Q. Can I add a volunteering opportunity listing not listed on the site, even if its not my organization or opportunity listing?
A. Yes, volunteers rely on volunteers keeping our database of listings as complete and up to date as possible. Please go to the Add an Opportunity page. Please note that you cannot upload defamatory or copyrighted material up about the organization. But remember, our system will contact the organization's contact's email address to alert them that the information on the web site has been submitted.
Q. Do I need to login to use your web site?
A. As of right now, we don't require logins to use our search engine. However, we encourage you to create a Login Account as it allows you to track your inquiries, receive email alerts every time a new organization that meets your preferences is added, upload a volunteering resume that you can choose to send as soon as you find the right volunteering opportunity and much more!.
Q. I have no health care training at all! Can I still find a place to volunteer in health care?
A. Absolutely! Simply go to our search page and under health care function or specialty choose "All Types of Trainable Volunteers". You could volunteer as a librarian in a hospital library to providing clinical assistance in a foreign country. The opportunities are endless even for people without any health care or clinical experience
Q. What is a Trainable Volunteer?
A. A trainable volunteer is any volunteer with an interest in health care volunteering. She or he may have knowledge of health care or none at all. However, most trainable volunteers have no professional training in a specific health care function. If you are somebody interested in volunteering in health care and making a difference, please choose this option in our search engine. Types of opportunities for trainable volunteers may range from being a medical escort for the elderly at your local community hospital, to a helicopter pilot who distributes medical supplies to remote areas, to running in a local 5k run/walk to raise money for cardiac disease, to working as a patient assistant in a foreign country. The opportunities are endless. Everyone has the ability to help the health care system in some way, so choose from the thousands of opportunities!
Q. Why should I bother signing up for a volunteering account?
A. Signing up for a free account allows you to:
Search for listings
Invite groups or friends to volunteer with you
View email addresses of all organizations you are interested in
Make inquiries and send messages directly through our system to organizations
Track your search history
Join our HealthCare Volunteer Public Health Aid network so you can help in the event of a disaster (We make this service available free to your local government in the event of a public health event)
Upload a volunteering resume
Create a volunteering profile
Receive email alerts whenever a new organization is added that meets your preferences and much more!
Best of all, it is 100% free just like all our services.
Q. If you are a non-profit, why is it HealthCareVolunteer.com?
Q. Why didn't I receive my account activation email?
A. Occasionally, emails get lost in the Internet and so you may wish to try and login with your account information and our system will automatically resend the activation email. If this does not work, please send us email to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: "Please activate my account" and we will activate your account within 12 hours for you.
Q. I'm interested in becoming a volunteer. I will be licensed as a pharmacist this coming May. Want to know what I can do to help?
A. Please sign up on our web site. Once you are on our web site create a Volunteer account. Then sign in to your account and fill out our online volunteering application from the main menu on the account login page. Weâ€™ll then try and place you with a volunteer position in one of our host countries. Alternatively, you can search our listing for volunteering positions.
Q. I am a foreign trained dentist from Argentina, currently living in Miami, taking the NBDE and willing to get into dental school in the US.I would like to know if you could tell me if there is any kind of dental program in which I could volunteer?
A. You may be able to volunteer outside of the United States in one of our programs. In terms of volunteering in the U.S. you will find the best luck in a dental school or in a dental office as an assistant until you get your license in the United States. If you want to apply for our programs abroad: Go to our site and then click "Volunteers" and then sign up for an account. Once you login to your new account you can sign up by filling out the application online. Certain developing countries will take foreign dental/medical, etc. licenses from volunteers who come from abroad to volunteer. Countries choose on a case by case basis, so it is best to apply and allow us to present your application to the country's governing health body.
Q. I am very interested in attending the clinical elective abroad for one or
two months. Is it in general possible to attend the clinical elective as foreign
A. Yes, this is possible. In some instances, you will be able to fulfill your clinical elective requirements as long as your university allows you to volunteer as such.
Q. I am a dental or medical student. Will I be allowed to treat patient by myself?
A. You will be able to treat patients according to your current level of clinical training from your home institution. Most developing countries will allow you to perform patient care. The main objective is to provide competent clinical care at all times even when performing volunteer work. We will tell you specifically if you will not be able to provide clinical care, otherwise assume you can perform clinical care. 1st and 2nd year medical/dental students will get less clinical experience as their scope is limited. 3rd/4th/5th/6th year students will have extended clinical experiences, but most of the decision is based independently on clinical competency of the student.
Q. Is there a program fee / registration fee for your direct patient programs?
A. No. Our founding principle is connecting volunteers to volunteering opportunities for free. You will only pay your personal volunteering expenses. You can always fundraise on our web site for your trip using a free fundraising profile.
Q. Usually how many volunteers are there during a single time at any one location during your direct patient care programs?
A. The number of volunteers varies per site, but typically we try to have enough volunteers on site so that everyone has enough volunteer work for a full 8-hour day of volunteer work. We try to limit volunteers so that everyone is adequately busy. Typically, our program is led with at least one physician or dentist and support personnel as needed. In certain cases nurse practioners can lead their own groups by providing preventive healthcare.
Q. It seems that most organisations require a very high level of
training. Are there voluntary postitions that require medical graduates that have only completed one or two years of hospital training?
A. Yes, there are many voluntary positions that will accept new medical graduates, but rarely are positions created specifically for these types of people. If you have clinical experience you can treat within your training. You will learn new clinical information at the volunteer site, but health care may not be as advanced as your home country. Nonetheless, some people take 1 year off after school or a gap-year to volunteer abroad to get more public health experience as the cases you see are more varied than in developed countries. If you are interested please create an account and fill out the online application.
Q. I have an interest in your International Volunteer Programs. How do I apply?
A. You need to create a volunteer account at www.healthcarevolunteer.com/volunteers/join_the_movement Then login to your account and click on Apply for our volunteering programs abroadâ€. If you wish to volunteer with our management or administrative team within our headquarters, please go to the About Us Page and click on â€œVolunteer Opportunitiesâ€.
Q. Why is it so difficult to contact your company by telephone? I am interested in going on a volunteering mission trip, but no one ever answers the phone.
A. Although we have our phone contact, we get a very high volume of phone calls and we are not able to return each phone call. Most of our services are offered via the Internet and most of the questions you have are often listed on our web site and usually simply requires a response with a web site link pointing you in the right direction. If you have any specific questions, email is the best way to contact us and we do respond to all of our email. We typically donâ€™t facilitate a staff person to speak with a potential volunteer via phone until we receive and accept a completed application, which is free of charge to complete. This is our way of ensuring a preliminary commitment from a volunteer prior to investing our resources into working on a specific health-oriented volunteer trip that works best for the individual volunteer. All this allows us to continue to empower individual health volunteers in the projects they choose to serve.
Q. As students would we definitely be able to carry out 'hands on' treatment throughout our time with you?
A. You can do as much hands-on treatment as you are clinically competent in completing. We want you to accomplish as much good for the local people as possible without practicing outside of your abilities and training. Although you are volunteering, your goal should be to provide nothing less than clinically competent health care work. We have no restrictions on our end. We have had pre-medical students treat over a thousand patients and other medical/dental students treat more patients than they have time to see during their stay.
Q. We are thinking of volunteering for two weeks. Is there a minimum time period you have to volunteer for?
A. You can stay for as long or for as short as you wish. All our programs are extremely flexible because we do not want to obligate volunteers to stay for a specific amount of time in case an emergency or other scenario should cause an adjustment to the volunteer's schedule. Typically, we recommend volunteers provide services for at least 1 week if not 2 weeks, but we will help volunteers who wish to volunteer for only 1 day. If you decide during your service, you want to extend or shorten your service period, you do not need to clear or even contact our organization headquarters. Simply let the local staff know and if there are no conflicts on their end, feel free to make any adjustment you wish.
Q. How do I pay for my volunteering experience? How much will it costs?
A. You will pay for your expenses including travel, food, accommodation and visas / temporary licensure if you need it. Your expenses are dependent on your lifestyle. Specific housing options are listed with some of our opportunities, but if you aren't interested in these, then you can always use your own housing options, transportation options, etc. If you want to fundraise for your volunteering activity or trip, simply register on our web site. When editing your profile, enter information on your proposed activity, when you are going, what you hope to accomplish while there, what your motivation is and why they should donate for your cause. Then have your friends and family visit your web site profile/fundraising page to make a donation. All funds we collect under your name, will be given to you at the end of your HealthCare Volunteer-sponsored activity.
Q. Are we able to choose the specialties we are interested during the rotations in the hospital?
A. Yes! You choose what areas you would like to work in, but your success is directly related to your motivation and willingness to learn and to do good for the patient or do nothing! You can rotate around as needs fluctuate within the health facility. We offer complete flexibility in our programs.