Throughout the year, ReSurge International medical volunteers from all over
the country, and even the world, come together to help developing world
surgeons with their backlog of cases, as well as help train local medical
professionals. Our volunteer surgical team and visiting educator programs
offer our volunteers the ability to work with their colleagues abroad while
helping provide direct service to children and adults who need it the most.
Volunteer Surgical Teams: Become a part of one of our volunteer surgical
team trips and help spread the gift of healing around the world.
Teams include volunteer plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians,
operating room and recovery room nurses, as well as trip coordinator/translators (C/Ts) fluent in the local language. From assisting the pediatrician in obtaining a patient's history to putting a child at ease before her surgery, our C/Ts are essential to the success of a ReSurge mission, and we are always looking for more qualified volunteers to join our teams in that role. Some teams also include nurse
educators, hand therapists and physical therapists. At this time, we do not
take volunteers who do not fit within these specialties.
What if I’m a resident or in medical school?
We do not allow surgical residents or medical school students on our surgical team
trips. However, your help could be valuable as an intern. Please see information
on our internships.
What if I’m not a medical professional?
The only way to volunteer on our surgical team trips as a non-medical staff is
if you speak one of the languages of our host countries at a high proficiency
level. If so, we encourage you to apply for a coordinator/translator position.
Coordinator/ translators provide general patient, family and team support and
perform clerical work throughout the surgical team trip.
What is the cost?
Unlike many organizations, our participants pay only a flat fee of $350 toward
travel expenses; ReSurge covers all remaining transportation and accommodation
costs, although team members are responsible for some of their own meals
during the trip. Additional voluntary contributions to help defray trip expenses
are certainly welcomed.
How big are the teams?
Teams generally include 10 to 15 members; we strive to maintain small teams
so as not to overwhelm our host country colleagues and local medical facilities.
How long are the trips?
Our volunteer surgical team trips are generally two weeks long. At this time,
we do not offer long-term volunteer placements.
Where can I volunteer?
Where you can volunteer depends on our trip schedule for that year. Please
note, the list of countries, locations and dates vary yearly. To see our current
trip schedule, or to request a trip, click here.
How can I apply?
To apply to become a credentialed volunteer, please download the appropriate applications using the links below. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these PDF files. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here for the free download.
Submit by mail:
Once printed and completed, send your full application packet to:
ATTN: Dora Rusin-Gomez
Assistant Director, Volunteer Services and Medical Supplies
145 N. Wolfe Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Use Adobe Reader to complete the application form. To digitally sign, click the "Signature" box and follow the on-screen instructions. Be sure to save the completed form.
Email a PDF file of your completed, signed form and other requested application materials to Dora Rusin-Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical volunteers with extensive teaching experience can apply to participate
in our visiting educator program. The goal of our visiting educator
program is to educate developing world doctors in an effort to build local
capacity and create long-term, sustainable surgical care.
It is a critical part of our mission, and our volunteer educators teach local
doctors the latest techniques for repairing hands, burns, cleft lips or cleft
palates and microtia. Anesthesiologists, pediatricians and nurse educators
and therapists also conduct workshops and conferences.
All of our visiting educators have comprehensive experience teaching internationally
and are selected by our chief medical officer. If you have extensive
medical teaching experience and wish to learn more, please contact:
Dr. Jim Chang
Consulting Medical Officer