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Frequently Asked Questions
 
My search of the EVR resulted in no matches. I received no information.
Broaden your search. For example, instead of specifying a particular nation, choose a region. Instead of indicating that you are only willing to perform surgery, consider providing medical and educational services as well. Do not limit your search to only two-week opportunities, be flexible and choose additional lengths of service. Try different combinations, you can search as many times as you wish.
 
 
My search of the EVR resulted in too many matches and an overwhelming amount of information.
Narrow your search. For example, if you choose worldwide as your geographic preference, narrow your search to one region or one nation. If you indicated that you had experience in all subspecialty skills, choose just one or two of your best. Try different combinations, you can search as many times as you wish.
 
 
I registered in the EVR a long time ago and no one has contacted me.
You will need to follow up on the information you received after searching the EVR. Review the information and contact the organizations that are of interest to you by e-mail. Check their websites for additional information. Make contact with them if you would like to volunteer.
 

About Volunteering
 
How long does someone typically volunteer?
The length of your volunteer service is up to you. The EVR will "match" you to volunteer sites according to the length of time you specify. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities listed in the EVR, ranging from two week missions to one year. The majority of eye care professionals engaged in volunteer activities internationally seek two-week missions.
 
Who pays for travel expenses?
There are a variety of organizations and institutions seeking volunteers through the EVR. A few are well funded organizations that organize medical missions and are able to provide financial assistance to volunteers. Some volunteer sites are institutions in economically developing nations that are unable to help with volunteers' expenses. Some organizations fund only long-term volunteers. The most common scenario is a volunteer pays for their own airfare and the host provides on site accommodations, meals, and local transportation. The financial arrangements are between the volunteer and organization.
 
Can family members accompany me on volunteer missions?
Family members are welcomed on some missions, and not on others. The information you receive on "matched" volunteer sites includes contact information. Contact the organization or institution of interest to you, and ask for details.
 
I'm still in training and not yet qualified to perform surgery in my country. Can I gain surgical experience through volunteering internationally?
Probably not. Would local ophthalmologists support it? Do standards change by crossing borders? Consider well-organized team missions where you might work under the supervision of a fully-trained and experienced colleague, or use the EVR to survey possibilities for the future when you complete your training.
 
I'm looking for permanent employment in another country. Can the EVR help me?
No. There are no paid, permanent positions for eye care professionals listed in the EVR. Contact the national ophthalmological society in the nation where you are seeking employment for information.
 
What should I do before I go?
Volunteers should be aware of and investigate medical regulations in the country of service, visa requirements, health issues and any malpractice insurance concerns.
 
How can I get more information?
For more information on the EyeCare Volunteer Registry you can contact:

American Academy of Ophthalmology
Global Alliances Division
655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
intoutreach@aao.org