As a small organization with a large vision and several important projects currently underway, we rely on the support of our volunteers. An incredible group of people from all walks of life located throughout North America and around the world, our volunteer family participates at every level of our organization.
Often individuals will ask what they can do. Many opportunities are available. You do not need to be a medical specialist to be a critical member of our volunteer team.
Areas to Volunteer:
Barn 3: Equipment and Shipping Support
Equipment is donated every week to KBNF. We require volunteers to:
Contact us for the next day our Volunteer Team will be at Barn 3 (our Delta warehouse).
Neuro Rehabilitation Program Development
Liberian Prosthetic Clinic Development
Prosthetists, carpenters, cabinet makers, and team members to help set up a national clinic and establish a training and mentoring program for selected nationals in the skills of prosthetics.
Fundraising Event Planning
Volunteering for a KBNF Medical Mission to West Africa
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for one of our upcoming medical missions to West Africa. These missions usually occur in May-June and/or November-December each year, last from one to four weeks and consist of needs assessments, screening clinics, teaching and neurosurgical procedures, as well as equipment maintenance: a vital aspect for surgical support.
Professionals with 1st world skills and knowledge find themselves challenged to work in a medical environment with few resources and can be asked to perform tasks outside their professional and personal “comfort zone”. The accomplishments of each Mission invariably exceed expectations, and are a type of gratification to take home, however much still needs to be done.
Mission participants are ultimately responsible for all their expenses such as travel (airfare, ground transportation, insurance), visas, vaccinations and malaria/other medications, meals and accommodation. Prospective participants are encouraged to fundraise to meet these expenses. Under Canadian Income Tax law, these expenses are eligible for an Canadian Income Tax charitable donation receipt, using the cheque exchange method. A Mission Manual with detailed information is provided to each participant prior to departure.
In the months prior to departure, all new volunteers are required to participate in a four-hour Heart Power course. This course is usually done via Skype and teaches volunteers how to work with compassion in all aspects of their work.
Many Western health care disciplines have few or no professionals working in West Africa. Volunteers with sub-specialty interests (eg: speech pathology, neuropsychology, etc.) may find the local language a barrier, as English is not spoken by all West Africans. In addition to teaching nursing and medical staff, their purpose in participating in a Mission can be “exploratory” and used as a needs assessment for future activities.