International Volunteer HQ offers medical mission trips abroad for aspiring and practicing medical professionals, including pre-med and medical students, doctors, nurses, dentists and other specialties.
With more than 15 years of experience organising affordable and all-inclusive medical volunteer programs, IVHQ offers top-rated medical missions in Africa, Asia, Central America and South America.
All of IVHQ’s medical mission trips host volunteers year-round with flexible booking so you can easily make free changes to your destination, dates or duration up until 14 days before you start. Our all-inclusive medical mission programs start from only $20 per day and include accommodation, meals, airport pickup and 24/7 in-country support, making them super safe and affordable!
Whether you’re looking for medical missions trips for college students, pre-medical students, undergraduates, medical professionals or medical mission trips for nurses, IVHQ’s team of Volunteer Travel Specialists can help match you with a program that aligns with your personal goals and level of experience. For expert support, you can request personalised program recommendations from our experienced team.
What are medical mission trips?
On a medical mission trip with IVHQ, you will have the opportunity to provide medical care and health education to communities where resources and services are limited or difficult to access. By shadowing local doctors and nurses, you’ll play an important role in providing essential healthcare within under-resourced clinics and hospitals.
Whether you are travelling solo or want to organise a medical mission trip for nurses, college students or professionals, IVHQ makes planning a medical mission easy and affordable. Regardless of your destination, medical mission trips are a unique opportunity to work alongside local medical professionals abroad, gain hands-on career experience you often can’t find at home and provide invaluable support to hospitals and clinics within local communities.
Our programs are fully hosted, including airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support, meaning you can leave home feeling confident that you’ll be well supported in your new home away from home. Plus, you’ll be in the company of like-minded international medical students and professionals who share a passion for developing new skills and a global medical perspective.
Explore medical mission trips
- 2023 & 2024 medical mission trips in your specialty field
- Best medical missions for pre-med students
- Best medical missions for students and professionals?
- Best medical mission trips for nurses and pre-nursing students?
- How long can I go on a medical mission trip for?
- Best medical or nursing mission trips for groups
- Why go on a medical mission trip?
- Best medical mission trips for 2023 & 2024
- How to apply for a medical mission trip
What 2023 & 2024 medical mission trips are available in your specialty field?
IVHQ offers affordable medical mission trips for nursing students and medical students, as well as trips for qualified healthcare professionals. If you’re an aspiring healthcare professional, we also organise medical mission trips for pre-medical students and pre-nursing students.
All volunteers are supervised by local staff and work under instruction from qualified doctors, so regardless of your level of qualification or experience, you’ll be well supported to make a valuable contribution as a medical volunteer abroad.
Check out our range of specialty medical volunteer opportunities:
- Dentistry - Costa Rica, Peru - Cusco, Guatemala, India - Kerala, India - Delhi, Tanzania
- Pharmacy - Peru (Cusco), Guatemala, India (Delhi), Zambia, Tanzania
- Physical Therapy and Physiotherapy - Guatemala, Peru (Cusco), Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia (Bogota), Vietnam, Sri Lanka, China, India (Delhi), Nepal, Kenya, Romania
- Gynecology - Peru (Cusco), Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Tanzania, Zambia
- HIV/AIDS - Costa Rica, Kenya, Zambia
- Lab Technology - Peru (Cusco), India (Delhi and Kerala), Nepal, Tanzania, Zambia
- Midwifery - Peru (Cusco), Nepal, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania
- Nutritionist - Peru (Cusco and Lima), Guatemala
- Optometry - Peru (Cusco), Tanzania
- Orthopedics - Sri Lanka, Vietnam
- Occupational Therapy - Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru (Cusco), Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Nepal
- Paramedics - Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru (Cusco), Tanzania
- Pediatrics - Peru (Cusco), Guatemala, Costa Rica, India (Delhi), Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia, Tanzania, Zambia
- Radiology - Peru (Cusco), Nepal, India (Delhi), Vietnam
- Sonography - Peru (Cusco), Tanzania
Medical missions for pre-med students
If you’re a pre-med student, IVHQ offers a range of medical volunteer opportunities and mission trips for pre-med students that provide you with the hands-on experience needed to excel in your field. You can join IVHQ’s medical volunteer projects in the following locations:
Medical mission trips for students and professionals
If you have completed your second year of medical or nursing school, or if you are a qualified healthcare professional, you are are eligible to join IVHQ in these destinations:
You can expect to support a range of tasks across diverse healthcare settings in these destinations. This may include providing basic patient care, taking vitals, dressing wounds, triage nursing, and helping to prepare medical equipment. There are also opportunities to observe local doctors and nurses in operating rooms, as well as shadow their daily routines.
Our IVHQ Volunteer Travel Specialists will offer guidance to help determine which destination would be best suited to your interests and experience, as some of our medical volunteer programs offer opportunities specific to certain skills and medical specialties. We are committed to aligning your qualifications and interests with the needs of the local community. Please contact us for more information.
Nurse mission trips for pre-nursing students and registered nurses
Whether you’re a fully qualified nurse or a pre-nursing student, IVHQ provides affordable nursing mission trips that accommodate varying levels of experience. Below are our top rated medical mission trips for nurses:
How long can I go on a medical mission trip for?
IVHQ runs medical volunteer programs year-round, and you can choose from either long-term or short-term medical mission trips, ranging from 1 week to 24 weeks.
Best nursing and medical mission trips for groups
If you are travelling with a group of medical students or colleagues and would like to participate on a 1-week medical mission or nurse mission trip, you can volunteer abroad as a group on a Medical Campaign in the following locations:
Why go on a medical mission trip?
As a medical volunteer abroad on a mission trip, you’ll be immersed in a new culture and develop a global perspective of medicine while assisting communities with limited access to healthcare resources. By working closely with medical professionals in your host community, you will gain invaluable clinical experience, a deeper understanding of how foreign healthcare systems function and the everyday challenges that they have to overcome.
Best Medical Mission Trips For 2023 & 2024
As the world’s leading provider of affordable medical volunteer programs and mission trips, IVHQ makes it easy to customise a program to match your qualifications and travel plans. Discover these top program recommendations from IVHQ’s team of Medical Mission Specialists.
Tanzania Medical Mission Volunteer Program
- Required qualifications: Students who have complete at least 3 years at medical/nursing school, qualified doctors, nurses, CNAs, EMTs, paramedics and public health workers
- Placement settings: Volunteers are based in variety of local Clinics and small Hospitals
- Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 24 weeks, programs start on the 1st and 15th of each month
- Program fees: Start from US$320. Fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
In many communities in Tanzania, healthcare is not easily accessible or affordable. This Medical volunteer project aims to change that by placing volunteers in medical clinics that serve vulnerable people. Medical volunteers in Tanzania are greatly received, especially those who come with initiative, enthusiasm and readiness to work in very basic facilities with limited resources available. Volunteers work in a variety of settings, including medical clinics and hospitals, with the location depending on the volunteers previous experience and training. To comply with the Tanzania Healthcare System, volunteers will shadow local doctors and assist in performing basic patient care, and it’s important to note that this project focuses more on observation, than getting involved in operations or independent medical tasks.
Experiencing medicine in a third world hospital was amazing and eye opening. The doctors were extremely welcoming and grateful. Exploring Arusha and Moshi with the other volunteers and seeing the African culture first hand were some of my favorite moments. Amy Freeman (IVHQ Volunteer in Tanzania)
Guatemala Medical Mission Volunteer Program
- Required qualifications: Volunteers at all levels of medical training and experience are welcome, including medical/nursing students, pre med nursing/medical students, qualified doctors, nurses, CNAs, EMTs, paramedics and public health workers
- Placement settings: Volunteers are based in local clinics, hospitals and elderly homes
- Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 24 weeks, programs start every Monday
- Program fees: From US$405 for 1 week. Fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
The healthcare system in Guatemala is generally underfunded and understaffed, especially outside of the major cities. Volunteers on the Medical project in Guatemala can help provide access to medical resources while gaining hands-on experience working with local doctors and nurses in local clinics. Work is available for volunteers of all experience levels, but assigned tasks and the level of independence a volunteer will have depends on their qualifications and experience, as well as Spanish language skills.
The project was a perfect integration of basic sciences and clinical medicine, and it also allowed for the group to see preventative and diagnostic medicine. It was exactly what we were looking for as 1st/2nd year medical students. The fact that we got to see a rural village as well as the schools was a great asset to this trip. It really allowed the group to contrast what underserved areas are really like when outside of the U.S. The hands-on experiences that we were able to participate in are priceless and will be held dear to everyone on the trip. Madison Bangert (IVHQ Volunteer in Guatemala)
Peru Medical Mission Volunteer Program
- Required qualifications: All levels of medical or nursing study are welcome, including medical/nursing students, qualified doctors, nurses and CNAs with an intermediate level of Spanish
- Placement settings: A mobile “clini-bus”
- Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 24 weeks, programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
- Program fees: From US$220 for 1 week which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
Medical and nursing students who speak at least intermediate Spanish can help a mobile clinic provide healthcare access to underprivileged areas of Lima, while working alongside Peruvian healthcare professionals. Depending on your level of experience and Spanish skill level, medical volunteers may provide assistance with initial assessments, essential procedures like vaccinations and wound care, triage or helping with the operational set up each day.
Everything was above and beyond what I had hoped for. The house had everything we needed, and the food was amazing. IVHQ is the best. I had the most fulfilling trip, and am already planning on returning next summer. Thanks so much for making volunteering affordable and fun. Olivia Gissing (IVHQ Volunteer in Lima, Peru)
Nepal Medical Mission Volunteer Program
- Required qualifications: Volunteers who are in at least their third year of medical or nursing school are welcome, as well as qualified doctors, nurses and paramedics
- Placement settings: Hospitals or medical schools
- Program duration: Volunteer for 2 to 12 weeks, programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
- Program fees: From $500 for 2 weeks. Fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
Medical volunteers in Nepal are based in either Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara. You’ll shadow qualified physicians and nurses and familiarize yourself with procedures in the operating surgery ward, provide support in the physical therapy and burns units, learn about immunizations and family planning, and provide support to new mothers. Qualified nurses and medical professionals can request to work in their area of expertise, including ICU, radiology, oncology, emergency, surgery, burns unit, gynecology, pediatrics and pharmacy. Please note that local regulations prevent volunteers from treating patients without the supervision of local professionals so most volunteer work will be observational in nature.
I would recommend this program to anybody. As a recent medical graduate, I found that I was able to give and take as much as I could from the program. The two week rural placement gave me experience and an opportunity to observe diseases, management strategies, and patient interaction. I was also able to help diagnose and treat certain conditions which may have otherwise been missed or misdiagnosed.This is an experience I will never forget. Sumudu Welikumbura (IVHQ Volunteer in Nepal)
India Medical Mission Volunteer Program
- Required ualifications: Pre-medical, nursing and medical students, qualified medical professionals and others working in closely related medical fields are welcome on this program
- Placement settings: In Delhi, volunteers work in hospitals and mobile clinics
- Program duration: Volunteer for 1 to 24 weeks, programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month
- Program fees: From $250 which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
As a volunteer in Delhi, you’ll help provide medical care to those in need and gain first-hand insight into India’s medical systems. Volunteers in India work in hospitals and clinics in Delhi, shadowing experienced physicians who are enthusiastic about exchanging their knowledge and experience. Here, volunteers assist with routine medical tasks, such as taking vitals, providing advice regarding health, nutrition and sanitation during routine check-ups, or treating minor injuries and wounds. The amount of hands-on volunteer work you are able to do will depend on your level of training and experience, as well as the length of your stay. Longer-term volunteers (staying 3 months or more) will have more scope to assist with hands-on tasks, and qualified professionals may request to work in their area of expertise.
It was such a good experience! On the health project, we were given a chance to see many sides of the Indian healthcare system and all of our questions were answered. I was so impressed with each placement and learned so much. It was very good that as a brand new nurse with so little clinical experience, I was given a chance to learn so much. Katelyn Rowland (IVHQ Volunteer in Delhi, India)
Vietnam Medical Mission Volunteer Program
- Required qualifications: Volunteers who are studying medicine or nursing at any level, including Pre-medical/nursing students, qualified doctors, nurses, CNAs and EMTs
- Placement settings: Volunteers are based in a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
- Program duration: Volunteer for 2 to 24 weeks, programs start every Monday
- Program fees: From $485 for two weeks. Fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
Both students and skilled medical professionals have the opportunity to experience a new working environment and the Vietnamese culture, while developing their global medical perspective as medical volunteer in Vietnam. . Volunteers provide support to an orthopedic and rehabilitation hospital, working alongside local doctors and nurses in the areas of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Here, volunteers work with children and adults who suffer from cerebral palsy, down syndrome, congenital motor system deformity and other disabilities. Qualified volunteers may join this project but should not expect to be able to treat patients as local regulations prevent volunteers from providing unsupervised hands-on care to patients.
The medical placement was the perfect combination of challenging, rewarding and eye-opening. I continue to be inspired by all the hard-working staff and medical team at the hospital, who do so much but with so little. Amazing! Phuong Dinh (IVHQ Volunteer in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
Want to learn more about IVHQ’s full range of Medical and Healthcare volunteer abroad projects? Discover all your options for a medical mission trip.
How to apply for a medical mission trip
- Browse our medical mission opportunities and choose a date, destination and medical volunteer program you’d like to join.
- Complete the free online application form with the details of your chosen medical volunteer program and dates, as well as details of your qualifications, skills and experience in the medical field. You will then receive an email from IVHQ to confirm that we have received your application. Within 48 hours (2 working days), you will receive an email from your IVHQ Program Manager acknowledging your application and confirming the destination, project and dates of your volunteer program. In this email, you will receive instructions on how to pay the Registration Fee in order to reserve your place to volunteer with IVHQ.
- Log in to your MyIVHQ profile to pay your Registration Fee. As soon as your Registration Fee has been received by IVHQ, you will be provided with all the information and support you need to prepare for your upcoming medical mission trip. Your IVHQ Program Manager will be your point of contact throughout your preparations up until you finish your volunteer program.
- Contact the IVHQ Groups Team if you are looking to volunteer abroad as a group, so we can customise a medical mission trip for you.