 1105,
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7b7, Canada.
Phone: 613-241-5785.
Fax: 613-241-3845.
www.csih.org/csihindex.

In Their Own Words:
The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) is a national non-governmental organization with members committed to the promotion of  international health and development. CSIH members offer a solid network of experts and experience with the Canadian government, international agencies, non-governmental organizations and academia.
Among its many activities CSIH:

  • operates a database of international health expertise for those wanting work overseas and for potential employers;
  • through our international youth health internships program, young Canadian professionals were sent to 75 countries since September 1997, thereby building strong ties with private and public sector organizations working in international health;
  • facilitates networking and links among those who share interests in health in development through various means, including both electronic and print media;
  • offers and supports professional development events, including the Canadian Conference for International Health;
  • as an executing agency, CSIH manages projects for CIDA, the World Bank, DFAIT and Industry Canada in Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia;
  • Advocacy activities focus on peace & health and monitoring the impact of trade on health in the global economy.

Care Inc
Tel:  (201) 440-4324
Web: www.care.org

In Their Own Words:
CARE works to reduce poverty.  We design and manage community-based projects in areas such as education, health care and economic development.  These projects aim to strengthen poor communities with information, skills and resources.  Together, CARE and communities build a CARE, INC.
660 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Phone foundation for self-sufficiency and lasting solutions to problems caused by poverty.

 

Catholic Medical Mission Board

10 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011-5765.
Phone: 212-242-7757 (toll free 1-800-678-5659).
Fax: 212-807-9161.
www.cmmb.org

In Their Own Words:
If you are a U.S. or Canadian licensed healthcare professional seeking an opportunity to serve in the developing world, CMMB can help. Our Medical Volunteer Program will match you with a challenging mission where your professional skills will make a meaningful difference. You can bring health and hope to places that have seen more than their share of disease and despair.
CMMB volunteers may address immediate needs through direct patient care as well as through medical training to help upgrade the skills of local healthcare providers. In all our volunteer placements, the ultimate goal is to help local personnel assume the role of provider as well as educator, so that they in turn can pass on their skills within the community.

 

Christian Children’s fund
2821 Emerywood Pkwy
Richmond, VA 23294-3725
Phone: (804) 756-2700
Web: www.christianchildrensfund.org

In Their Own Words:
Too many of the world's children suffer the debilitating effects of poverty and violence.
Children have the right to experience life with as much joy and hope as humanly possible.  Christian Children's Fund creates an environment of hope and respect for needy children of all cultures and beliefs, in which they have opportunities to achieve their full potential, and provides practical tools for positive change - to children, families and communities.

 

Christians Abroad
Room 237 Bon Marché Centre
241-251 Ferndale Road
London 
SW9 8BJ
England
UK
Telephone: 0870 770 7990
Fax: 0870 770 7991
Email: general enquiries - director@cabroad.org.uk
           recruitment - recruitment@cabroad.org.uk
www.cabroad.org.uk/

In Their Own Words:
Christians Aboard works to serve the Christian community and beyond. 
We believe in promoting cooperation and the sharing of skills through practical activity.

  • We offer an information and advice service about volunteering and working in development to people of every faith or none, through our World Service Enquiry - see www.wse.org.uk
    Among other activities, World Service Enquiry publishes monthly job lists, an annual guide to volunteering and has a telephone help line.
  • We help individual Christians link with volunteer opportunities overseas  - see Volunteering Opportunities 
  • We help overseas Christian churches, hospitals and schools find professional staff and volunteers - see Current vacancies and Volunteering Opportunities
  • We work with British and Irish churches to find staff for their overseas programmes through advertising vacancies, through our Referral Service and through our overseas personnel programme.
  • We provide support and back-up for volunteers and others through Travel and Health Insurance, our Survival Guide, and other Practical Help - see column on left for links.

Christian Abroad is a non-profit organization.

College Consortium for International Studies

www.ccisabroad.org/

In Their Own Words:
The College Consortium for International Studies, a partnership of colleges and universities -- two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign -- encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community. The College Consortium for International Studies, a partnership of colleges and universities -- two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign -- encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.

 

Comcare International
Julia Rosenkemp, Executive Director
202 N. Lafayette
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (308) 833-3727
Web: www.comcareinternational.org

In Their Own Words:
There are 250 million hearing impaired people in the world. Many are children. Principal causes of hearing loss are disease and congenital factors. The majority of the world's hearing impaired live in developing countries, where audiological help is scarce or non-existent.
The world’s commercial hearing aid manufacturers produce hearing aids that are much too expensive and delicate for developing countries. Moreover, their aids use batteries that must be replaced constantly - a difficult requirement for disadvantaged people in isolated locations
The mission of ComCare International is to serve the disadvantaged, hearing-impaired in less developed countries.  We accomplish this by:
• manufacturing a low-cost, rugged solar rechargeable hearing aid;
• working with other organizations or individuals to establish or augment audiological services through training, encouragement and equipment donation;
• serving as a network facilitator for audiologists, otolaryngologists (ENT's) and others who desire to participate in international missions

The Commonwealth Society for the Deaf (sound Seekers)
138 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9SA
U.K.
Email: Sound.Seekers@btinternet.com

 


Council of American Overseas Research Centers
Smithsonian Institution
NHB Room CE-123, MRC 178
10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC 20560-0178.
Phone: 202- 842-8636.
Fax: 202- 786-2430
www.caorc.org

In Their Own Words:
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program for Advanced Multi-Country Research - The program is open to U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. in fields in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences and wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance.
Andrew W. Mellon East-Central European Research Fellows - The program of fellowships enables Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian and Slovak scholars in the humanities and allied social sciences to carry out research at institutes of advanced study in other countries.

 

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

3007 Tilden St., NW, Suite 5L,
Washington, DC 20008-3009
Phone: 202-686-4000
Fax: 202-362-3442
www.iie.org/cies
In Their Own Words:
For over 50 years, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1947, CIES is a private organization. It is a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

633 Third Ave., 20th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-822-2600
Fax: 212-822-2779
www.ciee.org
In Their Own Words:
CIEE is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study, volunteer, work and teach abroad.
Into the chilly postwar world of 1947, CIEE launched the next generation of study abroad programs, the first since they’d been suspended during World War II. Senators and scholars worried about how to increase international understanding and establish trust between nations. As soon as there was enough capacity aboard trans-Atlantic ships to carry students, CIEE programs began teaching.
Today, CIEE is composed of three interrelated but operationally independent entities based in Portland, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; and Tokyo, Japan. Our membership continues to grow.
Among many activities, CIEE administers 60 study abroad programs in over 30 host countries, 800 volunteer projects in 30 host countries, work programs in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand and teaching programs in China and Thailand. Educators can participate in January and summer seminars in 20 countries.
Every one of our U.S. specialists has studied or lived abroad. They can advise you how to choose a program that fits your needs. Our overseas staff members will help with any problem — academic, administrative or day-to-day — and give you insider tips on the city and country.

Cross Cultural Solutions
In Their Own Words:
Since 1995, we have brought approximately 10,000 participants to countries around the world. Behind our commitment to international volunteer work is a philosophy that provides the focus for our organization. This philosophy consists of a vision, a mission by which we can achieve that vision, and a set of core values that define how we approach everything we do:

Our vision is of a world where people value cultures different from their own, are aware of global issues, and are empowered to effect positive change.

Our mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding. We are an international not-for-profit organization with no political or religious affiliations.
Our values are:
·  Shared Humanity
When people of different cultures have an opportunity to connect, there comes an understanding of our shared humanity.
·  Respect
We accept, appreciate and respect that people know and understand what is appropriate for their own communities.
·  Integrity
We commit to ensuring the safety, flexibility, professionalism, transparency and excellence of our programs.

Doctor to Doctor 
1749 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: 510-548-5200
Fax: 510-540-1707
www.d2d.org
In Their Own Words:
Doctor to Doctor is a nonprofit organization founded in Berkeley, California USA in 1994. We seek to provide assistance to medical professionals in underserved places around the world.

Doctor to Doctor volunteers are medical professionals - physicians, psychologists, nurses, and others who travel abroad to meet with their colleagues in other countries. They carry with them medications and books which are donated to the facilities they visit.
Most of the sites visited have been in Southeast Asia with Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar receiving most of the Doctor to Doctor visits. However volunteers have also traveled to Ukraine, Peru, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
Most of our activity has been in psychiatry because the Founder of Doctor to Doctor, Robert Dolgoff MD, is a psychiatrist. However there have also been some visits by nonpsychiatric medical professionals.

Doctors Without Borders
P.O. Box 2247
New York, NY 10116-2247
Phone: (888) 392-0392
Web: www.doctorswithoutborders.org

In Their own Words:
Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders or MSF) delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation.
MSF was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed that all people have the right to medical care regardless of race,religion, creed or political affiliation, and that the needs of these people supersede respect for national borders. It was the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and publicly bear witness to the plight of the populations they served.
MSF recruits medical and non-medical personnel to provide medical care to people in crisis in more than 70 countries worldwide. If selected for our pool of field volunteers, you will join a group of professionals who are delivering lifesaving treatment to many of the most vulnerable people in the world–conflict victims, refugees, internally displaced persons, people living with diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.

 

Fulbright Exchange Programs

Office of Academic Exchange Programs
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
US Dept. of State SA-44
301 4th St., SW
Washington, DC 20547
Phone: 202-619-4360
Fax: 202-401-5914
www.exchanges.state.gov/education/fulbright

In Their Own Words:
The flagship international educational program sponsored by the United States Government, the Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries..." With this goal, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 250,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants.
The Fulbright Program provides grants for Graduate Students, Scholars and Professionals, and Teachers and Administrators from the U.S. and other countries.

 

Hope Worldwide
Philadelphia, PA
Phone: (610) 254-8800
Web: www.hopeww.org

In Their Own Words:
HOPE worldwide is a non-profit charity, headquartered in Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. HOPE worldwide's mission is as simple as its name: to bring hope to a hurting world. We began our work in 1991 with just 3 simple programs and now serve the poor in 75 nations on all six inhabited continents.  With a global pool of committed volunteers, HOPE worldwide annually serves more than 2 million needy people.
HOPE worldwide is a faith-based charity founded in 1991 by the International Churches of Christ. Its non-sectarian programs serve disadvantaged children and the elderly, provide education, and deliver medical services in developing communities. HOPE worldwide is a recognized non-governmental organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a registered private voluntary organization with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
We treat the sick, feed the hungry, house the homeless, comfort the downcast, educate the poor and provide loving homes for the abandoned. Our work is produced by faith, prompted by love and inspired by hope.

HyperStudy.com
www.hyperstudy.com

 

In Their Own Words:
Free Student Enquiry Service. New institutions added every week! Enquire to 1000's of Study Abroad Programs, Language Schools, English Courses (ESL), Career Colleges and Universities here.

Find study abroad programs, English schools, colleges & universities in the UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Australia and NZ. Then make fast enquiries direct to the institution.

 

I Can
http://www.ican.org.uk/

In Their Own Words:
I CAN is the charity that helps children with speech and language difficulties across the UK. The charity works to create a society where their special needs are recognized, understood and met, so that they have the same opportunities in life as other children.  I CAN created their own unique program of high quality, integrated therapy and education for those children with the most severe and complex needs, who require

 

I Care International, Inc.
880 Bedford Road
Morris, IL 60450
Phone: (815) 942-8004

Institute of International Education

809 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017.
Phone: 212-984-5413
www.iie.org

In Their Own Words:
The Institute of International Education (IIE) is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has 18 offices worldwide, over 850 college and university IIENetwork members, and more than 5,000 volunteers.
IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. These programs include the Fulbright and Humphrey Fellowships, administered for the U.S. Department of State, and the People, Energy, and Development program administered for USAID. IIE also conducts policy research, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

 

International Association for Volunteer Effort
1400 Eye Street, NW, Suite 800
Washington DC 20005
Phone: (202) 729-8250
Web: www.iave.org

In Their Own Words:
The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) is an international non-governmental organization that promotes, celebrates, and strengthens volunteerism worldwide. IAVE has individual and organizational members in some 80 countries around the world.
IAVE was founded in 1970 by a small group of women from throughout the world who shared a common vision of how volunteers can contribute to the solution of human and social problems, as well as to the development of bridges of understanding among people of all nations and walks of life.

The founders of IAVE recognized the importance of international exchange of information, best practices and mutual support as a way of encouraging and strengthening volunteerism worldwide.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
PO Box 372, CH-1211
Geneva 19
Switzerland
Phone: +41 (22) 730 4222
Fax: +41 (22) 733 0395
New York Office:
800 Second Avenue, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-338-0161
Fax: 212-338-9832
www.ifrc.org

In Their Own Words:
Volunteering has been at the very heart of the Red Cross/Red Crescent since its inception in 1863. Today, as much as ever, volunteers are the backbone of all Red Cross/Red Crescent activities, helping National Societies run successful programmes and assisting millions of vulnerable people in need.

There are around 97 million members and volunteers in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement worldwide, of whom an estimated 20 million people are volunteers.

The dedication of volunteers not only reduces the cost of activities and enables National Societies to reach many more people for its money, but the spirit of volunteering is at the heart of our humanitarian imperative.

International Foundation for Education and Self-Help

5040 East Shea Blvd., Suite 260
Phoenix, AZ 85254-4610
Phone: 480-443-1800 (toll free – 800-835-3530)
Fax: 480-443-1824
www.ifesh.org
In Their Own Words:
The International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) was established as a 501(c)(3) nongovernmental, nonprofit, charitable organization under the vision and leadership of the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan to reduce hunger and poverty, empower the local community by raising the standard of literacy, and to foster cultural, social, and economic relations between Americans and Africans, particularly those Americans who are of African decent .
Our commitment to self-help principles is based on the premise that in order for emerging democracies to be sustained in Africa and for law and order to be upheld, a country's citizens must be literate and capable of making informed choices. Education and training must be the cornerstone of economic and social reform.
IFESH focuses on empowering individuals of developing nations through the operation and support of community-based programs in the areas of literacy, education, vocational training, agriculture, nutrition and health care. The organization seeks the development and utilization of technical skills of all people, regardless of race, color, creed or sex. The primary area of concern is sub-Saharan Africa.

 

International Health Exchange 

Africa Centre
38 King Street
London WC2E 8JT
England
www.ihe.org.uk

In Their Own Words:
International Health Exchange supports initiatives to bring about sustained improvements to people’s health in developing countries by providing appropriately experienced people to organisations requiring their skills.

Our publication, The Health Exchange magazine, brings you first-hand coverage of the challenges facing health practitioners in developing countries, reporting on the practical approaches to health development and exploring the issues affecting people’s health in low-income countries. The magazine also provides you with news and information about jobs and courses in health development.  We also produce a number of handbooks and guides, including a Course Calendar that lists courses from over 90 universities all over the world.
IHE believes aid workers should be properly trained and briefed before starting overseas employment as well as advocating continued professional development. We provide a comprehensive training programme for professionals working in humanitarian aid and development. We run a number of health and non health focussed courses both in the UK and overseas. For information on the training programme click here or contact Sarah Last, Training Administration Manager.
If you are looking for a job in health development or relief, IHE is the right place to come - we can provide you with information about jobs through: The Jobs & Courses, The Health Exchange magazine and our online database. The Jobs & Courses and Magazine, publicises dozens of posts for health workers across the world. Advertisers include DFID, Oxfam, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Save the Children.
The online database of humanitarian workers contains the skill details of a wide range of professionals, including: health workers, logisticians, water engineers, managers, nutritionists and many more, and is accessed by agencies seeking to fill posts.

International Medical Volunteers Association (IMVA) 
P.O. Box 205
Woodville, MA. 01784
Phone: 508-435-7377
Fax: 508-497-9568
www.imva.org

In Their Own Words:
Health professionals volunteer for many different reasons, but most often they simply want to help, to do something important, and/or to assist others in need. Many who are aware of the terrible suffering going on in the world feel that they simply must do something to help. Others travel to foreign lands because they find that their work at home has lost some of its appeal or has become routine. They find that even a short break revitalizes them. Religious conviction gives many the strength and dedication to leave their homes and loved ones to work far away under very difficult conditions or to donate money to support these programs.

Other reasons people volunteer include:

  • Exposure to challenging new problems
  • A chance to demonstrate commitment to and interest in the underserved
  • A chance to put philosophical convictions into action
  • A chance to overcome new kinds of obstacles
  • Encountering interesting new cultures and customs
  • The adventure of travel to exotic, faraway lands
  • A chance to learn new skills
  • A chance to teach
  • Belief that such work is inherently worthwhile
  • Belief that the volunteer is simply "cut out" for this type of work
  • Belief that volunteering is a good life experience for self and family
  • Feeling guilty that one is comparatively well off
Who is Needed to Volunteer?
The huge need for health volunteers throughout the globe means that people with almost any skill can find meaningful assignments. The medical personnel most in demand by relief agencies include surgeons, pediatricians, family practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, public health educators, maintenance / repair personnel and laboratory technicians. However, with a little research, people with almost any medical or medical support skill will find productive and rewarding assignments.

 

International Rescue Committee, Inc.
122 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10168-1289
Phone: (212) 551-3000
Web: www.intrescom.org

In Their Own Words:
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.
At work in 25 countries, the IRC delivers lifesaving aid in emergencies, rebuilds shattered communities, cares for war-traumatized children, rehabilitates health care, water and sanitation systems, reunites separated families, restores lost livelihoods, establishes schools, trains teachers, strengthens the capacity of local organizations and supports civil society and good-governance initiatives.
For refugees afforded sanctuary in the United States, IRC offices across the country provide a range of assistance aimed at helping new arrivals get settled, adjust and acquire the skills to become self-sufficient.
Committed to restoring dignity and self-reliance, the IRC is a global symbol of hope and renewal for those who have taken flight in search of freedom.

International School Services
15 Rozel Road
PO Box 5910
Princeton, NJ 08543
Phone: 609-452-0990
Fax: 609-452-2690
www.iss.edu

In Their Own Words:
Welcome to International Schools Services (ISS).  Since 1955, ISS has grown into a dynamic educational force in the overseas community. A nonprofit corporation dedicated to excellence for children attending overseas schools worldwide, ISS is the world’s leader in providing a comprehensive range of quality educational services for schools, educators, families and corporations. We invite you to explore the rich and diverse expertise we offer through specialized service areas.

 

International Student Services
www.study-nz.com/nzliving_index.asp

In Their Own Words:
International Student Services (NZ) Ltd is New Zealand’s independent international education service centre. ISSL provides a wide range of services with experienced multi-lingual staff to assist and advise international students, education institutions and other corporate and Government organisations on how best to succeed in realising their New Zealand education objectives.

International Student Services: provides information on every aspect of living in New Zealand, from cost of living, to healthcare, transportation, and banking.  Also includes information on different types of VISAs and education in New Zealand.

 

International Voluntary Services, Inc.
1601 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Suite 402D
Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: (202) 387-5533
Email: ivs.inc@erols.com

 

Kiwanis International
Web: www.kiwanis.org

In Their Own Words:
The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.

  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.
  • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

How much community service is done by Kiwanis clubs around the world?
In one year, Kiwanis clubs sponsored 147,000 service projects. To do so, Kiwanians raised and spent nearly $100 million and contributed 6.2 million hours of volunteer time.
What does Kiwanis do on an international scale to serve the children of the world?
Kiwanis' continuing service emphasis is called "Young Children: Priority One," which focuses on the special needs of children from prenatal development to age five. In one year, projects conducted as part of the "Young Children: Priority One" service emphasis involved $14.3 million and 1.3 million volunteer hours.
In 1994, Kiwanis launched its first Worldwide Service Project, a $75 million campaign in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders by the year 2000. Iodine deficiency is rare in areas where iodized salt is used, but in other parts of the world, IDD is the leading cause of preventable mental and physical retardation. As many as 1.5 billion people are at risk, especially young children. The initial fundraising goal was surpassed in 2001. IDD projects have now been funded in 95 nations.

Kiwi Careers
http://www.kiwicareers.govt.nz/index.htm

In Their Own Words:
Kiwi Careers: provides information about tasks, requirements, working conditions, salary, and job market.

 

Mission Finders
www.missionfinder.org

In Their Own Words:
Classified directories of Christian mission opportunities.

(There are) many opportunities for health professionals to serve in Christian missions (Doctors, dentists, paramedics, EMTs, lab techs, many others.)

 

Mobility International USA (MIUSA) & The national Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
P.O. Box 1076
Eugene, Oregon 97440
Phone: (541) 343-1284
Email: info@miusa.org

 

National Health Service
www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/nhs/international

In Their Own Words:
The NHS has a long history of welcoming staff from overseas to gain experience and education by working in the many different parts of the NHS in England.
However, should you decide you want to work in the NHS in England you must be aware that you are not guaranteed a job. Where possible trusts are seeking to recruit from UK candidates and you should be aware that you will be in competition with them. You are more likely to be recruited from overseas if you are from one of the following:

  • Consultants in accident and emergency, anaesthesia, child and adolescent psychiatry, haematology, old age psychiatry and radiology
  • Dentists
  • Radiographers
  • Midwives
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Audiologists

 

New Zealand
http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/

In Their Own Words:
The New Zealand Immigration Service: includes information on living, working, investing, studying, or just visiting New Zealand.

 

Partners of the Americas
1424 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (801) 255-5986 or (202) 628-3300
Email: partners@thesummit.net

 

Peace Corps
1990 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20526
Phone: (703) 235-9191
Web: www.peacecorps.gov

In Their Own Words:
Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource—its people. Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 72 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, Volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, the environment, and information technology.
 
Coming from all walks of life and representing the rich diversity of the American people, Volunteers range in age from college students to retirees. Every Peace Corps Volunteer's experience is different. From teaching English to elementary school children in Zambia to launching a computer learning center in Moldova to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in South Africa to working on soil conservation in Panama, Volunteers bring their skills and life experiences to where they are needed most.

 

Operation Crossroads Africa
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 830
New York, NY 10115
Phone: 212-870-2055
Fax: 212-870-2055
www.igc.org/oca/

In Their Own Words:
America’s premier cross-cultural exchange program, Operations Crossroads Africa was established in 1957 by Dr. James H. Robinson, who foresaw a “clear, honest, hard-hitting program” in which young North Americans would work at the grassroots level with young Africans. He envisioned young people “building bridges of friendship to Africa,” and his extraordinary vision was embodied in Operations Crossroads Africa.  The organization’s motto is “make a difference for others, see the difference in yourself.”

 

Operation Smile
http://www.operationsmile.com/

In Their Own Words:
Throughout the world, Operation Smile volunteers repair childhood facial deformities while building public and private partnerships that advocate for sustainable healthcare systems for children and families. Together, we create smiles, change lives, and heal humanity.  In 22 years, Operation Smile's volunteers have provided free reconstructive surgery to tens of thousands of children and young adults in more than 20 developing countries and the United States, bringing them new hope and new lives.

Partners of the Americas 

1424 K Street, NW, #700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-628-3300
Fax: 202-628-3306
www.partners.net
In Their Own Words:
Partners of the Americas believes that working together across borders builds understanding and improves the lives of people in the Western Hemisphere . We create opportunities that inspire hope for all and celebrate the richness of our diversity.

We not only dream of a better world, we roll up our sleeves and make a difference.

 

Peace Corps
www.peacecorps.gov/

In Their Own Words:
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship.
Since that time, more than 182,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have been invited by 138 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education, information technology, and environmental preservation.
Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of President Bush's HIV/AIDS Act of 2003. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

 

People to People Ambassador Programs
Dwight D. Eisenhower Bldg
110 South Ferrall Street
Spokane, WA. 99202
Phone: 509-534-0430 (toll-free 800-669-7882)
Fax: 509- 534-5245
www.ambassadorprograms.org

In Their Own Words:
The People to People Ambassador Program provides foreign educational travel experiences for professionals. Through meetings, seminars and cultural activities, participants connect with people in similar professions overseas. The programs join common interests in uncommon places through journeys that enrich the world, one person at a time.

 

Project Concern International
3550 Afton Road
P.O. Box 85323
San Diego, CA 92138
Phone: (858) 279-9698
PROJECT HOPE
Web: www.projecthope.org

In Their Own Words:
The name Health Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) is reflected in its mission:
It is Project HOPE's mission to achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs, conducting health policy research, and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need; thereby contributing to human dignity, promoting international understanding, and enhancing social and economic development. The essence of Project HOPE is teaching; the basis is partnership.
As an organization with a proud history and bright future, Project HOPE offers rewarding and challenging careers in professions ranging from Health Education to Finance. With programs over 30 countries around the world, Project HOPE offers an opportunity to employees, volunteers, and interns to gain a global perspective through clinical and/or academic teaching experience, exposure to health issues and needs in developing countries, development of healthcare systems and research, and experience in program planning and evaluation. Fundamental to its success and the achievement of Project HOPE’s mission are its core values of integrity, excellence, respect, and compassion.

 

Project Hope
255 Carter Hall Lane
Millwood, VA 22646
Phone: 540-837-2100
www.projecthope.org

In Their Own Words:
The name Health Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) is reflected in its mission:  To achieve sustainable advances in health care around the world by implementing health education programs and providing humanitarian assistance in areas of need.   Identifiable to many by the S.S. HOPE, the world's first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now conducts land-based medical training and health care education programs on five continents, including North America.

 

 

Project Impact
www.project-impact.net

In Their Own Words:
Project Impact, Inc., founded by David Green, is a non-profit organization dedicated to making medical technology and health care services accessible, affordable, and financially self-sustaining. Part of the International Federation of Impact Foundations, Project Impact focuses its efforts on avoidable disabilities-- most recently those relating to sight and hearing. Disability is often both a cause and consequence of poverty. Project Impact puts the disabled back on their feet and on their way back to economic independence.
Project Impact’s work embodies the economic paradigm of ‘compassionate capitalism’, which emphasizes utilizing production capacity and surplus revenue to serve all economic strata, rich and poor alike, in a way that is both financially self-sustaining and affordable to all members of society. It is philanthropy bypassing the middleman. In this paradigm, profit is the MEANS to an END, not the other way around.
From project concept to project completion, our approach builds off the best techniques of our mentors, partners, and founders. In our methodology we seek from the start to design and implement solutions to problems that will be sustainable based on earned income, and not dependent in future years on donations. Project Impact's core competencies are technology transfer for establishing manufacture of affordable medical products, and development of financially sustaining healthcare service delivery models.
Project Impact accepts volunteers on an ad hoc basis. If you are interested in joining our team, please send your resume and cover letter to ramona@project-impact.net. Be sure to specify how you envision your skills meshing with Project Impact's work.

Rotary International
One Rotary Center
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
Phone: (847) 866-3000
www.rotary.org

In Their Own Words:
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 167 countries.

 

Save the Children Federation, Inc.
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 221-4000
Web: www.savethechildren.org

In Their Own Words:
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. It is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance, comprising 27 national Save the Children organizations working in more than 100 countries to ensure the well-being of children.

 

Sertoma International and Local Sertoma Clubs
www.sertoma.org

In Their Own Words:
SERTOMA. A curious word until three very important words come together in unison: SERvice TO MAnkind. Sertoma’s primary service project is assisting the more than 50 million people with speech, hearing and language disorders. Sertoma also sponsors community projects to promote freedom and democracy, to assist youth and to benefit a variety of other local community needs, as identified by the individual clubs.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Sertoma is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit international organization dedicated to “SERvice TO MAnkind”, with 20,000-plus members in nearly 700 clubs across Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States. Every year Sertoma clubs raise more than $20 million for local community service projects. Through these projects, as well as grants and scholarships, Sertoma clubs return those funds to their respective communities - and they have lots of fun doing it while building life-long friendships.

 

Servas 
U.S. Servas Committee
11 John Street, Room 706
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-267-0252
www.usservas.org/

In Their Own Words:
1948 and composed of member hosts and travelers working together to foster peace, goodwill and mutual respect. Servas seeks to realize these aims by providing opportunities for person-to-person contacts between people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Our mission includes providing approved US and international travelers with opportunities to be guests of Servas member hosts around the world.
This international community of friends works together on a volunteer basis to create a climate of mutual understanding and tolerance. Originally called "Peacebuilders," Servas now encompasses over 15,000 homes and institutions in more than 135 countries on six continents. Our members believe that by meeting new people in our own homes and sharing our everyday lives with them, individuals have the power to build the necessary foundations for world peace.
As a Servas traveler, you may seek homestay exchanges with overnight host families—typically for two days and nights—using the host list as your guide, or meet with "day hosts," who do not offer overnight accommodation but who are interested in meeting Servas travelers. During these visits, travelers are encouraged to participate in the life and work of their hosts and the communities in which they are guests. Servas host directories also contain information about local culture, peace and social justice organizations, and related activities. All Servas participants are encouraged to explore the cultures, outlooks, and problems faced by other members around the world in relation to their own experiences, both before and during the trip.

Starkey Foundation
ATTN: Frederick Rondeau
6700 Washington Ave.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Phone: (800) 328-8602
Email: frederic_rondeau@starkey.com

 

Studyinbritian.com
www.studyinbritain.com/

In Their Own Words:
Studyinbritain.com is the premier online source for Study Abroad and Full Degree programs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We have hundreds of institutions offering thousands of programs in our easy-to-use searchable database. No registration is required to use the site! Find the perfect program at www.StudyinBritain.com and use our Catalogue Request service as many times as you like.

 

Total Recruitment Solutions (TTM)
www.ttm.ie

In Their Own Words:
TTM is a Total Recruitment Solutions provider working with public and private companies throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Our experienced Project Management teams are based in 4 regional offices, providing Health and Social Care HR solutions to health authorities, agencies, councils and companies.

 

United Nations Volunteers
Humanitarian Relief Unit/Liaison Office
11-13 Chemin de Anemones
1219 Chatelaine - Geneva
Switzerland
Fax: 00-41-22-917-80-65
Web: www.unv.org

In Their Own Words:
Volunteering brings benefits to both society at large and the individual volunteer. It makes important contributions, economically as well as socially. It contributes to a more cohesive society by building trust and reciprocity among citizens.
The United Nations Volunteers is the UN organization that supports sustainable human development globally through the promotion of volunteerism, including the mobilization of volunteers. It serves the causes of peace and development through enhancing opportunities for participation by all peoples. It is universal, inclusive and embraces volunteer action in all its diversity. It values free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity, which are the foundations of volunteerism.

Uplift Internationale
www.upliftinternationale.org

In Their Own Words:
How It All Began
In 1989, maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Jaime Yrastorza led a 5-member medical group in the inaugural mission undertaking of Uplift Internationale. The mission team has since been organized annually. Since the mid-90's, the program activities have focused on providing care to children born with facial deformities: primarily clefts of the lip and palate. Annually, up to 70 children have become the beneficiary of activities, their faces transformed to normalcy and their lives changed from despair and shame to hope and promise. More children can be helped.

The project can continue but with assistance of interested donors and supportive grants. In the words of Dr. Yrastorza: "Without the continuing support of like-minded individuals, foundations and organizations, these children have little chance of living normal, happy lives."

 

Volunteer Abroad
www.volunteerabroad.com

In Their Own Words:
This website is a directory of international volunteer programs.  The website allows you to search through thousands of volunteer programs around the world.  Volunteering abroad is one way to make a difference. Volunteering abroad is not for everyone, so before you sign up for the Peace Corps or another similar program there are a few things you should consider. This website provides all the information for you to choose the right place to volunteer.

 

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Canada
Alan Webb
Program Officer, Health
1-888-876-2911 extension 223
www.vsocanada.org

In Their Own Words:
VSO Canada is an international development organization that works through volunteers. They are looking for qualified, experienced health professionals to work in developing countries on two-year placements. Pre-departure training, return travel, a basic living allowance and accommodation are all provided. A number of grants are also available before, during and after your placement.

VSO receives requests from overseas organizations for Community Nurses, Nurse Tutors, Hospital Nurses, Doctors, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Laboratory Technicians, HIV/AIDS program workers, Health Educators, Health Managers and Midwives.

VSO placements are characteristically challenging, professional and community-focused. You would live and work alongside colleagues, sharing your skills and strengthening local capacity and reducing vulnerability in the health sector. VSO believes in development through empowerment and people working together.

World Health Jobs
www.worldhealthjobs.com

In Their Own Words:
Dreaming about an adventure? Volunteer work worldwide with major agencies, paid work in Australia - New Zealand - Middle East – USA, fantastic opportunities for all healthworkers abroad?   Want to use your qualification to travel?  Start here with worldhealthjobs!
worldhealthjobs.com is a job bulletin board linking hospitals, charities and employment agencies with healthcare personnel. We help hospitals abroad find UK staff whether on a short term basis in a charitable role, or a long term emigration. We are not an employment agency.

World learning
www.worldlearning.org

In Their Own Words:
Founded in 1932 as The U.S. Experiment in International Living, World Learning is the only international organization with both academic and project capabilities dedicated to promoting international education, social justice, and world peace. Through distinctive educational methods based on experiential learning and the integration of theory and practice, the programs of World Learning build knowledge, develop leaders in education and management, contribute to global development, and effect change.

 

World Volunteer Web
www.worldvolunteerweb.org

In Their Own Words:
The WorldVolunteerWeb.org supports the volunteer community by providing a global one-stop-shop for information, resources, and organizations linked to volunteerism. It aims to represent the diversity of volunteerism in all of its cultural forms, bringing global ideals to local voluntary actions. It mobilizes individuals, organizations and networks to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), a set of time-bound targets to combat poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. To promote ties between civil society organizations, governments and individual volunteers, the MDGs feature prominently in WorldVolunteerWeb.org.
WorldVolunteerWeb.org is unique in that it offers a place where the global volunteering community can come together to share resources and coordinate activities on-line to make a real impact at all levels. This is where the Internet’s real value for volunteerism lies as it provides a cost-effective way to connect individuals, groups, organizations and initiatives move towards the achievement of common goals.

YMCA of the USA International Division
Personnel Records Manager
101 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 269-0505
www.ymca.net

In Their Own Words:
The YMCA is more than day camp, child care, sports, fitness or youth programs. It is a worldwide family of over 120 autonomous national movements committed to building a positive future for youth and families. The YMCA, founded in London, England, in 1844, is one of the largest social service organizations in the world, responding to the diverse needs of individuals in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Europe, and North America.
The YMCA currently serves over 40 million youth and families worldwide. In countries throughout the world, YMCA programs respond to local needs identified by each national YMCA movement. The YMCA is open to all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes.

 

 

 
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