Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
96% Rating
(65 Reviews)

Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children

The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of families in the developing world through innovative and self-sustainable health programs. Operating since 2002, we have grown to ten project sites in nine countries including: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Peru, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, India, Ecuador, and the Philippines. With a team of over 3,000 dedicated staff and volunteers, we assert a multidimensional strategy that includes clinical services, extensive community outreach efforts, and health education programs.

What sets FIMRC apart from other organizations is our focus on sustainable community based programs and our commitment to keeping our locations open year round! For our volunteers, this translates into knowing they are contributing to ongoing programs that address current community needs as well as the flexibility to travel at any time.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Megan
Female
20 years old
Arlington Heights, Illinois

FIMRC Costa Rica

10/10

My experience with FIMRC was incredible because I had the opportunity to live with a host family, practice Spanish, and gain valuable clinical experience while contributing to the local community of Alajuelita. During my time in Costa Rica, I was able to travel around the entire country, meet locals, and become totally immersed in clinic work. Mobile clinics allowed us to see exactly what life was like in Alajuelita, and excursions allowed us to be tourists for a little while. I would go back!

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Matthew
Male
22 years old
Nashville
Vanderbilt University

An excellent experience

9/10

During my two months in Uganda I spent a lot of time with FIMRC's Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program. The other volunteers and I would hike to different families in the village with the outreach coordinator, and we would visit with and interview the families about their involvement with the program. It was an amazing way to interact with the community and explore the village. As the clinic sits at the bottom of a valley, mountains slope up on either side, providing a beautiful but short view. Many families live further up these mountains and as you hike from home to home, you cannot help but see the breathtaking views that Bududa has to offer. I can honestly say that Uganda is the greenest, and as a result, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

How can this program be improved?

I would recommend having slightly more involved volunteer training.

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Jesus
Male
20 years old
Allentown, PA
Temple University

Huancayo

10/10

FIMRC organized an incredible experience for anyone to take advantage of. I visited the Huancayo, Peru project site for the Summer 2016 trip. As a Peruvian/American dual citizen, I received priceless cultural and professional experience. This trip consists of the perfect combination of pleasurable and serious activities that really make the month spent abroad fly by. You really bond with your fellow colleagues and the community making it feel like a second home. The medical experiences that you receive are things you'll only experience beyond medical school in America and they indicate whether or not you want to go into the field if you're contemplating it. Overall, Huacayo, Peru was amazing and is only something you can experience for yourself instead of reading about it.

How can this program be improved?

Hold off on the pachamanca.

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Priya
Female
20 years old
Naperville, IL

A Summer in Chanchamayo

10/10

Entering a new culture means entering a new world. And in that new world, the idea of service must be redefined. Love of language, appreciation of tradition, willingness to adapt, and eagerness to learn all play a crucial role. Without an understanding of local people and integration with newfound culture, progress in professional areas is limited. This summer, FIMRC helped me learn all of this, and more.

I spent June-July 2016 with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), in La Merced, Peru (locally referred to as Chanchamayo). FIMRC’s mission is to “improve the health of families in the developing world through the implementation of innovative and self-sustainable health improvement programs” (FIMRC). In La Merced I partnered with hospitals and native communities, working on clinical rotations, health campaigns, educational presentations, and a few independent projects. However, above anything else, the FIMRC experience and local staff taught me this summer was about cultivating strong, trusting ties with native Ashaninkas and Chanchamayans, sharing beautiful life moments together, and showing them we have just as much to learn from them as they do from us.

How can this program be improved?

A think requiring some sort of language proficiency based on the site being visited would be useful to help volunteers have a more productive and impactful experience with the local culture and environment.

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Pat
Male
20 years old
Philadelphia
Temple University

Excellence

10/10

FIMRC is an amazing organization to work with. The work I did was based out of their site in Huancayo, Peru so my experience specially speaks to the success of that particular location. The staff was extremely friendly and supportive. They were always there for all of the volunteers and by the end of our trip they became our good friends. FIMRC is an excellent organization for premedical students because of the clinical exposure participants gain. Whether it be through community outreach programs, observing shadows in the OR, checking a patients glucose level, or even planning a wedding, FIMRC is undoubtedly an organization that anyone who works with will agree with me saying that it was completely worth it.

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