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Volunteer responsibilities

Policies: Question and Reading

What areas do you think it would be important for an organization like Medical Teams International to have volunteer guidelines or policies on? Please list three ideas on a separate piece of paper.

Please read these three documents:

Team Leader Responsibilities [PDF]
Responsibilities of a Team Member [PDF]
Team Code of Ethics and Conduct [PDF]

The Importance of Partnerships

Medical Teams International carries out its work through partnerships with local organizations. We seek to partner with like-minded organizations who share our core values, standards of quality and emphasize holistic and sustainable development. We select partners carefully, based on specific criteria and qualifications that are in line with our mission and goals. Our country partners link us to people in need in both disaster relief and community development situations. We liaise and coordinate with local government bodies and ministries to ensure cooperation and appropriateness in what we do.

Watch a video about working with in-country partners »

Your team will be working either with a partner agency or one of our field offices. Field office staff may include both local and 'international' hires. Medical Teams International partners with a variety of government agencies and non-governmental organizations. We choose our partners based on their ability to:

  • Respond to immediate needs for medical relief.  
  • Improve the health and well-being of the poor. 
  • Address the causes and effects of poverty. 

We partner with organizations that: 

  • Are community-based and focus on local initiatives.
  • Share the vision and mission of Medical Teams International.  
  • Utilize the core competencies of Medical Teams International.  
  • Serve the poorest and most marginalized people. 
  • Promote collaborative relationships. 
  • Ensure stewardship of resources. 
  • Are respected in their community by their government. 

Medical Teams International Partners

Read these three brief descriptions to learn about the variety of organizations we partner with around the world. for more information, please see our complete list of our partners.

Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL) is an ecumenical association developed by the Lutheran Church and established in 1975. CHAL operates today as a consortium of Christian health ministries that collaborate to provide health care services and to procure and distribute medical supplies. CHAL distributed our container shipments of medicines and supplies to more than 20 hospitals and clinics in all 15 counties of Liberia.

Currently, CHAL is partnering with Medical Teams International in Grand Cape Mount County. Together we are training local volunteer household health promoters to educate and support mothers and the community as a whole in practices that will reduce infant mortality and morbidity.

Asociación el Buen Pastor manages a rural health clinic outside of Catacamas, Olancho, Honduras, that services approximately 22,000 people annually. Medical Teams International sends specialty training teams to build the capacity of the clinic's general physicians in key areas like ultrasound, dermatology and gastroenterology. Increasing the knowledge and services available allows the clinic to offer more comprehensive care to the population it serves.  

Saravodya is Sri Lanka's largest charity and is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of rural Sri Lankans. Founded by a Sri Lankan schoolteacher in 1958, their grassroots movement now reaches 15,000 villages in 34 districts with 1,500 staff. Saravodya is dedicated to the sustainable empowerment of people through self-help, collective support, non-violence and peace.