Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

April 15, 2021



CUSO-VSO, an international development agency that works through volunteers, was formed by the merger of Volunteer Service Overseas Canada and CUSO in November 2008. CUSO-VSO recruits professional volunteers from the United States and Canada to work in more than 40 developing countries. Priorities include non-medical work, like development projects in education, secure livelihoods and participation and governance, as well as medical and health-related work such as HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and care, healthcare delivery, health education and disability assistance and training.

Where they work

Volunteers work in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Current opportunities for doctors are in Cameroon, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Tajikistan.

Who is needed

GP/FPs or specialists with a minimum of two years or more of practice experience.


CUSO-VSO is looking for doctors to commit to one year or longer working in a hospital or clinic overseas. Highly experienced physicians, with many years of experience and often retired or semi-retired, may also qualify for “short-term specialist opportunities,” which can last from six weeks to six months.

Financial Considerations

CUSO-VSO provides a comprehensive training and support program that covers the costs of volunteering overseas. This includes the cost of return airfare, health insurance, visa and vaccination costs, accommodation and a modest stipend while in placement. More information is available at


(888) 434-2876,