Achieving health and well-being for all has been a mandate of global organizations for decades. Health is a core human right, the prerequisite for people around the globe to conduct their work, to engage in play, and to achieve a quality of life that they desire. Now, more than ever, health is dynamic and complex. Health issues are no longer confined to borders and health educators play a critical role in shaping global health outcomes.

Volunteering in health education is a worthwhile pursuit. From physical health to sexual health, mental health, and spiritual health, volunteers play a vital role in filling in for shortages in low-resource countries. They can even choose to make a difference in their home country.

Wherever you choose, passionate health educators can inform, teach, and positively influence the lives of others and play an important role in any society.

Volunteering in health education can take you all over the world. There are many countries with diverse geographical, political, cultural, and societal norms -- and all of these influences play a role in shaping the health landscape for volunteers to work in.

Ghana

This West African nation is a great place for health education volunteers to develop their skillset. With many opportunities in clinics, medical facilities, and teaching hospitals, Ghana continues to provide volunteers with valuables experiences and opportunities in health education.

Tanzania

Working in Tanzania offers volunteers interested in health education a different perspective than that of Ghana in West Africa. Tanzania’s health landscape reflects the relationship between poverty, malnutrition, and poor health outcomes particular to the region of East Africa.

Nicaragua

Located in the heart of Central America, Nicaragua is a land of volcanoes, rich jungle, and oceans on both sides. The tropical climate of Nicaragua combined with varying levels of poverty make the country focused on communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS.

Peru

Peru is a geographically diverse country and its citizens have a broad range of health and wellness challenges. Generally, medical facilities in rural areas are understaffed and underfunded. Volunteers in a health education capacity can expect their initiatives to supplement the existing services and strengthen health care initiatives.

Philippines

The Philippines is a great destination for those looking to tackle complex challenges as a volunteer in health education. You’ll find a rich traditionalist way of life that is crossing with a globalizing world. As such, the health problems in the Philippines are a mix of infectious diseases and lifestyle-related health ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension.

Medical Trip Volunteer

Volunteers can work alongside healthcare practitioners in the community to assist in minor diagnosis and assessments. Performing duties like door-to-door house visits can prove vital in the maintenance of a community's overall health.

Peer Health Educator

Some organizations have a need for peer health educators (PHEs) who are responsible for developing and delivering the health curriculum in local schools and community settings. From general health knowledge to basic hygiene practices, volunteers are needed in rural communities where both resources and educators are lacking.

Maternal & Reproductive Health Volunteer

Women and girls worldwide continue to face poor health outcomes due to limited access to adequate medical services and knowledge as well as poverty and stigma around reproductive health. Volunteers looking to work in the area of reproductive health will find themselves adhering to the teachings and understandings of health, gender, and reproductive rituals particular to that culture.

Health & Nutrition Intern

Adequate nutrition plays a significant role in achieving and maintaining good health. Volunteers in health education can offer workshops on making healthy choices when adequate food is available. Depending on the country, volunteers might also offer workshops focused on understanding basic nutrition and making the best choices given scarce food supplies.

Public Health Volunteer

There are lots of programs where volunteers can work with community healthcare workers to implement important public health initiatives. Providing preventative dental and eye screenings or distributing home ventilation systems and mosquito nets are all initiatives that shape the long-term health of a community.

Planning a trip that is focussed on providing health education in various capacities is an exciting endeavor. With so many diverse organizations and regions of the world that have vastly different health outcomes, no two trips will ever be alike!

How to Choose a Health Education Volunteer Program

One of the first things you should consider as a volunteer in health education is what area of health interests you the most. Seek out organizations that align with your interests like maternal health or rural community health. There are lots of different ways you can engage with community members of all ages.

You should consider organizations with a well-structured delivery of their programs and services when choosing where to go overseas. Is the organization working within the community structure of health delivery or are they creating a whole new health system on their own? These types of aid have different impacts on a given community’s health outcomes.

Health & Safety

It’s important for volunteers to “practice what they preach” and ensure they are medically ready to travel overseas. If you’re planning on traveling to a tropical climate, it’s important that your vaccinations are up to date and that you carry proof of your immunizations with you.

In some developing countries, you’ll need to consider how you will access your food and water each day. Are these provided by your host organization? Differences in meal preparation and/or diet can have negative effects on your body. It's advisable to talk to a travel doctor before you depart on any volunteer experience to gather the right information about your destination. .

Another concern in developing countries is infrastructure. Volunteers should ask their organizations how they'll be getting around and ensure they comply with all local safety recommendations.

Other Need to Know

Above all, as a health education volunteer, you should be aware of your status as an outsider in any new community setting. Conducting yourself with respect is advisable to foster a positive, productive, and meaningful connection to your host organization and community.

Additionally, you should do your absolute best to adhere to cultural and religious understandings of health in the area and tailor your practices according to local customs and beliefs. Keeping this in mind will minimize potentially disrespecting community members or portraying your host organization as delivering harmful or false information.

Health Education Volunteer Programs Abroad

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Involvement Volunteers International (IVI)
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Idex
Travel and Volunteer in Thailand with Idex
Thailand
1 review

Millions of tourists visit Thailand every year for leisure, cultural...

Idex
Goa Volunteer And Travel Program
India
1 review

IDEX Asia offers a volunteer and travel program in Goa, India, where...

Kaya Responsible Travel
Kaya Volunteer Programs in Ecuador
Ecuador
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Uganda is considered as one of the poorest countries in the world...

Experiencia Puerto Escondido
Volunteer & Learn Spanish in Tropical Paradise
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1 review

Experiencia Puerto Escondido is situated on the coast of the beautiful...

Lady Irene Children's Support Organization
Volunteer with Vulnerable Children
Uganda
1 review

Engaging communities about: hygiene, diseases (malaria, HIV/AIDS, etc...

We Volunteer Nepal
Health and Sanitation Program in Nepal
Nepal
1 review

This project includes working with trained medical staff at a...

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
Summer International Health Fellowship in Huancayo, Peru
Peru

FIMRC's Summer International Health Fellowship allows for an immersive...

ISA (International Studies Abroad)
ISA Service-Learning in Granada, Spain
Spain

Located just south of the Sierra Nevada range, Granada is one of...

The Real Uganda
Empower Women in Uganda
Uganda

The Real Uganda supports a number of women's groups in Uganda. These...

Mission of Hope
Medical Mission Trips in the Caribbean
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Mission of Hope facilitates mobile medical clinics year-round to bring...

Volunteer Programs Bali
Make an Impact with Volunteer Programs Bali
Indonesia

Our mission beyond volunteering begins from the ground up. The close...

Global Crossroad
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Are you itching for an adventure, but also want to do something for...

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