Join us in providing medical help to impoverished coastal and island communities by boat! Looking for doctors, opticians, dentists and nurses to join our vessels, which are always on call in their area for disaster relief operations.
LATEST: Thunderbird 1, an Albin Stratus 36, is sailing from Zihuatanejo, Pacific coast of Mexico on April 10th, to sail points south, reaching Panama late May.
Ways to participate in an IRG medical mission:
1. "On-Call" (1-2 weeks): Licensed healthcare providers (typically but not limited to: MDs, RNs, FNPs, DDSs, PAs) can apply to be included on the "IRG On-Call Medical Volunteer" list. After you apply and are accepted, your name will be entered into our On-Call Medical Volunteer Database. When we have a need for healthcare providers, you will be contacted via email with the details of the upcoming operation. If the dates and location of the mission suit you, you would arrange for a flight to the boat, and stay for one week (or more if you prefer). While on location, Friend Ships will provide for your food. You pay your own air-fare, we'll help you collect donations to cover your costs! Submit your application here and we'll reply with an email form.
2. Supportive/Preparatory (short term): Non-licensed or peripheral-primary care (pre-med, medical students, nursing students, LPNs, paramedics, EMTs, X-ray techs, etc) volunteers may be of use depending upon the current needs of the medical department. (For example, an x-ray tech might be helpful if we receive a donation of an X-ray unit aboard one of our bigger vessels and it needs to be serviced or installed.) Contact the medical department to see if your skills can be of use or if you have questions. You pay your own air-fare, we'll help you collect donations to cover your costs! Submit your application here and we'll reply with an email form.
3. Full time IRG crew (2 months or more) or IRG Guest Worker (less than 2 months): Support our boat as a regular non-medical crewmember. Experience the profound effects of living aboard a boat with an excellent captain and learn all aspects of the cruising life while doing good work! You will be assigned a job based on the current needs of the organization at the time of application. The most important qualification for all available positions at IRG is a willingness to work, learn, and to serve with a positive attitude and great flexibility. Positions available are subject to change according to the mission and available qualified staff. Full time crew membership does not guarantee that you will sail on a medical mission but you will be able to participate in the preparation of upcoming voyages. You pay your own air-fare, we'll help you collect donations to cover your costs! Submit your application here and we'll reply with an email form.
Once approved, you will be notified when positions are available for an upcoming medical outreach, provided you are interested and available at that time (Short-term placement). Please email here if you have any questions.
Location: IRG Headquarters, Alameda, CA
Latest Activity: Nov 11
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