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Best Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs

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Every year, more than 3000 volunteers join IVHQ medical programs, working alongside qualified medical professionals to transform the lives of people in developing countries. With our top safety record, low prices and 10 destinations to choose from, IVHQ is the world’s most popular way to volunteer abroad.

Medical volunteer programs are available year-round in a wide range of destinations, including Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, Argentina, Bali, India, Vietnam and Tanzania. IVHQ organizes your placement, accommodation, meals and airport transfers, so that you don’t have to.

Whether you're a medical student, nursing student, pre-med or qualified professional, there are a diverse range of medical programs to suit volunteers at every stage and across many speciality fields.

Why go on a medical volunteer program abroad?

  • Increase access to and quality of healthcare in developing countries
  • Help improve the health and wellbeing of people from under-resourced communities
  • Educate local communities on how to stay healthy
  • Get hands-on experience supported by a qualified medical professional
  • Share your own expertise and insights from overseas
  • Learn new skills from local medics and other volunteers from around the world
  • Expand your global medical perspective and explore your career path
  • Boost your resume, career prospects or med school application
  • Find new ways of approaching healthcare, both at home and internationally
IVHQ has 50+ destinations trusted by over 115,000 travelers
Top volunteer programs for Medical Students with IVHQ.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$657

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in various San José neighborhoods
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Volunteer in clinics, the homeless or the elderly, as well as on ambulance rounds. Qualified volunteers who speak Spanish can take larger roles, while inexperienced volunteers can assist local staff.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$585

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Set in hospitals, clinics, and assisted living facilities
  • Eligible volunteers aged 18+

Assist local professionals in a wide range of specialist departments in clinics within low income communities. This program is open to volunteers from pre-medical/pre-nursing to fully qualified.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$534

  • Duration: 1 - 16 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in clinics
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Volunteer in medical centres in low income communities, shadowing and assisting local medical staff. Volunteers with relevant experience can assist in a range of medical fields.

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How to volunteer abroad as a medic

Whatever your skill level, qualifications, expertise and preferences, we have a wide rage of medical programs to suit every type of volunteer:

Find something to suit your skill level as a medical aolunteer abroad with IVHQ

Find something to suit your skill level: We have medical projects for pre-meds, medical students, doctors and those at all stages of their career in over 15 destinations worldwide.

Volunteer abroad and specialize in your medical area of interest with IVHQ

Specialize in your area of interest: Our volunteer programs are open to those who want to gain experience in a specific area, such as Nurses, Dentists, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists, Paramedics, Nutritionists, Midwives and more.

Go on a medical volunteer mission trip with IVHQ

Go on a medical mission trip: Medical Mission trips are open to people of all levels and enables you to make a difference by improving the health of people in developing countries.

Volunteer abroad as a medical group with IVHQ

Volunteer as a medical group: You can volunteer as a group of medical students or colleagues in a variety of destinations, including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ghana, India, Nepal, and Peru.

Please contact us or send us a message to find the best medical program fit based on your goals and experience.

Top volunteer programs for Nurses with IVHQ.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Set Program Fee of AU$751

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Programs start on the 15th of every month
  • Based in rural Ghananian communities
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A medical project with a difference. This is a one week roving medical campaign, visiting rural communities and helping to provide malaria treatment and prevention, as well education around nutrition, sexual health and hygiene.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$585

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Clinics and elderly homes in Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A project for medical and nursing volunteers at all levels, based in elderly homes and clinics for the poor. Qualified volunteers can act independently in a hands-on manner, while medical and nursing students assist local staff.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$317

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start the first and third Monday of the month
  • Work with health promotion campaigns
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help to bring medical campaigns to low income communities, assisting with checkups, evaluations and education to children and adults across parts of Lima where healthcare is less accessible.

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Review from Kelly Irish, volunteer in Ghana

“I had a wonderful time volunteering with IVHQ! I was able to perform very hands-on nursing care and wound treatment to a population that is in great need. The local staff was very caring and I felt safe in my accommodation. I have volunteered with many organisations before and I have to say that this is one of the best!” - Kelly Irish, Ghana

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Pre-med volunteers with IVHQ

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$1935

  • Duration: 3 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Based in community care facilities & nursing homes
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Based in a beautiful national park on the Pacific coast, volunteers help in community care facilities such as elderly homes, clinics and ambulance services, assisting local staff with day-to-day tasks.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Set Program Fee of AU$751

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Programs start on the 15th of every month
  • Based in rural Ghananian communities
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A medical project with a difference. This is a one week roving medical campaign, visiting rural communities and helping to provide malaria treatment and prevention, as well education around nutrition, sexual health and hygiene.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$585

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Clinics and elderly homes in Antigua
  • Volunteers aged 18+

A project for medical and nursing volunteers at all levels, based in elderly homes and clinics for the poor. Qualified volunteers can act independently in a hands-on manner, while medical and nursing students assist local staff.

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Review from Kelly Irish, volunteer in Ghana

“The local team were amazing! They made us feel so welcome and helped us with everything. I’m so glad I had the chance to do this. I felt safe and knew I had the local team to contact if I needed anything. My advice future volunteers: in the end, you’ll only regret the chances you didnt take! So don’t think twice, just go for it!” - Rukhsar Asif, Tanzania

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IVHQ volunteer programs for Specialists and Doctors

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$460

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Based in clinics and communities in rural Ghana
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Help bring better healthcare to rural clinics and on mobile wound care outreach in Ghana. Duties are a mixture of hands-on, administrative and observational tasks.

Improves health & wellbeing

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$585

  • Duration: 1 - 24 weeks
  • Programs start every Monday
  • Set in hospitals, clinics, and assisted living facilities
  • Eligible volunteers aged 18+

Assist local professionals in a wide range of specialist departments in clinics within low income communities. This program is open to volunteers from pre-medical/pre-nursing to fully qualified.

Improves health & wellbeing

4-6 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from AU$462

  • Duration: 1 - 16 weeks
  • Programs start on the 1st and 15th of every month
  • Based in clinics and hospitals
  • Volunteers aged 18+

Shadow and assist local medical professionals in clinics and hospitals around Arusha. Observe healthcare in a developing country and learn about efficient treatment in an underprivileged community.

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Pay the Registration Fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
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