My name is Dr. Peter Smith from York, England, and I have just returned from my 8th visit to the FIMRC site in Bududa District, Eastern Uganda. Like many physicians, I have always wanted to work in the developing world but found difficulty in finding work where my skills could complement and add to a situation. When I decided to travel to the developing world I was concerned about working within my capabilities. When I contacted FIMRC I actually expressed an interest in their project in India, however they took a very careful note of my CV and suggested Uganda!
FIMRC is proud to offer a variety of programs to prospective volunteers looking to spend anywhere from one week to one year (or more!) at our project sites! We have compiled a guide to help volunteers choose the program that best suits their needs and availability.
Let's start here:
The main differences between our programs is length of time spent on site but there are a few other factors that go into distinguishing our three main programs.
Our Global Health Volunteer Program allows volunteers to choose their site as well as their length of stay; this program offers the most flexibility, especially for short-term trips like Spring Break and Winter Break.
The Summer International Health Fellowship (SIHF) Program is our most structured program and is offered at our sites in Peru, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Uganda, the Philippines, and India.
FIMRC's Internship Program allows applicants to choose their top three site choices, however, our Internship Team reserves the right to choose which site would be the best fit based on the applicant's skills and interests as well as the needs of FIMRC project sites.
Volunteer Responsibility and Immersion
While all of our programs offer opportunities for volunteers to take on responsibilities on site, the Summer International Health Fellowship Program and Internship Program give participants the opportunity to work on independent projects. Because the length of time is longer than a typical volunteer experience, SIHF participants and Interns are able to become more immersed in the culture of the country where they are serving.
For more information about our programs, visit out website here.
For more information about the application process for FIMRC's Internship Program, email the Internship Team here.