Volunteer in Nursing Abroad

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647 Nursing Volunteer Abroad Programs

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Volunteer in Asia and combine your travels with our exciting program which takes you through Kerala in South India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. We believe that travel should be responsible and we also believe that you should see as many new places as possible so that you can expand your mind, broaden your horizons and learn more about the different cultures in our world. This unique volunteering pr...

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Love Volunteers has provided safe, meaningful and truly affordable volunteering abroad opportunities to thousands of volunteers from all over the world. Become a Love Volunteer and get the experience of a lifetime whilst helping those in real need on one of our community-based projects! Check out our exciting Nursing programs and sign up now!

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

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International Volunteer HQ's (IVHQ) Medical and Health volunteer projects provide nurses of different experience levels with the opportunity to work alongside local healthcare professionals in over 15 destinations worldwide. With an alumni of over 50,000 volunteers, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization.

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Volunteering Solutions provides volunteering opportunities in 20 different countries across Asia, Africa, Europe 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 open through...

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The rural communities of Kwazulu Natal fall massively short when it comes to healthcare facilities and availability of basic treatments. Many aspects in rural areas prohibit people from receiving the required medical assistance and exacerbating the problem is the incredibly high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the area. A shortage in skilled staff and resources makes it impossible for the structure t...

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Participate in a Nursing volunteering program with Projects Abroad. Volunteers are provided with insight into the various Nursing procedures and methods used in a foreign country. Volunteers can assist with several tasks, including transfering patients to operating rooms, preparing surgical equipment, and providing care for patients after surgery.

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When you volunteer in Guatemala, you'll be welcomed by the hospitality of the Guatemalan people who are usually mestizo, a mix of Spanish and Maya ancestry, or they are direct descendants of the Maya. Following a military coup in 1954, Guatemala plunged into a brutal 36-year-long civil war between government military forces and left-wing guerilla groups. Though the conflict is now long over,...

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Medical services in the developing world are in desperate need of support. Run by dedicated professionals who simply do not have the time or resources to keep up with the needs of their communities, they benefit immensely from the contribution of international volunteers. Whether you're currently studying for a nursing degree, or a practicing professional, our programs can cater to your experie...

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Maximo Nivel is a locally based organization in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Volunteer abroad—get involved, make an impact, and learn to serve by working at local projects: - Working with Kids - Teaching English - Conservation - Construction - Animal Care - Eco-Agriculture - Medical & Healthcare Since 2003, Maximo Nivel has been a leader in educational travel and stu...

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Participate in Nursing volunteering programs abroad with Connect-123. The organization works with research institutes, hospices, and hospitals. Volunteers can fill clinical or research-based positions.

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Volunteer and get hands-on experience in a free medical clinic serving an impoverished population in the Philippines with Kaya Responsible Travel. Poor people living in this developing country often receive 100 percent of their medical care from free clinics. These community clinics are generally underfunded and understaffed. This project places volunteers in a community clinic in the small tow...

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Adelante Abroad offers low cost volunteer programs in a wide variety of fields(listed below) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Newly added sectors include ecology, accounting, psychology, and theater. Volunteers can work for up to 12 months and programs are offered year round. Programs are customizable; you'll be paired with organizations in need of specific skills while allowing you to reach your academi...

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Volunteer at a health clinic in the Philippines and help augment support to understaffed and underfunded health clinics in rural towns outside Tacloban City. This volunteer project is ideal for volunteers looking to experience the healthcare industry in the Philippines or looking to implement their professional medical skills in a rewarding environment. Rural Health Unit clinics serve as the...

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Intern or volunteer in a medical clinic or hospital in Uganda. Participants work with doctors and nurses in small clinics in Eastern Uganda. International Interns will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience in a general care clinic while learning first hand about the challenges facing Uganda's healthcare system. Staff at the clinics will assign tasks based on the skills and past expe...

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Volunteering Abroad in Nursing

Becoming a nursing volunteer abroad may be one of the most rewarding travel experiences you’ll ever have. Volunteering in nursing abroad will provide you with opportunities to not only utilize your medical training and gain exposure to new specialties, but also help people in very desperate need. International nursing volunteers not only address medical needs through their placements, they can also help improve local understanding and treatment of health conditions as well as encourage social and economic development.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Nursing

The need for well-trained medical volunteers is growing and spans across the globe. Some estimates suggest that over one billion people in the world live without access to basic health care. By using your nursing degree or experience in the field to help meet both basic healthcare needs and urgent and life threatening conditions, you will make a true impact on the world as you gain intercultural skills fit for any professional resume.

With medical conditions and standards of care differing between countries and cultures, volunteering in nursing abroad can be a great way to experience these differences firsthand, which will be especially helpful if you hope to pursue nursing jobs overseas in the future. Patient’s rights and medical professional’s rights are given varying priorities across borders, providing even more opportunities for learning through nursing volunteering abroad.

Before diving into a long-term internship or job in nursing, get experience as a volunteer nurse abroad and you’ll gain great on-the-job training to prepare you for life as a nurse.

Locations

The need for nurses truly is global. Both western and eastern countries have a need for nurses, as do both developed and developing countries. In order to narrow down where you want to work as a nurse volunteer abroad, it is important to determine what you hope to accomplish from volunteering abroad.

Nursing volunteer work in Europe is a great way to learn about the field of nursing in general. Most countries in these regions will have developed healthcare systems that practice traditional, western medicine. Becoming a nursing volunteer abroad in these countries is akin to a less structured study abroad program, with the added chance of gaining more practical experience that can be transferred home to a career in nursing.

Africa and South America provide great hands on experience for any nursing volunteer abroad. The culture of medicine and availability of resources vary widely in these regions, making nursing volunteer placements in these locations the perfect opportunity to experience the challenges of healthcare on a global scale. Many of the diseases being treated in these areas are also localized, so as a nursing volunteer abroad participants will be able to stretch their experience with a range of conditions and treatments. 

Asia is home to a variety of non-traditional medical practices, frequently referred to as Eastern Medicine. If you are looking for exposure to different methods and technologies used in healthcare, nursing volunteer work in Asia is the perfect way to witness a different approach to healthcare.

Volunteer Nursing Abroad

Placements for volunteering in nursing abroad can last anywhere from two weeks to a year, depending on each volunteer’s interest and availability and the needs of the specific community. Usually an education in nursing or experience in the field is required to secure a nursing volunteer job overseas (although some sites and projects offer on the job training too).

Many placements for individuals who want to become a nursing volunteer abroad fall in the realm of disaster relief (also known as medical missions). These types of volunteer nursing placements provide volunteers with the chance to visit areas that have been devastated by war or natural disasters and provide basic humanitarian aid or emergency medical services. Services provided by volunteer nurses range from simple annual check-ups to vaccinations to treatment for disease outbreaks.  

Public Health Education is in huge demand all over the world. Nursing volunteers can help promote health education in clinics by teaching basic skills and healthy habits like teeth brushing or infant nutrition. Some of nursing volunteer opportunities abroad in public health occur in a set hospital or clinic, while others may allow volunteers to travel around to a variety of locations. 

Working as a nursing volunteer abroad at a hospital is a great way to add differentiated work experience to your resume. Many international hospitals provide nursing volunteer jobs overseas that are typically only offered to experienced, registered nurses in the United States. For example, you may be able to do a rotation in the operating room as a nursing volunteer abroad, a position that is not available for nursing students state-side.

Most nursing volunteer opportunities abroad look for English speakers, although some sites in South America may require some basic fluency in Spanish too.

Benefits

  • Language Skills: Medical vocabulary is rarely covered in a basic foreign language class. Nursing volunteering abroad can provide opportunities to learn new vocabulary.
  • International Perspectives: Volunteers will be able to gain insights on how the setting, technology, and culture influence the practice of medicine and administration of healthcare. 
  • Professional Development: There are many nursing volunteer opportunities abroad that allow nurses to gain practice in settings that are not offered to nursing students in the United States. There is also the potential to treat diseases and conditions that don’t frequently occur in more developed countries.
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