Thimphu, Bhutan - Virtual

Date: Flexible

Partner: Health Volunteers Overseas

Cost: There is no cost to be a volunteer, however HVO membership is encouraged.

About Health Volunteers Overseas: Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the availability and quality of health care through the education, training, and professional development of the health workforce in resource-scarce countries. Working collaboratively with our partners abroad, HVO volunteers engage in activities such as delivering didactic and clinical trainings, offering case consultations, providing curricular input for teaching institutions, or revising administrative and clinical procedures for health care facilities. While in-person volunteer assignments are on hiatus due to COVID-19, HVO is offering remote volunteer opportunities. In 2021, HVO volunteers provided over 4,000 hours of e-learning and online support to health professionals at over 45 different institutions. Once travel is possible again, both in-person and remote volunteer opportunities will be available.

About the Mission: Volunteers needed to provide online lectures delivered through Zoom to support Bhutanese physical therapy technicians and physiotherapists at Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital (JDWNRH). Volunteers must have a current license to practice in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, or Western Europe. Recruitment is ongoing.

JDWNRH, located in the capital city of Thimphu, offers a three-year physiotherapy diploma program. First year students are taught by the Faculty of Nursing and Public Health and staff at the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences. Meanwhile, second and third year students are taught by the physiotherapy staff and HVO volunteers.