11/21/2013

Healthcare volunteer opportunities for the Philippines

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The AFT is partnering with Project HOPE to recruit medical volunteers for deployments to the Philippines to help with recovery from Super Typhoon Haiyan. Project HOPE brings together doctors, nurses and other medical volunteers to travel the globe on a floating hospital ship to provide medical care, health education and humanitarian assistance to people in need.

Qualified AFT members interested in volunteering should complete this Project HOPE online form. Please put the letters "AFT" after your last name so that we can keep AFT applicants together, if possible.

Once volunteers are selected, they will be sent a packet of information that can usually be turned around in 24 hours. The packet includes a list of Project HOPE requirements, such as a copy of your passport and proof of necessary immunizations, along with a volunteer orientation video.

If you are selected to go, you will need to travel to the ship departure location (that information is not available at this time). The AFT will provide up to $600 of the cost of your airfare for a roundtrip ticket to that location. You will need to pay (or raise funds) on your own for costs above and beyond $600. The AFT can assist with travel arrangements, or you can make them on your own and be reimbursed.

If you are selected for later deployment and need to provide your own transportation to the Philippines, the AFT will provide up to $1,000 of the cost of your airfare (airfares are currently running between $1,000 and $1,500 roundtrip). Here too, the AFT can assist with travel arrangements, or you can make them on your own and be reimbursed.

Nov. 21, 2013