Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Faidra Papavasiliou

Second Advisor

Cassandra White

Third Advisor

Louis Ruprecht


Currently, little information is available on free clinics and the volunteers who work in them. Ferris (2011) has observed that “most of what is known about these clinics comes from the clinics themselves, from journalists, or from general observers of the humanitarian world”, and Bennington (2017) argues that the volunteer population has been documented at large, but that the medical and the free clinic environments have yet to be explored. While volunteering at the clinic I observed the work of other volunteers from different angles and this motivated me to place the question “Aside from the good experiences, which challenges do volunteers must face in order to open and work in a successful free clinic?”. In the attempt to answer this bigger question, what I look for is to be able to add some literature knowledge on volunteers and their points of views.