There are a wide range of opportunities available to medical professionals including qualified doctors, nurses, paramedics and medical students. We aim to provide a portal where you can contact companies looking for medics. Be aware that some companies do not offer as much support as others and with this in mind we recommend you discuss your level of competence with each company in order to match with a suitable project.
Opwall design and implement conservation management and biodiversity research projects. There run expeditions around the world for academics, undergraduates and schools. Each expedition usually requires a medic. These placements are very well supported and you often have a well equipped clinic.
The placements range from 1-8 weeks and are unpaid, however accommodation and food is provided in addition to travel bursaries.
Floating Doctors is a US agency who deploy medical teams by boat to underserved communities in Panama. They have a database of over 10,000 patients from the surrounding areas of their base in San Cristobal. They offer volunteer positions where you are expected to make a contribution in return for your room, however they have internships for people who are looking for longer positions with a living stipend.
You can go to floating doctors as a volunteer for any length of time. Lead medical provider positions start at 4 months.
Team Rubicon primarily provide disaster relief to populations affected by natural disasters. The organisation began in the United States and has expanded to many other countries around the world. 90% of the organisation is made up of military veterans however they also take medics on some on their deployments.
Get involved in the organisation and sign up to one of their induction weekends.
Blue Ventures helps local costal communities rebuild tropical fisheries and lead marine conservation projects. They aim to place the responsibility back into the hands of the community. They have projects all over the world including Mexico, Vancouver, Madagascar and Ghana.
You can participate in a blue ventures expedition for a discounted rate as the medic for 6-12 weeks.
MSF is a large organisation who send medical aid to where it is needed most. They aim to raise awareness about crises’ and respond quickly to devastation or disease outbreaks. They are financially independent from any government aid. The selection criteria is fairly strict. You must be at least ST2 level with a diploma in tropical medicine.
You can apply to join the MSF register if you are able to commit at least 9 months of your time to them.
Exile Medics are a company who supply medics for expeditions and sporting events. They normally take a range of grades from medical students to consultants. They deliver medical care to competitors of events including the Indonesian and Artic ultra marathons. Additionally, they have recently launched their own medical indemnity insurance for expedition medics.
You can apply to be an exile medic on any event listed on their website. They accept medical students, nurses, paramedics and physiotherapists as well as qualified doctors. If you are accepted to work at one of their events, they will cover your expenses.
British Exploring Society has run expeditions for young people for over 80 years. They employ doctors, nurses and paramedics to join their expeditions. They have selection criteria, emphasising the importance of previous expeditions and wilderness courses and personal outdoor experience.
You can apply to the British Exploring Society as a medical professional with a minimum of two years experience. First time medics must cover the cost of their own travel but expenses on expedition are covered.
Barefoot conservation are primarily marine biologists, scientists or university students undertaking marine conservation projects. They have projects at Raja Ampat in Indonesia and employ medics on a long term basis, 6 months or more). Scuba diving experience is required and you will be expected to get involved in some of the science projects.
They cover accommodation and food in addition to any visa extensions and a travel reimbursement on completion of the contract. Up front visa and travel costs are at your own expense.
The British Antarctic Survey recruit annually for their medical officers. It is usually a 23 month post with 6 months of training at Plymouth Hospital prior to deployment. This role is for doctors with at least three years post graduate experience. You will be looking after all the members of staff at the British base treating all things from fractures to frostbite.
To apply send an email to email@example.com remote health care manager at the British Antarctic Survey medical unit
EverestER work alongside the Himalayan Rescue association to provide medical care for trekkers and researchers in the Himalayan mountains. They have three aid posts: Manang, Pheriche and Everest. In order to apply you must be a consultant physician from either primary care or A&E. Other specialties may be considered if you have significant expedition experience. The Everest base camp is staffed by doctors who have previously completed a post at one of the other aid posts.
Volunteers are expected to fund their own travel. Posts run from March to May and October to December each year. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Raleigh International are a sustainable charity who focus on youth development, aiming to make lasting change by working alongside local communities to deliver solutions to problems. They have projects in Malaysia, Nepal, Tanzania, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
The placements range from 8-13 weeks and you have a fundraising target and are expected to cover your travel costs, however accommodation and food is provided.