Underserved communities are in need of medical help all over the world for nearly all types of service - from vaccine provision to basic health checkups. Unfortunately, many parts of the world continue to experience a shortage of health workers and limited access to advanced healthcare. Thus, there are medical volunteer opportunities for any skill set in virtually every continent. Pervasive diseases such as hepatitis continue to affect villages in South America and Africa, and global awareness efforts are needed to educate communities on preventive healthcare and the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Many volunteer opportunities in healthcare place volunteers in rural communities where help is most needed. This allows volunteers to experience another way of life and work on their language skills. These opportunities set volunteers up for full cultural immersion and the development of life-long relationships with patients and fellow medical assistants. Whether you choose to volunteer in Cambodia or Honduras, you will walk away with not only firsthand experience in the medical field, but also a new perspective on life.