Overall, my trip to Malawi was truly a life changing experience. I definitely have a more global perspective on the disparities in delivery of medical care around the world and a broader understand of the field of orthopedic surgery. As other volunteers have noted, my trip also reinforced the critical need for continued support and education to those in the developing world.

-HVO Orthopaedics Traveling Fellow


AAD Travel Grants Available
The AAD Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee (EVAC) offers a grant, administered by HVO, to offset travel costs for dermatologic-related volunteerism travel through HVO.  Dermatologists (who must be members of both AAD and HVO) with confirmed HVO assignments, may apply for funding to defray some of their travel-related expenses. Click here to learn more. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

AAWC Grants Available
The Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) is providing travel grants to offset costs for AAWC Members to travel to HVO Wound and Lymphedema project sites in 2017. Click here to learn more. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

AFSH-HVO Young Surgeon Traveling Fellowship
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) – HVO Traveling Fellowship is available to R3, R4, R5, fellows and surgeons within three years of completing their fellowship to volunteer at an HVO hand surgery project site for 2-4 weeks. Applications for the 2018 fellowship are due April 2, 2018. Learn more about the AFSH-HVO Young Surgeon Traveling Fellowship.

Orthopaedics Traveling Fellowship
The Orthopaedics Traveling Fellowship will fund senior orthpoaedic residents to volunteer at an HVO orthopaedic project site for 2-4 weeks. Learn more about the Orthopaedics Traveling Fellowships. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Plotnick Nursing Education Volunteer Fund
Nurses – HVO members with confirmed HVO assignments – may apply for funding to defray some of their travel-related expenses. The minimum assignment length eligible for support is 2 weeks. Preference is given for assignments that are at least 4 weeks or longer. Requests for funding accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to learn more.


SEA-HVO Fellowship
The fellowship is offered to senior anesthesia residents interested in spending 4 weeks teaching at an HVO anesthesia site in a developing country. The deadline for the 2018 Fellowship has passed.


Fundraise for Your Trip
HVO partners with Razoo, an online fundraising site, to help you raise money to offset trip expenses.

The Volunteer Toolkit
Find out more about HVO’s policies, forms, resources, and tips to prepare for your trip overseas.

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