Working in the underserved regions of 13 countries throughout Africa, Asia
and Latin America, ReSurge International teaches, empowers and partners
with volunteers and overseas medical professionals so that children living in
poverty have free access to the safest and highest quality care, now and in
Sending teams of medical volunteers overseas is our oldest model of delivering
care. Since 1969, medical volunteers have donated and dedicated
their time to help children and adults receive the treatment they desperately
need. Volunteer team trips continue to have a critical role in providing
surgeries in locations where the caseload is overwhelming, teaching and
improving the quality of health care, and evaluating new sites.
These surgical teams include volunteer plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists,
pediatricians, operating room and recovery room nurses, as well as coordinator/translators who provide general patient, family and team support and
perform clerical work. Some teams also include nurse educators, hand therapists
and physical therapists. ReSurge surgical teams generally include 10 to
15 members; our teams are small so as not to overwhelm our host country
colleagues and local medical facilities. Trips generally last two weeks.
Each year, these surgical teams perform 620 life-transforming surgeries and
provide hands-on training and lectures. In addition, team trips are an effective
way to interact with the host and the site in order to further educate and to
assess needs more fully. Information gathered and relationships built through
team trips help determine the need for and subject matter of future visiting educator workshops and often lead to
the establishment of a Surgical Outreach Program.
If you would like to volunteer, please see our volunteer section.