Who We Are

Since 1989, Global Health Volunteers, a not-for-profit organization, has recruited, trained and sent teams of health care professionals to provincial villages and distressed urban areas in Latin America and the Caribbean to provide professional healthcare and health education to people with little or no access to these resources. In addition to sending volunteer teams, we provide assistance in various forms to assist our in-country partners throughout the year.  Our office staff, as well as office and at-home volunteers perform a variety of tasks that are focused on helping our in-country partners and assisting our volunteer teams.

Founded as Global Outreach, Global Health Volunteers has served thousands of people through the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers. Global Health Volunteers on the home front, as well as our volunteers who travel abroad come from many fields, including the medical field.  Our volunteers are chosen on the basis of their skills and availability, without deference to race, religion, or ethnicity.

Our immediate goal is to assist our in-country partners in achieving their goal of developing healthier communities.  Our long-term goal is to help them move toward self-sustainability. Our volunteers tell us the service they provide helps them as much as it helps the communities they serve.

Our Vision

In partnership with people and organizations at home and abroad, we will be a leader in international volunteer health services and education, serving with and for those who are poor.

Mission Site Development

  • 1989: Chulucanas, Peru
  • 1997: Esquipulas, Guatemala
  • 1998: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • 1999: Anapolis, Brazil (ceased in 2004)
  • 2000: Kingston, Jamaica
  • 2009: Gros Morne, Haiti