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“I’ve saved more lives in my two years in Uganda than in 30 years in the NHS”.

Chris Jary, VSO doctor, Uganda

Medical and healthcare volunteer jobs

You wouldn’t work in medicine and healthcare if you weren’t serious about making a real difference to people’s lives. But have you considered how big that difference could be?

By working alongside your counterparts in a developing country, you’ll create the kind of deep-seated changes that will make an entire nation healthier.

The Ebola crises in Sierra Leone decimated the country's healthcare system. There is now a severe shortage of trained healthcare professionals. Doctor Padma is volunteering to help staff develop vital skills that will help save countless lives. 

Effective volunteering

VSO midwife Alice Waterman and student, Masuba School of Midwifery, Sierra Leone © VSO / Felicity Thompson

Alice Waterman teaches midwifery student Elizabeth Conteh at the Masuba School of Midwifery

VSO only works with carefully-vetted partners in each country so your skills are put to the best possible use.

You’ll work where you’re needed most, improving care for some of the world’s poorest people.

And you'll pass on your skills and experience to local healthcare workers, so your time abroad has a long-lasting legacy.

When you volunteer you learn a lot of things on placement that you wouldn’t learn at home. You get to develop your skills and learn more about health in a global setting. You get to make a difference in six months which you might not feel with a job at home. You can see things changing. You feel like you’ve had a big impact. 

Aisling Walsh, Doctor, Uganda

How we support you

Throughout your journey with VSO, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. Our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement and our offices in each of the countries we work in and our local partners will provide ongoing support while you are overseas.

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Stories from VSO medical and healthcare volunteers

Current medical and healthcare volunteer jobs abroad

We are looking for candidates in a number of anticipated volunteer jobs. These jobs are not confirmed yet. If you are interested in any of these jobs, please complete the application form and we'll be in touch.