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Affordable Medical & Health Volunteer Abroad Projects

International Volunteer HQ’s medical volunteer abroad programs and medical mission trips give you the opportunity to work alongside qualified medical professionals and gain invaluable international experience while promoting positive healthcare outcomes in communities around the world.

IVHQ has more than 13 years experience in organizing structured medical volunteer abroad programs that are ideal for high school students, college students and healthcare professionals at every stage and skill level. Every year, we are trusted to place more than 3,000 volunteers in our medical volunteer projects abroad across 15 destinations worldwide.

Medical Volunteer Opportunites Abroad For 2020 & 2021

IVHQ Medical Program Pre-Med Nursing Student Medical Student
Argentina - Buenos Aires Yes Yes Yes
Argentina - Cordoba Yes Yes Yes
Cambodia No No 3rd Year +
Ghana No Yes Yes
Ghana - Healthcare Outreach & Education Yes Yes Yes
Costa Rica - Manuel Antonio Yes Yes Yes
Costa Rica - San Jose Yes Yes Yes
Guatemala Yes Yes Yes
Peru - Cusco Yes Yes Yes
Peru - Lima Yes Yes Yes
India - Delhi Yes Yes Yes
India - Kerala No Yes Yes
Nepal No 3rd Year + 3rd Year +
Sri Lanka No No Yes
Vietnam Yes Yes Yes
Tanzania No 3rd Year + 3rd Year +
Zambia No Yes Yes

Medical elective programs include physiotherapy, pharmacy, dentistry, paramedics, clinical laboratory science, emergency medicine (EMTs), speech therapy, optometry, nutrition, public health, orthopedics, radiology, HIV/AIDS support, midwifery and pediatrics. As a medical volunteer with IVHQ, your scope of medical volunteer work can vary depending on your specific experience and qualifications and the needs of your placement. Through our overseas medical elective programs, you also have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and cross-cultural learnings with local healthcare professionals, as well as other international medical volunteers.

If you’re seeking medical volunteer opportunities in a speciality field, you can contact a Medical Volunteer Program Specialist at IVHQ to help select a medical volunteer project that best aligns with your area of medical expertise.

Medical Volunteer Abroad Programs For Students & Professionals

We are proud to offer an extensive range of medical electives for students, nurses and other medical professionals who want to serve abroad and gain first-hand insight into healthcare systems around the world, while engaging in mutually-beneficial cultural exchanges.

If you’re just starting your medical studies and looking at medical volunteer opportunities abroad for high school students or college students, we have an extensive range of medical programs available for pre-medical, pre-health and pre-nursing students.

Based on your existing qualifications and the destination you choose to volunteer in, international medical volunteers can be placed in a range of healthcare settings; including clinics, hospitals, or assisted living homes. There are also medical volunteering opportunities which support hygiene and public health campaigns, and we’re experienced in organising medical campaigns for students or professionals looking to volunteer abroad together as a group.

Find out more about IVHQ’s medical volunteer opportunities abroad for 2020 and 2021 below. Or if you’re interested in exploring international healthcare internships, see the full range of medical internships available through our global internship division, Intern Abroad HQ.

Medical Volunteer Programs Highlight: Nepal

Volunteer Project Review by Rebecca Sackman

As nursing students, we learned so much with the projects! It's unbelievable that as a group we helped over 1,000 Peruvians. The project was more then I could have ever imagined! I came back a more confident nursing student because of the IVHQ program. Thank you! Our host family was outstanding. Very accommodating. Meals were great and the housing that we stayed in was more then what was excepted. I couldn't say more amazing things about this program. So thankful that there are programs like this. It was an eye opening experience and I am so thankful for it.

Nationality: American
Age: 25
Destination: Peru - Cusco

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!