International Medical Aid
International Medical Aid Programs
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...
International Medical Aid (IMA) allows individuals who are motivated to practice physical therapy or chiropractic to explore the profession in an international setting. This...
International Medical Aid Reviews
IMA's program is the best decision I ever made
Submitted by Cassidy Welsh - Memorial University of Newfoundland | July 03, 2018
This program is the best decision I ever made. The program mentors in Kenya helped me from the minute I got accepted to the moment I left. They were very approachable and friendly. I always felt safe during my stay in Kenya. The mentors go out of their way to ensure the safety of the interns. They provided us with tips that would further ensure out safety while they were not around. The accommodations were much better than I had anticipated. Our rooms were cleaned every day and we stayed in a very nice neighbourhood. The food never disappointed. All of the interns looked forwards to meals as it was always something yummy. This program had a huge impact on me. I have learned so much about Kenyan culture and was able to see and learn a lot. I was able strongly notice the differences between Kenya and North America. With the help of hygiene and medical clinics as well as other outreach activities, I hope I made some impact on the communities we visited, they certainly made an impact on me.
I believe the most valuable aspect was the interactions we had with the children at schools and within the communities. performing the hygiene clinics and medical clinics really opened up my eyes to what some of these kids are exposed to. Despite the exposure I faced at the hospital, being involved within a community was slightly more valuable for me.
The safari was a huge highlight on my trip. It was worth every penny that was spent. The lodge we stayed in was beautiful. The food was great and our safari driver was hilarious. No improvements here.
A very unforgettable experience abroad
Submitted by Tessa - Montclair State University | June 20, 2018
Every aspect of the program can only be spoken highly of. The trip exceeded my expectations and there was no part of it I would change. Being an intern at IMA was a very amazing experience and it is something I will definitely recommend to others. The ability to shadow in such a different atmosphere from what you are used to is very rewarding. Not only were the experiences inside the hospital enjoyable, but outside of it as well. Getting to bond with the other interns was also an awesome aspect of the trip. Overall the IMA internship was a very unforgettable experience and if I can do it again in the future I will in a heartbeat.
I believe the most valuable aspect of the program would be the ability to experience another culture. To me this is an important factor because it helps a person become more worldly and understanding of what happens outside of one's everyday life.
I went on the Malindi trek to Watamu beach. The trip involved snorkeling, sight seeing and lots of good food. The vibrant blue waters and the snow white sands made a sightly scenery. It was a beautiful area and the exertions were a lot of fun.
Amazing experience abroad, incredible support
Submitted by Amber M - Arizona State University | June 20, 2018
It was an amazing experience with a lot of support! I will 100% recommend this program to other and hope that they get the same experience I have! The most valuable aspect was the education received by the doctors in the hospital. I learned so much in the 5 weeks I’ve been here and experience more medicine then the 4 years I’ve been study as a pre med. I loved the safari experience. We were able to see all of the big 5 and several others. I experiences the Masai Mara village and would recommend going. I am glad I went and hope to experience it again someday.
An amazing catalyst to view Kenya and gain experience working in an international medical field
Submitted by Caitlin M. - Marymount Manhattan College | November 20, 2017
International Medical Aid could not have been a better catalyst to view Kenya and gain experience working in an international medical field while feeling truly immersed in the culture. I was placed in the Gender Based Violence Recovery Center working with survivors of sexual violence, and rather than simply observing the care that these men and women were given, I was allowed to provide counseling and medical attention to them, feeling as though I was getting real hands on experience. I learned empathy, compassion, how to have humor in the face of tragedy and trauma, and of course, a lot of Swahili. My supervisors at the hospital were supportive and encouraging, and at times, had more confidence in my abilities than I did myself. They taught me more than I could have anticipated, and I have made lasting mentorships with these people.
As compelling and inspirational as my time in the hospital was, I was just as motivated to make the most of my time in Kenya by my program mentors. Even though it was hard to leave the hospital out of our minds after we left for the day, they allowed us to feel good about experiencing the culture and seeing the true beauties of Kenya while not working. I was always taken care of by the housing staff, the security guards, our driver, Yusuf, and the locals in Kenya. I always felt safe in my surroundings, and just as important, I always felt cared for and supported emotionally by the IMA team. If I had witnessed something that was heartbreaking, which I did, I always had support through the emotional ups and downs. By the end of the trip, I felt as though the program mentors had blossomed into real friends, and I will take that with me through life.
I am aware of the new term 'voluntourism' as something negative that happens to the community when volunteers come in to an underdeveloped nation and offer limited support for a short amount of time, and leave thinking they made a truly massive impact on the community. In reality, though the intentions might have been true, the limited help cannot offer lasting support to the community. With the knowledge of this, I was very particular in selecting the group I wanted to volunteer through, making sure that if I were to offer my service to a community, it would be received well and actually help the people I was working with in a sustainable way. I could not be more pleased with my choice of serving with International Medical Aid. I got to witness first hand how revered IMA is within Mombasa, and how the locals truly admire the work the program is doing. We got to do outreach programs, medical clinics, visit schools and orphanages, and meet with locals in the hospitals who all were highly appreciative of the service we could give them. I know that I am forever impacted by their help and time spent with me, and I feel confident that the work IMA is doing is providing lasting change and benefit to the community in Mombasa.
One of the hardest things about the program was knowing that it had to come to an end in Kenya, and myself and several of the other volunteers were trying to think of ways that we could carry on the lifestyle and positive change we were trying to evoke even when we were back home. This is where Homayon came in and gave us inspiration to take the knowledge and skills we had gained while serving in Kenya, and translate those into meaningful continuations in our daily lives. Through writing, advocacy, sharing stories, continuous research, and keeping up to date with the happenings in Kenya, my fellow volunteers and I feel as though we are working to make an impact even after the program was completed, and I feel like that is the true change that happened within me. I now feel compelled to take my experience in Kenya and use my privilege of being there and getting to witness its power, and translate that into something good. I will forever cherish my time spent with International Medical Aid.
Stellar in-country support, safety, and accommodations
Submitted by Michelle Zhou - Austin College | November 20, 2017
International Medical Aid provided stellar in-country support, safety, and accommodations. The food was prepared by a top chef and is hands down, some of the best food I've ever had! Our oral hygiene clinics that we held in the slums were beneficial to the local community as we were able to educate the locals on hygiene habits, something that isn't commonly available. The hygiene clinics were some of my favorite aspects of this program. This program also was very safe and necessary precautions were taken in this program to ensure our safety.