Become a Global Health Volunteer in the Philippines

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Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.

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About

FIMRC's Project Cavite, located on the southern shores of Manila Bay, focuses on bringing improved quality care and health education to the province.

Project Cavite thrives on the efforts of volunteers, all of whom contribute to the current needs and initiatives on-site. Whether you're giving a diabetes health education session to community members, hiking through the community with Barangay Health Workers to conduct home health visits, or spending the afternoon taking vital signs in a rural clinic, your efforts allow us to better serve the residents of Cavite and the surrounding communities. Volunteers also play a vital role working in a pediatric cancer center in Manila. Volunteers provide emotional support to the children and their families there through games and arts and crafts!

FIMRC is proud to be a grassroots sustainable organization. Volunteer with FIMRC and make an impact with an organization that's working in the community even long after your trip!

Flexible Booking Options & Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

We allow flexible booking options as well as virtual volunteer opportunities!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

10 Rating
based on 4 reviews
  • Impact 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Value 9.7
  • Safety 9.7
  • Growth 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 9
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Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime!

If you are considering an opportunity to explore healthcare in Asia, this might be for you. I had an opportunity to travel to the Province of Cavite, a couple of hours south of Manila working in rural health clinics. Persons with an interest in healthcare careers may enjoy this opportunity especially. Each day was different and chocked full with hands on learning and immersion into the Filipino culture. I established friends for a lifetime and cherished the beauty of the land and Filipino people.

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Sahar
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Where's the repeat button?!!?

When I think of Philipines, the first three words that pop up in my head are bucket baths (tabo), fresh air, and home. The SHIF fellowship allowed me to gain hands-on experience as I shadowed doctors and provided service clinics in Manila. This program removed all doubts I had to invest my life in the medical career. After this trip, I realized I was interested in international health care. The familial aspect of the Philippines made it very comforting to transition into the environment. If I ever have the chance I will do it all over again!

What would you improve about this program?
Better meals and ensuring filter water is served!
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Athena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Trip of a Lifetime

I went to the Philippines for the summer health fellowship and it was the most eye opening experience I've ever had. Not only did I have cultural immersion and got to experience the food, language, and lived the way they did, but the medical portion was more that what I could have gotten in the United States. They taught me how to take blood pressure and identify minor problems in patients. I got to work in the TB clinic with hundreds of patients and help with screening. At one point they let me inspect the septum samples for the bacillus causing TB. The people were amazing and were so welcoming to me giving them screenings for heart disease. If i have enough time I'll definitely do it again. Best experience Ever.

What would you improve about this program?
Air conditioning please!!!
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Dalila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing Experience

Project Cavite was my first abroad medical trip, and I loved it. I really hold it near and dear to me, and already am trying to figure out when I can travel back there. I am interested in medicine, so I figured this trip would help me gain a better appreciation for healthcare and how it functions outside the US. I honestly expected to do a lot of medical things in the clinic, and that's exactly what the Fields Operations Manager granted me with the opportunity to do. She spoke with me once I arrived, and asked what I was interested in and from there she geared the trip around that. So if you're more into Public health, and project management they are able to expose you to that. They made it very clear that it was my experience and wanted it to be as enriching as possible. I wish I would've stayed longer than 2 weeks because time flies. It was life changing and only reinforced my want to enter the healthcare field.

What would you improve about this program?
I was the first volunteer for Project Cavite, and had to utilize public transportation. Although a fun experience, it was very exhausting transferring from one vehicle to another. I spoke to the program about it, and they were able to secure private transportation for future volunteers!