Contributing Overseas

Contributing Overseas

Volunteering Overseas

Many NHS staff volunteer in low and middle-income countries because they want to be part of making a positive contribution. The motivations are multiple, but a common theme is the recognition of social injustices and ‘doing something’. This often speaks to us loudly if we possess skills which are in demand, such as in NHS in Scotland.

Hear from some of our NHS Scotland volunteers on their experiences overseas and the impact this has had on their practice at home.

There is a growing body of evidence which indicates that participation in global citizenship benefits the NHS, the Global Citizenship in the Scottish Health Service report highlights the many benefits. In addition, the Scottish patient population is becoming more ethnically diverse, returned volunteers provide enhanced cross-cultural experience and awareness.

See our Volunteering Guide which provides some more pointers for you to consider.