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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.  But now, 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 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 800,000 people
  • Offered health education to more than 230,000
  • Delivered $33 million in donated medicines and medical supplies

In the past year Project HOPE has sent volunteers to the following countries on U.S. military humanitarian missions.

  • Belize
  • Samoa
  • Tonga
  • Marshall Islands
  • Solomon Islands
  • Kiribati

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.  Over the past year Project HOPE volunteers have provided health education and care and other services in many countries including the following countries.

  • Benin
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • China
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ghana
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Kosovo
  • Liberia
  • Macedonia
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Tajikistan

For a complete list of our current and upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page.