join our cause to help those with less

Canvasback Missions is only able to operate because of generous volunteers like you. Thank you! If traveling isn't your thing but you'd still like to volunteer from your hometown, you can still be a vital part of our work by becoming an Advocate on our behalf. 

Who We Need

Mission trip 2019.jpg

Our Mission

Schedule 2019

Volunteer Opportunities Still Available

Currently we are looking for surgical and clinic-based doctors, nurses, and techs in the following specialties: ENT, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Urology, Ophthalmology, and Dental. We often bring radiologists, general surgeons, and pathologists on our trips to aid these specialties.

It is possible we could have a need for cardiologists and dermatologists in the future, although we do not currently conduct trips under those specialties. If your position or specialty is not listed, you can feel free to submit an interest form, but know we may not have an opportunity for you.

Other Types of Trip Volunteers

We sometimes have spaces available for non-medical volunteers like photographers, videographers, handypeople, IT professionals, and clinic assistants on our trips. We are not, however, able to cover the costs for travel, room, or board for these positions. These volunteers will need to fund their own trip, or get sponsored by members of their communities. If you fall under these categories, do not let this deter you from submitting an interest form.

How Teams Are Assembled

Our teams are led by doctors who have previous mission experience with Canvasback. These lead doctors assemble the majority of their team independent of Canvasback. Any positions they are unable to fill, or positions volunteers drop out of, we will fill from our interest pool. This means we don’t typically have a lot of volunteer positions open, but if they are open there is a strong, and sometimes short-notice need.

How to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, you can submit a volunteer interest form below. Please tell us about any special interests or connections you have with Micronesia in your form.


Important Documents and forms

The following forms are only for volunteers who have already been assigned to a team. If this is you, please fill out all pertinent forms and return to us by mail or email.


DEA Procedures: Must be completed by practitioner ordering and carrying controlled substances.

Emergency Contact Information Form: Provides important information in case of emergencies.


Media Release Form: To give permission to use photographs, videos, and other forms of media in print, online, or other distribution.



Non-Cash Donation FormFor acquired non-cash donations such as supplies - Please fill out and return this document even if the donor does not require a receipt.

Volunteer ApplicationDetail volunteer contact information, history, experience, and other special interests.

Volunteer AgreementAn agreement of conduct between volunteer and Canvasback Missions.


FSM License Application: Please fill out only if you have been approved to go on a trip to the Federated States of Micronesia

Samoa License ApplicationPlease fill out only if you have been approved to go on a trip to Samoa.

Palau License Application:Please fill out only if you have been approved to go on a trip to Palau.


RMI License Application:  Please fill out only if you have been approved to go on a trip to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Orientation PacketWhat you need to know, from what to pack to how to act on-island; Please read this in its entirety.