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Advancing Health Professionals

Discover international service opportunities for health care professionals who want to share their knowledge and skills with health care and health service delivery professionals to help improve health care systems around the world.

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Advancing Health Professionals Volunteers works in health systems

Non-clinical positions to advance health equity

As part of the Peace Corps Response program, Advancing Health Professionals (AHP) offers Volunteers high-impact, short-term opportunities to improve health care education and strengthen health systems in resource-limited areas abroad.

The basics

Partner with local professionals to improve health care education, efficiency, and access in the places that need it most.

  • For U.S. citizens with professional experience in a medical field
  • Non-clinical service assignments last 6-12 months
  • Get a living allowance and other benefits while you serve
  • Find Volunteer openings in 5 different countries
  • Be experienced in low-resource settings and ready for cross-cultural collaboration

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Call to service

Why is this work important?

According to the UN, less than half the global population is covered by essential health services, and estimates predict that over 18 million additional workers will be needed by 2030.*

Peace Corps’ Advancing Health Professionals is bridging the gap by connecting host organizations in high-need places with Volunteers to help train local health professionals to be practice-ready.

Outcomes can be replicated across the entire country, supporting widespread and equitable delivery of health services where they are needed most.

Eligibility

Who can serve as a Volunteer through Advancing Health Professionals?

Volunteer positions through AHP are for those with a background in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, mental health, pre-clinical education, health care administration, health care services delivery, or midwifery.

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Benefits

What are the benefits for AHP Volunteers?

Volunteers serving in AHP receive the same benefits as Peace Corps Response Volunteers. Housing costs are covered and we provide a monthly living allowance that can pay for food and other expenses. You will also earn vacation time, and the Peace Corps covers necessary medical and dental care, provides student loan assistance, and more.

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What kind of training is available for AHP Volunteers?

Peace Corps Response Volunteers serving in AHP arrive in country with the necessary skills to hit the ground running. They will receive an orientation, but no specialized technical training is offered.

Due to the specialized nature of the work, AHP Volunteer positions may require targeted expertise and credentialing from local health care licensure authorities in country.

Application

How do I apply to serve as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer working in Advancing Health Professionals?

Volunteers complete the same online application process as for other Peace Corps Response Volunteer opportunities. Once invited, you must complete medical and legal clearance to serve.

Day-to-day life

Where will I serve?

AHP service opportunities are in five countries: Eswatini, Liberia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Uganda. In the future, we may expand the geographical scope of service.

Who will I work with?

Host institutions include universities, colleges, clinics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and government departments and ministries.

What will I do?

AHP assignments focus on either classroom education or on strengthening health systems.

Volunteers focused on education provide instruction to health care professionals in a classroom or skills lab setting only. They do not work directly with patients and are not involved in administering clinical research.

Volunteers focused on strengthening health systems serve in positions where they work to improve processes of health care delivery in resource-limited environments.

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