“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.”

-Albert Schweitzer

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Floating Doctors. It is by a thousand hands that our organization is kept afloat—sometimes literally—and we welcome adventurous volunteers from many different fields to work with our teams in the field. 

Why Floating Doctors?

Our teams head into the field nearly every week throughout the year, riding our giant dugout canoe or on foot with packhorses to provide ongoing medical and dental care and community development assistance to a network of thirty indigenous Ngabe-Bugle villages scattered over 10,000 square miles of jungle-covered mountains and mangrove island mazes.

Our priorities are that our patients get good care, and that our volunteers are of good service and have a positive experience that will leave them both better prepared and more motivated to forever keep service work in their. Our leadership team ensures that volunteers step out their comfort zones in a safe and positive way, growing professionally and personally. Our organization is repeatedly praised by volunteers for the level of organization, professionalism, and dedication shown by our teams in a very challenging health landscape.

It is impossible to know exactly what cases you will see, or what situations we will encounter. All we can promise is that it will be an adventure, that you will be of service, and that you will have an experience that no one will ever be able to take away from you.

Are you looking to brush up on your Spanish prior to working with us?  Habla Ya offers excellent immersion programs in Bocas del Toro.  Let them know you are a Floating Doctors volunteer for some great discounts! https://www.hablayapanama.com/

For More Information on Volunteering, Click on the Category Below That Best Describes You:

Licensed Doctor, Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, or Physician’s Assistant

Medical / P.A. /N.P. / Nursing/A.P.N. Student

Pharmacists & Pharmacy Students

Dentist, Dental Nurse/Hygienist/Tech/Assistant or Student

Veterinarian, Veterinary Nurse/Tech/Assistant or Student

Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist or Student

EMTs, Paramedics, Firefighters, Military and First Responders 

Acupuncturist or Massage Therapist

Undergraduate Students

Public Health Researcher/Worker/Student

High School Students

Construction Teams


Leadership Positions


Other Type of Volunteers

Interested in a Leadership Role?

Click HERE to View Available Staff Positions 

Medical & non-medical leadership positions for which you can apply.