How to volunteer

volunteersWe travel great distances, we work long hours in sometimes difficult and unfamiliar settings. But the shared experience in such satisfying work on each and every trip—of helping so many people regain their sight—brings all of us together in a very special and unique way. Through my work with VHI,
I have made many, many friends…for life!

— Sarah Felknor, Former Program Director (over 20 years of service)


Become a Vision Health International volunteer

We are pleased to welcome you to VHI’s network of dedicated humanitarian volunteers. An application is required for all medical and non-medical volunteers participating in VHI field programs. Please fill out completely and submit to VHI.

Once this form is completed, VHI will contact you and request additional information and documentation. If you are selected for a field program VHI requires a nonrefundable deposit of $200 within 30 days to hold your spot. You will also be responsible for paying the total field program participation fee no later than 30 days before the trip. If you are not selected, you will be placed on a stand-by list. Preference is given on a first come first serve basis, with priority given to those with the specialties that are needed, and may depend on previous VHI experience.

To submit an application, please use this online Vision Health International Volunteer Application.
Or you may download a PDF version of the application, print it, fill it in, and mail, email, or fax it to us (directions are on the PDF): Download application