There are two fellowships available for orthopaedic trainees and consultants who are planning to spend a period of time working in the developing world. Both are annual awards of an airfare, plus £1000 towards the cost of accommodation.

  • The Gauvain Fellowship

  • The Ginger Wilson Bursary

To be considered for these awards, please send two copies of your CV and on a single side of A4 summarise the reasons for your trip to chairman@wocuk.org.  These awards will be assessed every January, but other applications throughout the year will be assessed on their merits.

Volunteer Opportunities

The BMA International Department has developed a guidance document for doctors to take time out to work and train in developing countries. 'Broadening your horizons: a guide to taking time out and work and train in developing countries' has been developed in consultation with key bodies from medical education and employment. 

This new guidance outlines national policies as well as examples of best practice and is aimed at both doctors and those in medical education and employment. The BMA aims for this document to support doctors at all stages of their careers to take time to work in developing countries.

There are opportunities in a number of locations around the world, and WOC UK can help you find a location and centre that is best suited to your particular skill set as well as your individual needs.  You may attend short-term teaching visits to numerous other countries, accompany another senior visiting surgeon. Please contact the "link-man" of any of the above countries for information on forthcoming visits.  Click here to view WOC UK locations.

January 2019


Support orthopaedic training at the Black Lion Hospital (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

WOC-UK continues to look for more volunteers to support training of orthopaedic residents in Ethiopia. We aim for a minimum of 6 pairs of individuals to travel to Addis Ababa each year, ideally for at least two weeks at a time. Often the visiting pair will consist of a senior consultant and someone earlier on in their career. We are able to pair people up if required. Currently there is funding available to support those who take part in this training link (£500 per week of a trip per person).

Please register your interest with this form.

Membership Application

Why Join?

  • To express solidarity and support for the aims of the organisation and be included on our postal or e-mailing list for news and information.

  • To help financially support the work of WOC-UK by membership subscription and donations.

  • To assist practically with our efforts in collecting orthopaedic equipment and material in the UK and distributing it abroad.

  • To find out more regarding opportunities for working in any of our supported programmes.


Who Can Join?

Any person over the age of 18 regardless of training who supports the aims and purposes of the organisation.


How To Join?

Application forms and further information available below.  For additional membership queries, please email: membership@wocuk.org