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Flying Samaritans at UCLA is a 501(c) non-profit organization that seeks to better the quality of life in the community of Colonia Margarita Moran by providing free health clinics once a month.
Flying Samaritans will provide you with the unique opportunity to shadow doctors and interact directly with patients. The club will train you to take blood pressure, heights, and weights, as well as educate you on the various diseases common in the community so you can provide doctors with your own evaluation. Most importantly, you will be helping and forming long-lasting relationships with the people of Colonia Margarita Moran.
No! We take all levels of Spanish speakers. There will be translators on site to help with non-native speakers.
We have volunteer drivers that will take members of the club down to the clinic. We ask that each member contribute $25 to cover the cost of gas. CPO van drivers are only required to pay $15. Drivers who bring their own cars do not have to pay clinic fees. We will provide insurance for all cars while in Mexico. You will need a passport, as it is necessary to cross back into the United States.
Please bring plenty of water and a lunch. Bring sunblock (and wear it!) and sunglasses, especially if you will be driving. Also bring some small change if you plan on getting tacos or nieves (a type of sorbet) with us after clinic. If you are a U.S. citizen, you must bring your passport to cross back into the United States. If you are a U.S. permanent resident, you must bring your passport and Permanent Resident card (Green Card). If you have any questions, please contact our Clinic Coordinators.
Trips down to the clinic will be once a month typically on the third Saturday of the month. Trips last from early morning to about 8-11pm depending on traffic and other factors. Flying Samaritans is a large organization, so there will also be opportunities to visit the clinics of other Flying Samaritans chapters.
Before going on a trip, active members are required to review and pass the crash course (see below), be HIPAA certified, and have scrubs. While you do not have to wear Flying Samaritans' customized scrubs, scrubs are required while working at the clinic. See our Clinic page to learn more.
Crash course is an approximately 1.5 hour course which consists of a training presentation about patient etiquette, clinic flow, and triaging patients. At the end, members must pass a short written quiz, and an oral assessment/mock patient case. If you are a returning member and have already taken the crash course with an oral practical component, you will not have to redo the oral assessment.
Unfortunately, due to transportation and the small size of our clinic, we are unable to take everyone down for every clinic. Trip priority will be given to students who have completed our requirements and have earned the most points. Read more about our point system on our Students page.
We have one recruitment season for each academic year. To join, fill out our online application and pay the $20 membership fee. We are now accepting applications for Spring 2017. Learn more about joining by going to our Join page. Hope to see you soon!