Giving of your time, talents and skills as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist can be both rewarding and daunting. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has gathered some important resources to help our members have a successful and healthy volunteering experience.


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Current Opportunities

  • Health Volunteers Overseas
    • Rwanda
      Nurse anesthetists with at least 2-3 years experience are needed to volunteer at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences. Volunteers are needed June 19-30, 2017 and July 31 - August 25, 2017. For more information, please contact Kim Rodgers.
    • Laos
      HVO is seeking volunteers for 2016 and 2017 to provide clinical and didactic instruction to students enrolled in Laos Friends Hospital for Children nurse anesthetist training program. Volunteers may be active or retired nurse anesthetists or anesthesiologists with a minimum of two years of experience and a current license. For more information, please contact Chelsea Dascher.
    • Bhutan
      Nurse educators needed to provide education for nurse anesthesia students, residents, and professionals in the areas of informatics, statistics, teaching methods, evidence-based practice, health promotion, and health policy. For more information, please contact Chelsea Dascher.

  • MIMA Foundation, Inc.
    MIMA Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit, non-denominational volunteer organization founded in 1995 by Mary Kay Thomas, CRNA, BS and two local physicians with the goal of providing surgical services to the underserved in developing countries.  MIMA has travelled to Bolivia, Guatemala and Peru and has an additional medical program in Uganda. MIMA volunteers have done more than 1200 surgical procedures and have consulted with thousands more.  MIMA also invites the host facility to join in surgery and conferences for an exchange of ideas and skills with the goal of the continuation of the program after MIMA leaves.  Last year MIMA implemented a CPR program and taught more than 100 health care providers.

    MIMA is looking for CRNA volunteers to work in all areas, including pre op, post op, OR and as anesthesia providers. All volunteers are responsible for their portion of the trip, which includes travel, lodging and meals. MIMA provides the medications, supplies and expenses while in the host country.

    To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities or other ways you can help, visit www.mimafoundation.com or contact Mary Kay Thomas, CRNA, BS
    at mariakatalina@msn.com.

  • Operation of Hope
    Operation of Hope provides life-changing surgical care, healthcare & medical training programs in under-served areas of the world through international collaboration among medical & non-medical volunteers, empowered by corporate and individual sponsors.  View upcoming volunteering opportunities.
  • Kenya Relief
    Kenya Relief is a non-profit organization, started by Steve James, CRNA, which offers numerous medical and non-medical volunteer opportunities to Kenya.

To learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities or other ways you can help, visit www.kenyarelief.org or contact Molly Shaw, CRNA at molly@kenyarelief.org.

  • Partners in Health
    Partners In Health, a global healthcare NGO dedicated to social justice, is seeking experienced CRNAs to volunteer at the organization’s teaching hospital in rural Haiti—Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais.

    Volunteers agree to assignments ranging from two weeks to three months, working side-by-side with a Haitian anesthesia team to provide high-quality, safe care for patients across the lifespan during all types of procedures. Qualified candidates will have at least two years of post-graduate experience, are willing to work with Haitian student nurse anesthetists, are able to provide didactic education, and should be motivated to work in a dynamic, challenging environment. French or Haitian Creole preferred, but not required.

    Interested individuals should email John C. Welch, CRNA, MSN, the perioperative services coordinator, at jwelch@pih.org.
  • Smile Network International
    Smile Network International is currently looking for CRNA volunteers. Please contact Smile Network International for more information.
  • Refuge International
    Refuge International is looking for CRNA volunteers for multiple mission trips to Guatemala throughout the year.  Please contact Refuge International for more information. 

FAQs for Mission Trips

CRNAs may have many questions regarding the preparation required for embarking on a mission trip.  These mission trip FAQs were put together by several CRNAs with extensive mission trip experience to provide insight on how to prepare, what to expect, and where to go for additional information.

CRNAs Share Their Volunteering Stories

Read first hand experiences of CRNAs who have volunteered abroad and in the U.S.

CRNA Volunteer Efforts in the News

Read recent news articles about CRNA volunteer efforts.




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