YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
The success of Bridge of Life (BOL)’s work depends on the support of our volunteers. Together, we strive to improve healthcare across the globe.
FAQs on Volunteering with BOL
1.What are the requirements to volunteer with BOL?
In order to serve as a volunteer, you must:
- Be a DaVita teammate
- Hold a valid passport (required for international missions)
- Have approval from your supervisor to attend a mission
- Have the necessary Paid Time Off (PTO)
- Meet the fundraising requirements:
- $500 (missions less than one week)
- $1,000 (one-week mission)
- $2,000 (two-week mission)
2.What volunteer positions does BOL need?
Volunteer positions depend largely on the mission:
- Kidney Care Missions: Clinical volunteers needed (nurses, biomeds, patient care technicians); 6-10 volunteers per mission
- Primary Care Missions: Clinical and non-clinical volunteers needed (varies for each mission); 10-15 volunteers per mission
- Prevention & Education Events (includes CKD Screenings): Clinical and non-clinical volunteers needed; 6-8 volunteers per screening/event
- Kids’ Camps: Clinical and non-clinical volunteers needed; approximately 8 volunteers per camp session
3.How does the volunteer application process work?
All teammates are required to submit an application. Once an application is received, BOL will review the applicant’s background and skills in relation to upcoming missions. If your skill set is aligned with the needs of a specific mission, we will contact you to advance to the next phase of the application process, which includes a 30-minute telephone interview. Lastly, a form will be sent to your supervisor for final approval.
Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to respond to every applicant. Please be aware that each mission requires volunteers with a distinct set of skills and expertise. The volunteer positions that we fill respond directly to the specific needs of a mission. However, we retain all applications, and prior to each mission, review the applications we have on file.
Volunteers participating in kids’ camp sessions may need to complete a separate application with the camp in addition to our regular application, so early applications are encouraged.
4.What expenses are volunteers responsible for?
BOL will cover costs for airfare, in-country transportation, lodging, food (three meals per day) and visas.
Volunteers are responsible for a passport, immunizations, travel to/from the departure airport (as well as any airport parking fees), fundraising, and incidentals.
5.Are volunteers expected to fundraise to support travel expenses?
Volunteers who are participating in an international mission or event are required to fundraise $1,000 for one-week programs and $2,000 for two-week programs. Volunteers participating in a kids’ camp sessions are required to fundraise $500. We can provide tips and tools to make fundraising easier (contact Donations@bolteam.org for more information).
6.Do volunteers have to use PTO while on a mission?
DaVita teammates must use their own PTO for the time spent on a mission. PTO will only be reimbursed for participation in a two-week mission. For any mission shorter than two weeks, no PTO or pay will be reimbursed. Upon completion of a mission longer than two weeks, DaVita will reimburse the teammate 50 percent of PTO used.
7.Are there any particular expectations volunteers should have for missions?
Volunteers participating in an international mission or event will work with our in-country partners to provide health services and training projects at clinics or in communities. Please note that travel, lodging and weather conditions in the countries we serve may be different than what most individuals are accustomed to. Please be prepared to travel light, adjust to time changes, be flexible, and try new things. Part of the volunteer experience is to get outside your comfort zone, but most importantly, to SERVE and to HAVE FUN!
Additional details on volunteering for our missions or events can be found by clicking on one of the boxes below. For further information, please contact BOLProgram@bolteam.org.