March 5, 2010
I was introduced to International Medical Corps' work during an internship and was immediately struck by their motto, "from relief to self-reliance". Humanitarian work goes beyond band-aid solutions and I was impressed by International Medical Corps' long-standing commitment to not only medical support but training programs, working themselves out of a job. Now, as a college student I did not have the medical training or field experience to offer any skills in their efforts in disaster zones or refugee camps, but the communications department had some space for volunteers and so I started volunteering in their Santa Monica headquarters. I sat down at a desk about 2 weeks before the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. As the emergency response team mobilized, the HQ teams put in extra hours and energy to make sure logistics and operations ran as smoothly as possible and they still found the time and patience to train new volunteers such as myself on various tasks and were always available to answer questions. Also, volunteers were encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion on what actions were taken in Haiti. International Medical Corps does great work not only in the field but also in the home office.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
knowledgeable, hard-working and patient
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & Assist in development of internal and external communications materials, maintain website content, and archive photos and video.