As long as you have a spirit to serve and passion for volunteering, you have what it takes to be a humanitarian.
“Whether you’re an accomplished physician, a student in nursing school, or someone with zero medical training, there are plenty of organizations (religious and otherwise) looking for volunteers,” explains the travel blog of HCCMIS. You can help treat and improve the living conditions of third-world nations by learning more about the following organizations and embarking on the trip of a lifetime.
Medical volunteers for HOPE participate in ship-based care in partnership with the U.S. Navy. HOPE volunteers also participate in land-based projects that provide medical assistance to needy people worldwide, including major disaster relief efforts. In 2004, volunteers helped mitigate the Tsunami devastation in Southeast Asia. HOPE volunteers provided aid to Katrina victims in Gulf States during 2005. Five years later, HOPE relief workers assisted Haitian earthquake victims.
Volunteers in Latin America, West Africa and Oceania also participated in health education and humanitarian assistance missions. The goal: remediate disasters and improve the quality of life for people throughout the globe by executing educational and health care services.
Embark of any of the current HOPE opportunities:
- Nurse Educators (Shanghai): Qualified graduate-level nurses will teach undergraduate nursing students.
- Physical & Occupational Therapists (Haiti): Volunteers will train and mentor local techs specializing in PT and OT.
- Physician Faculty and ESL Teachers (Shanghai): Qualified recruits will teach students about basic medicine, physical sciences and comprehensive English.
- Various Volunteers (South Africa): Recruits will carry out the HOPE Centre chronic disease project.
- Health of Women and Children Program (Dominican Republic): Team of diverse volunteers will promote global health program.
- Physician Specialists (Haiti): Physician Specialists will assist with Hôpital Albert Schweitzer and the health system.
Global Crossroad: Nepal & Other Destinations
The Himalayan country of Nepal suffers from severe poverty and sickness. Global Crossroad offers life-changing Nepali experiences for volunteers who want to embark on an adventure as well as help heal the sick or make a difference in an orphanage.
Nepal volunteer programs include:
- Teaching English to Buddhist Monks
- Working in an orphanage
- Volunteering in nature conservation or medical/health care
- Becoming a photojournalist
- Impacting the lives of underprivileged children through Mini-Venture Nepal programs
- Discovering the beauty of Nepal through Summer Escapes program, including community work
Volunteers will participate in a language and cultural immersion orientation program in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. During two phases, you’ll learn about the county’s history and the negative wear-and-tear effects of the modern world. Volunteers become submerged in Nepali culture and way of life for a more rewarding experience.
Fees include meal plans and accommodations for projects and traveling. You’ll receive three meals a day full of local ingredients and traditional cuisine. GlobalCrossroad.com also explains that international volunteers will stay in a permanent residence called a “home base, either with a host family or in a project hostel."
Individuals with a passion for traveling, new experiences and humanitarian service can also venture to an array of worldwide destinations through Global Crossroad services. Help disadvantaged and at-risk children in Argentina. Care for individuals in Kenya who are infected with HIV/AIDS. Support Thailand locals as they strive to achieve economic opportunity by generating projects, such as a fish farm and animal husbandry. Other countries include Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda and more.