It is very possible to do health-related volunteer work in foreign countriesparticularly in underdeveloped areasthough finding the right position will require a good deal of research on your part. Keep in mind that while volunteering abroad can be very exciting and rewarding, it also may come with certain health and safety risks. Be very careful as you begin to investigate international volunteer opportunitiesboth in terms of the sponsoring organization's legitimacy and reputation, as well as the potential hazards of spending time living and working in these particular areas.
There are numerous search engines to explore health-related volunteer opportunities globally, including:
- AMSA International Health Opportunities Directory
- International Medical Volunteers Association
- International Volunteer Programs Association
In addition, some organizations that have their own programs abroad are:
- Amigos de las Americas
- Child Family Health International
- Cross-Cultural Solutions
- Global Health Corps
- Global Service Corps
- International Service Learning
- OneWorld Volunteer
- Operation Crossroads Africa
- Visions in Action
For additional information about the field of global health, including a list of international health organizations, please feel free to visit the Global Health Section of the Penn Medical School web site.