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Health Volunteers Overseas is all about our volunteers! We recruit and train highly qualified health care professionals to teach and train on short-term volunteer assignments in developing countries. The success of HVO programs depends upon these dedicated individuals to share their expertise with their counterparts in developing countries. They offer mentoring, training, guidance, and professional support to local health care providers who care for the neediest populations in the most difficult of circumstances.


A Guide to Volunteering Overseas is a resource prepared by HVO to help guide individuals as they prepare for overseas volunteer assignments. 


HVO has gathered together travel tips and information all in one place. It’s a great place to start as you prepare to travel to an HVO site for your assignment.


The paperwork required for volunteers traveling to our project sites can vary based on the country and institution to which they travel, but there are some standard forms that must be completed by all HVO volunteers throughout the volunteer process.


HVO has put in place policies on safety, research, and fundraising to help ensure best practices for our volunteers and overseas partners.