Health Volunteers Overseas

Contact Information Health Volunteers Overseas 1900 L St., NW, Suite 310 • Washington, DC 20036Tel: (202) 296-0928 • Fax: (202) 296-8018 •
Religious Philosophical Base HVO is a secular organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of healthcare in developing countries through the training and education of local health care providers
Areas Served 25 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean
Typical Projects Anesthesia, dentistry, dermatology, hand surgery, hematology, internal medicine, nursing education, oncology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy and wound care management
Primary Needs Physicians, nurses, dentists, physical therapists, and other health care professionals
Number of Volunteers 500 overseas placements annually
Prerequisites Varies by project
Language Requirements None (one exception is the project on Bolivia requires Spanish language skills or an interpreter)
Length of Service Varies; many projects require 1 month, others allow for 1 – 2 weeks or as long as 4 months
Volunteer Benefits Many sites provide room, board, and daily transportation for volunteers once they arrive. Since HVO is a registered nonprofit with the US IRS, most travel, living expenses, and related costs incurred by a volunteer are tax-deductible for those who file with the IRS
Comments Volunteers recieve extensive orientation materials prior to departure