i am thinking of doing some kind of voluntary work involving vaccinations or education or other healthcare issues in a foreign country. i really don't know where to even start. my friend did something in Belize last year with her school and it just sounded really interesting. i am interested mostly in south america. any ideas?
Mar 27, '01
I am very interested in Buddhism, so I emailed a Tibetan hospital in Dharamsala (India) about volunteer work. They will not take students, but have many nurses and doctors that work there. I wanted to do this while simultaneously teaching the monks/nuns how to read. After the Chinese persecution of the Tibetans, the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people fled to India. Now they need basic computer and English skills in order to become more competitive economically. They will pay for your living expenses (food/housing), even if you do simply a short-term assignment.
Mar 30, '01
THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT UTILIZES DOCS AND NURSES TO DO THE TYPE OF WORK YOU WANT TO DO, AND IT IS IN SEATTLE. THEY FLY IN AND OUT OF DIFFERENT COUNTRIES TO HELP OUT IN DIFFERENT SCENARIOS. TRY LOOKING UNDER "MERCY CORPS" THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A COUPLE OF ARTICLES IN THE LAST 2-3 YEARS IN THE SEATTLE TIMES ON THEM SO YOU COULD ACCESS INFO. GOOD LUCK
May 31, '01
I know you put your message about volunteer work in a while ago, have you found a position? I just returned from Africa last month, and I am looking to go to South America in August. I have contacts for hundreds of volunteer organizations that use nurses. I compiled it in a book I wrote about how to work overseas as a nurse or paramedic.
If you want some links to international humanitarian organizations, visit my website at: http://www.internationalmedicineonline.com
If you are interested in the book which has all of the contact information, you can by the book online at the same website. I hope this helps you.
Have a great day.
ReneInternational Medicine Online
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