VOLUNTEER WITH RESURGE

Join our team of medical volunteers and make a difference.

 

ReSurge medical volunteers are critical members of our team and community. ReSurge uses two different models of trips for our medical volunteers: the Surgical Team Trip and the Visiting Educator Trip. A Surgical Team Trip consists of volunteers, equipment, and supplies to essentially form a mobile operating room, with the goal of integrating into the local medical system to provide high-quality care to as many patients as possible. The goal of the Visiting Educator trips is to educate developing low- and middle-income country (LMICs) doctors in an effort to build local capacity and create long-term, sustainable surgical care.

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VOLUNTEER WITH RESURGE

Join our team of medical volunteers and make a difference.

Volunteer Surgical Trips

Our surgical team trips provide full-scope reconstructive plastic surgery in the countries we serve, including burn contracture release and reconstruction, cleft lip and palate repair, and correction of other congenital conditions and physical injuries. The surgical teams include volunteer plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, operating room and recovery room nurses, as well as coordinator/translators who provide general patient, family and team support. Some teams also include nurse educators, hand therapists and occupational therapists, depending on local needs. These teams also work with local medical professionals to exchange knowledge and model international best practices in reconstructive surgery. Surgical team teams generally include 10 to 15 members; our teams are small so as not to overwhelm our host country colleagues and local medical facilities. Trips generally last two weeks. Trips generally last two weeks. For more information check out our FAQs below.

Visiting Educators

Medical volunteers with extensive teaching experience can apply to participate in our Visiting Educator program. ReSurge delivers hands-on training to medical professionals in the countries we serve. The goal of the Visiting Educator program is to educate low- and middle-income country (LMIC) physicians, nurses and physical therapists in an effort to build local capacity and create long-term, sustainable surgical care. Visiting Educators tailor their programs to fit the needs of our overseas partners, and track partner progress for a full range of reconstructive surgery, anesthesia, nursing and physical therapy procedures. Our Visiting Educator Trips are small teams, usually up to 8 people, with a trip duration of 10 days. These smaller teams focus on teaching specific techniques in all the various specialties involved with reconstructive surgery, through hands-on training and formal lectures.For more information check out our FAQs below. 

How to Apply

The first step to becoming a ReSurge Volunteer is the credentialing process. If you are interested in volunteering please review the applications below. To apply to become a credentialed volunteer, please download the appropriate application using the links below. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these PDF files. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here for the free download.

Submit electronically

Use Adobe Reader to complete the application form. To digitally sign, click the “Signature” box and follow the on-screen instructions. Be sure to save the completed form. Email a PDF file of your completed, signed form and other requested application materials to Dora Rusin-Gomez at dora@resurge.org.

Submit by Mail

Once printed and completed, send your full application packet to:


ReSurge International

ATTN: Dora Rusin-Gomez

756 N Pastoria Ave

Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Frequently Asked Questions

Who volunteers?

ReSurge International teams include volunteer plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, operating room and recovery room nurses, nurse educators, physical and occupational therapists, as well as trip coordinator/translators (C/Ts) fluent in the local language. At this time, we do not take volunteers who do not fit within these specialties.

What if I’m a resident or in medical school?

We do not allow surgical residents or medical school students on our surgical team trips. ReSurge will occasionally allow residents on Visiting Educator trips, provided they travel with an attending doctor and their host institution covers the resident’s travel costs. We also have internship opportunities available in our home office. Please see information on our internships. Please contact dora@resurge.org.

What if I’m not a medical professional?

The only way to volunteer on our trips as a non-medical staff is if you speak one of the languages of our host countries at a high proficiency level. If so, we encourage you to apply for a coordinator/translator position. Coordinator/translators provide general patient, family and team support and perform clerical work throughout the surgical team trip. As mentioned above, we also offer internship opportunities in our Sunnyvale, CA office.

What is the cost?

Unlike many organizations, our trip participants pay only a flat fee of $350 that goes toward travel expenses; ReSurge covers all remaining transportation and accommodation costs, although team members are responsible for some of their own meals during the trip. Additional voluntary contributions to help defray trip expenses are always welcomed.

What is the difference between a Visiting Educator trip and a Surgical Team Trip?

ReSurge’s Surgical Team Trips consist of the volunteers, equipment, and supplies to essentially form a mobile operating room, with the goal of integrating into the local medical system to provide high-quality care to as many patients as possible. These teams also work with local medical professionals to exchange knowledge and model international best practices in reconstructive surgery.

The goal of the Visiting Educator trips is to educate lower middle-income country (LMICs) doctors in an effort to build local capacity and create long-term, sustainable surgical care. These smaller teams focus on teaching specific techniques in all the various specialties involved with reconstructive surgery, through hands-on training and formal lectures.

How big are the teams?

Surgical Team Trips generally include 10 to 15 team members, while Visiting Educator trips can include up to 6 to 8 volunteers; we strive to maintain small teams so as not to overwhelm our host country colleagues and local medical facilities. 

How long are the trips?

Our Surgical Team Trips are generally two weeks long. Visiting Educator trips are usually 10 days including travel. At this time, we do not offer long-term volunteer placements.

Where can I volunteer?

Where you can volunteer depends on our trip schedule for that year. Please note, the list of countries, locations and dates vary yearly. To see our current trip schedule, or to request a trip, click here.

Medical volunteers with extensive teaching experience can apply to participate in our Visiting Educator program.

ReSurge delivers hands-on training to medical professionals in the countries we serve. The goal of the Visiting Educator program is to educate low- and middle-income country (LMIC) physicians, nurses and physical therapists in an effort to build local capacity and create long-term, sustainable surgical care.

Visiting Educators tailor their programs to fit the needs of our overseas partners, and track partner progress for a full range of reconstructive surgery, anesthesia, nursing and physical therapy procedures.

2022 Trip Schedule

*All upcoming trips are dependent on the safety of travel due to COVID-19

January:
CCBRT Tanzania – Pediatric Hand
Kathmandu, Nepal – Burn Hand

February:
CCBRT Tanzania – Extremity Burns

March:
Hue, Vietnam – Cleft
Kathmandu, Nepal – Secondary Lip

April:
Havana, Cuba – Microsurgery
Hue, Vietnam – Cleft
Hanoi, Vietnam – Cleft/Craniofacial

May:
Kathmandu, Nepal – Microsurgery
CCBRT Tanzania – Clefts
Hue, Vietnam – Microsurgery
La Paz, Bolivia – Hand Surgery

June:
Thimphu, Bhutan – Hand Burn Surgery
Guayaquil, Ecuador – Hand and Peripheral Nerve