Helpful Web Sites

 

The International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse of the University of Massachusetts Medical School

http://library.umassmed.edu/ihoc

This is a searchable database of international service and educational opportunities in healthcare, including updated descriptions of over 100 international organizations (stored in paper form in Mick Godkin's office). We will be expanding this list in the near future. You can search the database by: location of program, level of education (i.e. fourth-year student), languages spoken, level of funding available, and religious affiliation. In addition, links to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Warnings are available. These databases have information about immunization requirements, endemic diseases, and travel advisories.

Other Useful Web Sites

  • Adventure Medicine: http://www.healthwire.com/advmed

    This organization arranges for medical professionals to volunteer their services for expeditions and research missions, educational programs in the wilderness, as well as various relief projects in developing countries.

  • Adventurous Traveler Bookstore: http://www.gorp.com/atbook.htm
  • American Baptist Churches Board of International Ministries: http://www.abc-im.org

    Medical professionals needed for ongoing hurricane relief in Nicaragua.

  • American Medical Student Association: http://www.amsa.org

These and other AMSA Web sites are very good resources for information on field placements, travel advice, study tours, residencies, IH activism, and much more, including many other organizations and sources of information relevant to service and study abroad.

  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene: http://www.astmh.org

    This home page with listings of overseas opportunities, a travel clinic directory, funding and fellowships, newsletter, and more.

  • Amizade Ltd.: http://www.amizade.org

    This organization's aim is to save the rain forests by helping out its inhabitants. Typical projects involve helping the construction of health care units as well as other facilities, usually for 2-6 weeks. No construction experience is necessary.

  • Baptist Mid-Missions: http://www.bmm.org
  • Bridges to Community, Inc.: http://www.bridgestocommunity.org

    Bridges to Community operates medical and construction projects in Nicaragua.

  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Free Clinic: http://www.tzuchi.org

    For those interested in serving Hispanic and Asian populations.

  • Campus Crusade for Christ Missions and International Recruiting: http://www.harvest2000.org/international

    Opportunities in various regions of Africa and Asia, lasting 1-2 years. Commitment to a Christian faith is required.

  • CB International: http://www.cbi.org

    An evangelical Christian organization with 750 short- and long-term missionaries in Indonesia, Ivory Coast, and Pakistan.

  • Cemanahuac Educational Community: http://www.cemanahuac.com
  • Child Family Health International: http://www.cfhi.org

    Provides placement opportunities for medical students in Ecuador, Mexico, and India.

  • Children's Heartlink: http://www.childrensheartlink.orgThis organization is dedicated to heart disease prevention and treatment of children in developing countries.
  • Christian Connections for International Health: http://www.ccih.org
  • A membership organization that promotes "international health and wholeness with a Christian perspective."

  • Christian Medical & Dental Society/Global Health Outreach: http://www.cmds.org

Information on one of the largest U.S. foundations involved in national and international health.

  • Helps International http://www.helpsintl.org

    Assists indigenous peoples in the Guatemalan highlands.

  • Himalayan HealthCare, Inc. http://www.himalayan-healthcare.org

    This organization arranges two-week medical treks to a rudimentary clinic in an isolated area in Nepal, accessible only by foot. Volunteers are expected to be in good shape in order to bear the rigors of the treks.

  • Impact On Line (volunteering in general): http://www.impactonline.org
  • International Development Research Council: http://www.idrc.ca

    Canada's agency for funding development research. Web site provides information about current and recent projects, program initiatives, publications, training and funding opportunities.

British-based non-profit organization, founded in 1953, with over 100 affiliated language schools in 29 countries. ESL, EFL, foreign languages and TEFL teacher training.

  • International Language School: www.edunet.com/LSindex.html

    A guide to language schools around the world.

  • International Medical Corps: http://www.imc-la.com/index.htm

    "IMC is a private, non-sectarian, non-political, non-profit humanitarian relief organization . . ." Their home page contains information on IMC programs and job openings for doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.

  • MacArthur Foundation: http://www.macfdn.org

    Home page of one of the largest U.S. foundations, with a substantial commitment to national and international health, development, and population issues.

  • Mercy Ships: http://www.mercyships.org

    Mercy Ships is a nondenominational Christian organizaton that consists of three ships that dock into major ports providing medical services to surrounding underserved villages. The ships are equipped with surgical units for those patients that need it.

  • Mexican Medical Ministries: http://www.mexicanmedical.com
  • Orbis International: http://www.orbis.org

    This organization sends surgeons to developing nations to train physicians and perform eye surgeries.

  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): http://www.paho.org
  • Home page of WHO's regional office for the Americas.

  • Physicians for Human Rights: http://www.phrusa.org

    This Boston based organization recruits the help of physicians to investigate human rights abuses as well as to do advocacy work for human rights issues.

  • Physicians for Peace: http://www.msv.org/peace.html

    Through medical outreach projects, this organization hopes to promote world health and peace.

  • Project Hope: http://www.projhope.org
  • Rockefeller Foundation: http://www.rockfound.org

    Provides information about the Foundation, its programs, grant recipients, amounts awarded, and sites where research is being done.

  • SIM International: http://www.sim.org

  • World Medical Mission: http://www.samaritan.org

    Volunteers practice in hospitals, clinic, and disaster relief centers in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America.

  • World Rehabilitation Fund, Inc.: http://www.worldrehabfund.org

    WRF is involved in helping people worldwide regain the use of their arms and legs after injuries often resulting from war, accidents, or natural disasters.

  • Yahoo: http://www.yahoo.com

    Check out the health and medical links.