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Other Information: Check the wealth of information on the humanitarian organization’s links below. Some sites have links to returned volunteer groups where you can benefit from their experiences.

The following list of organizations are for you to access information from their web sites and are not listed in priority order or endorsed by Nurses.info.

  • African Inland Mission Intl: - Reaching the Heart of Africa. Nurse volunteers pays a fee.

  • American Red Cross: - Nurses can help with disaster relief throughout the world.

  • British Red Cross: - Needs Nurses to help at home and abroad.

  • Doctors Without Borders Medecins San Frontiers: - The world's largest independent international voluntary emergency relief service. Program pays expenses. Looking for nurses.

  • Food for The Hungry: -  "How do you feed a hungry world? One person at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time." A Christian relief and development organization dedicated to meeting physical and spiritual needs around the world. An example of their nursing opportunity: Cambodia Community Health Coordinator, responsible for developing and implementing the health component within FH/Cambodia's CSP Programme. Requires a degree in public health, nursing, nutrition, or related field.

  • International Children's Heart Foundation: - Strong paediatric CV background preferred, Bosnia, Peru Uzbekistan, Africa.

  • Interplast, Inc: - Most trips are two to three weeks, reconstructive plastic surgery.

  • Mercy Ships: - The growing fleet of hospital ships brings medical attention and sustainable development to thousands of people in dire need each year. You too can be part of this mission of hope and healing. Ship-board and land-based opportunities.

  • Mission of Mercy: - A non-profit organization of nurses and other healthcare personnel working with other volunteers to bring relief, healthcare, education and hope to people of underdeveloped countries.

  • Operation Smile: - provides free, primarily reconstructive surgery to poor children. Surgical nurses are in demand.

  • Peace Corps: - Peace Corps nurses and other volunteers travel overseas and make real differences in the lives of real people. Find out how to apply, explore the world, read volunteer stories, and have a great time.

  • Rainforest Health: - The Rainforest Health Project (RHP) is a non-profit, international relief organization providing humanitarian health assistance to the people of the Peruvian Amazon. Four times a year, nurses, other healthcare professionals and lay volunteers travel to the Amazon Basin to provide humanitarian healthcare assistance to villagers in need, while working hand-in-hand with traditional healers or Shaman. RHP provides healthcare care to villages that request assistance by incorporating modern healthcare with local plant medicines and spiritual healers. Maximum of 20 persons per expeditions. "We go into extreme rural areas where other organizations don't go. After your first trip, serving in Peru, volunteers may take one-week jungle survival training course with the Peruvian Airforce to qualify for trips to Brazil and Ecuador Amazon jungle!" Depending on place of origin, package trips come in under $US3000.

  • National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Volunteer: - National Societies recruit volunteers to carry out tasks that directly or indirectly help vulnerable people. Each National Society has different volunteer programmes, and requires different skills to make these programmes effective. Click on the directory to get the national society you are interested in.

  • Remote Area Medical: - (RAM) Volunteer Corps is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the world. The need to get health care to people in inaccessible regions was one which founder Stan Brock knew all too well while living 15 years with the Wapishana Indians in the Amazon rain forest. When he left South America to do the Wild Kingdom television series, he found medically helpless populations throughout the world. His deep desire to find a way to take health care to people who had none was the seed of RAM.

  • Salvation Army; - Where would we be without the salvos! They need volunteer nurses for disaster relief around the globe. Check out this great site.

  • United Nation Volunteers: - Must have at least two years experience in Nursing, 6 month-two year commitment. UNV pays all travel, modest stipend, health insurance, and repatriation allowance.

  • World Vision: - Third world searches for answers - World Vision responds.


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Reference: ‘great tips’ provided by the International Medical Volunteers association: The International Medical Volunteers Association (IMVA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes, facilitates, and supports voluntary medical activity through education and information exchange. Our interests are primarily in developing countries. Formed in 1996, we work with a wide range of volunteers: physicians, dentists, nurses, therapists, hospital administrators, public health specialists, technologists, health educators, missionaries, physician's assistants, students and others interested in health care. We provide information about volunteer opportunities and offer practical advice on how to find and choose compatible assignments.

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