Incredible volunteers make our work possible. These individuals give up
two weeks of their lives, travel around the world, work under exhausting
circumstances and give up pay, vacation time and comfort to help transform
Our medical volunteers don’t just hail from the United States. Many of our
teams include our international partners from other countries. Regional
collaboration and partnerships are important aspects of how we work. Their
expertise in similar developing world environments, in addition to their
extensive skills, makes them invaluable advisors and helps build relationships
with local medical professionals.
Together, they operate on 3,000 patients a year and dramatically
change lives. Just as importantly, they teach through hands-on training and
medical exchange on team trips and through visiting educator workshops.
The goal is to build the local capacity for a full complement of reconstructive
surgery and integrated care. Many of our strongest year-round Surgical
Outreach Programs—like those in Nepal and Bangladesh—began by building
relationships and educational opportunities with our volunteers.
Volunteers are integral to our objective of creating long-term, sustainable
medical care around the world. Their sacrifices have long-lasting results and
we are thankful.