When volunteers are preparing to travel abroad to one of FIMRC's project sites, we always send them a recommended packing list. The list typically includes things like bug spray, sunscreen, and head lamp, but there is one more important thing to bring: an open mind.
We feel that our volunteers who travel with an open mind typically have the best experiences at our project sites. A willingness to learn not only about a different medical system but also a different culture is one of the biggest rewards of travel. FIMRC offers a unique experience to immerse yourself in the medical field and the culture of a new place and your relationship with the community will last long after your return home. Remember, when you're going out into the world, it's better to leave your pre-conceived notions about the developing world behind and experience the world it with FIMRC.