Volunteer Abroad in Medicine

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Volunteering Abroad in Medicine


617 Medicine Volunteer Abroad Programs

GoEco - Put your skills to the test

If you’re looking to gain practical experience in medicine, nursing or dentistry, then look no further! GoEco’s projects offer you the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals in medical facilities in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Whether you are job shadowing or participating, you will enhance your understanding of the medical and dental care fields.


CrossContinental offers affordable intern abroad, volunteer abroad, culture/language immersion programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Gain hands-on experience, improve your resume, enhance cultural understanding, and build global network. Stay with a host family for culture and language immersion. Affordable program fees start from only USD180 (accommodation & meals included). These vo...

Worldwide Medical & Healthcare Volunteer Placements

Medical and healthcare volunteering is a great way to get vital experience while contributing to deserving societies. Frontier offers placements in medicine, nursing, nutrition, healthcare, dentistry and physiotherapy in a range of countries including Madagascar, India, Nepal, Ecuador, Argentina and Fiji.

International Volunteer HQ

The rural areas of Guatemala contrast sharply with those in large cities, especially with respect to medical care. Volunteers get hands on experience working in small local clinics for the poor and/or working with local doctors and nurses on medical programs providing check-ups and basic medical care in poor communities and at orphanages. Our health programs are some of the highest impact ...

Discover Kenya and Accomplish Something Unforgettable...

Make a difference in the lives of children without parents by giving attention, life skills & education. Teach schools, provide HIV education, and medical care. We are excited to get your volunteer placement under way where you will: * Have the support of a non profit with 12 years experience in placing over 19000+ volunteers that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placem...

Make a REAL difference with Love Volunteers – From US$175!

Become a Love Volunteer and get a truly memorable experience whilst helping those in real need. Love Volunteers has provided meaningful volunteering abroad programs to thousands of volunteers seeking safe, responsible and affordable ways to help needy communities! Check out our exciting Medicine programs and sign up now!

Projects Abroad

Interning on a Medicine & Healthcare internship in Nepal is a unique experience. As a Medicine & Healthcare intern you will learn from some of the most skilled practitioners in the country. The facilities are generally quite basic when compared to facilities in the west. Medicine & Healthcare internships in Nepal are based in and around Kathmandu and in the region of Chitwan. You will be int...

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Cross-Cultural Solutions is a nonprofit working to address critical global issues by providing meaningful volunteer service to communities abroad, and contributing responsibly to local economies. As a leader in the field of international volunteer travel since 1995, we know that the best approach to international volunteering—the only approach—is one designed by the community. In every communi...

Make friends, Make a difference - Make a start!

Make a positive difference within the developing world and protect our growing global community. At at uVolunteer, this process starts with you. For almost a decade, uVolunteer has matched thousands of people like you with tailor-made volunteering projects in Ghana, Thailand and Costa Rica, giving volunteers varied opportunities to educate, inform and provide hands-on help in the developing ...

Kaya Responsible Travel

Volunteer and get hands on experience in a free medical clinic serving an impoverished population in the Philippines. Poor people living in this developing country often receive 100 percent of their medical care from free clinics. These barangay (community) clinics are generally underfunded and understaffed. This project places volunteers in a community clinic in the small town of Tanauan in th...

Connect-123 Internship & Volunteer Programs

Whether you're looking for a hands-on, career related internship that will set you apart from the crowd or a chance to use your skills with meaningful volunteer project, Connect-123 provides customized programs that are tailor-made for you. We run programs in five exciting international destinations: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Shanghai, Dublin and Barcelona! Our year-round, the ground team in...

Volunteering Solutions

Volunteering Solutions provides volunteering opportunities in 20 different countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, Middle East and Latin/Central America. Our main aim is to provide affordable and meaningful volunteer abroad opportunities across all countries. Our programs include both short-term (two weeks) and long-term (up to six months) placements in every country, as well as our programs are...

Clinical Medical Placement

Join and be part of The Humanity Exchange clinical medical volunteers! Experience the rare opportunity to support doctors and nurses in hospitals throughout Accra targeting those treating low-income patients. Depending on your skills and experience, volunteers will either observe or work with locally registered Ghanaian doctors and nurses as well as with patients. You may have the opportunity t...

Volunteer for the Visayans

The Philippines like any third-world country suffers from diseases due to poor hygiene and sanitation brought about by poor awareness programs. This is one of the major issues that our country needs to face and come up with solutions to. A lot of people in rural areas cannot afford to pay for medicines and regular medical check-ups. Volunteer for the Visayans is reaching out to those in nee...


A great majority of the poor in Vietnam do not have access to government health programs. Charity clinics supported by churches and charities and staffed by volunteers endeavor to fill the gap. ELI interns get the chance to shadow and provide assistance to a doctor. The clinical placements are ideal for pharmacy and medical students, public health students, physical therapy students, and advanc...

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Volunteering Abroad in Medicine

Billions of people currently do not have access to proper medical care or preventative education; donating your time through medical volunteering abroad may seem like a small step, but the impacts of this experience are large and far-reaching. Those with a medical degree, or even those on their way to one, have much to offer the international community by volunteering abroad in medicine. Medical volunteers can use their knowledge to help those with limited access to medical care while exploring new parts of the world, and come home with a renewed understanding of the importance of medicine and a new passion fo their profession.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Medicine

If you’re currently working toward your degree in nursing, medicine, dentistry, or a related medical field, becoming a medical volunteer abroad can be a great addition to your resume. For those who have just completed their undergraduate degree and are seeking admission to a graduate school in medicine, volunteering abroad can greatly increase your attractiveness as a potential graduate student. Additionally, international work experience will show your dedication to the medical profession and willingness to help others by volunteering your time and skills.

Many individuals in the medical profession are driven by altruism, and seek to help those less fortunate live healthier, happier lives. Medical volunteering abroad can fulfill any giving spirit and allow volunteers to gain a deeper insight into what healthcare looks like in different areas of the world. Often, hospitals in urban areas abroad are underserved in terms of medical professional staff, while rural clinics in developing countries operate vastly differently and usually with limited supplies and resources, such as medicines and vital medical technology like vaccines and MRI machines.

Overall, becoming a medical volunteer abroad in a hospital, clinic, or another type of community facility can expand your knowledge of the medical profession and introduce you to a new perspective on modern medicine, and expose you to the true availability of healthcare around the world.


Fortunately, there are people in need in every country in the world, so you can work as a medical volunteer abroad in any area that interests you. Impoverished nations are the more popular options for medical volunteering abroad, but underserved areas exist in every country, including well-developed cities. However, trauma work is often an exceptional area of interest, as it is generally located in areas experiencing the aftermath of a natural disaster or countries that are home to refugee relief camps.

Numerous countries in Africa celebrate international medical volunteers and welcome them with open arms. South Africa, although modern in most parts of the country, still struggles as a nation with one of the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world. Kenya, home to hundreds of national parks and reserves, sees many citizens affected by malaria, yellow fever, and cholera; most cases of these diseases are easily treated in modern facilities, or by doctors with sufficient medical background and skills.

Asia is a hotbed for international medical volunteers, as many coastal cities see frequent natural disasters and poorer regions regularly lack even basic health care. The Philippines, Thailand, and Nepal all awe volunteers with their boundless natural beauty. However, these nations struggle with availability of vaccines for locals as well as sanitation and public health and safety in crowded inner cities, hence medical volunteer work in these countries can be quite rewarding.

Latin American countries like Guatemala and Ecuador may seem like ideal tourist destinations, but locals in Latin America often struggle with medical issues associated with poverty, including lack of sanitation, limited availability of healthy foods, and lack of dental care. Local hospitals are often understaffed and rely on volunteers and donations to make ends meet and provide adequate care.

Medical Volunteering Abroad

Day-to-day tasks of a medical volunteer abroad can vary greatly depending on many factors related to each volunteer’s level of education, certificates, and completed degrees. In nearly every medical volunteer placement, a nursing certificate or a medical degree makes individuals highly in demand, but those currently completing medical or nursing training (or still in a preparatory undergraduate program) are also welcomed as volunteers.

Medical volunteering abroad for those with a medical, dental, or nursing degree will likely be in a hospital or clinic, fulfilling roles to help the facility operate similarly to hospitals and clinics at home. Skilled medical volunteers may help local medical professionals administer vaccinations, diagnose patients, and prescribe medications. General medical volunteers, on the other hand, will have the opportunity to help with more administrative duties.

Additionally, medical volunteers are always needed in centers that offer medical care to physically or mentally disabled children. In developing countries especially, disabled children and adults are often not a medical priority and fall through the cracks. Volunteering to support this vulnerable population of individuals can give volunteers the chance to teach and provide treatment in highly underserved facilities.

Many individuals who decide to become a medical volunteer abroad will work to educate citizens about preventative health care. Many institutions work in the realm of HIV/AIDS awareness, including education for locals on safe sexual practices, and helping children orphaned by the near two million AIDS deaths annually. In many parts of the world, diet and nutrition information is not readily taught, so maladies like diabetes and heart disease are widespread and growing. Therefore, medical volunteers can work in hospitals, orphanages, or local community centers passing on information about healthy nutrition standards to families.


Anyone with altruistic tendencies can see the benefits of donating their time and professional medical knowledge to those in need around the world, especially in poorer areas of the world where people are less fortunate when it comes to access to necessary medical care.

  • Improve Your People Skills. Working as a medical volunteer abroad in a country where you may not understand the local language can improve your ability to communicate non-verbally, by using intermediates, charts, and symbols to gauge a patient’s current state and needs. These experiences will expand your vocabulary and ability to care for a range of patients.

  • Broaden Your Medical Expertise. Working with medical peers who have been trained in other countries can expose you to new treatment possibilities, alternative medical care practices, and an overall fresh perspective on the medical industry. Volunteers often return home thankful for modern medical breakthroughs, and with new knowledge of alternative therapies for patients.
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