Learn about the hospital’s volunteer roles online and over the phone. Once you find the hospital you want to volunteer at, visit their website for specific opportunities. Make another list of all the positions that look interesting to you. Most hospitals have volunteer programs, and their website also lists contact information for the volunteer office, so you can call with any questions you have.
You can also contact the volunteer office directly, usually by phone or email, to ask them what volunteer opportunities are available.
Hospitals require applications to get a sense of your qualifications. Fill out an application online, or download it from the hospital website. Enter all the requested information, and include the specific areas you’d like to volunteer in n the application. Typically, a member of the volunteer office will contact you after your application is received to tell you about your next steps. Choose more than one area of interest on your application, just in case you don’t get your first choice. Send in the application as soon as possible, as slots may be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’re applying to a special summer program, check the application dates to ensure you stay within the deadline.
Hope this was helpful Mahir
What type of volunteer or shadowing opportunities are you looking for? Medical? Animal Clinics? Homeless Shelters? Churches? Food Pantries?
With volunteer organizations, one may have to submit an application of intent and why one wants to volunteer for the organization. References may be required to support your prior work and/or volunteer history, work ethic, performance, etc. Each volunteer organization will have its application process and requirements to volunteer.
It is best to check with your local church, homeless shelter, food pantry, animal clinic, etc. for volunteer opportunities. Check with your parents, friends, school, guidance counselors, teachers and other students who may know of organizations that may have openings for volunteers.
Here are the Top 20 Volunteer websites to help with your search:
VolunteerMatch - https://www.volunteermatch.org/
JustServe - https://www.justserve.org/
DoSomething - https://www.dosomething.org/us
CoGenerate - https://cogenerate.org/
International Volunteer HQ - https://www.volunteerhq.org/?utm_source=volunteerforever.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=vf-best-volunteer-abroad-programs-organizations-projects
Points of Light Engage - https://engage.pointsoflight.org/
Catch a Fire - https://www.catchafire.org/
GozAround - https://www.gozaround.com/
VolunteerGov - https://www.volunteer.gov/s/
TapRoot Foundation - https://taprootfoundation.org/
Idealist - https://www.idealist.org/en
AARP - https://createthegood.aarp.org/
Doing Good Together - https://www.doinggoodtogether.org/
United Way - https://www.unitedway.org/get-involved/volunteer
Global Volunteers - https://globalvolunteers.org/
GivePulse - https://www.givepulse.com/
JumpStart - https://www.jstart.org/
Global Aware - https://globeaware.org/
AmeriCorps - https://americorps.gov/serve
Best wishes and thanks for volunteering!
The best way to look into volunteering at a hospital or medical center or for that matter is to find that facility on the internet and look for “volunteer opportunities” which they often have listed. If you cannot find that many times contacting the human resource office at the facility will work. Ask to speak to someone about volunteer opportunities. Good luck!
Also- what do you want to get out of it? Are you wanting to explore career options, trying to get clinical hours for a med program, or to give back l.
Ask yourself first- what population do I want to work with/learn from the most? Is it special needs, children's, geriatric, palliative, hospice, general medicine, emergency care- what gives you the most joy in making an impact.
Once you know what population/area, ask yourself- how much time do I really have to volunteer. Most hospitals require you volunteer 4 hours a month, or per shift.
Once you figure out what that *it* thing is your wanting- all you have to do is simply ask. Call up your local medical office, OT office, PT office, Red cross chapter, hospital, or even community College and see what programs are available for high school students for Job shadowing, or to volunteer.
You'd be surprised by what opportunities are available if you only ask.
Best of luck!
JustServe, VolunteerMatch, Red Cross Society, Engage, Feeding America, Do something, HabitatforHumanity, and GivePulse are some of websites to search for volunteering opportunities.
Check with your Career Counselor at school to see if they offer a "Medical Explorers" program in partnership with the local hospital community. This program allows you the opportunity to shadow doctors and medical staff several hours a month; or whatever the requirements are for the program.
When my young adult son was in high school he participated in a Medical Explorers program and was able to get insights on being a doctor. He has now gone on to complete medical school and is now specializing (fellowship program) in his discipline. This is a great program to help you get off the ground with shadowing and perhaps volunteerism. Best of luck to you!