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International Volunteers

The non-student program accepts invited international volunteers here for long and short term stays. Volunteers are required to stay for a minimum of one month, volunteering four hours per week and cannot exceed 20 per week. 

Volunteer Services requires all perspective international volunteers to complete the following checklist prior to making an appointment for an interview with a Volunteer Coordinator. Interviews are by appointments only. Walk-in applications will not be accepted. UCLA Health will not issue volunteer status until all requirements listed below are met.  You should allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

*** Important Additional Information:
A $150 processing fee per applicant will be applied. Please contact Lisa Harden at (310) 267-8182 for more information.
Incomplete applications will cause a delay. Volunteer Services will communicate any request for additional documentation directly to the exchange visitor. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis. Volunteer Services does not guarantee volunteer placement.

How do I get started?

ALL volunteers must have a letter of invitation from their supervisor as part of the application process. Please click here to download a sample letter. The letter of inivitation must be turned in with your volunteer forms and not handed in seperately. Make sure all required information is completely filled out in this letter or you will not be accepted. Once your supervisor has completed your invitation letter, you may begin your application process. Please read over each section very carefully, as any missing forms, documents or immunizations will result in delayed processing.

International Volunteer Checklist:

Click here to download the International Application.You will need Adobe Acrobat to open the following PDFs

 For a free copy of this program, please visit Adobe Acrobat website.

Immunizations must be completed prior to entering the country or prior to first appointments with a Volunteer Coordinator (if already in the U.S.). Applicants must have in their possession the following in addition to a valid passport:

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

  • Medical documentation of TWO MMR vaccinations


  • Medical documentation of ONE BLOOD TITER indicating immunity to MMR

  • Disease history of MEASELS, MUMPS, and RUBELLA will not be accepted.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

  • Medical documentation of TWO VARICELLA vaccinations


  • Medical documentation of ONE BLOOD TITER indicating immunity to VARICELLA

  • Disease history of CHICKENPOX will not be accepted.

Tuberculosis (TB) Screening

If you have always tested negative for TB, please provide:

  • Medical documentation of TWO SEPARATE TB skin tests, One TB test must be completed within the last 3 months. The other TB test must have been completed within the last 12 months. (NOTE: It's UCLA Health policy that you receive two separate TB skin tests and no exceptions will be granted.)


  • Medical documentation of a QuantiFERON Gold (also known as t-spot) blood test completed within the last 3 months.

If you have previously tested positive for TB, please provide:

  • Documented proof of a positive TB skin test or QuantiFERON Gold (also known as t-spot) blood test (documentation of postive TB from any date will be sufficient)


  • Medical documentation of a chest radiograph (chest x-ray) report within the last 3 months.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap)

  • Medical documentation of Tdap vaccination


  • Signed Tdap declination if unable to provide medical documentation.

Visas - only the following types of visas are acceptable:

  • F-1 Visa including I-20 form, and a written letter from DSO (Designated School Official) signature
  • F-2 Visa including 1-20 form
  • B1 Visas are reviewed on a case by case bases (Must provide sponsoring department invite letter, written on department letterhead).
  • B2 Visas (tourist) are not permitted
  • WB Waiver Visa

For J-1 and J-2 Visas:


J-1 Visas

  • J-1 Visa: letter written by the ARO (Alternate Responsible Official) or RO (Responsible Officer) from the sponsoring institution.
  • Request for Certificate of Eligibility for J-1 Visa Status (attached DS-2019 form).

J-2 Visas

  • J-2 Visa: Valid DS-2019 form
  • Job description written by your supervisor, on department letterhead Volunteer Request Form
  • Pre-assigned referral form completed and signed by your supervisor (have your supervisor contact Volunteer Services to obtain this form)
  • A FBI and DOJ (Department of Justice) background check will be conducted


Forms to Print, Complete and Bring with you to your Appointment

  • Coversheet and Acknowledgement Form
  • Volunteer Agreement
  • Abuse Reporting (Signature Forms)
  • In addition, you must complete the following training modules. You will need to generate a temporary ID to complete the online trainings. Click here to generate ID. Make note of the ID number as you will need to use the same ID for all four modules. Once you complete the online trainings, a certificate will be generated (HIPAA will generate a confidentiality form as well which you will need to sign and bring with you). Print the certificates and bring with you along with the forms above.

    HOLIDAY CLOSURES FOR 2015: The Volunteer Services Office will be closed during the following upcoming holidays:        

    Monday, January 19   MLK Jr. Day
    Monday, February 19   President's Day
    Friday, March 27   Cesar Chavez
    Monday, May 25


    Memorial Day

    Monday, September 7   Labor Day
    Wednesday, November 11   Veteran's Day
    November 26-27   Thanksgiving
    December 24-25   Christmas
    December 31-January   New Year's