Who are DocTours?

What do we do at DocTours?

DocTours Medical Volunteers is Australia’s leading arranger of medical electives and health care volunteer work for all medical professionals and students.

Who are we? We are passionate about improving access to quality healthcare for everyone. Globally. We need more volunteers to help make it happen. Many of our volunteers are keen to help treat patients and often take medical supplies or equipment as a donation.to the local hospital. By sharing their skills and knowledge, our volunteers help to develop the local staff. They often act as a mentor or coach and conduct training both on the job as well as more formally in the staff meeting room. This is a rewarding experience for our volunteers and it is also a more sustainable way of leveraging valuable skills.

Medical students, nursing students and all health care students are very welcome. While students are mainly involved in observing and assisting local staff, we like to think that international relationships are being created. Many students have a desire to return to the developing country after they have graduated so that they can make more impact.

We encourage students to gain international work experience and therefore we aim to create programs that are interesting, affordable, safe and well organised.

Derek Matz and Karin Eurell arrange worthwhile volunteer work for doctors, medical professionals, nurses, allied health practitioners, medical students and partners.

DocTours provides professional and friendly service and advice. We handle all the arrangements for your medical elective and volunteering in a developing country including the placement, medical registration requirements and all the logistics.

Meet your volunteer travel experts

Karin and Derek are international specialists at DocTours Medical Volunteers. Both Derek and Karin are active members of Rotary International and Sailability because we are committed to volunteering and the desire to help others who are less fortunate.

We have travelled to each destination and developed relationships directly with local hospitals and medical clinics so that we can arrange the best placement for you. We inspect the accommodation to ensure it is comfortable, safe, secure and maintained to good local standards.

Karin Eurell

Karin enjoyed a 25+ year career in international finance and risk management prior to joining Derek at DocTours in 2012. She is passionate about travel and helping others to fulfil their dream of working and travelling overseas. She has a degree in accounting and an MBA.

Karin has authored the book:  The Anatomy of an Awesome Medical Elective to help students plan their international student placement and get the most out of it.  For more details and to grab a copy, click here.New book: Anatomy of an Awesome Medical Elective

She volunteers with Rotary International, Sailability and EndoActive.  In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, pilates and good coffee.

Phone Karin on +61 2 9967 8888

Derek Matz

Derek successfully arranged high quality medical conferences for Australian doctors for over 25 years for DocTours and Amaco Travel. The conferences were always located in interesting destinations (including Cuba, Morocco, Russia, Namibia, Botswana as well as the Black Sea, the Amazon Jungle and the Silk Road). All details were meticulously handled so that doctors enjoyed an informative medical conference in conjunction with a fascinating journey.

During their travels, the doctors regularly expressed the desire to ‘give something back’ and that inspired the creation of our volunteering programs.

Phone Derek on +61 2 9967 8888