Sharing your story with a broader audience
Here are two ways you can stay involved with Medical Teams International. First is by speaking at our Tuesday morning Chapel service. These presentations are short, about 30 minutes and volunteers usually share slides and significant experiences from their trip.
The second opportunity is to participate in our Speakers Bureau. You would be included in our list of volunteers and staff willing to speak to various groups at various venues (e.g. churches, schools and civic organizations). If you are interested in either of these options please inform your team coordinator or email us
Sharing your volunteer experience can be a beneficial for you and others. Think of ways you can do this and potential audiences who might benefit from it. Medical Teams International can help you share your story by providing:
- Information for people who want to volunteer
- General informational brochures
- PowerPoint presentations
- Giving envelopes
- Other items as needed
Medical Teams International encourages volunteers to share their stories with newspapers, magazines and any other publications. However, we do ask all volunteers to submit their stories to us for review before publication. Please send all stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email us
to request promotional materials.
In addition to sharing your story with friends and family, at work, church or through the media, what are some other ways you can make the most of your volunteer experience?
Think of three concrete actions you can commit to that will keep you involved with Medical Teams International or with responding to people in need around the world. Write them down and share them with someone who will help you keep those commitments.
Media guidelines for volunteers
Reporters often call our Oregon or Washington offices and ask to interview a volunteer. If you’re contacted by the Communications department to respond to a media interview, we’ll offer you some facts and key messages (see Key Messages below) to prepare for the reporter’s questions.
While we do our best to manage these requests in cooperation with our volunteers, sometimes reporters will find you first, without our knowledge. If you get a call from a reporter (rather than a request through Medical Teams International), please ask if they’ve been in contact with the Communications department. If the reporter has not spoken with us, please have him or her contact us at email@example.com
In preparation for an interview, here are suggested guidelines to help you when you’re approached by the media about your work with Medical Teams International:
- Please don’t think you ever “have” to talk to the media. We only want you to do an interview if you feel comfortable doing so.
- Please wear Medical Teams International logo apparel when conducting any on-camera interviews.
- Please steer away from making any political statements in regards to your volunteer work with Medical Teams International. Many of our volunteers answer politically-charged questions with the following response, “I’m going to Country X because there are families just like mine there who are desperate for the kind of help I can give—my purpose is to help save lives in Country X.” This response helps re-focus the interview on Medical Teams International and our work in the country rather than on political issues.
- Be prepared to tell your story. You will probably be asked questions such as:
- Why are you volunteering for this trip?
- What do you expect to do there?
- What kind of conditions will you be working in?
- Are you afraid to go? Do you fear for your safety?
- How have you prepared for this trip?
- How many times have you volunteered with Medical Teams International?
- Tell me about your other trips with this organization.
- What’s your background?
- If possible, avoid the phrase, “No comment.” Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know” to a question. (For example, if you’re responding to an earthquake disaster, reporters may ask you how many people are hurt, how much money Medical Teams International is committing to the disaster, etc. If the reporter is insistent on getting a response to the question, you can suggest that he/she talks with our Communications staff as soon as the interview is over.)
If you have any questions about these suggestions or about how to speak with the media, we are more than happy to speak with you about them. Please contact us.