Preparing to Participate

What to Expect

Providing healthcare abroad can be a deeply enriching experience and a powerful opportunity to grow. To help you plan and prepare for your trip, we present this page.

Short-term global health outreach volunteers’ travel preparations should expect this information to supplement detailed information they receive from trip directors after signing up via our upcoming trips page. International Clinical Rotations Rotating Students and Residents should find the following details align with additional documents available on the rotations page.

To begin, please read this Overview of the Global Health Experience (PDF) from past-President, Kelli Glaser, DO

Travel Preparations Checklist and Health and Safety Overview

Please see the Pre-Trip Planning and Travel Preparedness for International Activities presentation (PDF). In addition, please download these one-page guides to trip planning, health, and safety:


DOCARE requires that all volunteers become members. This nominal fee allows us to support clinics, provide free continuity of care to patients who need it, and ensure the safety and well-being of our volunteers.

Member benefits include opportunities to work with our patient populations in guided trips to three continents; receive special communications from DOCARE, and enjoy opportunities for learning and skill set-building in the United States.

Memberships exist at several levels: $20 for pre-health students, $50 for medical students, $60 for residents, and $67 for professionals. Membership fees are tax deductible and are non-refundable.  For more information, visit our Contribution pageTo sign up now, click here.


Contact us at or 312 202 8163.