Unite For Sight is a social venture that supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. Through one of their programs – the Global Impact Corps – volunteers travel to their clinical sites in Ghana, Honduras, and India to learn about global health first-hand. Trips can last anywhere from one week to one year, and many college students participate during spring break. Particpants pay their own travel expenses and – with help from Unite for Sight – raise money that goes directly to eye care for patients living in poverty. For more information, read the information below and visit http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad.
Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with our local doctor partners. Additionally, Unite For Sight is one of a handful of non-profit organizations worldwide that dedicate 100% of every donation to its programs; every dollar directly provides care for patients living in poverty.
Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)
What do Unite For Sight volunteers do?
Unite For Sight’s Volunteer Abroad Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Volunteers participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to nearly 1.7 million patients living in poverty, including more than 75,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Volunteers assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks. They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors. Additionally, volunteers may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. For example, we currently have volunteers pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to eye care.
What do volunteers say? See many volunteer accounts at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad/volunteer-accounts
“Working with Unite For Sight at Kalinga Eye Hospital and Research Centre gave me the best possible opportunity to really learn what it means to work in global health at a ground level. My experience working with Unite For Sight has been a source of inspiration for me, cementing my decision to pursue a career in global health, and driving me to continue to actively contribute to the cause by reminding me that there’s so much that each of us can do at any point in our lives to help out.”–Uttara Partap.
“Unite For Sight’s international voluntary program is one that allows passionate young adults to see the reality of international development, and to open their minds to the possibility of serving the underprivileged while providing them the opportunity to support quality eye care in areas that need their contributions.”—Sueyan Yuen.
Complete Global Impact Corps details are available online at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad