Volunteer Opportunities - U.S. and International


Guidelines for Providing Patient Care

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad >>

American Dental Education Association (ADEA): Guidelines for Predental Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad >>

National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA): Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct >> 

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA): Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist >>


Local Volunteering

Cornerstone Family Health

Cornerstone Family Health is a Christ-centered family medical practice dedicated to providing quality health care with compassion to people of all ages, irrespective of ability to pay. See more >>

Central DuPage Hospital (CDH)/Northwestern Medicine

Volunteering at CDH is a great way to explore the world of healthcare and learn new skills. There are a wide range of opportunities at the Winfield location including clerical duties, diagnostic imaging, and patient support. See more >>

World Relief Dupage

Join with churches and other volunteers to serve over 5,500 refugees and immigrants. Help advocate for a family’s medical well-being, transport individuals to appointments, and teach refugees how to navigate the American medical system. See more >>

Odyssey Hospice

Volunteers are an important part of a team who recognize that psychological, spiritual, and social services, as well medical/clinical care, can contribute to improved life quality for patients in the last stages of life. Patient Visit Volunteers use their educational area of expertise to aid patients in different types of therapy and care. See pdf >

Almost Home Kids

Providing transitional care in a home-like setting to children with complicated health needs, training for their families, and respite care. Recreational Volunteers engage the children with play activities such as reading, puzzles, and sensory toys. See more >>

Adventist GlenOaks Hospital

Whether it’s reaching out to the family and friends of someone who is ill or enhancing quality patient care, volunteers are essential. Specific volunteer opportunities include delivering meal trays, answering phones and transporting patients around the hospital. See current volunteer opportunities >>

Wellness House

Wellness House in Hinsdale utilizes hundreds of volunteers each year to make those on the cancer journey feel better inside. Wellness House offers one time and regularly scheduled volunteering opportunities at their front desk and for special events. See more >>

Bolingbrook Christian Health Center

Their goal is to elevate the health status of the Bolingbrook community through interventions within a Christian framework that addresses the physical needs in light of social, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. Current volunteer positions include office staff, translation, and medical support. See more >>

Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities

Providing therapeutic horseback activities for people with disabilities. Individuals are needed to lead a horse on a lead line during class, sidewalk next to a rider during class for safety, clean and maintain facility. See more >>

Marianjoy Hospital

This rehabilitation hospital located in Wheaton has been serving the physical rehabilitation needs of adults and children since 1972. Volunteers can share their time and talents in areas such as admissions, patient transport, and pediatrics. See more >>

American Cancer Society

You can choose to volunteer in areas that match your interests and allow you to learn new skills. Some volunteer areas include education and advocacy, patient services and support, and clerical. See more >>

American Diabetes Association

Support those with diabetes by volunteering as a camp counselor, get involved in awareness education, and help with event organization tasks. See more >>

HealthCare Volunteer

This is a non-profit organization for global healthcare and no formal healthcare training is needed to volunteer. Types of opportunities for trainable volunteers may include working as a medical escort for the elderly or helping as a patient assistant. See more >>

Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice

Make a valuable contribution to the community and enhance the wellbeing of individuals who are in need. Volunteer opportunities include bereavement support to patients and their families, children’s group facilitators, and hospitality to patients undergoing cancer treatments. See more >>

Lawndale Christian Health Center

Multiple opportunities are available within this program, including interacting with patients in the waiting room, doing outreach to patients, and assisting with patient classes. Volunteer Information Packet. See more >>

DuPage Convalescent Center

Volunteers play an integral role in the daily life of the residents. They provide an array of services from delivering the mail, transporting residents to therapy programs, participating in activities to leading religious programs, friendship visiting or sharing their musical talents for the residents' entertainment. See more >>

CNS Home Health and Hospice

CNS is always looking for volunteers to help enhance the quality of life for hospice patients. A kind word, a gentle touch and other compassionate gestures can make the world of difference in someone’s final days. See more >>

STARS Disability Ministry (College Church)

There are many service opportunities to minister to children and adults in the STARS program on Sunday mornings as well as weekday evenings. There is also a cooperative program between College Church and the Office of Christian Outreach at Wheaton where college students buddy up with adult and teen STARS to attend campus events. See more >>

Alexian Brothers Hospice

Here's a chance to provide patient and family support, bereavement support, office support, and other project possibilities. See more >>


Volunteers at Marklund’s Geneva and Bloomingdale locations make everyday life possible by helping with therapeutic, recreational and educational activities, assisting with art projects, or reading a favorite story. Volunteers provide many daily life experiences while freeing up staff to provide 24-hour specialized care. See more >>


U.S. Volunteering (Outside of Chicago Area)

Camp Boggy Creek, near Orlando, FL

Enriching the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. Summer volunteers are needed as counselors, medical support, and in the dining hall. See more >>

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut

Volunteer options range from being a part of the cheer zones on race day, clerical help in their New Haven office, assisting in set up and breakdown of pre- and post-event dinners and assisting in a number of ways at the camp cycling events. See more >>

Very Special Camps

A directory by state of camps and programs to minister to people with special needs. See more >> 

Free Medical Clinics and Camps

Find a free medical clinic or camp to volunteer from a directory. See more >>

Free Medical Clinics

Find a free medical clinic to volunteer from a directory. See more >>

Research Associates (RA) Program at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Connecticut

A chance for students to volunteer in the emergency department, assist in gathering information for research projects, and facilitating the completion of these projects. See more >>

National Alliance of Research Associates Programs

A listing of hospitals where students can serve as Research Associates. See more >>

MDA Summer Camp, Hudson, IL

The Muscular Dystrophy Association hosts a summer camp for children ages 6-17 who have been diagnosed with neuromuscular disease. There is a 1-1 ratio between volunteer and child. Volunteers assist with daily activities such as feeding, bathing and dressing, and in recreational activities such as arts and crafts, swimming and horseback riding. See more>>


International Volunteering

Somos Hermanos Spanish Immersion Program for Future Health Care Professionals

Two types of programs that combine intensive one-on-one Spanish language instruction, family homestays, cultural activities, field trips, expert lectures, and socially relevant volunteering to provide students with the language skills and cultural competency required to provide quality health care to Latino patients. See more >>

Atlantis Project

Experience European healthcare through internships in government-run hospitals in Europe. The Atlantis Project is now accepting rolling applications. See more >>

Gap Medics

Gap Medics provides short-term healthcare placement overseas for students who are interested in a career in medicine, midwifery, nursing or dentistry. See more >>

Global Brigades

Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization, mobilizing thousands of university students and professionals through nine skill-based programs that work in partnership with community members to improve quality of life in under resourced regions while respecting local culture. See more >>

International Medical Volunteers Association

Helping combat disease and suffering in developing countries. See more >>

Medical Ministry International

We have many areas where we currently provide compassionate medical care using Jesus as our guide. Some locations are more rural than others. Some locations have better facilities than others. We have openings nearly every month on our mission teams. See more >>

Child Family Health International

Transforming and empowering communities through global health education. See more >>

Health Volunteers Overseas

Offer mentoring, training, guidance and professional support to local health care providers who care for the neediest populations in developing countries. See more >>

International Service Learning

We enlist medical and educational volunteer teams for the provision of services to under-served populations in Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. See more >>

Unite for Sight

Volunteer abroad in an immersive global health program. See more >>

Cross Cultural Solutions

A variety of service opportunities helping individuals in countries abroad from infants to the elderly. See more >>

Global Medical Training

A humanitarian organization that provides free medical-dental service to medically deprived communities in Central American countries. See more >>

Mercy Medical Center

A non-profit Christian medical center proclaiming the love of Christ to the people of Cambodia through excellent healthcare and training. See more >>

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