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Public Health & Nutrition Programs

IVI have developed a wide range of nutrition programs and various placements for qualified practitioners specialising in nutrition including other areas such as natural health, malnutrition, dietetics, diabetes care, naturopathy, and alternative health disciplines. 

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Who can apply for public health & nutrition projects?

Ideally, qualified practitioners and/or students studying in the discipline of health science or related fields.

In most cases public health volunteers overseas will be working alongside qualified health practitioners and representing government affiliated networks.

Volunteers without qualifications in this field are still encouraged to apply and depending on your desire and experience, you may be accepted into the program

IVI’s public health volunteering programs cater to recent graduates with nutrition and dietetics backgrounds, or qualified professionals, seeking to make a positive impact in typically nutritionly deficient communities in developing countries. The work available will be catered to your specific skills and experience. 

Holly and the volunteers teaching fijian kids about nutrition and diet

What will I be doing as a health volunteer?

Tasks on our public health and nutrition programs will vary, depending on the project type. You will likely be performing health checks, blood pressure, vital signs, height & weight, etc.

You will also help to educate the local children and adults on the importance of a healthy diet, explaining the negative effects of foods high in salt and sugar, and demonstrating healthy habits, such as teeth cleaning.

Many of the countries we operate in have little access to healthcare, and what is available to them is limited in resources. There is often a lack of understanding of healthy eating, particually in the South Pacific islands, due to the cheap imported food available. 

Our programs help to educate communities, as well as providing important free healthcare. 

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Tasks which may be available

The schedule for IVI’s nutrition programs are normally highly flexible and depends a lot on local needs and your skills, and of course the requirements for each country. You may be able to get involved with:

  • General outpatient services
  • Outreach specialist services & community health promotion activity
  • Monitoring and evaluation of recently screened staff, basic health checks will be done along with possible consultations, morning health education sessions
  • Free nutrition consultations and blood screening analysis
  • NCD clinic care
    Preventative health education services
  • Maternal child health clinics
  • Family planning services
    Specialist services such as obstetrics & gynaecology
  • Complex medical conditions
  • ‘Health promotion for wellness’ activities in the community by our staff and community health workers.
  • Rural women’s awareness, education and empowerment in reproductive health
  • Research, training and education
  • Corporate health & wellness programs
  • Script writing, research, filming and editing
  • Developing community education program writing
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Find Public Health & Nutrition Opportunities

Why IVI?

Make a Real Impact​

We focus on projects with genuine needs.  Community, Healthcare, Education, Childcare, Construction etc. You'll leave feeling like you truly achieved something​.

Top Rated

We were voted 'Top Overseas Volunteering Organisation 2019' by APAC insider Australia awards. We have thousands of positive testimonies

35+ Years in Operation​​

IVI is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering. Established in 1989 we have trustworthy partners that know the local needs and treat every volunteer with love.

Charity & Non Profit​​

We don't just send volunteers overseas, we run campaigns and fundraise for materials so that our impact is significant and lasting in communities that need it.

Affordable Placements​​

Why pay thousands to volunteer abroad? It shouldn't cost that much. We're a non-profit org so we're not focused on profits, we're focused on helping people​. 

Flexibility & Choice​​

We have over 100+ projects in 20 countries. Most of our programs start every week so you have options around destinations, projects and start dates. 


Nutrition Project, Fiji
Travelling with Carrun and just a small group of girls who were all amazing….going around the Mamanuca Islands and working in different communities each day was really cool.

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