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Volunteers’ testimonials

This page brings together a range of testimonials from doctors who’ve volunteered in global healthcare. We hope you find their stories inspiring and encourage you to consider getting involved.

Any opinions or views expressed in the blogs on this page are the individual views of those who have volunteered and written the blogs. They do not represent the views of the RCOG.

If you have a story you’d like to share, please email the Global Health team.

Volunteering in Ethiopia through the RCOG/VSO Fellowship

Dr Kate Darlow MRCOG

Dr Kate Darlow

‘There’s a wealth of clinical situations to learn from on a daily basis, so it counts for so much more than you would ever learn in a year at home.’

Kate volunteered in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia through the RCOG/VSO Fellowship. Read Kate's report on her time in Ethiopia.

In the video below (supplied by VSO), Kate explains what she achieved through her volunteer placement and also how she has benefited from her incredible experience.

Dr Edward MacLaren MRCOG

Dr Edward MacLaren MRCOG volunteers with the RCOG/RCS STAE course (Surgical Training in the Austere Environment) at the RCOG. For more information about his experience please read his testimony.

Dr Mary McCauley MRCOG

Mary McCauley, Ethiopia

‘Working in this specialty in the second poorest country in our world is extremely tough. That’s why I’m here.’

Mary volunteered in Ethiopia in 2012 through the RCOG/VSO Fellowship. Watch Mary’s video below about her experiences (supplied by VSO).

 

Fiona Bach MRCOG

Fiona is currently volunteering through the RCOG/VSO partnership in Gondar, North Ethiopia. Read Fiona’s blog from Ethiopia.

Dr Margaret McDougald FRCOG

Margaret works at Barbara May Maternity Hospital in Mille, Ethiopia. Find out more about Margaret’s experiences.

Volunteering in Ethiopia through the RCOG/VSO partnership

Dr Alexa Vardy

You can read Alexa’s blog by visiting oandgoverseas.wordpress.com.

Volunteering in Indonesia through the RCOG/VSO partnership

Dr Sonia Barnfield MRCOG (RCOG Global Fellowship Officer)

Dr Sonia Barnfield

‘You won’t change the world overnight, but little changes help. If you sustain just a few procedures, then you’ve made a difference.’

Sonia volunteered in Indonesia through the RCOG/VSO partnership. Read Sonia’s report on volunteering in Indonesia.

Volunteering in Kenya through the RCOG/VSO partnership

Dr Jessica Moore

Jessica volunteered in a small mission hospital in western Kenya through the RCOG/VSO partnership. Read about her experiences on the scheme.

Volunteering in Uganda through the RCOG/Uganda Maternal Hub

Dr Amy Keightley

Amy volunteered in a regional referral hospital in Uganda in 2012–13 through the RCOG/Uganda Maternal Hub partnership, treating women with obstetric fistula. Read about her experiences on page 25 of the October 2013 issue of International News (PDF, 1.7 mb).

Dr Rachel Ion

Dr Rachel Ion

‘My time in Uganda was hugely enjoyable and rewarding. The set-up with other volunteers in the country, as well as local and UK mentors, enabled me to get the very most out of my 6 months.’

Rachel volunteered in Uganda in 2012 through the RCOG/Uganda Maternal Hub partnership. Read more about Rachel’s experiences on page 25 of the June 2013 issue of International News (PDF, 2.3 mb).

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