Welcome to Northeast VOSH

What is VOSH?

VOSH International, Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, is an organization of optometrists, medical doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dentists, opticians, and other dedicated individuals who are dedicated to providing vision care to people around the world who can not afford or obtain it.  More information on VOSH can be found at the VOSH International website, click here to visit.

NEVOSH has assembled a humanitarian eye and health care remote clinic in Central America each January since 1988.  The inaugural mission was February, 1987, before the group discovered that schools were out in January and available as clinic sites.  NEVOSH distinguishes itself from most other VOSH  chapters in the breadth of healthcare offered.  We still have a core of Optometry and Optical professionals that make the trip, but this chapter has expanded over the years to include Medical, Mobility, Pharmacy, Dental, Ophthalmological, Audiology, Dietician, and Veterinary services.

Your contribution will make a difference

To learn how to help Northeast VOSH provide low-cost healthcare clinics, please see our Contributing page.

Northeast VOSH News

The January 2009 mission found our traveling cadre of Doctors in Nueva Esperanza on the Lower Lempa river in El Salvador.  This marked the first time our group had been to El Salvador.  Shahin Barzin has written the Mission Report.

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History of Northeast VOSH


bob.ht1.jpg (68102 bytes)  The late Dr. Robert Schwartz OD, founder of  Maryland Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, which grew and evolved into North East Volunteer Services to Humanity.  Bob led the group for the first 10 years.  Bob and his wife Lila Schwartz OD were both optometrists practicing out of the Annapolis MD area.  Lila continues to support the organization and it's original cause.

Originally formed as Maryland VOSH, the group renamed itself Northeast VOSH to reflect its diverse membership and its heavy participation by New Englanders.   Each of the following years' clinic is represented with at least a mission report.  We plan to add a smattering of photos for each as time allows.


2012 Bristol, Tennessee (April)
2012 Colon and Bastimento, Panama (dental only, January)
2010 Nuevo Esperanza, El Salvador
2009 Nuevo Esperanza, El Salvador
2008 Nandaime, Nicaragua
2007 Monimbo Nicaragua
2006 Nandasmo, Nicaragua
2005 Catarina, Nicaragua
2005 Mus, Turkey
2004 Nindiri, Nicaragua
2003 Jinotepe, Nicaragua
2002 Ticuantepe, Nicaragua
2001 Monimbo, Nicaragua
2000 La Concepción, Nicaragua
1999 Masatepe, Nicaragua
1998 Niquinohomo, Nicaragua
1997 Lake Yohoa, Honduras
1996 Jutiapa, Honduras
1995 Omoa, Honduras
1994 Vera Paz, Guatemala
1993 Coatepeque, Guatemala
1993 Salama, Guatemala
1992 Chimeltenango, Guatemala
1991 Chichicastenango, Guatemala
1990 Comayagua, Honduras
1989 San Manuel, Honduras
1988 Omoa, Honduras
1987 Santa Rosa, Honduras

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2012 Panama & Tennessee | 2010 Nueva Esperanza | 2009 Nueva Esperanza | 2008 Nandaime | 2007 Monimbo | 2006 Nandasmo | 2005 Catarina | 2005 Mus | 2004 Nindiri | 2003 Jinotepe | 2002 Ticuantepe | 2001 Monimbo | 2000 La Concepción | 1999 Masatepe | 1998 Niquinohomo | 1997 Lake Yohoa | 1996 Jutiapa | 1995 Omoa | 1994 Vera Paz | 1993 Coatepeque | 1993 Salama | 1992 Chimeltenango | 1991 Chichicastenango | 1990 Comayagua | 1989 San Manuel | 1988 Omoa | 1987 Santa Rosa

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