Interested in international volunteer opportunities to work alongside long-term workers on the field? The work of volunteer teams, especially teams with health skills, can often help field workers enter areas and access families and groups they would not otherwise be able to access.
We want to let you know of some opportunities during the rest of 2013 and into 2014.
Armenia - We have a request from the field for PTs and OTs (a team of 2 to 10) to work with disabled children and their families in the country of Armenia. The dates on the field are October 4–11, 2013, with travel probably beginning on the 2nd and ending on the 13th. The field worker writes: “This project is part of an overall church planting strategy to minister to families in the capital city and in rural areas. The country has virtually no services or care for the disabled. These families are open to the Gospel and are key entry points into communities. Volunteers will make home visits, teach small seminars, and share in the local church.”
Thailand – The request is for small teams (up to 6 people) of doctors, nurses, and other primary care providers to work alongside the local staff at the hospital as they conduct mobile clinics in island villages and do home visits. There will also be opportunities to “shadow” and mentor the
local nurses and doctors during daily activities in the hospital, and to lead in activities of specialized clinics (diabetes, HIV, OB). The dates are flexible – any 10-11 days (6 to 7 on the ground and 4 days travel) during the months of August-November, 2013 and January-May of 2014. The field worker writes: “We share the gospel primarily by 1 on 1 conversations with people… Bringing in American volunteer teams to help in the community opens the doors to the community for us to continue to visit people and start spiritual conversations leading to the gospel.”
Egypt – The request from the field is for small groups of primary care providers and others (up to 6 people per team) to conduct clinics in unreached poverty areas of the largest city in the country. This is part of an on-going strategy to access the millions of people in this large urban area. The requested dates (inclusive of travel) from the field for teams are: October 10-20, 2013, February 27-March 8, 2014, March 20-29, 2014, April 17-26, 2014, May 23-31, 2014, and June 12-21, 2014.
In addition to these specific requests for teams, we also have requests for individuals or teams of 2-4 for two weeks to a year in places like India, Ghana, Cambodia, Jordan, Oman and others.
If you or a team from your area is interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please email Jerry White, Medical Volunteer Facilitator with BGR, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will do our best to give you the information you need and to connect you to the field personnel who can facilitate this experience for you.