Volunteerism haslong sought to right social
inequalities. Volunteers over the years have attempted
to end violence against women and children, improve
sanitation of drinking water, rebuild communities,
provide healthcare and education, feed and clothe the
hungry, and fight social and economic injustice.
However, there continue to be billions of people in the
world living well below the poverty line and numerous
dying daily due to lack of resources. This article
addresses obstacles within the framework of
volunteering from the perspective of a physiotherapy
student. In addition are suggestions of effective ways to
increase the impact of volunteerism across the globe.