So you see, what had happened was, I needed a change. I quit my job to go volunteer in the Dominican Republic... in a community that has limited electricity and running water, and almost never any hot water. What on earth was I thinking?! After months of debating with myself, I finally gave myself permission to take the leap, and dare to do something different. What I was about to embark on was risky and uncomfortable, which was not me at all.
Nurses are a huge component of what makes FIMRC's work possible, and so we wanted to celebrate their impact for National Nurses Day! Nurses are employed at many FIMRC sites, supporting both clinical and health education programming. They often run several of the programs on site, and we couldn't keep it together without them! Their efforts do not go unnoticed, and below we've highlighted the differences and similarities between two nurses that work in different corners of our FIMRC world.
This article published in the American Academy of Pediatrics Journal is an example of why it’s important for us to operate with volunteers from various backgrounds. Dr. Catherine Spaulding, a 4th year resident inInternal Medicine and Pediatrics at Georgetown University recently served at Project Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu, India. She shares many insightful reminders in this journal, on Our Role in Public Health: Taking a Global Perspective.
As a staff member he saw the clinic before and after our electronic medical record system was introduced at Project Limón. While living in Nicaragua, Zane saw a drastic difference in operational efficiency with the integration of EMR4DW’s record keeping software. If you’ve been to our project site recently, you may not believe the challenges we used to face on a daily basis at Project Limón!
There is a growing awareness of ethical practices relevant to international service work. Good intentions alone are not adequate in properly addressing a community's needs. Louise Power, our Field Operations Manager in La Merced, Peru, is weighing in on effective and ethical approaches to volunteer abroad.
Our mission entails serving underprivileged communities around the globe. What allows us to do that in a manner that is sustainable, ethical, and productive, is being an organization of global individuals.
Finding an opportunity to serve overseas can be fairly easy. However, it requires extra effort for a volunteer to identify an international service program that truly keeps a community's best interests in mind. Here is a list of eight ethical practices for intentionally-minded volunteers. Use these tips to ensure your efforts abroad are sustainable, helpful, and conscientious.
She's back from the Dominican Republic and she's disproving misconceptions on development work abroad. After serving with us at Project Restauración, FIMRC Alumna Sara Spicker is sharing her newly-formed perspectives based on first-hand experiences as a volunteer.
We've seen lives change after underserved populations are given access to medical care. Working alongside our deserving communities is a pleasure. Beyond the number of patients we treat, our impact is one of quality. Our GHVP Manager Logan is sharing his first-hand experience working with the community in Alajuelita, Costa Rica.
You're willing to serve communities on an international service trip. Your next step? Find an opportunity that meets your volunteer goals. Choosing the right travel destination is an important part of finding the right fit. These seven project sites in various countries each offer unique potential to make a lasting impact this summer through the Summer International Health Fellowship!
SIHF is a four to eight week immersion and service program designed for undergraduate students pursuing health professions and recent graduates interested in medical school, nursing school, or physician assistant studies. First and second year medical students are also welcome!
"FIMRC Family” is a phrase that has permeated much of what we do. We refer to all of our staff, both stateside and abroad, as a family. When volunteers join us in our mission, they join our FIMRC Family. Not convinced? Read on!
At younger ages, teens are looking to get involved in volunteering abroad. We examined this trend and whether it could be done in a responsible manner that empowers both the community and high schooler.
Our cookstove chimney project in Kodaikanal, India has been clearing out the smoke in homes for three years now. A few weeks ago we began seeing news articles throughout Indian media sources talking about pollution, respiratory health, and (you guessed it) cookstoves in rural homes! Here's a look into Project Kodaikanal's chimney project, and new developments in related research studies.
Most of our volunteers spend many months preparing themselves for their service trip abroad. When 2-time alumna Trang Tran arrived in Peru to find her luggage was still in Florida, those plans quickly changed. Luckily, she was traveling with the FIMRC Family, and she packed her optimism and flexibility in a carry-on!
We have the privilege of witnessing how our collaborative efforts on the ground make an impact. Seeing the results of our hard work is encouraging, and also prompts us to advance our mission in even more underserved communities. From providing patients with access to healthcare, to leading support groups and health education sessions, we're committed to growing our impact abroad in 2018.
Her plans and expectations took unexpected turns. Today she is a Registered Nurse and living her dream. Tiffany Martinez, a three-time FIMRC alumna, is back from her Global Health Nursing Fellowship and is sharing how she found her passion in medicine.
"I am so honored to write this blog post and share with you all the impact FIMRC had on me becoming a pediatrician!" Tina Tarazi began her career path to becoming a physician as a FIMRC Chapter member and Global Health Volunteer. The lessons she learned through her involvement with FIMRC have played an important role throughout her journey in medicine.
FIMRC operates 10 project sites in 9 countries around the world. Needless to say, our annual achievements are both broad and plentiful. As we 2017 comes to a close, we also reflect on the accomplishments made in our previous year through our 2016 Annual Report.
For fifteen years, FIMRC has shown responsible and transparent leadership in primary care development. As a growing organization, we have many responsibilities and many players in our work. We have high standards in ethical programing abroad, and we're proud of the work we're able to do with so many helping hands.
Surprises come in many forms. Almost 2 months ago, Tropical Storm Nate's devastating power was unanticipated in Nicaragua. Families have wow'd us with their resiliency after losing everything. Generous donors have given communities, whom they've never met, a chance to rebuild their lives. Two months later, we're reflecting on events that have helped families get back on their feet.
2017's #GivingTuesday is just one week away! All donations made on November 28th will benefit Project La Merced in Peru. If you haven't already met these important staff members on site, we're highlighting them through video testimonials. Get acquainted and don't forget to donate one week from today, on Facebook or https://volunteer.fimrc.org/campaign/giving-tuesday-2017.
We are grateful for the ability to give children access to medical care they otherwise would not receive. This month our focus is geared toward La Merced, Peru; a community that would greatly benefit from gaining tools to address a prevalent pediatric concern: anemia.
Our former Volunteer Relations Manager at Project Limón, Zane Randell, has returned from Nicaragua to serve as our Key Relations Manager at FIMRC Headquarters. During his transition he has blogged his experience with reverse culture shock and the realities of adapting to new norms.
Gratitude is an overwhelming force at each of our project sites. The opportunity to provide access to medical care to under-served populations is an honor. Communities are also grateful for health services and programs made available by FIMRC. This month we are especially thankful for our team in Peru at Project La Merced. With #GivingTuesday approaching, we applaud their accomplishments and hope to advance their progress with the holiday season.
Gurleen Samra, a Biological Sciences student at UC Irvine, weighs in on her experience with FIMRC. As an active chapter member, she regularly participates in local volunteer work. This September she embarked with fellow chapter members to serve in Costa Rica through our Global Health Volunteer Program. She's now sharing her experiences, photos, and take-aways from Project Alajuelita.
It has been two weeks since Tropical Storm Nate hit Project Limón and its surrounding communities. Families lost nearly everything, but have refused to give up. They're rebuilding their lives and are helping each another through the process. Our efforts in Nicaragua have shifted from immediate disaster relief, to supporting sustainable solutions for our most at-risk families.
On October 5th Tropical Storm Nate hit our communities in Nicaragua at Project Limón. Floods have damaged homes, destroyed crops, and have left communities with many challenges to face in the months ahead. Many families have lost everything, but continue to press forward thanks to support from their neighbors, FIMRC, and you!
We believe the most effective programming and activities are created to address the needs expressed by the community. Not only does our community direct our efforts, they also play a vital role in every step we take toward fulfilling our mission: To provide access to medical care for underprivileged and medically underserved families around the world.
Summer International Health Fellowships are packed with opportunities for service and exposure. For Project Bududa Alumnae Amanda Hanemaayer, the fellowship deconstructed her views on healthcare standards and community responsibility. Her thoughts, photos, and impressions from Uganda portray a SIHF experience worth remembering.