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Lalmba is primarily a volunteer organization. The US-based directors are the only paid employees. All other administrative and medical staff, and expatriate field and medical staff are all volunteers. This has helped Lalmba accomplish a great deal on a small budget for 50 years.

We are always looking for dedicated individuals or couples interested in spending one or two years in Africa.  If you're interested in learning more, please look over our list of Volunteer Positions.  If you qualify for one of these positions and can commit at least one year, please fill out our on-line application to begin.

Lalmba works in remote area and has very limited international volunteer opportunities. We frequently hear from great people who are looking for volunteer opportunities from 2 weeks to 6 months. 

Please Note: because of the nature of our organization and the work we do, we are only able to consider volunteers able to spend one year or more at our facilities in Africa. Please verify that you meet all of the qualifications for the position before applying.

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Current Openings

We are currently looking for a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner to serve as medical director for our rural health clinic in Chiri, Ethiopia. Apply today!

Our Volunteers work in concert with our African staff by

Volunteer Benefits – No “support raising” necessary

Although we do not offer salaries to those who volunteer in Africa, Lalmba does pay for all the costs of traveling to, working in and living in Africa. Lalmba will cover round trip transportation, room and board, life and health insurance, immunizations, Visas and 30 days vacation per year. For volunteers serving two years in Africa, Lalmba will also provide round trip tickets to return to the U.S. for a visit at the end of the first year.

Who are our Volunteers in Africa?

The volunteers we are seeking should have a sense of adventure and a good sense of humor. We hope to find individuals with a humanitarian or spiritual motivation for doing this important work. We are a small organization which takes our work seriously. Our motto has always been: "work hard and play hard". We think that both are important!

Our positions are all at top management level:

  • MD's and PA's licensed to practice in the US or Canada are needed for our Medical Director positions in both Ethiopia and Kenya. 
  • Our Project Director position in Ethiopia requires a BS degree and several years work experience, with an ability to manage multiple priorities. 
  • An MPH or nurse usually fills our Public Health Director positions in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Unable to commit to at least one year?

Unfortunately, the nature of Lalmba’s work does not afford opportunities for volunteers who are not able to stay for a year or more. All of our volunteer positions are in management-level positions that require at least a one year term.  

Read What Our Volunteer Have To Say

We have had many volunteers over the years. Please take a moment to read about their experiences.

How to Apply

If you meet the qualifications for one of our positions listed above and are able to commit one to two years of your life to this important life-saving and life-giving work, please complete this brief application form: Online Application Form. Once we receive your application, we’ll contact you to let you know whether you may fit into one of our upcoming positions.

The goal of our interview process is for us to learn a bit more about each other and for you to learn about the position you would be considering. We will ask you about yourself to help us understand if this is the right fit for you - what you enjoy doing, what skills you have, why you want to do this type of volunteer work.


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