Thousands of people, especially from the medical background, invest their time and energy to help people in developing countries to combat diseases and sufferings due to illnesses. Many of them work in their own countries in support of such activities abroad by raising funds, collecting medicines and medical equipment. Others prefer to travel abroad to help the volunteering services physically. As it is said, people from a medical background such as doctors, therapists, pathologists, medical students, nurses, and missionaries mostly take part in these kinds of medical volunteering activities. There are instances, when people from non-medical background stretch their helping hand for people in dire circumstances in different parts of this globe. Most of these people like to work in groups by staying attached to a volunteer group.
Most of the medical volunteers prefer to invest limited time, but some dedicate even years or their whole career in this type of job. These latter kinds of volunteers often travel to a preferred destination country at their own expenses; they bring with them food, clothes, medicines and money. On the other hand, volunteers spending longer times get food, shelter and often small stipends for their services. Medical volunteering is a great service to humanity offered by those who prefer to dedicate their lives for the betterment of humankind.
Why Some Prefer Volunteering?
Health professionals offer volunteering services for different reasons, but most of them want to serve people in terrible condition in third-world countries. Here are some other reasons:
- Challenging job environment in third-world countries attracts some people to work there.
- For a few, it’s the philosophical or religious convictions that lead them to offer such services.
- Some go for such services to gain experience in an unknown world.
- Some volunteers like to teach different health and hygienic matters to people who know very little about the same.
- A few go to learn a handful of new skills in their subjects.
And the reasons go on. Above all, whatever the reason, ultimately some people in poor countries get good medical support and get rid of illnesses or at least get a chance to change their lifestyles for living a healthy life.
Features of Volunteer Organizations
A few medical volunteering organizations are doing wonderful jobs and conduct their activities in every nook and crany in the world. They accumulate people with medical background to serve in some distant country. These organizations have reached in far-reaching African countries like Ghana, Kenya and Fiji. Again, they have divided their programmes by country and by type, e.g. diabetes care Fiji has to offer, Fiji orphanage volunteering, etc. People having relevant knowledge on particular services are sent to a country for the specific jobs; for instance, for diabetes care in Fiji, trained people with relevant knowledge on diabetes are sent to help people suffering from blood sugar problems. Organizations take care of volunteers from every aspect, so that they do not face any problem while staying in a foreign country.
There is a huge gap between demand and availability of people ready to offer medical volunteering services. Organizations dedicated to medical services in third-world countries are continuously looking for volunteers and preparing them with updated knowledge and training so that they can deliver expert medical services for which they are sent to a foreign country.