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Volunteering Abroad

What does a medical volunteer do?

Providing medical aid where it is needed most. This can be in areas of conflict, natural disasters and in tackling endemic disease.

Medical Similarities

Generally using all your medical skills in different environments.

Pay

As a volunteer you will probably have to subsidise yourself

Hours

Usually 6-12 month placements

Lifestyle

Hard work but usually incredibly rewarding. Can be very emotionally straining. Must be prepared to be away from friends and family for significant periods of time.

Attributes

Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations
Ability to work with limited resources

Getting Ahead

GP, A&E, O&G and trauma experience would be helpful

Further Info

www.msf.org.uk
www.redcross.org.uk

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