Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches to proclaim and demonstrate the love of God amongst communities in Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We are part of the global Samaritan’s Purse family that has been providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world since 1970.

You may have come across our Operation Christmas Child initiative, which thousands of churches, schools and businesses across the UK are already part of. Alongside sending shoeboxes overseas, we respond in a distinctly Christian way to issues facing people in the places where we work: issues like water and sanitation and sustainable livelihoods along with disasters and emergencies.

The two main streams of opportunity are:

International Disaster Response: Samaritan’s Purse stands ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. We specialize in meeting critical needs for victims of conflict, disaster, famine, and epidemics throughout the world, often working through ministry partners on the ground. We provide food, water, shelter, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ.

World Medical Mission: As the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, we place volunteer Christian physicians, dentists, and other medical personnel in mission hospitals and clinics around the world. We also staff a biomedical department and warehouse that provides critically needed medical equipment and supplies to medical mission facilities.


  • Seeking to be distinctively Christian
  • Seeking to be professional in all that we do
  • Seeking to be creative and innovative
  • Seeking to put people first
  • Seeking to put the people we serve at the centre of what we do
  • Seeking to work in partnership with others of like mind

Mission Statement

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.


  • To work in close collaboration and partnership with Samaritan’s Purse offices across the world, bringing greater co-operation and a presentation of the whole of Samaritan’s Purse global ministry to the UK.
  • To provide practical support and immediate relief to hurting communities in the grips of poverty and / or following war, natural disaster, disease or famine.
  • To develop longer term relationships with reliable in-country partners, across the world, who share our passion for the gospel and for the hurting people in their countries in ways that move beyond immediate relief into longer term development.

Volunteer Roles

International Disaster Response

Volunteers are assigned to specific roles depending on the needs in each disaster response situation. These volunteers are embedded into disaster response assistance teams (DARTs) and their logistics to and from the field, along with accommodation, are organized by Samaritan’s Purse. Volunteers operate as part of the Samaritan’s Purse team and work closely with other volunteers, staff, as well as local contacts and organizations. These positions are paid.


  • Flights – Project
  • Accommodation – Project
  • Food – Project
  • Transport-In-Country – Project
  • Visa – Project
  • Travel Insurance – Project
  • Medical Indemnity – Project

World Medical Mission

Places volunteer Christian physicians, dentists, and other medical professionals in short-term service as volunteers at mission hospitals and clinics in Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, and the Middle East. We coordinate all the details of the assignment, including: matching interests, abilities, and time frame with a hospital, providing orientation and spiritual resources before and during the assignment, arranging international travel schedules and airline ticketing; assisting with necessary visas, permits, and other field requirements; coordinating field housing and transportation. These positions are entirely self-funded.

  • Flights – Volunteer
  • Accommodation – Volunteer
  • Food – Volunteer
  • Transport-In-Country – Volunteer
  • Visa – Volunteer
  • Travel Insurance – Volunteer
  • Medical Indemnity – Volunteer

Volunteer Requirements


Lab technician


Operating room technician
Sterile services technician



Clinical experience

Depends on role

Time commitment

Minimum 3 weeks

Other skills/experience

Not required

Volunteering experience

None required

Driving license

Not required


Must be fully licensed in volunteer’s home country

Contact Details:



Postal address:

Victoria House | Victoria Road | Buckhurst Hill | Essex IG9 5EX | UK


+44 (0) 20 8559 1180 (UK)