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

  • Siem Reap, Cambodia – Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC)
    Volunteers are needed to provide lectures and training to the anesthesia providers at AHC in the following (but not limited to) areas: respiratory physiology, renal and hepatic physiology, clinical decision-making, cardiovascular physiology, anesthesia indications, and case management skills. Volunteers are required to have experience in pediatric anesthesia and must be comfortable with lecturing to groups.  Contact Tony Li, the HVO volunteer coordinator for nurse anesthesia with questions.
  • Belize City, Belize – University of Belize
    Volunteers will work to increase the number of highly-skilled, safe, and effective nurse anesthetists in Belize by January 2015 through development and implementation of a formal 2-year, full-time post baccalaureate certificate program in nurse anesthesia. This program is in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Belize and Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City. Other goals of the program include preparing a future educational pathway for students to progress to a master's degree and working to prepare current Belizean nurse anesthetists to serve as future educators. Volunteers from all expertise are needed to provide both didactic and clinical instruction. Contact Tony Li, the HVO volunteer coordinator for nurse anesthesia with questions.
  • Thimphu, Bhutan - National Referral Hospital
    Volunteers provide continuing education to the current anesthesia providers (anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists) through lectures, presentations, and hands-on instruction.  All areas of anesthesia training are needed.  The continuing education focuses on the clinical application of concepts and the preparation of the anesthesia providers to become educators so they can teach in the student nurse anesthesia program.  This includes providing presentations to the anesthesia department on clinical teaching, precepting, presentation development, exam construction, and evaluation.  Volunteers must be active or retired CRNAs, hold a current license to provide anesthesia in the US or Canada and have several years of experience.  Teaching experiences is preferred. Contact Tony Li, the HVO volunteer coordinator for nurse anesthesia with questions.
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Addis Ababa University
    Volunteers will work with current CRNAs and Anesthesia School instructors at Addis Ababa University to provide master's level training to an initial group of ten masters of nurse anesthesia students and participate in the development and updating of the curriculum recognized by the MOH. Most of the volunteer's time will be spent supervising and training in the OR with some time also spent providing lectures laid out in the curriculum. Final year residents and fellows may be considered for an assignment. Contact Tony Li, the HVO volunteer coordinator for nurse anesthesia with questions.
  • Kenya Relief
    Kenya Relief is a non-profit organization, started by Steve James, CRNA, which offers numerous medical and non-medical volunteer opportunities to Kenya.  To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities or other ways you can help, visit www.kenyarelief.org or contact info@kenyarelief.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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