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Volunteers are essential to the FOCOS program. To date over 200 people have volunteered. Volunteers come from health backgrounds and tend to be nurses, surgeons, physical therapists and surgical technicians from all over the world.

Typically, volunteers join mission trips for two weeks. During this time, volunteers perform complex spine and joint surgery on children and adults. Volunteers also work closely with staff at the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Accra, Ghana, and educate them upon the latest medical knowledge and surgical techniques.

Volunteering is not just about giving. Previous volunteers feel they have gained alot from the experience and have shared their stories with FOCOS.

If you are interested in volunteering, simply download the FOCOS Volunteer Application and be sure to visit the FAQ section to learn more. Be sure to also read the TOP 10 FOCOS Volunteer FAQ's.

Watch this incredible video about the March 2013 Medical Mission Trip to the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Ghana. A special thank you to FOCOS Volunteer, Dr. Ali Maziad.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Spiegler, FOCOS Administrator at 212-308-7732. Upcoming dates are listed below. Please state the date you are interested in on the application form.

Click here to view the FOCOS Volunteer Application Form

Click here to view the FOCOS Volunteer Orientation Guide

Click here to learn more about Trip Travel Insurance

2014 Dates

August 10 - August 29

November 10 - November 28 (Spine)


2015 Dates

Beginning January 1, 2015, FOCOS will send volunteers to Ghana on an as needed basis - there will no longer be designated mission trip dates. Volunteers are asked to request specific travel dates in the application - the FOCOS Team will do its best to accommodate all requests. Need for volunteers will be determined based upon the need of patients.


Sponsor A Volunteer

FOCOS Volunteers are required to pay the cost of their travel expenses. Click a photo below to learn more about these selfless individuals and make a donation in support of their efforts:

Why get involved with FOCOS?

Here's what some of our volunteers are saying:

"Prior to my involvement, I had heard so many wonderful things about FOCOS and the dedicated people involved. I soon learned the truth of this. What a rewarding experience it was to use my skills to help those that are in desperate need of help."

"This is a great opportunity for me to give back. To give deserving care to those who would not normally receive it is one of my greatest pleasures."

"As I watched and learned more about the FOCOS group and how they helped people, I became inspired. It has been such a great feeling to be a part of such a great organization."

"The FOCOS mission provides a significant resource and commitment to providing care to people who would otherwise not have it. To use my specialty for this purpose is a dream come true."

"As a future physician, working with FOCOS is a great opportunity to serve, gain perspective, and learn about pathologies in developing nations."