The Floating Doctors crew is a group of men and women from all walks of life united in their passion for the healing arts and a desire to serve.
No one who has not served in a Floating Doctors leadership role can truly appreciate the challenge of operating and growing a health care and community development service in such resource-limited regions. Floating Doctors crew come from all over the world, united by their common desire to live a life of service and undeterred by the sacrifices this requires.
Heroism comes from giving of ourselves not when it is easy, but when it is hard. It means helping not just when the weather is calm and resources are near at hand, but when storms hit and help is far away. It means not giving up when barriers seem completely insurmountable, but instead interpreting them as challenges to overcome on behalf of a patient in need. Sometimes it means participating in a dramatic rescue…but most of the time being a real hero is done in small unsung ways, such as giving kindness even when you are tired, and giving the last patient of the day the same care and attention you gave the first.
In today’s day and age, it would be easy to be cynical. But time and again we are inspired by the victories for humanity won for our patients by our volunteers and staff. In the face of what our staff routinely endure and accomplish, we are continually humbled and given renewed faith in humankind. Although the world will surely hold many difficult days ahead (and has there EVER been a time when that could not be said?), we know that there are people in the world who will not refuse the burden of addressing these issues. After all, we have worked with many of them.
Check out our current crew below:
Our Panamanian Team
Our staff are much more than just our workers; everyone who spends time helping to shoulder the work of operating a rural health service for such a large area becomes part of the Floating Doctors crew, and anyone who has served in a ship’s crew knows that a crew is much more like a family than mere co-workers. Indeed, one our medical leads is godmother to our Captain Alexi’s son, and many of our staff’s children have had hundreds of proxy uncles and aunts among our volunteers and other international leadership. We look after each other the way a crew or a family must. We share the good times and the bad; when tragedy strikes we support each other and when the sun is shining and the weather is calm we share the jokes and the banter. Therefore, don’t be shy about acknowledging our staff, thanking them, and chatting with them during your time with us. At worst, it will help your Spanish, and at best you might find surprising friendships and connections waiting for you here, across the ocean and among the mangroves.
Sirena Café Kitchen Staff
Our Sirena Cafe kitchen team provide great meals for us from Sunday night to Friday night, and they are justifiably proud of the quality of the food they create-especially in such a remote setting. With a variety of different styles, they never fail to have a hot meal waiting when we return back from a busy clinic and they are great about making sure that vegetarians or people with dietary restrictions have more to eat than rice and beans. Please don’t forget to thank them for taking such good care of you and to compliment them on their talented culinary achievements!
Captains, Maintenence & Security
When we are many miles from the nearest human outpost, beyond the reach of radio or cell service in waters with constantly changing weather, reefs and sandbars or weaving through the mangrove mazes to find hidden communities, we need consummate professionals at the helm. Additionally, constant salt exposure, equatorial sun and 200+ inches of rain a year place a heavy maintenence burden on our boats and our base. Day and night, good weather and bad, these are the men captain our boats, build and maintain our base, and keep watch over us all at night. You will be in good hands and able to travel to work in the most remote communities in the knowledge that safety is always the number one priority.