Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Grounds for Health. Our volunteers are essential to the success of our work. Aside from our local collaborators and small Grounds for Health staff, our in-country training and screening activities depend almost entirely on the dedication and expertise of our volunteers.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please read this page and complete the volunteer application.
Who can volunteer?
- Our volunteers are licensed health professionals with experience in women’s health. This dedicated cohort includes nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, physician assistants, physicians and OB/GYNs.
- NOTE: We currently do not have any openings for cytotechnologists or general volunteers. (Updated: Dec 2012)
What do volunteers do?
- Volunteers participate in our didactic training as participants and facilitators. They then move to the clinical setting and assume key roles as preceptors and clinical mentors of the in-country health care providers.
- Volunteers may also take on any number of supporting tasks necessary to ensure a successful training and screening campaign. Some of these tasks may include: assisting with patient registration and clinic flow, running errands, assisting with set-up and break down of training and clinic rooms, entering clinic results into the computer database and washing instruments.
- Our volunteers typically return every 1-2 years to collaborate with us.
Are there any requirements?
- Spanish language proficiency is required for clinical providers in our Latin America programs. They must speak Spanish with enough fluency to participate in clinical training courses, interact comfortably with patients and serve as effective clinical preceptors and coaches.
- For Africa, Swahili language skills are helpful but are not required.
- All volunteers need to be tolerant, flexible and possess solid interpersonal skills.
- An ability and willingness to interact with people of different cultures is essential—hours are long and the living conditions are simple, but our volunteers consistently report deep satisfaction with their experience.
How much does it cost to volunteer?
- Volunteers pay for their own airfare, lodging and most meals.
- Grounds for Health finds lodging for all volunteers in small, clean, modest hotels.
- Volunteers generally budget $500-700 for in-country expenses plus the cost of airfare.
- Check sites such as Kayak.com etc. for latest rates to Latin America and Africa
- Many volunteers choose to combine their trip with some personal time and arrange their travel accordingly.
How do I apply?
- Mail your Grounds for Health Volunteer Application to:
- 92 South Main Street #2
- Waterbury, VT 05676
- Once we receive your application with all required information, we will let you know if your skills match our needs.
- We conduct a phone interview with you and then contact your professional references.
- If you are accepted, we will discuss the dates of our upcoming trips and match you with an upcoming training and campaign.
Have more questions?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 802.241.4146.