“But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts…” -Hippocratic Oath Blog by Dr. Claire Antoszewski

There comes a time in any journey, when initial prejudices have been shed and before nostalgia settles, when one can see things as they are. I spent the month of October working with Floating Doctors, and for me that moment came while traveling from Bocas town to Kusapin on the panga, the group’s small run-about […]

One Life…Length: Indeterminate. -by Dr. Ben

“If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or,” I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . .” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss […]

“Boundaries” by Volunteer Rosabelle Conover

The balcony of the warehouse where I reside faces a swamp. As I drink my coffee in the morning, the roar of incoming airplanes at the airport on my left funnels hundreds of tourists to Bocas del Toro. On the right lies a mangrove swamp where the indigenous community of La Solucion teeters atop houses and shops built […]

Peace Corps Eye-View of A Floating Doctors Mission

“Lifeboat Chronicles” July 29, 2012 Blog by Las Tablas Peace Corps Volunteer Doug Martin Sometimes, early in the morning, the mist from overnight rain storms envelopes the town and hides her from outsiders.  Sometimes the murky brown waters of the Sixaola River creep higher and higher until they stumble up and over the only road […]

HIV in Bahia Azul

“Turning a ‘No’ Into a ‘Yes’–How To Adapt Your Mission For Success When Conditions Change” Blog by Volunteer Doctor Jordan Amor-Robertson, MD (Pediatrics; Australia) On my last weekend with the Floating Doctors a multiday clinic was scheduled in Bahia Azul (Bluefields), a Ngobe village which is on the mainland, however is only accessible by sea. […]

“I don’t believe that bad boys exist, just poorly trained or poorly taught” – Sergeant Rolando Diaz Brenes

When you open your eyes and look around you I believe that you can find heroes everywhere.  Those every day champions whom decide to take the road less traveled, those that put others before themselves, and understand that service to others is the most rewarding path to happiness.  I am always stuck by the stories […]

To: Los Angeles With all my love and heart: Sky Blue

I believe everything that we do in this life has a cost and a benefit associated with it—at times the cost that you pay for the decision you have made far out weighs any benefit you may gain while the profit that you get from another totally justifies the negatives.  A cynic would say I […]

“The breaking of a wave cannot explain a whole sea”

For me the sea has always been where I turn for inspiration, solace, and wonder.  The night I was born I breathed thick salt air and first heard the sound of long Pacific swells rolling onto whispering sand, and from that day my life was held forever in the sea’s net of wonders.  My mom […]

Letter from the Director of Operations

For the Floating Doctors, 2011 was a year that was marked by thousands of patients seen, turbulent ocean crossings, and hundreds of boxes of medication and medical supplies distributed. It was our most successful year to date in terms of patients treated, countries visited, and partnerships formed.  The 12 months cemented our belief that the […]

In the End We are all Just Wild Things

The Floating Doctors have been in Panama now for nearly nine months and during that time period we have been asked to help in a lot of different situations: sick babies, communities in need of medical attention, patient transports, even the removal of bot flies on a remote finca or two but last week left […]