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478High Impact Volunteering Abroad

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  • Jennifer Staple
    Aug 11, 2008
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      Please forward widely. Accepting applications for 2008 and 2009: Ghana, Honduras, and India.

      Unite For Sight's High Impact Volunteer Abroad Opportunities: As Featured Weekly On CNN International and Recently in The New York Times

      Volunteer Abroad in all, Winter, Spring, or Summer: http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

      Ghana, Honduras, India

      Volunteers Are Part Of Global Problem Solving And Have The Thrill Of Experiencing and Contributing To Change on the Highest Level. With The Assistance of Volunteers Like You, Unite For Sight Has Restored Sight To 15,958 Patients and Provided Eye Care to 600,000

      How Do I Apply? The application as well as complete details about Unite For Sight's international opportunities are available at http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

      Who Is Eligible To Volunteer Abroad?: Volunteers are 18 years and older, and there is no upper age limit. Volunteers range from undergraduate/college students to medical and optometry students, public health students and professionals, business students, filmmakers and photographers, nurses and nursing students, social workers, physician's assistants, teachers and educators, opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists.

      Unite For Sight welcomes volunteers who may not have previous health or eye care experience. Volunteers receive all necessary training from Unite For Sight so that they are able to assist eye doctors with community eye outreach programs. Unite For Sight also welcomes volunteers to participate as photographers and filmmakers.

      What Do Volunteers Do?:


      *Hands-On Clinical Service: Assist eye doctors in rural villages, refugee camps, and slums in Ghana, India, and Honduras

      *Community-Based Outreach Programs: Local eye doctors and Unite For Sight volunteers work together to provide eye care for patients living in extreme poverty

      *Effective and Sustainable: Volunteers are immersed in effective, sustainable international health and development programs

      *See Results:
      Volunteers immediately see the joy on patients' faces when their sight is restored after years of blindness.

      *Entrepreneurial Volunteering: Volunteers are encouraged to be proactive and entrepreneurial to develop their own projects and programs that dovetail with Unite For Sight’s outreach programs

      What Do Volunteers Say?: Hundreds of volunteer narratives, volunteer diaries, as well as videos of alumni volunteers and partner eye doctors, are available on the Unite For Sight website: http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad

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