Hello and welcome to the International Orthoptic Association’s (IOA) Volunteer Program,
This handbook has been produced to help ensure that your volunteer experience for the IOA will be an enjoyable and rewarding one.
The importance of volunteers to the IOA cannot be overestimated. The valuable services that we deliver throughout the globe are only made possible through the efforts of our volunteers who, like you, willingly give up their time to make a real difference to other people’s lives. Our volunteer faculty are the heartbeat of our programs abroad.
Inside this handbook you will find important information about the policies and procedures of the IOA Volunteer Program and our mission and objectives. You will learn about the range of interesting activities in which volunteers are involved, and what you personally can expect as a volunteer. All IOA volunteers are responsible for reading and understanding the policies. These policies have been prepared to define procedures that affect the relationship between the volunteer and the Association. The IOA retains the right to change, modify, suspend, interpret or cancel, in whole or in part, any policies of the Association.
The IOA is recognized all over the globe for promoting the orthoptic profession and the education of orthoptists in low-resource countries where the profession does not yet exist. By choosing to join the IOA Volunteer Program, you have joined a global network of caring orthoptists dedicated to educating orthoptic professionals. Thank you for choosing the IOA and welcome aboard!
Mr. Jan Roelof Polling IOA President