Who Should Volunteer

A Wide Range of Volunteer Opportunities

Through our partner, Imaging the World, we have personal and unique relationships with local hospitals and clinics. This helps us accommodate a wide range of volunteers with varying types of credentials and levels of experience. 

When you arrive in-country, you will find highly skilled local practitioners who are ready to provide less-experienced volunteers with meaningful tasks and a robust learning experience.  And of course, there is always need for experienced medical practitioners to come share their wealth of knowledge. Ultimately, it is about sharing, giving, and learning together.


For undergraduate students and graduates

Medical Journeys is an excellent opportunity for college students – and those who have recently graduated – to explore interests in medicine, public health, and international development. Medical Journeys’ locations provide a challenging, but highly safe and welcoming environment in which to learn. Specific student projects vary based on personal interests and community needs. Some past volunteers have focused on medical shadowing, data collection, patient assistance, community education and video/media production.*

For students in the medical field

Students often need to log hours for degree requirements or otherwise wish to gain experience providing direct clinical care. Volunteers can gain this and more by volunteering through Medical Journeys. It is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on turning theoretical knowledge into hands-on skills. And you will be working together through our partner organization, Imaging the World, which is run by US physicians and medical educators.**.

Licensed, physicians, sonographers, and nurses

No matter the medical institution, there is always a need for assistance and training from those with expertise in specific fields. This sharing of knowledge is a fundamental component of improving the quality of healthcare at all hospitals and clinics. Those with these types of skills are in high demand and Medical Journeys can place you in meaningful positions.


* Volunteers must be a minimum of 20 years to participate as a volunteer.  Medical Journeys also organizes a special summer program for high school students.  Contact Us for more information.

** Certification of the time you spend volunteering in Africa, if required by your school or training program, can be provided through our affiliation with physicians from the Robert Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont.