VOSH Corps


Seeking Optometrists to Serve Outside the USA

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 two initiatives to build optometric education worldwide: The VOSH Corps Program and the Ambassador 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. This is a fantastic opportunity 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.

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.

Criteria

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.

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).

Dr. Ben Konig is the second VOSH Corps OD to serve at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, following Dr. Manning and successfully continuing the VOSH Corps Program in Managua. 

The first graduating class at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, October 2016