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The success of Bridge of Life (BOL)’s work depends on the support of our volunteers. Together, we can strengthen healthcare around the world.

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 participation cost requirements (see question #5 below)

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2.What volunteer positions does BOL need?

Volunteer positions depend largely on the mission. Below are typical volunteer position openings for each mission type.

  • Kidney Care Missions
    • 6-10 clinical volunteers per mission (nurses, biomeds, patient care technicians)
  • Chronic Disease Prevention Missions 
    • 6-8 clinical and non-clinical volunteers per mission
  • Kids’ Camps Sessions
    • 8 clinical and non-clinical volunteers per camp session

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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’ camps sessions may need to complete a separate application with the camp in addition to our regular application, so early applications are encouraged.

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4.What expenses are volunteers responsible for?

BOL will cover costs for:

  • Airfare
  • In-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • Food (three meals per day)
  • Visas

Volunteers are responsible for:

  • Passports
  • Immunizations
  • Travel to/from the departure airport
  • Airport parking fees
  • Fundraising
  • Incidentals

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5.Are volunteers expected to fundraise to support mission expenses?

Costs to participate in a mission as a volunteer are:

  • $2,000 for 2-week missions
  • $1,000 for 1-week missions
  • $250 – $500 for kids’ camps sessions

One way to meet these costs is to fundraise. BOL will provide fundraising set-up instructions for each mission as well as tips and tools to make fundraising easier (contact Donations@bolteam.org for more information). Participants can also opt to make their own personal donation to cover these costs via check or an online payment.

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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.

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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 with BOL can be found by clicking on one of the boxes below. For further information, please contact BOLProgram@bolteam.org

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