III. The Return to Floating Doctors

We made it. We finally made it back to Floating Doctors base. Floating Doctors’ (FD) base is a beautiful self-sustaining base of operations set in the mangroves of San Cristóbal Island. It’s a 30 minute boat ride from Bocas town and there’s a boat that leaves Bocas for base every Sunday at 5pm. Thankfully we both tested negative for COVID right before boarding the boat so we could both be permitted on base!

A 30 minute ride from Bocas town to base on Floating Doctors’ own cayuco (the boat featured).

We met three other volunteers – Sophie from Austria, Ashley from the USA, and Mariëlle from Holland – along with other staff members from all over the world returning to base after a weekend in town. It was so great to be back among such a diverse group of people who are so passionate about culture and global healthcare.

The main buildings of FD base. On the left is the bunkhouse where most of us sleep at night. On the right is the main building with the pharmacy/gym on the ground floor, kitchen/dining area on the second floor, and education/meeting area on the third floor. The base is beautiful and totally operated on solar power and rainwater.


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