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Volunteer Service Organizations


Interested in a humanitarian adventure? Explore your options by contacting some of the volunteer service organizations listed below. Given the demand for nurses, physical and occupational therapists, respiratory care practitioners, and technicians, you will likely find a mission that fulfills your personal and professional expectations.

ALBERT SCHWEITZER INSTITUTE OF THE HUMANITIES
275 Mount Carmel Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
203-582-3144
www.schweitzerinstitute.org
Locations: International

AMERICAN RED CROSS
Attn: Public Inquiry Office
431 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
202-639-3520
info@usa.redcross.org
www.redcross.org
Locations: International

ASSOCIATION OF EPISCOPAL COLLEGES
815 Second Avenue, Suite 315
New York, NY 10017
212-716-6148
office@cuac.org
Locations: International

CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD
10 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011-5765
800-678-5659
www.cmmb.org
Locations: International

CHRISTIAN MEDICAL AND DENTAL SOCIETY
P.O. Box 7500
Bristol, TN 37621
423-844-1000
main@cmdahome.org
www.cmdahome.org
Locations: Short term domestic and international mission trips

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
Resource Development and Service Center
28606 Phillips Street
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
574-264-3102
800-297-1516
info@churchworldservice.org
www.churchworldservice.org
Locations: International

CONCERN AMERICA
P.O. Box 1790
Santa Ana, CA 92702
800-CONCERN
concamerinc@earthlink.net
www.concernamerica.org
Locations: Central and South America, Mexico, Mozambique

CROSS-CULTURAL SOLUTIONS
47 Potter Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
914-632-0022
800-380-4777
www.crossculturalsolutions.org
Locations: China, Cuba, Ghana, India, Peru

FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE
3560 Highway 74, Suite B-2
Evergreen, CO 80439
303-674-0717
www.friendshipbridge.org
Locations: Guatemala, Vietnam

GLOBAL HEALTH COUNCIL
1701 K Street, NW Ste 600
Washington, DC 20006
202-833-5900
www.globalhealth.org
Locations: Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America

HEALTH VOLUNTEERS OVERSEAS P.O. Box 65157
Washington, DC 20035-5157
202-296-0928
info@hvousa.org
www.hvousa.org
Locations: International

HELPING HANDS HEALTH EDUCATION
948 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303-449-4279
888-241-0710
Locations: Africa, Nepal

INSTITUTE OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
4750 North Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
773-769-6363
icc@ica-usa.org
www.ica-usa.org
Locations: Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe

INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN
2 Ledge Lane
New Milford, CT 06776
860-354-3417
Location: Manila

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF JEWISH MISSIONS
P.O. Box 1386
Hixson, TN 37343
423-876-8150
www.ibjm.org INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE SERVICE CORPS
333 Ludlow Street
Stamford, CT 06902-8904
203-967-6000
www.iesc.org
Locations: International

INTERNATIONAL LIFELINE
Box 32714
Oklahoma City, OK 73123
405-728-2828
Location: Haiti

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS
11 South 500 West Olympic Boulevard, #506
Los Angeles, CA 90064-1524
310-826-7800
800-481-4462
www.imcworldwide.org/
Locations: International

INTERNATIONAL MISSION BOARD, SBC
P.O. Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230-0767
800-866-3621
www.imb.org

JESUIT VOLUNTEERS INTERNATIONAL
P.O. Box 3756
Washington, DC 20027
202-687-1132
www.jesuitvolunteers.org
Locations: International

LAY MISSION-HELPERS ASSOCIATION
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 637-7222
www.LayMissionHelpers.org
Locations: Have served in 35 countries world wide, currently; American Samoa, Cameroon, Guatemala, Kenya, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Zimbabwe

MARYKNOLL LAY MISSIONERS
P.O. Box 307
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0307
914-762-6364
800-818-5276
www.maryknoll.org
Locations: Africa, Asia, Latin America, U. S.

MERCY CORPS INTERNATIONAL
3015 SW First Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
503-796-6814
www.mercycorps.org
Locations: Africa, Americas, Balkans, East Asia, Middle East/Caucasus, South and Central Asia

MISSION DOCTORS ASSOCIATION
3424 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 637-7499
www.MissionDoctors.org
Locations: Cameroon, Guatemala, Zimbabwe

NURSING ABROAD
P.O. Box 8
Bakewell
Derbyshire DE45 1YG
01629 640980
www.nursingabroad.net

OPERATION RAINBOW, INC.
3411 Richmond Ave. Ste. 333
Houston, TX 77477
281-980-0088
www.operationrainbow.org
Locations: Armenia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Philippines, Venezuela, Vietnam

PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION
525 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
202-974-3000
www.paho.org
Locations: International

PEACE CORPS
1111 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20526
800-424-8580
www.peacecorps.gov
Locations: International

PROJECT CONCERN INTERNATIONAL
3550 Afton Road
San Diego, CA 92123
858-279-9690
www.projectconcern.org
Locations: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Romania, U. S., Zambia

PROJECT HOPE
Health Sciences Education Center
255 Carter Hall Ln.
Millwood, VA 22646
540-837-2100
www.projhope.org
Locations: International

U. S. STATE DEPARTMENT
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
202-647-4000
www.state.gov
Locations: International

VOLUNTEERS FOR MISSION
Mission Personnel
815 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10017
800-334-7626
(Rev. Jane Butterfield)
Locations: International

Founded in 1937, Duquesne University's School of Nursing is considered the first such baccalaureate program in the state of Pennsylvania. Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the school is renowned for its international activity, which is integrated into courses as an alternative for students wishing to expand their horizons and explore the healthcare needs of other cultures.

American healthcare professionals can share their expertise with others in an unusual and challenging way through disaster relief, mission work, collaborative research, and agency assignments. International travel, in particular, can be both exciting and rewarding. U.S. providers who practice in third world countries have the potential to make a significant contribution to the improvement of patient care. In return, they gain professional satisfaction and a greater awareness of world health needs. Perhaps more importantly, they receive the ultimate gratification of having made a difference.

For a year in Manchester, England, I worked as a cardiac care nurse in telemetry, enjoying my position. When some of my older patients began to question my reasons for not taking advantage of my young age by traveling around the world, I began to think that I might be missing out on great opportunities. Giving their suggestions some thought, I knew that there was no time like the present.

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