Seeking Optometrists to Serve Outside the USA

On the MOVE: Motivating Others To VOSH Excellence: Three Programs to Explore:

VOSH Corps is a one-year minimum commitment to teaching abroad.

The Ambassador Program is a short term teaching visit to an optometry program and includes $1000 for international travel and up to $1500 to bring ophthalmic instruments.

SVOSH/VOSH Mentorship Program is designed to mentor a SVOSH/VOSH group abroad and only includes $1500 for ophthalmic equipment.

Grow a New Generation of Optometrists in Developing Nations: VOSH/International, in collaboration with the Brien Holden Vision Institute Public Health Division and supported by Optometry Giving Sight, has developed three initiatives to build optometric education worldwide: The VOSH Corps Program and the Ambassador Program and the Mentorship Program. We invite North American ODs to serve in emerging optometric institutions as faculty and program development assistants, on either a long term (1-2 years) or a short term (minimum of 1 week) basis or to partner with international SVOSH chapters. These are fantastic opportunities for those just entering the profession; those who are transitioning to retirement; or those looking for a new adventure. VOSH/International will review applications with final selection and placement by the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

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Sara McGowan, OD, MS – Mzuzu University Optometry, Malawi (2012-2018)
Justin Manning, OD, MPH – UNAN Optometry, Nicaragua (2015-2017)
J. Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD – MMUST Optometry, Kenya (2015)
Jerson Desiderio, OD – Makerere Optometry, Uganda (2016-2017)
Robert Molter, OD – Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University Optometry, Vietnam (2016-present)
Kim Molter, OD – Pham Ngoc Thach Medical University Optometry, Vietnam (2016-present)
Ben Konig, OD – UNAN Optometry, Nicaragua (2017-2018)
Mirage Shah, OD – Hanoi Medical University Optometry, Vietnam (2019-present)
Jemini Patel, OD – Makerere University Optometry, Uganda (2019-present)

VOSH Corps

We are seeking optometrists with an interest in the academia required for recently established optometry programs aimed at addressing the human resource needs of eye care delivery in developing countries. The successful candidate will be required to assume the position for a minimum duration of one year (reviewable) and relocate within a reasonable time once a position becomes available. VOSH/International will review applications with final selection and placement by the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Ambassador Program

We are encouraging VOSH members or chapters to identify emerging VOSH and SVOSH chapters abroad that would be interested in hosting a VOSH/International ambassador for a short visit (5 to 14 days). You or your chapter would share your expertise through lectures, attending local vision missions and clinics, and generally being a mentor for budding optometric academic programs.


Remuneration Package

FOR VOSH CORPS, selected candidates receive a stipend to cover expenses, housing, relocation travel, health insurance, and return travel to home country per year of contract. The overall package ranges 34-43K depending on credentials.

For the AMBASSADOR Program, VOSH provides grants of up to $2500 each, to be used for: optometric equipment and books for local VOSH/SVOSH chapter, subsidize expenses including travel, food, accommodations. (Up to $1,500 for instruments, equipment, or teaching materials for the SVOSH/VOSH program abroad and $1,000 for travel to and from the destination. The host program will be asked to provide accommodations and local transportation).


If you have a 4-year Doctorate degree in Optometry (residency completion preferred) and a desire to support emerging optometry education and share knowledge in developing countries, you are VOSH CORPS or AMBASSADOR material.