Project HOPE was founded on the willingness of doctors, nurses and other medical volunteers to travel the globe on a floating hospital ship - the SS HOPE - to provide medical care, health education and humanitarian assistance to people in need. After the SS HOPE was retired in 1974, Project HOPE focused exclusively on land-based global health programs.
Starting in 2005, in a unique partnership with the U.S. Navy, Project HOPE has again returned to sending medical volunteers aboard ships around the world to provide medical assistance, health education, vaccinations and humanitarian assistance. Since 2009, Project HOPE volunteers have also contributed to humanitarian missions with the U.S. Air Force.
Since first partnering with the U.S. Navy in early 2005 to provide tsunami relief in Indonesia, Project HOPE has participated in more than 30 humanitarian missions with the U.S. Navy and Air Force, sending more than 1,200 HOPE volunteers. These missions have
Provided care to more than 820,000 people
Brought health education to more than 240,000 health care providers
Delivered $33 million in donated medicines and medical supplies
In addition to the volunteers we send on U.S. military humanitarian missions, Project HOPE volunteers make important contributions to many of our own global health programs and programs involving other partners.
For a complete list of our current and upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.