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Voluntourism Spotlight: Saving Eyesight with Orbis

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You don’t need to be a doctor to volunteer with ORBIS International, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving eyesight around the globe. The organization has been providing training and technology for local doctors and health care personnel in addition to treating millions of patients for more than 30 years. Tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio on Saturday for more information on how you can be involved and check back every Wednesday for more voluntourism opportunities.

Research shows that about 285-million people in the world are visually impaired and 80 percent of the world’s visually impaired suffer from conditions that could be treated or cured. ORBIS treats many types of conditions such as childhood blindness, corneal blindness, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and trachoma. ORBIS works with local and national governments to succeed in building long-term capabilities of eye-care and treatment.

At ORBIS it is very easy to get involved! With over 400 volunteer faculty, ORBIS has several volunteer opportunities in all program departments. Most volunteer opportunities are short term, averaging about one-to-two weeks total. ORBIS has affiliate offices all over the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, Ireland, Taiwan and United Kingdom. In Macau, the office needs your help with clerical tasks, organizing fundraisers and activities or translation services.

Once you are an ORBIS volunteer, also known as an “Advocate for Sight, ” you can help ORBIS organize fundraiser events or one-time projects. ORBIS is willing to help you come with ideas, plan and publicize your event. You can also be provided with pamphlets and flyers.

If interested in becoming an Advocate for Sight, just go to You can also make a donation to ORBIS by clicking on the Donate Now tab.

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