Many healthcare professionals pursued work in this career sector because they’re caring and compassionate people.

This often extends to their time off the clock, as well, when they volunteer with different organizations within their community.

If you’re a healthcare traveler you may think that you won’t have the time or the opportunity to volunteer while on assignment. But you still can volunteer your time. Read below for some tips on how to do so.

  1. Rethink what it means to be a volunteer. Many people think of good volunteers as those individuals who work with an organization week after week, month after month. But running in a 5k that supports a cause in which you believe is a form of volunteering. So is approaching your assignment city’s local Humane Society to see if you could offer to walk dogs a couple of times a week either before or after your shift for the weeks you’re on assignment.
  2. If you volunteer at home with a national organization, contact its local office once you reach your assignment city. Ask about volunteer opportunities for you while you’re in town.
  3. Many hospitals and medical facilities have blood drives, fundraisers, 5k benefit runs, and other community events several times throughout any given year. Offer to help at these events while you’re on assignment.
  4. Search online for non-profit agencies in your assignment community and simply call them up to see if they need volunteers. They’re certain to welcome even “short-term” volunteers.
  5. If you attend church regularly and plan to do so while on assignment, many churches have plenty of volunteering opportunities available.
  6. Don’t forget that many organizations need people to write to state and national – and even international – government representatives. If the only time you have available to volunteer in person would be at night and you haven’t been able to find a lot of non-profits that need help during that time, consider contacting your charity of choice to see if it needs letters written as part of a campaign. You could easily set aside an hour or two a week to write letters on the charity’s behalf.

What’s been your experience volunteering while on a travel assignment? Did you find it difficult to do? Were the charities welcoming, even though you were only able to volunteer for a relatively short time?

We’re always on the lookout for “volunteers” seeking work as healthcare travelers. If you’re an experienced RN, OT, PT, speech therapist, pharmacist, or other allied healthcare worker, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing to learn more about our many traveling opportunities across the country. We look forward to hearing from you.