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Global Mental Health Volunteer Placement Programs


Colombia: Bogota
Ecuador: Guayaquil, Quito
Haiti: Jacmel
Kenya: Mombasa, Nairobi, Rural Areas
Peru: Lima
Rwanda: Kigali
Tanzania: Arusha, Moshi
Uganda: Kampala

Program Duration

3-6 Months, 1-2 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 7-12 Months, 9-12 Weeks


Throughout the year

Travel Types

  • Safari
  • Student Tours
  • Tours


We accept participants 18 years and older from all levels, including current undergraduate and graduate students, social workers, psychologists, and psychotherapists.

Minimum Education

High School

Intern Types

  • Counseling
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Rights
  • Psychology
  • Social Work


  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Swahili

Cost in US$:

IMA program cost depends on location and duration of placement. Please visit our website for more information.

Cost Includes:

  • Written materials abroad
  • Written materials pre-departure
  • Registration fees
  • In-country staff support
  • Travel while in host country
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Excursions
  • Emergency evacuation services
  • Food
  • Housing

Program Fees Include:

* 24/7 U.S. and Local Country Support

IMA recognizes the importance of a strong support network in a foreign country thousands of miles from home. We provide a single U.S. point of contact for families at home, while onsite, each volunteer is matched with a program coordinator and a mentor. The coordinator typically lives in the volunteer residence and is responsible for smooth day-to-day operations, while the mentor works with volunteers in a professional capacity.
Communications – We offer unlimited Wi-Fi access from the volunteer residences and provide local prepaid cell phones for use during the program.

* Chef-Prepared Meals
IMA employs chefs from nearby resorts to prepare nutritious local cuisine that volunteers will find both healthy and delicious. We also offer the comforts of home cooking through occasional American fare. We provide three full meals a day and can accommodate special nutritional needs.

* Gated Housing with 24/7 Security
IMA’s top concern is keeping our volunteers safe during their stay. As such, we thoroughly vet all properties we purchase or lease to ensure that they are in the towns’ safest areas, typically with easy access to major roads, U.S. embassies, and work assignments. We offer volunteers modern dormitory-style accommodations with air conditioning, maid service, and laundry service. Our full-time security team is available to help with off-site trip planning and escorts.

* Unlimited Private Transportation
We provide unlimited private transportation for volunteers rather than having them navigate a sometimes dangerous and unfamiliar bus system. Our vehicles are three years old or newer and all drivers are prescreened for maximum safety. Free transportation services are available to participants for both work and leisure trips Monday through Friday.

* Comprehensive Insurance
IMA provides life, accident and travel insurance for volunteers, allowing us to either care for injured or sick volunteers on-site or be flown to another country for more advanced treatment. Our provider for this service is one of the top insurers in the industry.

* Hospital Fees
Required fees to utilize hospital facilities – often additional with other companies – are all included in the program fee. Our contracts also provide participants with priority access to specific areas of the hospital in which they have an interest in practicing.

* Orientation and Training
IMA ensures that its volunteers are fully informed and prepared before beginning their overseas experience. As such, we offer two types of orientation programs: one led by a program coordinator regarding the local area, and the other geared toward the work environment, including hospital operations, safety protocols, sanitation requirements, and specific terminology.

* Program Debriefing
Following the conclusion of each placement, volunteers will be asked to discuss their experiences with the program’s U.S.-based staff. This feedback on likes, dislikes, and suggestions is used as a basis for further improvements to the program.

* Extensive Alumni Network
Our alumni have leveraged their volunteer experience and the connections they form to help gain entrée into all types of graduate school programs. As alumni of the program, they can also communicate with the esteemed professors and practitioners who sit on our board.

For more information, please visit our website at

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Counseling
  • Drug & Alcohol Recovery
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Hospital
  • Public Health

Age Range


This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Guest House

Participants Travel

Independently or in Groups

Typically Participants Work

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves

  • Online Application
  • Phone/Video Interview

Typically The Application Process Time is

One Week

Post Services Include

  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
  • Alumni Network
  • Job and Internship Network