How do I volunteer?

Click on the “medical” or “non-medical” volunteer link to create a login and apply. Once you apply, we will send you an email with more specific details. Please wait until we’ve confirmed with you before you purchase air tickets.

How does licensure work?

Medical volunteers must have a current, valid professional license. Nine states have adopted laws that allow licensed medical professionals from other states to volunteer without additional licensure. They are: Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Oklahoma, Nevada, Missouri, Virginia, Connecticut, and California. Other states are in the process of passing similar laws. Check back to see this list grow.

If you see a free clinic posted that is not in one of the listed states, that means you must have a valid license in that specific state in order to volunteer as a medical professional.

How do I learn more about the clinic I’m volunteering for?

Once you register, you will be in our database for the particular clinic you chose. We will send you email updates. You may not receive detailed info until as close as 4 weeks before the clinic. If you want, contact us by phone (530) 883-8061 or by email admin@amensda.org.

How much does it cost?

Volunteers are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. Occasionally, AMEN is able to get group hotel discounts. Meals are provided on-site during the clinic. Always check with AMEN for confirmation before making travel plans.

What about the working conditions?

An AMEN free clinic is not your typical 9 to 5 job. Expect to work very hard from early morning until about 6 pm. Non-medical volunteers will help with registration, cleaning, crowd control, cooking, visiting with patients, etc. Clinics are usually held in community centers or church fellowship halls. Conditions are often cramped and equipment sometimes breaks down, so it’s important to know how to improvise. Hotel conditions vary. Most volunteers try to stay close to the clinic. Food is provided on-site.

International mission sites are more primitive. Depending on the country, you may need to apply for a visa so plan ahead as much as possible and always keep your passport current. Disaster relief trips are organized quickly and require flexibility.

Is there an age limit?

You’re welcome to bring your family if you choose. However, children under 16 must be supervised at all times. Children under 14 are discouraged from volunteering unless they are highly motivated to work and a parent is willing to supervise them. The intense nature of the clinics and trips may not be accommodating for small children.

I’m a dental/medical student. Can I volunteer?

Absolutely! This will be a fantastic learning opportunity for you. You will likely be partnered with a skilled professional in your field. If you need volunteer hours, we are happy to provide documentation. A two-day clinic usually equals 20 volunteer hours.