Unite For Sight supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in their social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care. Unite For Sight applies best practices in eye care, public health, volunteerism, and social entrepreneurship to achieve our goal of high-quality eye care for all. The programs are locally led and managed by ophthalmologists at Unite For Sight's partner eye clinics. Unite For Sight's international eye care services with partner local eye clinics are provided year-round and are comprehensive, including examinations by local eye doctors, diagnosis and care for treatable conditions, education, and preventative care. Outreach services are brought to the people in their villages, in some cases including villages seven or more hours from the clinics. These patients are provided with regular follow-up care by our outreach teams throughout the year. To date, we have provided eye care services to more than 2.1 million people worldwide, including more than 94,530 sight-restoring surgeries.
The Ghana Program
The Ghana Program involves working in cutting-edge, grassroots global health delivery programs with three eye clinics in Accra and with two eye clinics in Kumasi. The five eye clinics provide eye care to patients living in extreme poverty in villages located throughout the country of Ghana. Global Impact Fellows have a unique immersive global health experience while learning from many remarkable Ghanaian doctors.1-week Ghana volunteers as well as Global Impact Fellow volunteers are eligible to participate in the Ghana Program.
The Honduras Program
The Honduras Program involves working with ZOE Eye Clinic to provide eye care in rural areas of Honduras. Global Impact Fellows gain hands-on global health experience while participating in unique grassroots healthcare programs in urban and rural locations.
Dhenkanal, Orissa Program
The Dhenkanal, Orissa Program involves working with Kalinga Eye Hospital & Research Centre on cutting-edge global health delivery and NGO management projects. Global Impact Fellows gain an immersive understanding about sustainable eye care, global health delivery, local social entrepreneurship, and NGO and clinic management in rural India.
Patna, Bihar Program
The Patna, Bihar Program involves living and working with the Sinha family of doctors, who are the ophthalmologists and directors of AB Eye Institute. Global Impact Fellows participate daily with the Sinhas to provide eye care to patients living in poverty in the city of Patna.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu Program
Volunteers participating in the Chennai Program live and work with the Senthil family of ophthalmologists, who are the ophthalmologists and directors of Pranav Eye Foundation. Global Impact Fellows participate daily to provide eye care for patients living in poverty in villages near Chennai.
How To Apply
Submit an application: http://www.uniteforsight.org/volunteer-abroad/apply
There is not an application deadline. Unite For Sight accepts applications on a rolling application deadline, and qualified applicants are therefore accepted on a first-come, first served basis. Programs fill quickly, and we therefore suggest that you apply as soon as you decide that you would like to participate. You may apply more than a full year in advance, or you may apply a few months in advance. If there is still space available, you may apply less than one month in advance of a program, though this is not encouraged since all programs may be filled, and you would have little time to prepare. Those who apply early can lock in their first choice program location and program dates before programs start becoming filled. Our website shows the programs that are currently available and accepting applications, and filled programs are crossed off on the Dates list as soon as they become unavailable.
Recommendations are an important part of the application process. You must list at least two (2) professional references. You may list more than two, and we will review your application on the basis of the first two recommendation letters that we receive from your recommenders. Acceptable professional references include college instructors, academic advisers, former or current employers, work supervisors, and volunteer supervisors. Personal references (friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, clergymen, fellow students, and student leaders of a student organization) are not acceptable references, will be disregarded, and will result in automatic rejection of the application. College students should not submit a letter from a high school teacher or from a supervisor during high school.
The application fee is $55, which may be submitted by credit card or by electronic check at the same time as the applicant submits the application.
The first qualified applicants are accepted, based on strong letters of recommendation and thoughtful application essay responses. Accepted Global Impact Fellows demonstrate intellectual curiosity, passion about global health, cultural competency, integrity, humility, respect for supervisors, cooperative disposition, dedication, and commitment to hard work.
Jefferson Student Reports - Unite for Sight
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