What is it?

The International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization that uses health care training and relief and development programs to save lives. Founded in 1984 by Dr. Robert Simon, this organization has committed over one billion dollars in aid to over 50 countries. The goal of the International Medical Corps is to serve struggling communities worldwide through health interventions and medical assistance, in addition to providing medical training. This alliance responds effectively to emergency situations: it has responded to major international crises for the past two decades, including famine in Somalia, the Rwandan genocide, and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia.

What will I do?

The International Medical Corps offers many ways for volunteers to get involved, including giving care following a disaster, educating farmers regarding agriculture, and building roads and clinics. This organization works in over twenty countries, including the United States.  Volunteers can be divided into several categories: the first is the emergency response group.

These volunteers provide life-saving emergency health services across the globe. Emergency response volunteers must pay for their own flights, but they do receive shared housing, insurance, and a food allowance. Non-medical international volunteers, on the other hand, are trained professionals that are eligible for a monthly stipend.

Where will I be?

Emergency Response Volunteers: Worldwide

Non-Medical Volunteers: Worldwide

Domestic Volunteers: Los Angeles, Washington D.C, or London

Contact Information

1919 Santa Monica Blvd.

Suite 400

Santa Monica, CA 90404

PHONE: 310-826-7800

FAX: 310-442-6622


24-Hour Donation Hotline: 800-481-4462


1313 L St. NW

Suite 220

Washington, DC 20005

PHONE: 202-828-5155

FAX: 202-828-5156


24-Hour Donation Hotline: 800-481-4462


3rd Floor

254-258 Goswell Road



PHONE: +44 (0) 207 253 0001

FAX: +44 (0) 207 250 3269


Contributed by Sadia Dimbil


What is it?

Compassionate Journeys is a charitable organization founded by Amanda Larson, who hoped to make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty in Ghana.  After spending time working in an orphanage and witnessing the poverty first-hand, Larson created Compassionate Journeys to help local organizations in Ghana with volunteer staffing, funding and awareness. The mission of the organization is to provide opportunities for individuals from different backgrounds to enact positive change through their work and volunteerism, while simultaneously raising awareness of social and health issues. The organizations targeted by Larson range from schools to maternity and HIV/AIDS clinics.

What will I do?

Compassionate Journeys has many different programs for volunteers that range from teaching opportunities to medical positions. There are teaching projects at schools and orphanages. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work in either rural or urban settings to teach underprivileged students. Other volunteers may be placed in health clinics; here, they will serve as social workers and medical assistants. While volunteers may work in schools or health clinics, they also have the opportunity to work in a leper village. For many years, leprosy was misunderstood and the cause of many social stigmas in Ghana.  Today, although there are many cases of leprosy in Africa and across the developing world, those with the disease have hope, as simple doses of antibiotics can help prevent the effects of the illness. Volunteers who work in the leper village will teach these individuals how to make crafts, candles, clothing, and soap; these crafts will then be sold and used to generate revenue for those living in the village.

Where will I be?

Based on your placement, you will be in different regions of Ghana. If you are working in a clinic, you will be staying with a host family in Accra. Teaching positions are more spread out, allowing volunteers to decide if they want to work in a rural or urban environment – you may be working in an orphanage in Kasoa, which is located one hour from Accra; other schools and orphanages are located in a rural village called Anyako or in the Volta region. Volunteers working with leprosy patients will be placed in the Leper Village.

Contact Information

Phone: +1(602) 708-9664




Contributed by Lily Saadat