Frequently Asked Questions
What is Flying Samaritans?
Flying Samaritans, commonly referred to as Flying Sams, is an international organization made up of several different chapters, all sharing the common goal of improving access to healthcare for communities in Baja California, Mexico. Students, physicians, dentists and other health care professionals travel monthly to medical and dental clinics throughout Baja California to provide free healthcare to people who otherwise do not have access to medical care.
Where is the SDSU Clinic?
The clinic is approximately 25 minutes over the Otay Mesa border crossing in a town called El Florido
Is it safe to travel to Mexico?
Here is a travel warning for US citizens traveling to Mexico: Click Here
Safety of volunteers is the number one priority of the Flying Samaritans of SDSU. We will only be traveling as a group 25 minutes into Mexico during daylight hours.
When are the clinics?
Our clinics are held every 2nd Sunday of the month. If any changes are to occur, it will be posted under Announcements on our home page.
As a volunteer, what will I do at the clinic?
Depending on the station you are assigned, you can do a variety of things to help at clinic. For more specifics on what you may be doing at each station please visit the Clinic page.
What do I bring?
- American Passport or Visa
- Comfortable clothes
- Medical equipment that you normally use (Stethoscope, BP cuff, etc.) applicable to providers only
Do I need to speak Spanish to volunteer?
Speaking Spanish is not a requirement, but it is helpful. However, translators will be available to communicate between professionals and the patients.
Are there any requirements to attend the clinics?
Due to the limited space at our clinic, we are unable to take every interested volunteer monthly. Therefore, participating in our monthly fundraisers, attending a general meeting, and clinical training are to be met before being chosen to attend a clinic. Monthly clinic sign-up sheets are emailed to all members (active & non-active). Please email us to be added to our email list.
I went to a meeting and completed both eligibilities. Why wasn’t I chosen for clinic?
First, thank you for showing your dedication to our club. Second, please understand that there are a lot of people who want to go to clinic for any given month, and there a lot of variables we consider when selecting individuals going to clinic. We keep track of how often every volunteer goes and do our best to get as many different people to clinic as possible. There are certain things that will increase your likelihood of being selected for clinic, such as driving and/or having SENTRI. We hope that not being selected does not discourage you from trying again next month.
How can I join?
Please visit the “Interested Individuals” page under the Volunteer tab for detailed information on how to become a member of the SDSU Flying Samaritans chapter. Email is our highly used method of communication; therefore, please subscribe using the information on the right side of this page.
May I still participate if I am an alumnus?
Yes! We’d love to have you at our meetings and clinics.
Where can I find the Membership Form?