Global Health Trips

students pose in front of a clinic.

The Global Medicine Program at the Jacobs School partners with the Global Health Interest Group, a medical student club, to organize medical relief trips abroad during winter, spring and summer breaks.

Faculty, residents, community health professionals, and students are invited to serve on any of these teams.

2023 Global Health Trips

April 1-2      Ashtabula, Ohio with Remote Area Medical Volunteers
April 1-9      Bocas del Toro, Panama with Floating Doctors
April 1-9      San Juan, Costa Rica with SCORE International
May 7-20    Hagam, Nepal with Jericho Road Community
                    Health Center*
June 17-30   Accra region, Ghana with Gold Coast Foundation**
Aug. 1-12      Salem, India with Sharon Gardens Hospital
Sept. 9-10    Olean, NY with Remote Area Medical Volunteers
Nov. 4-11      Chiapas, Mexico with Sisters of St Francis of Penance
                     and Christian Charity*
Dec. 9-22    Accra region, Ghana with UB School of Management
                     and Gold Coast Foundation

*These trips are full **This trip and dates are tentative

The trips are mostly primary care focused. However, there may be opportunities for subspecialists and others to provide lectures/discussion sessions to health professionals in the countries depending on the need and interest. Costs vary, depending on location. In general, they are approx. $70-100/day/person (for housing, food, ground transportation, and translators) plus travel costs. Team fundraising activities can help decrease the costs.

These trips are open to all UB Jacobs School faculty and medical students. They are also open to all UB and non-UB health professionals and health professional students, so please feel free to let others know about these opportunities. If you would like to serve overseas, but are not available during the above dates or would prefer to go to different countries, please contact us. We can let you know about other opportunities with non-UB organizations.

For more information about the UB Global Medicine Program or to make a donation to support this program, please visit:    Your donations will be used to purchase medications and medical supplies for the teams to use when caring for patients overseas.   

For more info about the UB Global Health Interest Group, visit:

If interested in volunteering on one of these trips or have questions, please contact: David Holmes, MD, Director, Global Medicine Program

716-898-4278 (office), 716-697-1884 (cell)