Giving of your time, talents and skills as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist can be both rewarding and daunting. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has gathered some important resources to help our members have a successful and healthy volunteering experience.



Current Opportunities

  • Tocoa, Puerto Lempira, and La Ceiba, Honduras - February 2015 (New)
    International Health Service (IHS) is an all volunteer organization that provides medical and dental care to the impoverished people of Honduras. IHS currently has a dire need for several CRNAs to join their surgical team. The assignments are approximately two weeks in duration. View the volunteer application on IHS’s website and contact contact@ihsmn.org for more information. 
  • Bhutan - January 2015 or March 2015 (New)
    Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is looking for CRNAs for a one month assignment in January or March to provide continuing education to anesthesia providers.  Volunteers will also help develop and implement a formal two year training program for nurse anesthesia students.  For more information, contact Kate Douglass at k.douglass@hvousa.org.
  • Kenya Relief (New)
    Kenya Relief is a non-profit organization, started by Steve James, CRNA, which offers numerous medical and non-medical volunteer opportunities to Kenya.  Current opportunities in 2015 for CRNAs include mission trips on the following dates:
    • February 26 – March 8 (GYN)
    • March 26 – April 5 (General Surgery/ENT)
    • May 21 – May 31 (ENT)
    • September 24 – October 4 (ENT)
    • October 22 – November 1 (ENT)

To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities or other ways you can help, visit www.kenyarelief.org or contact Molly Shaw, CRNA at molly@kenyarelief.org.

  • Partners in Health
    Partners In Health, a global healthcare NGO dedicated to social justice, is seeking experienced CRNAs to volunteer at the organization’s teaching hospital in rural Haiti—Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais.

    Volunteers agree to assignments ranging from two weeks to three months, working side-by-side with a Haitian anesthesia team to provide high-quality, safe care for patients across the lifespan during all types of procedures. Qualified candidates will have at least two years of post-graduate experience, are willing to work with Haitian student nurse anesthetists, are able to provide didactic education, and should be motivated to work in a dynamic, challenging environment. French or Haitian Creole preferred, but not required.

    Interested individuals should email John C. Welch, CRNA, MSN, the perioperative services coordinator, at jwelch@pih.org.
  • Seed Global Health
    CRNA volunteers needed to serve as health educators and mentors to help build healthcare capacity in Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda. Applications to deloy in July 2015 due December 5, 2014 

    The Seed Global Health, the U.S. Peace Corps, and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),  have launched the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) to strengthen health care workforce capacity in resource-limited countries so that better health care is available worldwide. The Partnership collaborates with local teaching institutions educating future nurses and physicians and collaborating with fellow faculty.

    Participants make a one year commitment as Peace Corps Response volunteers and as such receive monthly living stipends, transportation to and from their country of service, comprehensive medical care, vacation days, and readjustment allowance. In addition, through loan and debt repayment of up to $30,000, Seed Global Health reduces the barriers for the highest-qualified candidates to volunteer for the program.

    Click HERE to apply today.

    Questions? Visit http://seedglobalhealth.org or contact info@seedglobalhealth.org 
  • Smile Network International
    Smile Network International is currently looking for CRNA volunteers. Please contact Smile Network International for more information.
  • Refuge International
    Refuge International is looking for CRNA volunteers for multiple mission trips to Guatemala throughout the year.  Please contact Refuge International for more information.

FAQs for Mission Trips

CRNAs may have many questions regarding the preparation required for embarking on a mission trip.  These mission trip FAQs were put together by several CRNAs with extensive mission trip experience to provide insight on how to prepare, what to expect, and where to go for additional information.

CRNAs Share Their Volunteering Stories

Read first hand experiences of CRNAs who have volunteered abroad and in the U.S.

CRNA Volunteer Efforts in the News

Read recent news articles about CRNA volunteer efforts. 





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