Team Leader Fellowship
VAW Global Health Alliances (VAW Global) is a global health and development organization committed to cultivating sustainable and equitable partnerships with local communities and professionals through support and capacity-building for essential and accessible health services. Our focus is to work hand-in-hand with local initiatives and leaders to provide communities with improved access to medical, dental, and veterinary treatment, medication, nutritional security, clean water, and health education.
VAW Global is looking for a Team Leader to recruit, prepare, and manage a team of interns during the upcoming school year. The Team Leader will have a number of responsibilities throughout the year, including: forming a team of interns, developing a board of student directors, establishing VAW Global as an official club and/or class (if possible), attending regular online video trainings with the VAW Global staff and other Team Leaders, and preparing their interns for their Outreach trip through team trainings, workshops, and fundraising. VAW Global expects the Team Leader to dedicate a minimum of 3-5 hours per week to this role.
VAW Global Health Alliances develops community health systems while providing interns the opportunity to work alongside experienced local healthcare professionals. VAW Global Outreach trips provide interns with an opportunity to work first hand with experienced local professionals in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and sustainable development. Interns will prepare for their trip by attending team training sessions, conducting fundraisers, participating in local community service projects and developing team building activities throughout the school year. While on-campus, Team Leaders work closely with a VAW Global Team Development Coordinator who will guide and supervise them throughout the entire process. The team will travel to one of our global locations during the winter, spring and/or summer break to work closely with local healthcare professionals and partners to implement primary care clinics, participate in health education workshops and/or develop sustainable development projects across LMICs. All intern activities in-country are under the direct supervision of local, licensed professionals and staff.
Each Outreach program provides unique opportunities for interns to work alongside local staff to support and strengthen health systems.
- Through the Medical Outreach program, interns learn about disease diagnosis, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, and learning basic pharmacology.
- Through the Dental Outreach program, interns learn about dental procedures, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, and learning proper disinfection and sanitization techniques.
- Through the Veterinary Outreach program, interns learn about veterinary procedures, treatment courses, and clinic operations through shadowing, measuring vital signs, giving vaccines, and deworming animals.
- Through the Global Health Outreach program, interns learn about increasing access to safe drinking water, planting garden boxes to strengthen nutritional security, and constructing latrines for proper waste disposal, among other healthy living projects.
This is an intensive fellowship — valuable to future nurses, physicians, physicians assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians, as well as other future healthcare providers and anyone interested in gaining skills in public health while supporting healthcare systems around the world.
Join our movement to strengthen your experience in public health and medicine, dentistry, and/or veterinary medicine while supporting healthcare systems around the world. There are several qualities that a successful Team Leader should embody:
- Be a self-starter. Much of the work will require you to be self-motivated since you will be working independently on your campus. The staff of VAW Global Health Alliances will provide online trainings and the materials you need to be successful, as well as be available to provide guidance.
- Be outgoing and social. You will need to present VAW Global’s aspirations to students, university faculty members and others, so you will need to feel comfortable articulating ideas and talking to strangers.
- Be a leader. A lot of preparation and organization is required for the trip, so it is imperative that you can delegate responsibility and motivate your team to stay on target.
- Be flexible and reflective. Working within new communities and supporting patients who may speak different languages and have their own customs can be challenging. It is important to, above all else, treat communities with respect and dignity, and be adaptable to their way of life while providing the best quality of care possible.
- Be committed to health equity. VAW Global Health Alliances is a value-based organization that places patients and communities at the center. This means that Team Leaders and the interns they recruit must all be committed to understanding and addressing systemic inequities, including a wide range of socioeconomic barriers and ethnic or cultural factors, and treating all people equally, regardless of their own personal views.
Please note: it is not required that you speak a foreign language.
The Team Leader Fellowship is open to anyone who is serious about their relevant area of study and has an interest in public health on a global level. Most Team Leaders are in the field related to the Outreach type, such as pre-med, pre-health, pre-nursing, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, biology, chemistry, public health, public policy, international relations, sociology, anthropology, or business. VAW Global values diversity in teams, so we don’t restrict the applications and welcome all majors!
Skills To Be Gained
The Team Leader will be trained and supervised directly by their assigned Team Development Coordinator. They will have regular training meetings with them as well as with the Team Leaders from other universities around the country. At the beginning, they will be instructed on how to establish a club at their school (if permitted), how to set up an executive board/leadership team as well as how to look for other students to help form a club. Throughout the year, they will receive support for and receive access to resources to prepare their team for their Outreach trip.
The Team Leader will gain effective leadership experience, international work experience, management skills, as well as many other skills. The learning opportunities from this fellowship are limitless, and we value Team Leaders who are curious, passionate, and committed to health for all.