Volunteer Experience

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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

How Deployments Work

NYCMedics 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.

NYCMedics 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 Qualifications

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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 provide to life-saving emergency medical services to people who would otherwise not receive humanitarian aid.  Volunteers should review this self-assessment to help you decide if this is right for you.

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)
  • A MPH or experience in global/public health is highly desirable
  • Ability to deploy within 24hrs of notification
  • Availability for a minimum of 14 days
  • Current licensure
  • 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.

Volunteer Registration

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  1. Review the Volunteer Self Assessment.  After serious consideration of each task listed, if you feel this is a good fit for you then complete the steps listed below.
  2. Complete the online application. This requires submission of the following documents:
    • Passport (and visa page when applicable)
    • Current medical credentials
    • Instructor and/or training certificates and credentials
    • Required immunizations record (MMR, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Hepatitis B)
    • Highly recommended (not required) Immunizations record (Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Malaria Prophylaxis, Yellow Fever, Rabies)
    • Contact information for at least two references (one personal, one professional)
    • Current Resume
  3. Once a completed application is received and reviewed, NYCM will contact you to schedule an interview; local applicants will interview in person at headquarters and those outside of the state may be asked to meet with a regional volunteer coordinator. If you are in a location that does not have a regional recruitment volunteer coordinator, interviews will be conduct via Skype.
  4.  Following a successful telephone interview, volunteers will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire, which will be reviewed by the NYCM Medical Director.
  5. Once medical clearance is received your application will be approved.
  6. Once approved you will need to complete your profile with additional required information in order to become active in our roster. You will learn more about this during the interview process.

Click Here to Complete the Disaster Relief Application

Click Here to Complete the Health Systems Development Application

Please know we do our best to respond to every applicant, however, it is not always possible due to the high volume of inquiries we receive – especially when responding to a disaster.

Volunteer Bios

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