Volunteer Experience

At NYCM we strive beyond just recruiting another volunteer but hope that you become part of the NYCM family that has made us who we are today. We realize volunteering is a lofty commitment and one that poses many challenges to the volunteer and his/ hers every day responsibilities. We make every effort to ensure that each deployment is safe and successful, and that all team members have a fulfilling, memorable experience.


Quotes From Volunteers

“Over the past two years I have deployed three times with NYC Medics to disasters over seas. Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, and most recently to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that left the country in ruins. The organization is distinguished by its dedicated staff and professional volunteers that have provided aid to thousands of patients in some of the most remote and devastated communities around the world. Without this organization many of these populations would have otherwise been overlooked or neglected and left without essential medicines and emergency medical care. NYC Medics truly stands by their mission of getting their mobile medical teams into the most remote places of the world by air, land, or sea and is an organization that truly makes a difference.”  JAKE DUTTON, EMT-P


“In May of this year I had the privilege of traveling to Nepal as part of one of the disaster medical teams sent by NYC Medics. This was my second trip with the organization, following a successful mission to Haiti in 2010. The group is very professional and organized. They are completely self-contained and do not draw off local resources when in country. This group pioneered the concept of the mobile medical team. While other groups set up clinics and wait for patients to come to them, NYCM sets up a base clinic to see patients, but also sends teams into the field to areas of reported need, reaching those unable to transport themselves to care. This model resulted in evaluating and treating many patients with significant injuries and diseases, both in Haiti and Nepal. I would be happy to go anywhere in the world with these folks on a minute’s notice. Their logistics are second to none and they always made the group feel safe and well cared for. The field leadership on the ground was incredible.”  – ERIC HOLDEN, PA, EMT-P, DHS(c)


“What a great group! Despite their small size, they are amazingly organized. All volunteers and coordinators are motivated and hard working.  This is not your usual large disaster response team.  Because they are small, they are able to deploy and create mobile clinics in otherwise hard to reach areas, so are able to take care of the outlying communities where the residents can’t make it to the larger cities for medical treatment.

I went with them to the Philippines to help out after the Typhoon. What an amazing experience!  Will definitely go with this group again.”  – PETER EMBLAD, MD


“A successful mission abroad depends in part on your own experience, but mainly on the organization that will help you focus on direct medical care — assuring you have all the necessary equipments while at the same time providing you a safe environment.  In disaster relief, such as the Haiti Earthquake, this was primordial and NYCMedics was able to accomplish that.  My two weeks in Haiti was a heartbreaking experience, however, the mission was accomplished.”  – CYRIL THOMAS, MS PA-C, RRT


“I was at the Vargas (Venezuela) mudslides, Bandah Aceh and Haiti – which is where I came on board to do logistical field work for NYC Medics. Throughout all those disasters I never saw another disaster relief group works as hard as NYC Medics. Their hunger to be where nobody goes, where folks have been forgotten, is one of kind. They are frugal, smart, tough as nails, and find ways to collaborate with both government agencies and other non government agencies to effect change and save lives. I’m proud of our work in Haiti and I’m cheering this organization on in all its efforts.”  – DAN RAMIREZ


The Application Process

The NYC Medics application process begins with our online application. Please contact us if you have some circumstance that requires you to mail in your application.

Once a completed application is submitted we will review your application and contact you to schedule a telephone interview. This allows us to learn more of the applicants, their motivation and availability for future missions. This interview is also an opportunity for applicants to learn more about our work and operations. Following a successful telephone interview, applicants will be entered into our disaster relief roster.


How Deployments Work

NYC Medics missions often occur without warning in response to sudden catastrophes worldwide. In the first few hours after such an event, we will begin contacting volunteers who have successfully completed the entire application process. As a minimum, in order to be included on a team, volunteers should be able to deploy within 72 hrs for a minimum of 14 days.

NYC Medics will have an advanced team on the ground immediately after an event to assess the situation and advise the first incoming team. After the first team, further teams will bolster the operation, as well as replace volunteers who are returning home. Volunteer teams are directed in-country by an experienced public health disaster relief professional; however, all team members play a vital role in the mission.

Volunteer Spotlight

Narcisse Dalzon

“Legacy” is often an over-used word these days; it seems that everyone and everything has to have one, but with Narcisse Dalzon it’s true. He has left behind a very real legacy, one that will affect the way we do things at NYC Medics for a very long time to come.

Within four days of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti the NYCM assessment team arrived in Port au Prince. To our great fortune we were introduced to Narcisse; little did we know at the time just how fortunate we were to have met him. From the start, Narcisse was determined to help in any capacity and was instrumental to our success in helping thousands of people who suffered from the earthquake. Our bond was further fortified to learn he lived in New York for many years and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.

Over the course of our three months not only did Narcisse provide us with transportation and safety, but he became a friend, a member of our team who will always be part of our core. His efforts on our behalf were relentless; he assisted with identification of camps in need of medical care, he translated for our volunteers, he transported medical evacuations, he made us laugh at the end of 16 hour days, he made us smile when the sadness of the tragedy was overwhelming, he was quick to offer a hand shake, a pat on the back or a much needed hug of encouragement, yet the most fascinating and instrumental quality of Narcisse was his empathy and compassion for his fellow countrymen. Regardless of his own suffering inflicted by the earthquake, he, without fail, was always ready to help those less fortunate.

Narcisse was living in Haiti with his family when the earthquake struck, and even then, as a survivor in the midst of his own pain, his heroism shone brightly. In addition to helping his family, he rescued his neighbor; without a moment’s thought or concern for his own safety Narcisse risked his own life running into a fragile, unstable building to pull an elderly man, trapped in the ruins of his home, to safety. He was a hero in his own right, and will always remain a hero to those of us at NYCM who had the honor and privilege of working with him.

His smile and humor was a comfort through many long difficult days. He took pride in knowing that we were his responsibility; his long days with us would not finish until we were settled back in our home safely. Once we returned back to the states, Narcisse would regularly call and express his love and the impression we had individually left in Haiti.

Narcisse was tragically killed on September 4, 2010 in Port au Prince. The thought of returning to Haiti and not have him waiting for us at the airport has become a hollow in our hearts. It is in that vein that we humbly offer the first NYCM volunteer spotlight to our friend, our brother, Narcisse Dalzon. It is but a small, simple expression of our gratitude and love for our friend who is dearly missed and whose impact on our lives has left an indelible mark that will remain forever.

Volunteer Qualifications


NYCM offers many exciting ways to get involved, whether working with our dedicated staff at headquarters or on one of our disaster relief missions, our volunteers help deliver essential life-saving medical care in the aftermath of a disaster.

Disaster Relief Medical Volunteers: NYCMs’ mobile medical teams work to minimize the loss of life and alleviate human suffering of disaster-affected populations throughout the world. Our mission is to grant access to life-saving emergency medical services to people who would otherwise not receive humanitarian aid.

NYCM actively recruits highly trained medical personnel to add to our disaster relief roster, which requires that volunteers be willing to deploy rapidly—usually within 72 hours— for a duration of 14 days. In some instances, volunteers will be required to pay for their own flights, but will receive a food allowance for each day spent in the field, shared housing, and emergency medical evacuation insurance. Should this be necessary you will be told during the initial disaster response phone call.

Although all qualified medical professionals are welcome to submit an application we encourage the applications of those with experience in the following specialties:

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Anesthesiology
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses/Nurse Practitioners/Nurse-Anesthetists
  • Nurse-Midwives /Certified Midwives
  • Pharmacists
  • Paramedics


  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience (for physicians, completion of residency)
  • Ability to deploy within 72hrs of notification
  • Availability for a minimum of 14 days
  • Current licensure (must be submitted with application and/or updated upon mission assignment)
  • No recent gap in clinical experience greater than 2 years
  • French, Arabic and Spanish language skills are a major asset
  • Relevant travel or work outside the United States
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to work  in stressful environment with minimal resources
  • Current or recent practical experience beneficial

Non-Medical Volunteers: NYCM is always looking for highly motivated non-medical volunteers and interns to assist with a broad variety of administrative tasks. We encourage people with interest and experience in the following areas to contact us directly: communications and public relations, graphic design, web development, social media marketing, fundraising and special events volunteer@nycmedics.org.

Due to the high volume of inquiries NYCM receives about its volunteer opportunities, we can only respond to those candidates matched with appropriate opportunities. We sincerely thank you for your interest in volunteering! And always feel free to contact us with any questions.

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