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Global Volunteer Placements Developed at Johns Hopkins

International Medical Aid (IMA) offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for doctors, medical residents, medical students, and pre-med undergraduates to work in busy international...

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Global Dentistry Volunteer Placement Programs

International Medical Aid (IMA) offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for dentists, dental hygienists, dental school students, and pre-dentistry undergraduates to work

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Global Nursing Volunteer Placement Programs

International Medical Aid (IMA) offers unique nursing electives catered towards each individual’s goals. Volunteers have the opportunity to work in busy international hospitals,...

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Global Public Health Volunteer Placement Programs

International Medical Aid (IMA) offers a wide variety of opportunities for public health professionals and students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in public health,...

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Global Physical Therapy Volunteer Placement Programs

International Medical Aid (IMA) allows individuals who are motivated to practice physical therapy or chiropractic to explore the profession in an international setting. This...

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Global Mental Health Volunteer Placement Programs

International Medical Aid (IMA) offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, and college students to work in busy international...

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International Medical Aid Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Internship Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

A radically different yet incredible experience

If you are you looking for a radically different yet incredible experience next summer, stop looking. This is it. Granted that this was my first time in Africa. And the first time I volunteered as a dentist. So the experience would have probably been a memorable one either way. That said, it was not just memorable, it was simply life-changing. IMA gave me a unique opportunity to both work as a doctor, and learn as a student. There was obviously some ramping-up to do, but it was just a matter of days until I started getting hands-on experience, working with dedicated mentors, and really wonderful colleagues. The organization was also great in helping me to explore, learn and live the city and culture of Mombasa. Locals are incredibly welcoming, and while you might think safety is an issue, the in-country support was just exceptional at making sure we did not take any unnecessary risks. And don't get me wrong. I did take risks. But they involved holding snakes with my own hands, driving by lions at Maasai Mara, and skydiving over the Mombasa valleys. And I can tell you those risks were totally worth taking. The worst part is that all of this happened while staying and living at genuinely one of the most wonderful dorms in the city, with great people taking care of you, and delicious food waiting on the table. Hope this does not sound too good to be true, but I really could not speak any better of my time in Kenya, with IMA. It has been an incredibly enriching experience, and one I will never forget.

Program: Global Dentistry Volunteer Placement Programs

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Haiti 2015

This was my third trip to Haiti. This was an amazing tip! I am so thankful for the opportunities from IMA to make these three trips. I would not want to make one of these mission trips without IMA. All the preparations were again made by IMA. This year we stayed in a bed and breakfast. It was my home away from home. We had beds and more than one bathroom and showers. We also had breakfast and diner each night cooked for us. We even had my favorite food, pizza!! The hosts really catered to us. They even made arrangements to get ice. Having ice was wonderful!! We had great reliable safe transportation!!
This trip was a little more difficult for me personally. I had a hospital stay for several days, a month before we were supposed to leave. My doctor wasn't too excited to let me go but she gave in. I was not 100% healthy yet and probably should not have went. The thought of not returning was horrible. I could not imagine not going. I was very determined to go. So I made the trip. The clinic days were long and tiring but very successful. The last clinic day I got pretty ill. I was close to passing out and had to have an IV in the field. The great nurses that I was working with, Tiffany, Dustin, and Sharon were right there with me and got my IV started and meds going. My translator went to praying for me. I didn't want to leave but Homayon insisted that I go back to the house and rest. He made the call and got me transported back to the house and took over my job. He was awesome. We were there to treat the Haitians but when one of his own was down, then that was what was most important. I was taken great care of. From the nurses in the field, to Homayon, to the transportation, to the host of the bed and breakfast, everyone took care to make sure I was ok and on the mend. I hated to miss the last half of the day but I am forever greatfull for the awesome care I received!! As we prep for our next trip, which is just a few months away, I am so looking forward to returning with IMA. I have thought of Haiti and the people there every single day since my first trip. Each and everyday I think of how blessed we are here in the United States. I love being able to go there and know that I am making a difference in the lives that we touch in the clinics. Can't wait for my fourth trip to Haiti!

Program: Global Volunteer Placements Developed at Johns Hopkins

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Haiti 2014

This was my second year to Haiti. All of the planning and preparations were done again by IMA. This was another awesome trip. This year we stayed in a house that was right in the middle of a community. We had running water and cold showers! We were better prepared this trip as we knew more of what we should pack and bring with us. Clinic days were long, emotional, and very tiring. But each day was a success. As I got to work with an amazing translator, who by now is an awesome friend, I learned so much about the people of this country. One thing that rang true this year as it did the first year, was that these people have amazing faith. Looking around and seeing the conditions that they live in and the conditions of their health but yet they still have an amazing strong faith! We had an extra person join us this year and it was a lot of fun. I went to nursing school with her and I would never have thought that all these years later we would be working side by side in a third world country. WOW
Safety was never an issue. We had reliable transportation and a safe place to stay and always plenty of water. This trip was an amazing trip as was the first one. I made new friends and spent time with the old ones. It was a successful trip to Haiti again this year and am greatfull for Homayon and IMA.

Program: Global Volunteer Placements Developed at Johns Hopkins

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Haiti 2013

This was my first trip to Haiti. Needless to say I was so nervous and scared and excited all at the same time. The planning of the trip was very easy to do with the help of Homayon. Because of his planning and preparedness, I never once worried about our safety. IMA took care of all the planning making sure to speak with us as we were just a part of the team. We all stayed in the same house together which was really nice. Each evening after a long day at clinic we were able to meet together and relax and talk about our day and the patients and situations we encountered. Homayon made it known that we were important and we were part of this group. We immediately started setting goals for our next trip. At the time I kept thinking to myself, "will I return to Haiti?" By the end of the trip I was certain that I would return. I knew that traveling with IMA was the only way I would return. I am very greatfull for all of the hard work and dedication that Homayon put forth.

Program: Global Volunteer Placements Developed at Johns Hopkins

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

IMA Tanzania Volunteer Trip

As a medical school applicant, this experience was worthwhile. As a volunteer at Mt. Meru Regional Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania, I got a chance to further my medical knowledge all while making a lasting impact within the local community. The doctors were so welcoming and went out of their way to explain unique clinical cases in depth. Following my volunteer experience, I can truly say I have a greater appreciation for medicine. The IMA staff were really friendly and ensured everything I needed was taken care of. I have done multiple volunteer trips in East Africa and I can say without hesitation that IMA is top tier when it comes to providing students a seamless experience. In the future, I would strongly consider doing an elective with IMA again.

Program: Global Volunteer Placements Developed at Johns Hopkins

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