Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Experience

in Outside Announcements, Volunteer
March 8th, 2013

 The Global Impact Corps is an immersive global health experience.  Volunteers participate in and learn from Unite For Sight’s global health delivery programs which have provided care to more than 1.5 million patients, including more than 63,000 sight-restoring surgeries.  Follow daily global health and social entrepreneurship news and announcements at

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Experience

Impact: 1.5 million patients have received quality care by local eye doctors, including more than 63,000 sight-restoring surgeries since 2005.

Locations of Year-Round Programs: Ghana, Honduras, India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

Who participates?  Students and professionals interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship.

What do Global Impact Fellows do?  Global Impact Fellows support and learn from the partner clinics’ talented medical professionals. Through hands-on, structured training, Global Impact Fellows gain a comprehensive understanding about best practices in global health and social entrepreneurship, and they receive a Certificate in Global Health & Program Delivery.  

Global Impact Fellows come from very diverse backgrounds, including those interested in public health, medicine, international development, social entrepreneurship, and the social sciences.  Global Impact Fellows work with local doctors to eliminate patient barriers to care for patients living in extreme poverty.  They assist with patient education, visual acuity screening, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local eye doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors. Additionally, Global Impact Fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing global health research. For example, current Global Impact Fellows are pursuing research studies about medication management, the use of visual resources for patient education, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to care.

What do Global Impact Fellows say? “I gained a vast basin of knowledge not only about eye health, but also on the healthcare infrastructure, patient interactions, and management systems of the developing world. Reading about health issues in the news or in class became stark reality during my summer in Dhenkanal, and I now aim to reinvigorate my efforts to study and contribute to the field of international health. Over the course of my career, I hope that I can one day return to India as a doctor and remedy the health inequalities that remain ever-present on a global scale,” Pallavi Basu, Global Impact Fellow.  See more volunteer accounts at

See the complete details and the online application at