The Touching Hands Project is in need of hand surgeons, anesthesiologists, operating and recovery room nurses, and hand therapists. Each member of our medical team is essential to completing the THP mission!

GO! Go on a mission. Experience it for yourself. Your eyes will be opened, your heart will be opened, and you will remember why you became a surgeon!

Steven M. Koehler, MD
Hand Surgery Fellow, Duke University

Medical Teams

Each mission team ranges from 4 to 10 individuals. We keep the teams small so as not to overwhelm our hosts and the local medical facilities.  THP is currently not accepting volunteers outside of hand surgeons, hand therapists, nurses and anesthesiologists. There are limited opportunities available for residents.


Mission Details

Our medical mission trips are usually one week long, sometimes two weeks. At this time, we do not offer long-term volunteer placements. Where you can volunteer depends on our trip schedule for that year. You will indicate your preferred mission(s) in your application.

THP will cover all transportation and accommodation costs, although team members are responsible for some of their own meals during the trip.  Additional voluntary contributions to help defray trip expenses are certainly welcomed.



Please contact Julia Epplin-Zapf at [email protected] with questions about volunteering for THP.