International volunteerism resources

Part of the Academy's mission, as enacted through the Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee (EVAC), is to improve dermatologic care to those in underserved areas through education and service. Browse AAD's international volunteer opportunities and resources below.

Volunteer opportunities

SkinCare for Developing Countires

The Academy offers grants to individuals and organizations for international volunteer and humanitarian projects under the SkinCare for Developing Countries program. Grants vary between $2,500 and $5,000.

Resident International Grant

Funding for senior dermatology residents to participate in a four- to six-week elective in Botswana. The grant provides an opportunity to learn about tropical and HIV-related dermatologic conditions as well as how to practice routine dermatology with finite resources.

Health Volunteers Overseas

The Academy works with Health Volunteers Overseas to match dermatologists with overseas volunteer opportunities. Volunteers train local health care providers, giving them the knowledge and skills to make a difference in their own communities.

Native American Health Services Rotation

Residents provide dermatologic care to the Navajo Nation population and work with primary health care providers to assist with diagnosis and management of dermatologic diseases. This elective takes place in Chinle, Arizona, for one to two weeks.


Skin disease education cards
Laminated skin disease cards assist AAD members involved in the training of non-dermatologists — physicians and non-physicians — in skin diseases in underserved areas of the world. The cards provide brief summaries and images of common skin disorders. Request skin disease education cards. 
Portable projector loaner 

The AAD has two portable projectors available to volunteers traveling abroad to any of the opportunities listed above. Submit a request to borrow a projector.

Questions about AAD international volunteer opportunities and resources? Contact Brenda Hilligoss at