A key part of Global Partners' mission is "to inspire volunteerism throughout Gundersen Health System and local communities." More than 300 volunteers from Gundersen Health System and our local communities have participated in Global Partners trips since 2009!
Volunteers are a critical component of our ultimate goal of creating community-to-community partnerships that empower global communities to improve their health and quality of life. Volunteers pay for their own expenses and use vacation time when they travel to Pine Ridge, Nicaragua or Ethiopia.
Global Partners provides opportunities for more than just medical and nursing staff. Non-healthcare staff are needed to support the medical teams, public health initiatives, educational and community development activities. The program also relies on volunteers to plan trips, work with local partners to obtain supplies for the global partners, write grant applications, help at fundraising events and more.
Our volunteers who travel to our partner sites will return home with knowledge shared by the people of Pine Ridge, Ethiopia and Nicaragua, which can help us improve the way we take care of our own community. They’ll return with the knowledge that we, as individuals, have the capacity to do outstanding things outside of our normal day-to-day activities. And, they’ll return knowing that they’re building the foundation on which this program will continue to grow and leave a lasting impact on the lives of the people we serve.
I'm interested in volunteering... what should I do next?
If you are new to Global Partners and would like to be considered for a future volunteer team, your first step is to complete the Volunteer Form
to let us know of your interest. A member of the Global Partners team will follow up with you within two weeks.
If you have previously volunteered through Global Partners, or have already completed the Volunteer Form, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org
to express interest in joining a future trip.
Participation by non-Gundersen employees is contingent upon completion of a background check through Gundersen Volunteer Services. Also, please note that due to the community-based nature of this program, preference is given to local
volunteers. Some trips may be closed altogether to volunteers from outside the region. Please contact the Global Partners office with any questions regarding this.