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I want to volunteer in a developing nation for a few months. Do you know a reliable agency that can help me?

Monday December 3, 2012
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Dear Donna,

I am a nursing student going into my last semester this spring. Before I start working as an RN, my plan is to travel to a developing nation and volunteer for a couple of months. Could you suggest some resources for finding a reliable agency that will help me find the location that suits me best and also provides some financial aid?

Looking to Volunteer

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Looking to Volunteer,

There are several organizations that assist with this type of service. Check out One Nurse at a Time (www.onenurseatatime.org). Here you will find many resources and ideas for financial support.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.