The Ranger Program is a WWO US-based program that sends volunteers to the countries we serve. The first volunteers - Orphan Rangers - were college students but over time, the ranks have included medical students and practicing professionals with specialized skills, doctors who help establish medical protocols or youngsters with HIV/AIDS…athletes who help kids organize soccer teams … artists who open up new ways for children to communicate … actors who help orphans tell their stories through drama … and even family groups with a specific project to complete. 

The Orphan Ranger Program was the first WWO undertaking. After her medical missions to orphanages in Romania and Russia, Dr. Aronson realized that there was a way of life for children living in institutions that was incomprehensible, and that had to be understood in order to properly care for them. She created a “peace corps” for orphans modeled on her childhood hero, The Lone Ranger - a person who comes to do what others need and leaves without needing a thank you or payment.

Orphan Rangers work under the supervision of the Country Director and the scope of work and extent of their stay is planned in advance of their travel. All Orphan Rangers must be over 18 and are expected to pay for their trip expenses. If you are a student, remember that most universities provide grants and we strongly suggest for you to initiate the application process as soon as possible. In case you are entitled to a grant, please let us know the deadline for application.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to

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Volunteer opportunities in the US might be administrative projects in the office, help with special events or editing / writing. If you want to be part of our volunteer team in the US, please fill out the form below, and we'll contact you as soon as an opportunity arises. Thank you again for your interest in WWO!

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