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566 Hospital Volunteer Abroad Programs

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Shadow doctors 20+ hours a week in Spain through the Atlantis Fellowship. 1-8 week Fellowships during winter, spring, or summer breaks.

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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world's leading volunteer travel organization, providing affordable, safe and responsible volunteer programs in over 30 different destinations around the world. With program fees starting from just USD 10 per day, IVHQ is the volunteer organization of choice for thousands of volunteers every year. Established in 2007, IVHQ has supported over 55,0...

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Volunteer at a local hospital in Northern Cambodia. The hospital is understaffed and in need of much assistance. The main goals of the hospital are to provide affordable health care to the people living around the hospital. Since the hospital only has 15 doctors, 36 nurses, and 2 midwives many of the patients never receive medical treatment and must leave without being seen. The project hopes...

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Love Volunteers has been trusted by thousands of volunteers to travel abroad and immerse themselves in new cultures, whilst providing help where it is really needed. Join us on an affordable, safe and responsible Hospital-based voluntary service project for a truly memorable experience! Check out our exciting program options!

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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...

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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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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...

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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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Our volunteering in hospitals in Ghana placement is based in a hospital in Accra, supporting doctors and nurses as a volunteer as they care for low-income patients. This is a fully functioning hospital supporting a community in northern Accra and like any hospital, there are injuries, ailments and diseases presenting themselves everyday. There are a range of departments such as medical, surgic...

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Work as a Connect-123 volunteer in one of the many non-profits, clinics, hospitals and schools we work with in Dublin. There are a range of different areas to choose from where you can apply your specific set of skills to projects that are important to you. Areas of opportunity include education, conservation, health care, microfinance and community development and many more. Tell us your main ...

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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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Adelante Abroad offers low cost volunteer programs in a wide variety of fields and causes (listed below) in Oaxaca, Mexico. 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 academic and career goals. Oaxaca is one of the most biodiverse ar...

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Like any third world country, the Philippines suffers from diseases due to poor hygiene and sanitation brought about by poor awareness programs. This is one of the major issues the 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 need of...

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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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With more than 400 projects worldwide and with 25 years experience of providing ethical travel placements, Frontier can find you the perfect adventure whatever you want to achieve. We offer placements in more than 50 countries including Costa Rica, Madagascar, Fiji and loads more. Here are just some of the options available: Marine Conservation and Diving Travel to beach paradises, scuba...

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Volunteering Abroad in Hospitals

Volunteering in hospitals abroad is a wonderful real-life opportunity to gain hands on experience in the medical field. Volunteer work in hospitals can range anywhere from pediatrics to physical therapy to mental health counseling and general patient assistance, meaning almost anyone can find a placement and contribute to the inner workings of hospitals abroad.

Why Volunteer Abroad in Hospitals

Being in good health is invaluable, so volunteering in hospitals abroad is an ideal way to gain work experience while helping people with some of the most important and pressing needs. Medical staff members are highly regarded in most countries, so volunteers are well respected and admired by patients. Additionally, since volunteers will interact with locals daily, they can expect to make genuine connections and get to know the local way of life.

Unfortunately, people will always be sick or need medical attention and care, so volunteer work in hospitals will always be needed around the world. The silver lining of this is that people who are interested in volunteering in hospitals will always have opportunities available.

Volunteering abroad in hospitals gives aspiring medical professionals an edge when applying to medical school or future jobs. Whether you are new to the medical field or have been in it for a while, experience volunteer work in hospitals abroad is an irreplaceable addition to your resume. Comparing different health systems throughout the world will provide medical professionals with knowledge that will better prepare them to care for their patients in the future.

Locations

Countries in Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia are in the most need of international volunteers in hospital settings, as these regions are most susceptible to major health issues, disease outbreaks, and illnesses. However, countries in Europe are also in need of volunteers in hospitals as well. Volunteering in hospitals abroad, and stepping outside of your home country, will no doubt provide you with new insight into alternative medical practices and healthcare systems.

South Africa is one of the top countries that seeks international volunteers to work in local hospitals. This is due to the fact that HIV and AIDS have been a very prominent and widespread issue within the local population for several decades. Those who volunteer in hospitals in South Africa can expect their work to surround issues related to HIV and AIDS, whether providing treatment to patients or creating awareness, education, and prevention campaigns to educate communities about the spread of the illness.

Peru is another top location for volunteering in hospitals abroad. Since Peru is made up of many rural areas, volunteers are often placed in less developed medical facilities. Volunteer work in hospitals in Peru will therefore be a great opportunity for volunteers from developed countries to be exposed to more impoverished communities that lack basic health care.

Cambodia is a main country of concern for medical professionals seeking volunteer work in hospitals abroad, especially considering the average life expectancy for both males and females is under seventy years of age. Much of the country is severely underdeveloped, so volunteer work in hospitals located in Cambodia will cover all aspects of hospital services.

Many doctors in the United States and Western Europe now come from India. This is due to the fact that the country has experienced economic growth recently, which has coincidently stirred the development of many medical facilities. However, despite this positive growth, volunteers are still deeply needed to work in hospitals in India, especially when you consider that one in every five new tuberculosis cases in the world is diagnosed in India. Volunteers have the opportunity to be placed in either rural or urban hospitals in India, where they may be exposed to the use of both traditional and western medicine.

As a European country of choice, Croatia is a good place to volunteer abroad in hospitals considering it has long held universal healthcare coverage. Primary health issues in Croatia include cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and cancer. Volunteering in hospitals in Croatia will expose volunteers to a unique healthcare system, as well as modern treatment practices and medical facilities. With its close proximity to other European countries, volunteers may consider visiting other countries as well.

Volunteer Work in Hospitals

Volunteers can be held accountable for many different tasks but some of these might include shadowing medical professionals, assisting with clerical and administrative work, or teaching health education classes.

Shadowing current medical professionals is the main area of volunteer work in hospitals abroad. Since first-hand learning is almost always the best way to come across current issues, witnessing it in the field is a priceless experience. Medical professionals will act as mentors to volunteers throughout their time volunteering in hospitals abroad.

Volunteers with extended health care experience or a medical degree may even get the chance to directly diagnose and treat patients, which includes prescribing medication. These volunteers will have the chance to dive deep into their field and establish stronger connections in the community at the same time.

People new to the medical field can get their foot in the door by helping with administrative tasks, such as filling out paperwork, scheduling, and helping with patient intake.

Hospitals can be a daunting place to work, in any country, so volunteers working in hospitals should be prepared for just about anything. Every shift, placement, and hospital is different, so volunteers should do their research on what type of experience and placement is best for them.

Volunteer work in hospitals abroad can last anywhere between one week to one year (or longer!). It is most beneficial to spend as much time volunteering in hospitals abroad as you can, so you can have maximum exposure to the field and the local health care practices.

Most volunteer programs in developing countries that place volunteers in hospitals do not require any previous experience, although some basic knowledge of the field is preferred (either academically or professionally). On the other hand, more developed countries will most likely require some previous medical or healthcare experience. Depending on the country where you are volunteering abroad, you may also need some background knowledge of the native language.

Benefits

  • Stand Out From The Crowd: Volunteering in hospitals abroad provides individuals with a competitive edge in the medical field. Experience in different medical and health systems is a great professional asset to have when returning home or going to work in another country.

  • Make A Connection: Alongside professional experience, volunteers can also expect personal growth while working within local communities. Whether working with the same patients day after day or treating new ones each day, hospital volunteers will be able to foster relationships with locals and sometimes get to know them on a deeper level.

  • Academic Relevance: Some volunteer work in hospitals abroad may even provide academic credit for your hours, depending on where you are earning your degree, so volunteers should check with their home university to see if credit is possible. Regardless of credit, volunteers will be able to use their real life experience volunteering in hospitals abroad and relate it to their academic work back at home; it’s a win-win!

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