The Aga Khan University Hospital is strongly supported by services offered by dedicated and highly-motivated volunteers as part of its elaborate voluntary services initiative. Since the initiation of the Hospital’s Volunteer Services Programme in 1987, 7,300 volunteers have complemented services offered in various clinical and administrative departments of the Hospital.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, committing to a minimum service of 300 hours (4 months) each at least. Besides the main Hospital campus on Stadium Road, volunteers have the option of working in outreach hospitals in Kharadar, Karimabad, Garden and Hyderabad.
Along with assisting employees in the discharge of their duties, the Volunteer Services Department also runs the Gift, Flower and Tuck shops, proceeds of which go to the Patient Welfare Fund to treat deserving patients.
Areas of work
Volunteers are deputed to the following sites on- and off-campus:
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Nursing School
- Patient Welfare Department
- Registrar’s Office
- Gift, Flower and Tuck shops
Requirements to apply for volunteership
Candidates wishing to serve as volunteers can send their applications to AKU's Voluntary Services Department. Applications are reviewed to ensure that the candidates meet the following minimum requirements for enrolment:
Age: 17-55 years
- Qualification: Grade 12 and above (Intermediate/A Levels)
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Medically fit
- Highly motivated with a strong humanitarian instinct
- Flexible with willingness to work as part of a team
Selected candidates are interviewed periodically to ascertain their knowledge, skills and attitude. A reference check is also conducted from relevant institutions.
Once a candidate has been approved, he/she is matched against the requisitions received from various departments within AKU.
Code of Conduct
All AKU volunteers are expected to comply with the Volunteer Code of Conduct and wear the prescribed uniforms (smocks). These are issued to the volunteers when resuming duty for the first time against payment of nominal charges.
The Department facilitates volunteers by providing them van services for pick-up and drop-off from specified points subject to capacity. Economy lunch coupons are also provided.
Recognition and rewards
Upon completion of a specified time duration of voluntary service, contribution of eligible volunteers is acknowledged by awarding appreciation letters, gold pins and/or diamond studded pins depending on the number of hours of voluntary service.
Summer Volunteer Programme of AKU offers opportunities to bright and committed 'A' level and Aga Khan Examination Board students to offer their services at various departments of the University / Hospital. The students would be assigned tasks of six to eight weeks working five days in a week, thereby completing 250 hours of voluntary service.
Students interested in joining Summer Volunteer Programme should apply online.
Application deadline: February 28, 2016.
For more information about Volunteer Services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +92-21 3486-2947/2913.