Volunteer with us

Claire Erridge - Volunteer - Dec 2013 - SquareDonate your time and make a huge difference to the lives of mothers and their families in developing countries.  As a small organisation we rely heavily on the generosity of people volunteering their time and expertise.  From our Board of trustees to event volunteers to office volunteers, lots of different types of people and skills are needed.

Being a volunteer doesn’t mean just shaking a collection tin (although we need that too!) and it isn’t about giving your time for nothing.   The Maternity Worldwide volunteer community is friendly and sociable, and a great way to donate your time to a worthwhile and important cause whilst developing your skills, gaining experience and meeting new people.

Volunteering in the UK

Events Volunteers
We hold events throughout the year and always need extra help promoting the event, selling tickets, setting up on the day, stewarding the event, selling things on our stall and helping to pack up afterwards.

Community Volunteers
Join the BFG! That’s the Brighton Fundraising Group not a certain giant!  We meet once a month in the evening for about an hour to discuss fundraising ideas, upcoming events and new ways to raise money in the community.  It’s a very sociable group so please get in touch if you’d like to drop by for the next one.

Don’t live in Brighton?  Why not set up your own small fundraising group?  We can give you all the materials and support you need to start your own group and host your own events.

Programme Group Volunteers
We are recruiting volunteers to join our Programme Groups.  This is a unique opportunity to join our programme groups at an exciting time as we develop and expand our integrated maternal health programmes in Malawi, Uganda and Ethiopia.  We are seeking enthusiastic, committed, active volunteers with a variety of skills including; international development, project development and management, monitoring and evaluation, needs assessments, clinical knowledge, finance and budgeting, fundraising or country specific knowledge/contacts.

Members are expected to take an active role in the group on areas they are particularly interested as the group is run by volunteers.  The meetings are approximately 2 hours in the evening every 4-6 weeks, the Ethiopia and Uganda groups meet in London and the Malawi group meets in Brighton.  Members will then be expected to spend approximately 4-6 hours a month on actions discussed and decided in the meeting.

To find out more please read the Role Description below. If you are interested in joining a group please email a cover letter detailing your experience and suitability for the role along with your latest CV to vacancies@maternityworldwide.org.

Programme Group Volunteer – Role Description

Volunteer overseas

Donate your time and skills and make a huge difference to the lives of mothers in developing countries.  By volunteering with Maternity Worldwide, doctors, nurses, midwives, public health workers and other professional staff will have the opportunity to play a vital role in saving the lives of mothers and babies during childbirth now and for the future.  We believe in using sustainable methods to make lasting changes as part of a fully integrated maternal health programme.  For this reason we recruit highly skilled and experienced volunteers who are able to share their skills, train staff and implement systems to improve services provided in low-resource settings.  We ask that, in order to make the most impact, our volunteers spend a minimum of 7.5 months on placement, 6 weeks of which is an induction in-country and 6 months volunteering.

Whether you want to be teaching medical staff in the health centres and hospitals, conducting needs assessments, improving and setting up new systems, providing community health promotion on maternal and newborn health, carrying out crucial research or helping hands-on to safely deliver babies – we have a variety of different volunteering opportunities available throughout the year depending on the needs of our programmes.  To see if we have any current overseas vacancies please click here.

To find out what it is like to volunteer in our programmes please read the blog written by our volunteers Karen and Jeremy who volunteered for a year in Gimbie, Ethiopia for us.

Student Electives

Please note we are not currently in a position to facilitate medical students on electives or any short-term volunteer placements, we look for a minimum volunteering commitment of 7.5 months and volunteers must have a minimum of 2-3 years of recent clinical experience (this may be more depending on the role).

Get in touch

If any of these opportunities seem appealing and you think you could spare some time we’d love to hear from you.  To apply to volunteer with us please email your CV with a cover letter detailing your experience and what you would like to get involved with to vacancies@maternityworldwide.org.