[Washington, DC, March 21, 2019]
Health Volunteers Overseas is pleased to announce the launch of the Rita Feinberg Fellowship for Long-Term Volunteers. This new opportunity, funded by a generous grant from the Wyss Medical Foundation, is the first significant variation to the HVO volunteer model. It will enable HVO to meet requests from our partner institutions th
at require volunteers for focused, long-term assignments at specific project sites.
While the core of HVO’s model relies on the utilization of short-term volunteers, HVO recognizes there are critical needs at many of our partner institutions that require longer volunteer placements to ensure effective, sustainable solutions. We have established the Rita Feinberg Fellowship to address these needs and to provide financial support to volunteers able to commit to assignments of 3-6 months in length.
“We’re delighted to offer this new opportunity, which will serve as an invaluable extension and complement to our on-going volunteer activities,” stated HVO Executive Director Nancy Kelly, MHS. “This fellowship allows us to respond to increasingly complex and nuanced challenges faced by our international partners. We think this is a wonderful tribute to Rita, who so generously committed her time and expertise to supporting HVO and our relationship with international partners.”
HVO is currently offering fellowships for four projects:
The Fellowship will cover round-trip airfare and housing costs, as well as assignment-related expenses such as visa, medical/nursing council registration, etc. In addition, the volunteer will receive a modest stipend to cover food, transportation, and other incidental costs while on assignment.