Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity


UPDATE 6/3/2016:

    Congrats to all the new board officers for the 2016-2017 school year!

President: Mike Molino
Vice President: Egla Suarez
Secretary: Lianne Chuck
Treasurer: Bhoomi Patel
Fundrasing Chair: Melissa McLean
OD3 Class Representative: Salman Ghanchi
OD2 Class Representative: Michelle Quach

NOVA SVOSH Board Officers for the year 2015-2016 

-President - Kaitlin Vass

-Vice President - Kristin Francies

- 2nd year Vice President - Ellen Butts

-Secretary - Veronica Mendez

-Treasurer - Mike Molino

-Fundraising Coordinator - Jocelie Almorado 

- 2nd year Fundrasing Coordinator - Joanna Cotter

-OD 2 Class Representative - Shundale Mixon 

UPDATE 05/20/2015:

    The trip to Boquete, Panama was a great success! We saw about 1000 patients over 4 days and had a lot of fun doing it!

    Click the link at the top to check out our Past Missions Trips page for photos of the trip!

Contributors for Academic Year 2012-2013:

--Ft. Lauderdale Lion's Club
--Broward County Optometric Association
--National Vision Inc.
--Pioneer International
--Boston Eye Group
--Builders Service Company
--W. Dennis Prouty
--Charles Burris
--Dr, Steve Styskal
--Hammond Family
--NSU Faculty

Thank you for all the sponsors. We could not have done it without you!

UPDATE 04/22/2013:

Cusco Slideshow

UPDATE 04/22/2013: Cusco Photos

Please check out the "Mission Trips" page for the latest photo slideshow.

UPDATE 04/05/2013: THANK YOU!

I would like to thank everybody for their hard work during the mission trip! At the end of day 3, just before we were about to get on our bus after a day of work, there was a lady that wanted to get eye glasses. After talking to her, we found that she forgot her prescription at home and lives far up the hill. Regardless, she was ready to climb that distance just to see us.

Just like patients would do anything to see better, it was amazing to see all of you literally work your fingers to the bone, staying late until every last patient is taken care of. During our work we faced quite a few obstacles and it was incredible how everyone worked as a team to find a solution to these problems. We truly had a great team and a great group of people and I feel honored working beside all of you.

The fun part of the trip was just as fascinating. So many extraordinary experiences I keep losing count. I hope all of you enjoyed the trip as much as I did. Good job guys for making this trip a success.

Also, thanks for those of you who contributed despite not being able to make it on the trip this year. Please stay involved with SVOSH. With your help next year’s mission trip will be an experience to remember.

--- Good luck on your finals and beyond!

Greg Osherov, SVOSH President.

UPDATE 01/14/2013: Mission Trip Fundraising

The SVOSH trip to Cusco, Peru is right around the corner! As you know,
to prepare for our trip, we collect and prepare eye glasses, equipment
and medications, as well as raise the necessary funds for the trip.
Members can now accumulate points by sending and receiving donations
for our mission trip. Attached you will find a copy of the donation
letter. It has the address and all the information to send the check

 How can a member accumulate points towards this year’s trip to Peru?

 Each student will receive 1 point for every 10 letters sent out. You
can contact businesses, organizations, optometrists, friends, and
relatives Please provide the list of companies or individuals with
their address and contact info in order to get your point.

 Points can also be accumulated when receiving money from someone you contacted.

So in summary:

1. You get 1 point for every 10 letters you send out.

2. You get 1 point for every $50 we receive from one of your contacts.

Please click on the following link to find the Donation Letter and Form

 If you have any questions please contact Greg Osherov:
or Farah Abdoly:

Thank you,
                                                  SVOSH Board

UPDATE 01/09/2013:

Please take note of the new schedule...

UPDATE 01/08/2013:

Hello everyone! In December, we received an official letter of invitation to Cusco, Peru. Our host will be Mogollon Lopez, who is the director of the Ophthalmology department at Antonio Lorena National Hospital. The hospital is where we are going to set up our clinic and examine patients. We will be staying at a respectable hotel a few blocks away from the hospital. As for the fun part of the trip, we are going to travel to Machu Picchu. We are in the process of working out an itinerary and Booking tickets.

If you are still interested in joining the trip, please contact Greg Osherov and fill out the NOVA Travel Liability Form

Have a great semester!

UPDATE 01/01/2013:

UPDATE 12/05/2012:

SVOSH Mission trip to Cusco, Peru student interest survey is now open. If you are interested in participating, please follow the link bellow and fill out the required information:

Thank you!

UPDATE 12/03/2012:

Hello Everyone!  This week we will be neutralizing glasses as usual Tuesday, 5-7 pm, Room 3222  

UPDATE 12/02/2012: 

Lions Club Induction and Christmas Celebration 

I hope everyone's finals are going well. The holiday season is right around the corner, and this month Lions club is having a holiday celebration December 6th at 7:00pm.

Address: 1900 SW 35th Ave Ft. Lauderdale, FL

This is a great opportunity to see what Lions club is all about and show support. You will also have a chance to watch the induction of new members and eat some delicious food. The event will include a pot luck dinner and so everyone is asked to bring one item from the menu bellow:

 rice & peas,
turkey ham - Lions Skinners 
potato salad
mixed vegetables
tossed salad
dinner rolls
fruit punch

There will also be a gift exchange, so if you would like, please bring a gift not exceeding $10.

Hope to see you all there!

UPDATE 11/05/2012: 

Please visit the schedule page for new upcoming events! 

UPDATE 10/02/12:

After considerable research on South American trip destinations. Svosh has narrowed down the list to 3 choices:  Peru, Honduras, and Guatemala. 

Currently, Peru is our primary focus and we are working with local clinics and lions club at Lima and Ica in laying down the groundwork for the trip that will take place... March 23-31, 2013 !     

UPDATE 09/04/12: 

Eyeglass sorting and neutralization will take place EVERY TUESDAY, 5:00PM-7:30PM. All members will be notified by email of any schedule changes.

About Our Organization

SVOSH is a non-denominational, non-profit organization in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at Nova Southeastern University's College of Optometry. SVOSH is a student chapter of VOSH International, and was founded in 1997 by NSU College of Optometry students.
Become an SVOSH Member!


1. Nova Optometry student in good academic standing
2. Annual $20 membership fee, which includes a white coat pin an a tshirt.
3. Desire to help people locally and internationally!


Service Opportunities

1. Neutralize donated spectacle - an opportunity to perfect your Lensometry skills

2. Prepare and sort spectacles for distribution to people in need in developing countries

3. Participate in community activities, competitions, ruffles, and events throughout the year

4. Participate in a year end mission trip to a developing country with your classmates and provide vision services to people in need