Non-Governmental Organizations

Don't wait for a disaster to get involved! Establish a relationship with a humanitarian organization today and gain experience in austere environments that can help prepare you for service in disasters.

Disaster Response Organizations

  • Doctors without Borders
    Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in nearly 70 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
  • International Medical Corps
    Established by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is committed to saving lives through teaching skills that ensure new levels of care for those impacted by conflict, tragedy and extreme poverty. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, IMC rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. For additional information, please contact at
  • American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross is a nationwide network dedicated to helping volunteers prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. American Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs. (Please note the American Red Cross does not participate in surgical interventions; physicians participate in a largely public health capacity.)

Other Organizations that Can Provide Opportunities for Experience

  • Handicap International
    Handicap International, an independent, non-profit organization, has operated in 63 different countries since its creation in 1982. Its goal is to help disabled and vulnerable people in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster by responding quickly and effectively to natural and civil disasters in order to limit serious and permanent injuries and to assist survivors' recovery and reintegration.
  • Health Volunteers Overseas
    Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care in developing countries through the training and education of local health care providers.
  • Partners in Health
    Partners in Health is a Boston, Massachusetts-based non-profit health care organization dedicated to "providing a preferential option for the poor." Through the development of training systems and material, a new generation of healthcare providers are learning to deliver comprehensive, community-based care in some of the world's poorest and most remote places.
  • SIGN (Surgical Implant Generation Network) International
    SIGN provides training and modern equipment for surgeons in developing countries so they can provide immediate surgical treatment to patients. SIGN has more than 200 programs throughout the developing world and more than 2,000 SIGN surgeons use the SIGN system on a daily basis to treat fractures.