Outreach Team Leader
Volunteers Around the World (VAW) is always looking for new Team Leaders to form and prepare a team of student volunteers during the school year. The team will travel to Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Panama, Peru or Vietnam during the winter, spring and/or summer and participate in the operation of mobile clinics and/or sustainable development projects in underserved communities.
The Team Leader will have a number of responsibilities throughout the year, such as: forming a team of student volunteers, establishing a board of student directors for the club, developing a relationship with a faculty mentor on campus, establishing VAW as an official club and/or class, attending regular phone meetings with the staff and other team leaders of VAW, and fundraising with their team. The board of student directors should be formed so that the club maintains its presence on campus even after the founding team leader has graduated. It is assumed that the team leader will travel with their team to one of the countries. VAW expects the team leader to dedicate 3-4 hours minimum per week to the club.
VAW – Medical Outreach provides volunteers with an opportunity to perform a week of medical outreach clinics with a trusted staff of doctors and site coordinators. During these clinics, our volunteers get exposure to medicine through hands-on experience taking patients’ vitals, assisting with medication distribution, learning basic pharmacology, communicating with patients and shadowing doctors during consultations and procedures. All volunteer activities are under the direct supervision of a licensed physician. It is a truly unique experience that allows you to work in a clinical setting while being immersed in a foreign culture.
VAW – Dental Outreach provides volunteers with an opportunity to perform a week of dental outreach clinics with a trusted staff of dentists and site coordinators. During these clinics, our volunteers shadow dental professionals and assist them in procedures such as extractions, cleanings, fillings, radiography, and sealants. In the clinics, volunteers will get exposure to dentistry through hands-on experience taking patients’ vitals, communicating with patients and shadowing dentists during consultations and procedures. All volunteer activities are under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. It is a truly unique experience that allows you to work in a clinical setting while being immersed in a foreign culture.
VAW – Veterinary Outreach provides volunteers with an opportunity to travel to Cusco, Peru and have 6 veterinary work days: 2 days at an animal sanctuary learning about native animals and habitats and proper alimentation and handling techniques, 2 days at local animal shelter providing basic care and treatment for the animals, 2 days at mobile veterinary clinic providing basic care and treatment for the animals and 1 day shadowing a spay or neuter procedure at a local vet clinic in town. All volunteer activities are under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarians. It is a truly unique experience that allows you to work in your future professional field while being immersed in a foreign culture.
VAW – Global Health provides volunteers with an opportunity to travel to Guatemala to work during one week with families in communities to implement and build sustainable healthy living solutions such as compost boxes, recycled water and water filtration systems, family gardens and latrines. It is a truly unique experience that allows you to work in a sustainable project while being immersed in a foreign culture.
This is an intensive internship, valuable to future nurses, physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, lab technicians, veterinarians, public health careers or anyone who interested in seeing what it is like to work the medical, dental, veterinary or global health field, or seeking international experience. The internship is focused on giving volunteers a variety of experiences in treating patients, deepening their understanding of the health field, and gaining experience and insight into working in a developing country.
The most important qualification is to be a self-starter. Though you will have constant access to the Volunteers Around the World staff for guidance, much of the work will require you to be self-motivated as you will have no direct supervision.
It is important that you feel comfortable in a leadership role and can direct people. A lot of preparation and organization is required for the trip, so it is imperative that you can delegate responsibility and motivate your team to stay on target.
Applicants must be very outgoing and social. You will need to feel comfortable talking to strangers and in front of large audiences; as you put together your team, you will need to be able to articulate your ideas and aspirations to other students you may not know.
Please note: it is not required that you speak a foreign language.