Preparing for Your Trip
Use these resources to find a team. Review pre-trip and travel guidelines that cover health, culture and security issues with country-specific information. Conduct research on the specific country you will be visiting in advance of your departure.
Share resources you find useful, contribute to and review our blog, and submit your organization’s profile.
Finding a Team
Finding a Team
Find organizations with opportunities to volunteer, build teams or place specialists within teams. The links on this page are listed without preferential order. To recruit volunteers, add your organization’s name to this list
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS):
Face to Face Humanitarian Program (Volunteer opportunities are only available to members)
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP):
American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgeons (AAO/HNS):
American College of Physicians (ACP):
American College of Surgeons (ACS):
American Medical Association (AMA):
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO):
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES):
Guidelines include recommended pre-departure training, what to expect on your medical mission and travel checklists to consider while preparing for your trip.
AMFC: Preparing Medical Students for Electives in Low-Resource Settings
A Template for National Guidelines for Pre-Departure Training
(Applicable to all medical volunteers (not just medical students) – Covers personal health, travel safety, cultural awareness, language competencies, ethical considerations)
US Department of State:
Country-specific and health information to consider while preparing for your trip, includes travel advisories, country profiles, visa and immunization requirements and disease risks.
American College of Surgeons – Operation Giving Back: Volunteer Toolkit
Australian Government Smart Traveller
Canadian Government: Country Travel Advisories
Culture Crossing Guide (Community built resource for cross-cultural etiquette)
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: Country Profiles
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation: Global Health Data Exchange Search
Library of Congress Country Studies
UK Government Foreign Travel Advice
US Customs and Border Protection Program: Global Entry
US Department of Health and Human Services: World Regions Information
US Department of State: Country Information
US Department of State: Foreign Visa Requirements
CDC Travelers’ Health: Immunizations, Medications, etc.
Gideon – Infectious Diseases of Haiti
National Network for Immunization Information
World Health Organization: Diseases with Risks to Travelers
World Health Organization: International Travel and Health (Multiple subsections on travel alerts, disease specific information, disease distribution maps)
World Health Organization: Vaccines for Travelers
Implementation Manual for WHO Surgical Safety Checklist
Safe surgery helps save lives, relieves disability, and prevents death from neglected common conditions. The WHO Surgical Safety Checklist helps improve the safety of surgery and avoid potentially preventable surgical complications.
Americares is committed to advancing safe surgical and anesthesia care. Through our Safe Surgery Initiative, we aim to improve access to safer surgery in low-resource settings by increasing the number of operating room staff that have access to and are trained in the use of pulse oximetry and the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.