Keep in mind that while volunteering abroad can be very exciting and rewarding, it may come with health and safety risks. Investigate international volunteer opportunities thoroughly in terms of the sponsoring organization's reputation as well as the potential hazards of spending time working in particular areas.

There are numerous search engines to explore health-related volunteer opportunities globally, including:

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.