World Medical Mission—a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse—places volunteer Evangelical Christian physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel in short-term service at mission hospitals and clinics around the world. We provide placement and logistical support for our volunteers, opening doors to the Good News in remote areas and bringing physical restoration and spiritual healing through quality, compassionate medical care.
We assist scores of mission hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East by arranging assignments for Evangelical Christian doctors, dentists, and other medical professionals.
The motivation behind all our efforts is Christ’s command to go and “heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you'” (Luke 10:9, NIV). In remote areas around the world, missionary medicine is one of the most effective means of evangelism available. Each year the hospitals we serve are used by God to lead thousands of people to faith in Jesus Christ.
Applicants must align with Samaritan’s Purse’s Statement of Faith and articulate their Christian testimony and faith journey in the application process. The requirements of our partner mission hospitals, the specific context, and the suitability of the applicant will be weighed in all placement decisions.
How we care for our medical volunteers
Through World Medical Mission, Samaritan’s Purse removes many of the barriers and difficulties from serving overseas. We enable medical professionals who want to give of themselves in obedience to God’s leading to do so with minimal hindrances and red tape. As a result, the ministries of mission hospitals and clinics are strengthened and they are able to offer better health care and to lead more people to faith in Christ.
We coordinate the details including:
- Evaluating interests and abilities and matching you with a hospital, clinic, or project in a mutually acceptable time frame
- Providing orientation and spiritual resources in advance of, and throughout service
- Arranging international travel schedules and airline ticketing
- Assisting with necessary visas, permits, and other field requirements
- Coordinating field housing and transportation arrangements
- Assisting volunteers in handling financial details related to overseas service
Prescription for Renewal conference
World Medical Mission’s 28th annual conference is tailored specifically for medical professionals, featuring Alistair Begg, and will be taking place October 13 – 15, 2017. This weekend of prayer, fellowship, and spiritual renewal will include powerful Bible teaching, inspiring worship, and testimonies from physicians who have served with WMM. Learn more.
Frequently asked questions about World Medical MissionExpand
How are medical personnel assigned?
All potential volunteers must complete a World Medical Mission application and provide required references. They must also agree to and sign our Statement of Faith, Statement of Christian Conduct and Statement of Practice. Applications then undergo an approval process, and final placements are based on the needs of the mission hospitals as well as the interests and availability of the volunteer.
Where are volunteers placed?
We are actively placing volunteers in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Oceania and the Middle East. Click here for a detailed listing of locations and specific needs.
What length of time is considered short-term?
Short-term service is typically two weeks to one year, based on location of service. Residents and RN’s who have been accepted for a placement are typically asked to serve 4 weeks (1 month).
Is it possible for my spouse and/or children to accompany me?
Yes, to most areas, and we encourage families to travel and serve as a unit.
What arrangements does World Medical Mission make?
World Medical Mission assists in arranging all details such as airline tickets, visas, in-country transportation, lodging, and medical licenses.
Do I need immunizations?
Yes, depending on the country of service certain immunizations are recommended and/or required. Once your assignment has been confirmed, your Logistics Coordinator will send you detailed orientation materials that will include a list of the specific immunizations for that specific country.
Where to I stay while serving overseas? Are running water and food available?
The majority of mission stations have their own living quarters. These are generally clean and simple accommodations and have running water and electricity most of the time. Mission stations typically provide food, the cost of which will be paid through an invoice from the hospital or volunteers will purchase food within the country.
What is the approximate cost for a World Medical Mission assignment?
This varies greatly depending on area of service, length of service as well as airfare. For specific information regarding cost please contact us by email or phone.
Who is responsible for trip-related expenses?
The volunteer is responsible for all expenses. You will be provided with a budget worksheet detailing approximate cost.
Is the trip tax-deductible?
Yes, donations made for a volunteer’s ministry are used for direct expenses of the assignment for those items that are accepted and approved for tax-deductible expenses under the rules and regulations of the Canada Revenue Agency. Approved expenses related to your trip can be submitted directly to your Logistics Coordinator at World Medical Mission.
Is travel medical insurance coverage required?
Yes, it is required. We provide volunteers with information on how to obtain the appropriate coverage required.
Does World Medical Mission send medical students?
We have limited opportunities for medical students. Please contact World Medical Mission to find out about current placements for medical students.