International Volunteering for Medical School

It is very possible to do health-related volunteer work in foreign countries�particularly in underdeveloped areas�though 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 opportunities�both 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:

In addition, some organizations that have their own programs abroad are:

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.