Medical Volunteering After COVID Pandemic

The ongoing struggles of society, difficult times, and a range of various factors are constantly impacting people all over the world. The inequalities present in most social groups consequently lead to some individuals receiving more valuable opportunities than others. Disregarding the mentioned reasons for community-based issues, it is vital to highlight aiding in such situations. Hence, volunteering and providing service to those in need must be a priority for anyone who wants to change the world for the best.

Depending on the field of volunteering, there are several ways to take action. First of all, one can help in a medical setting, as many healthcare students have been doing in the outbreak period of the pandemic (Kinder and Harvey 1). Although more serious jobs require professional training, volunteering does not necessarily relate to only medical specialists, but in the case of psychological help can be just as beneficial. Secondly, another area requiring a humanitarian approach includes volunteer work in a refugee shelter (Florian et al. 2). Considering the unstable conflict state in many countries, the flood of refugees seeking help and comfort is inevitable. Working in a refugee shelter requires commitment and an open mind but can become a very mutually-rewarding experience. Lastly, one significant way of getting back to any community is through volunteer tourism. Essentially, the gesture involves a multi-cultural method of humanitarian aid in areas of healthcare, education, and others (Han et al. 2). In that way, volunteer tourism proves quite successful in global engagement with social issues.

Due to the current state of global healthcare, politics, and economy, we must acknowledge the importance of helping others. The refugee crisis in Europe and similar consequences of political conflicts in the US have significantly increased the necessity for refugee shelters (Agustin and Jørgensen 5). On the other hand, the severe impact of the COVID pandemic highlights the importance of medical volunteers (Byrne et al. 3). Generally, the various ways one can get back to the community are not limited to one method. While reoccurring international issues prevail in modern society, we still can help our communities.

Works Cited

Agustín, Óscar García, and Martin Bak Jørgensen. Solidarity and the refugee crisis’ in Europe. Springer, 2018.

Byrne, Matthew Henry Vincent, et al. “Systematic review of medical student willingness to volunteer and preparedness for pandemics and disasters.” Emergency Medicine Journal, 2021.

Florian, Mona, Jana Costas, and Dan Kärreman. “Struggling with meaningfulness when context shifts: Volunteer work in a German refugee shelter.” Journal of Management Studies, vol. 56, no.3, 2019, pp.589-616.

Han, Heesup, et al. “International volunteer tourism and youth travelers–an emerging tourism trend.” Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, vol. 36, no.5, 2019, pp. 549-562.

Kinder, Florence, and Anna Harvey. “Covid-19: the medical students responding to the pandemic.” The BMJ, 2020.

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