Do I need to be a Christian to volunteer? LoveAIDS was birthed to fill a need for a Christian health care organization that focuses on serving the needs of HIV/AIDS patients and to provide a vessel through which Christians can gather their resources and medical expertise together to serve this population. For this reason, we select volunteers who are passionate about being the hands and feet of Jesus and who hold to the Christian faith. LoveAIDS’ decision to partner in any medical situation is based solely on need, not political, economic, or religious interests.
Do I have to speak the local language? While there is not a requirement that you speak the local language, there is a preference for medical workers who do know the local language, as we focus on building holistic relationships with those we serve. We will take short-term workers who do not speak the local language as long as we have a long-term worker who can be present and available to translate.
Will I be safe? LoveAIDS does not take its workers into any politically volatile situation at this time. Each worksite and residential situation is investigated prior to each trip, so that workers are living and working in areas deemed to be safe by the local communities and by the country and by the U.S. Embassy within that country.
Each international worker is expected to make wise decisions for themselves, as they would be expected to do so for themselves working internationally in any situation. We require that every worker complete our International Worker Orientation before leaving for the field. Also, LoveAIDS workers are evaluated and selected for ability to work on a team and follow organization guidelines and leadership. At any time, if an international worker shows an inability to work within a team or follow the guidance of the team leader or organization guidelines, thus potentially putting themselves or others at risk, they will be sent home as a preventative measure.
What kind of medical volunteers to you receive? Do you take unlicensed volunteers and non-medical professionals? Each short-term trip varies in terms of the medical workers we receive, according to the needs at the locations we partner with. Right now our current project focuses on skilled nursing, rehabilitative care, and end-of-life care, so we are receiving nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, and physical therapists. We receive non-medical professionals to do operations-related work.