Global Opportunities

Volunteer abroad in a community where local health systems are overwhelmed or non-existent. Our international medical and professional volunteers care for the whole person — physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Together, we build and strengthen health systems so that they will thrive when we’re gone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you only use medical volunteers?

It depends. We screen and build volunteer teams to meet the needs of each unique community. Volunteer teams may provide immediate medical care, build local skills, or equip health facilities. These require skilled teams of both medical and non-medical professionals.

Can I serve in a recent disaster?

During an emergency, we rapidly deploy teams to support communities affected by disaster. In order to move quickly, volunteers must complete the recruitment process before a disaster occurs to qualify for deployment. Mobilizing our roster of prepared volunteers enables us be one of the first organizations on the scene, providing immediate care. Submit your application materials now, so you can be ready to deploy with Medical Teams International when the next disaster strikes!

What does it cost to volunteer? 

Medical Teams International typically does not cover volunteer travel costs. Projected costs typically include airfare, food, lodging, ground transportation, and supplemental travel insurance unless otherwise noted. Many costs are tax deductible if you are a US resident, but we recommend talking to a tax consultant to determine specifics.

Do I have to be Christian to volunteer?

Faith requirements for volunteering are noted where applicable. Medical Teams International does not have faith requirements for volunteers, but some of our in-country partners request that we send Christian volunteers.

For more information email volunteer@medicalteams.org or call (503) 624-1000

Current Opportunities

MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

Africa: Uganda

Medical professionals are needed to provide support and hands-on training in Medical Teams clinics in remote areas of Uganda. As a member of a 2-4-person team, you would work alongside national, clinical staff to improve health services and capacity for refugee and local populations, impacting over 1 million beneficiaries.

The current project focuses on development and capacity building of national providers through mentorship, collaborative case studies, and CME (continued medical education) training. Possible topics for teaching and training focus on areas of medicine such as cardiac health, respiratory health, high-risk and abnormal pregnancies, diseases of the liver, and wound care. International experience is required and experience working in Africa is strongly preferred.

Team Dates: March – September 2018
Duration of Trip: 4 weeks
Specialty: Physicians (Family Practice, Pediatrics OB/GYN)
Nurse Practitioners
Physicians Assistants
Nurse Midwives
Nutritionists
RN’s
Psychologists
Projected Cost: $2,000 per person

Humanitarian (Disaster) Response

Humanitarian Response Roster volunteers provide a rapid and coordinated response to the most vulnerable populations during and after an emergency. The entire application process must be completed before a disaster occurs to qualify for deployment. This includes all application materials, a background check, and an interview with a coordinator as well as humanitarian response training.

If you desire to serve on a future humanitarian response team, please begin the application process early. Using our pre-vetted roster helps us to be one of the first on the scene providing immediate care.

Departure Dates: As needed, must be able to deploy within 24-72 hours of notice
Duration of Trip: 4 weeks
Projected Cost: Personal costs only (passports, personal gear, immunizations)


Specialties Needed:

Medical Technical/ Non-Medical
ER Doctors

ER Nurses (RN), Nurse Practitioners (NP) and Physician Assistants (PA-C)

Family & General Practitioners

Mental Health Practitioners 

Nutritionists

Obstetricians & Gynecologists

Communications Officer

Human Resource Specialists

Finance Specialists

Program Support Officer

 Field Coordinators

Logisticians

Needs Assessment & Grants Specialists

Public Health Specialists (MPH)

How to apply:
Fill out an online application. If there is a team that matches well with your background, we will contact you to discuss the next steps.  If you haven’t heard back from us in a reasonable and timely manner, feel free to reach out at volunteer@medicalteams.org.  Additional forms will be required to be completed and processed before placement in country or on a team will be considered.

  • Volunteer Application
  • CV/Resume
  • 2 References
  • Copy of medical professional license/certification,if applicable
  • Copy of passport (photo & signature pages)
  • Photo (head and shoulders) for MTI volunteer name badge and Visa where applicable (digital photos are accepted)
  • Volunteer Agreement (please complete and return pages 6-8)
  • As part of our child protection policy, a background check will be required prior to placement on a team.

Current Response:

Urgent need for Medical Volunteers to serve Rohingya refugees

Medical Teams International is seeking volunteers who meet these special requirements:

  • Licensed medical provider.
  • Has international and/or disaster response experience.
  • Able to serve several consecutive weeks, at least EIGHT weeks.
  • Can deploy immediately.

If you meet these qualifications, please apply now or contact us at volunteer@medicalteams.org.

Requirements:

  • Able to leave within 24-48 hours notice
  • Participation & completion of Hostile Environment Awareness Training & Humanitarian Principals (HEAT+) Course
  • Previous developing-nations medical experience
  • Physically fit (hiking or lifting; extreme temperatures)
  • Able to work and live with limited amenities (without power, with shared accommodations/tents, eating very basic food, using rudimentary bathroom facilities)
  • Able to work long hours in unpredictable and unstable conditions
  • Flexibility; able to work as part of a team
  • Current passport & medical license/certification
  • Current immunizations (including Hepatitis A & B, yellow fever, typhoid)
  • Available for at least 8 weeks at a time (additional time commitments warmly welcomed)

Highest priority is given to those who have:

  • Prior experience with Medical Teams International or other international organizations.
  • Previous humanitarian response experience.
  • ER, trauma, family and general practice or pediatrics experience.
  • ICU or CCU experience.

NON-MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

Latin America: Guatemala – Extended Term Volunteer/Intern

A Guatemala Program and Team Services Volunteer is needed to support Medical Teams International’s mission by assisting the MTI- Guatemala field office staff in project and team planning, reporting, communications, and in-country support to visiting MTI volunteer teams. This volunteer position will be an opportunity for the candidate to learn about international/community health development. The volunteer will serve on a daily basis with Guatemala staff, volunteers and project participants in rural communities outside of Coban, Guatemala.

Other essential responsibilities may include translation of essential communications and reports, complete monthly program reports, educating visiting volunteers about Guatemala,  assisting the team coordinator, and providing photos, comments, and stories for the Medical Teams Facebook page, website and other materials.

Team Dates: Spring 2018
Duration of Trip: 6-12 Months
Qualifications: Student in upper-level relevant field preferred (international development, anthropology, public health, Spanish)
Fluent in the English language
Intermediate Spanish; willingness to attend language school to become proficient
Excellent writer, public speaker and communicator.
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