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Volunteering Faqs

We hope that the information below will answer many of your questions about volunteering with Legacy Healthcare Foundation.

What are the requirements?

Volunteers must be 18 or older, complete application and health clearance forms, pass a background check, and attend an onsite or online 30 minutes orientation session as well as additional training. Volunteers may also have a 10-minute personal phone or skype interview to determine their best placement and schedule. Due to overwhelming interest in our program and the changing needs of our staff, we regret that we cannot accept every applicant.

How do I get started?

Please fill out the Volunteer Application. Our program is rewarding and demands a significant service-based commitment on your part. Please carefully consider your schedule and your ability to commit your time.

What is my time commitment?

Volunteers keep a regular schedule of one shift each day. This is mostly determined by the individual’s team lead for the missions and communicated during the Missions’ Dry Run. Most shifts are eight hours long, and nearly all shifts are cyclic or rotational.

Why do you need an emergency name and contact?

In the event something happens to you while you are on your volunteer shift, we need to be able to reach someone on your behalf.

Why do you need my Passport and driver’s license numbers?

This information is used for background checks and to verify your identity. This information is not recorded in our database and is not shared with anyone. At Legacy Healthcare Foundation, maintaining privacy and confidentiality—for our patients, staff, and volunteers—is a priority.

I speak only a little bit of “Igbo”. Should I list this under "languages?"

YES! Multiple languages are spoken at Legacy Healthcare Foundation although English language is our lingua franca. Our interpreters are involved in medical conversations with families and caregivers, but volunteers play an important role in helping to break the isolation families may feel due to language barriers. Please list any/all languages you are familiar with, including Sign Language. You may be surprised how often you get to use your language skills in the course of volunteering!

If I am younger than 18, do I need my parents to sign the application?

Yes. If you are under 18, your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must sign the application.

Who should I list as references?

We accept teachers, friends, neighbors, members of professional or social groups you belong to, or anyone who can provide a reference to your character and suitability as a volunteer in working in a diverse setting. Do NOT list relatives.

What should I provide as proof of my immunizations?

A photocopy of your immunization record, such as an immunization card (Yellow Card), is acceptable. If you received your first immunization as an infant, make sure you also received a second MMR booster after you turned age four. Your physician may also complete this section of the form. They need to provide a signature as well as to rubber stamp their office information for verification.

What kind of food will be served at the camp or lodge?

Volunteers consistently appreciate meals served as we run with an international platform with cooks from 4 or 5 star hotels. You'll enjoy three meals each day with a variety of healthy and delicious local cuisine. And, our cooks would love to share your favorite recipes, Our cooks are also trained in safe food preparation and cooking for a variety of dietary preferences, restrictions, and allergies.

Do I need a passport or visa to volunteer?

All volunteers must have a passport that is valid for six months after they plan on returning to their country of origin. In some countries, a visa is also required to enter the country, which is dependent on your country of citizenship. A visa is permission from the government to enter and exit the country you are visiting, and will be stamped in your passport. Your Missions’ Director will provide you with more information on obtaining a visa, if one is required, to your missions’ destination.

What is the Accommodation like?

Our accommodation is your home-away-from-home, a place to relax and reflect right in the local community where you'll engage with your second family of fellow volunteers. Comfortable, with common areas to share experiences, comfortable shared bedrooms, and plenty of space as you're recharging for your next incredible day of volunteer adventures. We know that your comfort is key to giving all you can as an international volunteer such we do our best to provide a place as most needed as possible.

Do I need any specific skills to volunteer?

We believe that all volunteers have something amazing to contribute! Our projects are designed to accommodate all levels of skills and experience.

What do I need to know about medications I’m taking?

We want you to remain healthy on our programs, so we advise all LHF Volunteers to think about any medications they’re taking or might need during an international volunteer program, under the advice of your medical practitioner. Keep in mind that not all medications may be available in your destination.

How are assignments made?

All potential volunteers must complete an online LHF Mission application and provide the required references. Applications then undergo an approval process, and final placements are based on the needs of the missions as well as the interests and availability of the volunteer. The Missions’ Directors has the final approval authority.

Who makes my plans?

Legacy Healthcare Foundation assists in arranging all details such as airline tickets, visas, in-country transportation, lodging, and medical licenses.

Who is responsible for the extra expenses related to the trip?

The volunteer is responsible for all extra expenses.

Do you take medical students?

We do not place medical students. We require that medical students come directly to us during missions for placement, as part of our commitment to train and develop local contents.

Do you send other allied health professionals?

Yes, our team constitutes of medical and non-medical staff, this decision leans on the Mission Director as to the numbers to be absorbed.

How are candidates selected?

A committee of Mission Directors review applications and interview qualified individuals for approval for missions. The committee will consider your medical specialty, testimony, references, short and long-term career/professional goals. Second-language skills are helpful but not required.

How long do missions last?

LHF missions are typically 12-16 days in length, including travel time though we still share some selected missions/booth camps that lasts just for a day.

Does LHF accept local in-country volunteer medical staff on her overseas missions?

Yes. We work together with local doctors and nurses. It is a good way to share expertise and techniques between the two groups as well as for all volunteers to get to know colleagues from the host country.

How can I find out about future missions?

Check out our webpage under missions/outreaches.

Can I donate medication or medical supplies and equipment to LHF for use overseas?

We accept donations of unexpired medications, medical supplies, and equipment from medical professionals, companies, institutions, and individuals. We do not accept narcotics, or opened or expired medications. We do accept donations of small equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches. We do accept donations of larger equipment such as dental chairs, anesthesia machines, ventilators, monitors, hospital beds, and exam tables when we are able to arrange shipping to facilities abroad.

What if I have more questions?

Our team of Missions’ Directors, who are all past volunteers themselves, are on hand to answer any questions you might have, and to guide you as you select and prepare for your missions/program. Reach out to us, 7 days a week, by calling +234-706-551-1733, chatting with us, or sending an email to info@lhf-ng.org. We love to talk about how our missions changed everything, and can't wait to hear from you!

Congratulations! You’re about to take the first step in an amazing journey, filled with adventure, lifelong friendships, and of course incredible opportunities to learn and give back in a truly meaningful way! Armed with those details, you can give us a call or enroll right online. Your Missions’ Director will be in touch within one day to welcome you to the program, so be sure to respond letting us know about your missions’ focus area!