Summer volunteer

Make a difference in global health – no medical experience required

Looking for an opportunity to understand more about global health, the intersection between public and private sector, and the logistics of sending thousands of medical devices to more than 90 countries around the world?  This is your chance to learn – and to make a difference.

About Lifebox®

Founded by this year’s BBC Reith Lecturer and global health leader Atul Gawande, Lifebox Foundation works to make healthcare safer around the world. Our current focus is on surgery and we work in collaboration with Ministries of Health, hospitals, NGOs and professional societies worldwide to ensure patients receive the safest possible care during and after surgery.

About the role

Lifebox® sends essential medical equipment to hospitals around the world.  You’ll help coordinate needs assessments for equipment donation, contact healthcare workers worldwide as part of our follow up programme, and assist in researching prospects for projects in emerging markets.

Our equipment and education programme has helped to safeguard 10 million lives in the last four years.  Through a combination of administrative, collaborative and investigative skills, you’ll help us to expand this work to the millions more who need it.

What you will gain

You will gain experience in a fast-growing charity with excellent links to renowned institutions such as Harvard School of Public Health and national professional organizations throughout the world.  You’ll work under the supervision of the Lifebox® Procurement Manager, and get insight into the world of global logistics as well as global health.  You will receive a clear task list and all training necessary to carry out the projects, along with an induction into the team and what we do. This is an amazing opportunity to make a direct impact and to learn about the non-profit sector.


You must have excellent communication skills, written and spoken; strong I.T. skills; the ability to work as part of a team; and be proactive and self-motivated. We appreciate a flexible attitude and any research experience obtained either through university or previous work or voluntary placements.  Interest in global health and public health is important, but a scientific or medical background is not essential. Students with an interest in relevant fields including engineering and business management are also encouraged to apply.


August 1st – 31st (flexible).

You’ll be based in our central London (U.K.) office, working 3-5 days a week.  This is a volunteer position, but you will be compensated for travel and any related expenses.

For more information about this exciting opportunity to work for a charity at the cutting edge of global health, addressing the growing crisis of unsafe surgery in low-resource countries worldwide, please contact Remy Turc: [email protected], or call 0203 286 0402.