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Peace Corps won't take me

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by trevagandalf, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. trevagandalf

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    Peace Corps won't take me because I'm not a US citizen. But I really would like to volunteer abroad next year without having to worry about finances. Does any one know of other organizations that have similar purposes as peace corps and gives volunteers a living allowance?
     
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  3. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search
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    If it floats your boat, try churches. A lot of the missionaries abroad have stipends.
     
  4. notdeadyet

    notdeadyet Still in California
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    Baylormed is right. There's a real shortage of entry-level paid "good works" abroad unless you want to mix God with your medicine.
     
  5. awk

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    Peace corps is 27 month minimum anyways.
     
  6. trevagandalf

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    It doesn't matter...
     
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    this is my first time posting... sorry if I'm violating all sorts of unwritten rules.
    I found myself in a similar place... what nationality are you? My country had something very similar for its own citizens. Check the state department or Agency for International Development equivalents of your country to see if there is something similar. Alternatively, work through NGO's in your home country. Also consider: Medecins Sans Frontiers (doctors without borders), Red Cross, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Human Rights, World Food Programme, World Health Organisation etc. Many of them have internships that while they wouldn't give you real field work experience, would expose you to the political side of international aid.
    If you are willing to pay: Uganda Villiage Health Project was suggested to me for real field experience. I know there are a lot more similar to this... just make sure you are VERY careful in choosing who you go with. You want to be helping people - not contributing to some NGO that doesn't know what it is doing.
    Feel free to email me if you have questions... I haven't done any of these programs but have spent some time looking into similar programs. I'm currently applying for a job through my country's AID organization.
     

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