ORBIS has always regarded its supporters as being every bit as important as the multinational teams of volunteer doctors, nurses, pilots and technicians who carry out its sight-saving initiatives
. After all, without the generosity of you and others like you, these missions would simply never take place.
ORBIS medical volunteers
Medical volunteers are the backbone of ORBIS programmes. Ophthalmic specialists from all over the world give their time and energy to help eliminate avoidable blindness and restore sight. These volunteers, known as volunteer faculty, include ophthalmologists, orthoptists, biomedical engineers, anaesthetists and ophthalmic nurses.
More than 400 medical professionals are part of ORBIS's global volunteer faculty. They come from countries as diverse as Argentina, Israel, Great Britain, Australia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, India and the United States.
Volunteer faculty share their expertise in a wide variety of ophthalmic specialties. Expertise is passed on to colleagues from the developing world by way of consultations, surgical demonstrations, wet lab sessions, lectures and workshops through either a Flying Eye Hospital visit or a hospital-based programme.
Volunteer placements last one to three weeks and can be either an individual or a team placement. Among the challenges is working in the limited space aboard the Flying Eye Hospital or in local settings using existing equipment.
ORBIS prides itself on the fact that some of the world's most respected ophthalmologists participate as volunteer faculty. Medical volunteers require four years' of work experience and must have references from two Flying Eye Hospital volunteers or staff. Fluency in more than one language is an advantage. If you would like to find out more about becoming an ORBIS volunteer faculty member, please contact us.
Helping out locally
Besides enrolling as a medical volunteer, individuals from all walks of life are welcome to help out at our Hong Kong office
. Everyone from students to retirees and those in-between jobs serve as volunteers, united by a passion to help brighten the lives of those less fortunate
. If you possess the same degree of dedication, we'd love to hear from you!
There are literally dozens of ways you can help around our office. And remember, every hour you donate brings us one step closer to our dream of a world free of preventable blindness
Our dedicated clerical volunteers help reduce our overhead by helping out with paperwork, filing and data entry
. If you have experience in any of these areas, please feel free to get in touch with us
Our annual raffle and mid-autumn charity sales require large teams of friendly, outgoing volunteers to help out during weekends and holidays. Please give us a call if you can help!
ORBIS regularly runs promotional campaigns requiring technical skills such as translation, photography, website design and filming
. If you have experience in any of these specialty areas, your support will be greatly appreciated
Annual volunteer gathering
Every year ORBIS hosts a volunteer gathering so you can:
- Understand what ORBIS achieved this year
- Learn about ORBIS’s volunteer work
- Register for other ORBIS event before everyone else
- Meet and get to know similar minded volunteers
2008 Volunteer Gathering
2007 Volunteer Gathering
Sign up as an ORBIS volunteer today!
. Box 7419 General Post Office,
Hong Kong, or fax it back to us on (852) 2877-1297
Would you like to help us bring sight to blind people in some of the world's poorest countries? Simply complete and return our volunteer registration form to
For further details, please contact May Leung at (852) 2508-7020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please download Acrobat Reader to view the forms.