No matter what your level of experience in the world of healthcare, IVHQ has ways for you to get involved and help make a difference. We encourage all volunteers to complete our interactive pre-departure training that will help you understand important aspects of responsible volunteering before you go.
Our various projects allow you the chance to learn from and work with local healthcare professionals or teach community members important information on disease, sanitation, hygiene, and other healthcare best practices. Your knowledge and training can help others keep themselves healthy.
Volunteers can be placed in several different settings - including hospitals, clinics, assisted living homes, special needs facilities and home care - and are assigned according to their qualifications, interest, and country. Projects include working with HIV/AIDS patients, working on public health campaigns, assisting local doctors, caring for the elderly and more. No matter which project you participate in, you'll be making a huge impact on the needs of the community.
Below is a list of 5 of the 20 countries that we offer medical programs in. The rest can be found on our Medical and Health page.
- Costa Rica: Proper training and certification is required for this program. Volunteers can be placed at a healthcare project in San Jose, or anywhere around the country. Programs begin every Monday and last 1-24 weeks.
- Ghana: This medical placement is in rural villages and townships in and around the Greater Accra region. Programs begin the 1st and 15th of every month and last 1 to 24 weeks.
- Guatemala: This program requires appropriate training and certification, which must be provided when you arrive in Guatemala. Programs begin every Monday and volunteers can stay 1-24 weeks.
- Kenya: A criminal background check is required for this project, which must be provided when you arrive in Kenya. Programs begin the 1st and 15th of every month and volunteers can stay 1-12 weeks.
- India: For this project, a criminal background check is required, as well as a practice license or proof of medical study. Programs begin the first and third Monday of every month and volunteers can stay 1-24 weeks.