Showing Up for Communities Worldwide.

In 2010, a destructive 7.0 earthquake in Haiti spurred U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jake Wood and seven other volunteers into action. This became Team Rubicon’s first mission, but it certainly wasn’t our last. Realizing the growing need for international emergency medical response, the team grew rapidly in numbers and ability.

After eight years of disaster response work on nearly every continent, the U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) verified Team Rubicon as an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Type 1 Mobile, the first NGO in North America to achieve this distinction.

While EMT Type 1 Mobile is the backbone of our expertise, today Team Rubicon works closely with locals around the world to identify and support through a growing number of capabilities.

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Worldwide Service Starts With Locals.

We’re committed to helping people on their worst days—international borders don’t get in the way of that. We respond to the requests of our partners in countries around the world, show up ready to serve, and follow their lead.

  • Medical Assistance

    From primary healthcare in resource-challenged nations to acute trauma care after conflict and crises, our Greyshirts provide crucial medical services based on the scenario and the need.

  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

    Disasters and crises often deplete natural resources and compromise sanitary and hygienic systems. Our Greyshirts on the ground partner with public leaders to support their Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) goals.

  • Disaster Risk Reduction

    Our team works with local communities to provide both classroom and hands-on training to urban and rural healthcare providers, customized to their needs and designed to strengthen their capacity for response to health emergencies.

Partnering Locally. Working Together.

When global communities need support, our emergency-trained team will partner with local organizations and leaders to not just assist but also co-create programming based on their needs, and increase local capacity for communities to self-sustain after we leave.

“We have the heart, but we need the tools… [This training is] free, it’s complete, it’s exactly what we need. Something simple and something we can use daily.”
Dr. Deborah Gonzales, trauma physician, Hospital Antlantida, Honduras

Skills & Specialties Put to the Test.

To be most effective in our response, we use highly specialized experts on international operations. You’ll see qualified medical professionals, first responders, emergency managers, and leaders, all having undergone intensive training to operate in austere environments.

We’re Calling On People Like You.

  • Medical Providers

    If you have the heart to help and a mind for medicine, find rewarding service in healing people during crises and building more resilient health systems before and after. You may administer pediatric care one minute, respond to a trauma injury the next, but provide essential support all the while.

  • Humanitarian Leadership

    Team Leaders guide operation success in limit-testing environments. If you thrive under pressure and were born to command a room, test your leadership abilities by applying to the International Leadership Team and going through our interview process and Training and Selection Course.

International News & Stories

  • Feature Story

    Serving World Health Means Innovating

    From Haiti to Ukraine, for World Health Day, we look at where we've delivered disaster relief and humanitarian aid over the past 14 years, and how far we have to go.

  • Reports & Research

    The Importance of WASH in the Wake of Disaster 

    Bringing training, equipment, and knowledge to disaster-struck communities, like the remote Moroccan villages devastated in the 2023 earthquake, lowers diseases and creates lasting impact. Plus: Watch "Morocco: Water After the Earthquake."

  • Volunteers and Moroccan women hold solar lamp.

    Reports & Research

    During Humanitarian Crises, Simple Solutions to Wicked Problems

    Greyshirts find that pairing solar lamps with water filtration initiatives can have a big impact on women’s lives after a disaster.

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