Links on working and studying in another country

Below are links to resource materials that may be useful to those interested in international work and study. If you are aware of any other links you think may be useful to include, please send the information to Rachel Moore at

Global Health Network

The Global Health Network research process map: the first digital toolkit designed to enable researchers anywhere in the world to conduct rigorous global health research. An open-access internationally-available online resource that guides every process and method needed to initiate a health research study. For each step researchers and their staff are provided with the information, support and training that they need to successfully run a health study. Researchers will also gain the opportunity to engage with their peers along the way, aiding collaboration and the spread of ideas. Access the map.

Handicap International

Handicap International maintains a database of physical therapists prepared to join emergency response teams and recruits physical therapists for development projects. Access further information on the HI opportunities for physical therapists required in disaster and development.

HIFA2015: Healthcare Information For All by 2015

HIFA2015 is a new global email discussion group with an ambitious but achievable goal: 'By 2015, every person worldwide will have access to an informed healthcare provider'.

The group will provide a neutral discussion space for all those with an interest in the creation, exchange and use of relevant, practical healthcare information for family carers, primary health workers, and district-level healthcare providers in developing and transitional countries. It will complement the existing CHILD2015 group (, which focuses on the information and learning needs of those responsible for the healthcare of children.

HIFA2015 is open to anyone with an interest in improving healthcare in developing countries and membership is free.

Join today: send an email to with your name, organisation, and a brief description of your professional interests.

To post a message to the group, email

Health Volunteers Overseas

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) offers a range of opportunities in a variety of health care fields with sites in over 25 different resource poor countries, from their new physical therapy training program in St. Lucia to pediatrics in Malawi. Whether you are currently practicing or retired, there are a number of programs to choose from and there is something for everyone.

The HVO newsletter Volunteer Connection provides useful articles and advice to volunteers.

Please note:
It's not necessary for a physical therapist to have been trained in, or be a citizen of the USA or Canada to volunteer with HVO; however they must be living and currently working in one of these countries. This is simply to ensure the recruitment and pre-assignment briefing period goes as smoothly as possible.

Healthcare study tours

Jon Baines tours organise health care study tours all over the world.  These tours offer participants a real insight into their profession in dfferent destinations and the opportunity to exchange knowledge with professional counterparts.

International Institute for Education

The International Institute for Education (IIE), an independent non-profit organisation founded in 1919, is a world leader in the exchange of people and ideas. IIE administers over 200 programs serving more than 20,000 individuals each year.

The Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) provides fellowships for established scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit professors, researchers and other senior academics to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community at large. When conditions improve, these scholars will return home to help rebuild universities and societies ravaged by fear, conflict and repression. During the fellowship, conditions in a scholars home country may improve, permitting safe return post-fellowship; if safe return is not possible, the scholar may use the fellowship period to identify a longer-term opportunity.

Projects Abroad for professionals

Projects Abroad PRO is one of the largest volunteer abroad organizations in the world. Founded in 1992, we send 10,000 people abroad each year on a variety of service projects. Volunteers with specific skills and experience in areas like Medicine & Healthcare, Teaching, Business, Human Rights and more are more than welcome. There are various projects for professionals, but there also regular volunteer projects which do not have specific requirements such as Care, Sports and Conservation & Environment. All participants receive unparalleled in-country support from our full-time, professional staff to ensure that the experience is safe, worthwhile and fun.

Voluntary Service Overseas

Through Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) your skills could help communities in the world’s poorest countries.

Each year, hundreds of people complete rewarding placements as VSO volunteers in more than 40 countries. Volunteers say they return to their own country equipped with invaluable professional experience, a wealth of memories, and a whole new perspective on life.

Disability issues

General information

ICNM eNews is an electronic publication dedicated to keeping policy makers, planners and practitioners informed of national, regional and global developments in the area of  health worker migration, particularly nurse migration. ICNM eNews is published twice a year and features information about key trends, current issues, research, new  publications, upcoming events and links to useful resources in the field.

Migration and human resources




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