Volunteer Projects and Activities

FIMRC was founded on the belief that each individual can make a contribution regardless of background or experience. We are glad to arrange volunteering itineraries appropriate to any skill level. The activities described below are examples of the types of projects undertaken by volunteers of different skill levels; these guidelines are certainly not rigid, and the activity list is by no means exhaustive. We are glad to help you identify which of our volunteering sites will best suit your background and interests. In addition to the activities described below, volunteers also assist with other tasks as needed in order to maintain the smooth functioning of FIMRC’s clinics and projects.

All volunteers are encouraged to collect donations and hold drives for supplies needed at our sites. Common needs include vitamins, clothing, shoes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and over-the-counter medications. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for the most current list of needed items. Your volunteer itinerary may be influenced by what supplies you bring, and part of your time may be spent distributing the supplies to children and families in the community.

Undergraduate Students:
Our programs are especially designed to provide medical experience and exposure appropriate to the undergraduate level, which makes our sites very popular among pre-health college or university students. However, students of all fields of study are welcome to participate and will find numerous activities to interest them on site. During the time spent volunteering at our medical facilities, your tasks may consist mainly of observing the physician, nurse, or other medical professionals. Based on your volunteering location, you may also be able to assist with patient intake, give vaccinations, take vital signs, or distribute medications, but this remains at the discretion of the field team and medical staff. Aside from clinical work, one of the most important facets of FIMRC’s Global Health Volunteer Program is preventative health education. Undergraduate volunteers carry out health education seminars for children and families at medical facilities and at centers such as schools or soup kitchens. Education topics may include dental hygiene, nutrition, anatomy, cleanliness, handwashing, or avoiding unhealthy habits. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist in the development of health education curricula to address health issues in which they have a background or interest. Many undergraduate volunteers seek academic credit for their volunteer missions; we are always happy to assist however needed to ensure that your experience is fully documented and credited by your school or institution.

Medical Students: First and Second Years
Volunteering activities for first and second year medical students will bear similarity to the activities we arrange for undergraduate students, but with greater flexibility in clinical or preventative health focus. During your time on-site, you will have the opportunity for in-depth discussions with field staff regarding the most pressing health issues in the areas we serve, which will provide a more advanced understanding of health care in developing communities. As is the case with all student volunteers, we are glad to assist however necessary if you choose to seek academic credit for your experience.

Medical Students: Third and Fourth Years
Every year we host numerous third and fourth year medical students in our Comparative Health Immersion Rotation Program (CHIRP), through which we have established formal partnerships with medical schools to host third and fourth year students on clinical rotations. Our team works one-on-one with students and institutions to arrange rotations according to the specific requirements of each academic program. CHIRP encompasses the essential clinical and community elements of our Global Health Volunteer Program while employing a more focused approach to engaging medical students in our clinical work. Please contact us to discuss your specific goals and requirements!

Public Health Graduate Students:
Many of our projects focus heavily on taking a preventative approach to improving community health, which makes our programs a great match for students of public health. We are glad to work with public health students to arrange activities relevant to their interests and fields of study. Activities may include writing and performing preventative health education seminars, conducting house visits, assisting in vaccinations campaigns, traveling by foot to remote areas of the community to collect basic health statistics, conducting community surveys, and performing prenatal care visits. With the help of our field staff, volunteers may work to identify a specific health issue facing the community, research the problem, and attempt to identify an attainable solution.

Health Professionals:
Medical professionals of all types are gratefully welcomed at any of our project sites. Different locations have different needs and experiences to offer based on a volunteer’s area of expertise, so please do not hesitate to get in contact with us to determine the best match. In the past, physicians, nurses, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, and a wide variety of other professionals have had an incredible impact on our work. Medical professionals work alongside our field staff to treat patients in the clinic or hospital, venture out into the community to conduct well-child and prenatal care house visits, participate in the management of patients with acute health issues, and provide training to medical and non-medical staff members.

Non-health Professionals:
We are delighted to host individuals from a variety of professional backgrounds. We have hosted many people interested in switching careers, or those who are simply interested in gaining volunteer experience in developing communities. In the past, we have hosted a photographer who took high-quality pictures for our volunteer documents, a computer engineer who improved the function of our clinic’s computer system and helped implement an electronic medical record system, an exercise instructor who led energizing workout sessions to promote healthy living in a rural community, and a social worker who helped our team manage sensitive patient cases. We are always eager for volunteers to find innovative ways to contribute to our mission!