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Not your average medical trip
We are looking for hard-working individuals who believe change is possible- not just for a week, but for a lifetime. OneWorld Health’s short-term medical teams are a vital component of our vision to empower communities to achieve long-term improvements in health and quality of life.
Several times a year, OneWorld Health sends teams of medical and non-medical volunteers to serve the communities surrounding our project sites in Central America and East Africa. During the development phases of our medical centers, these teams provide consistent care to the region, build a foundation of quality care and advocate for the clinic that is to come.
Once our medical centers are in operation, these teams support the centers through continuing to provide quality care, training and patient referrals. OneWorld Health’s short-term trips pave the way for the success of our long-term projects, while leaving no volunteer the same upon their return home.
March 4-12, 2017 | application closes December 2, 2016
May 6-14, 2017 | application closes February 3, 2017
August 5-13, 2017 | application closes May 6, 2017
December 9-17, 2017 | application closes September 9, 2017
The team will spend their first night at Hotel Hex in Managua before traveling to Chinandega and spending the week at Los Volcanes Hotel. The team will stay on the beach at Hotel Vistamar for their free day.
The total cost for the trip will be approximately $2,550. This will cover airfare, lodging, transportation, meals and all related expenses. In addition, volunteers will be responsible for the cost of vaccinations and the $10 visa fee into Nicaragua. We recommend that you bring $50 for any additional expenses that may be incurred during travel and/or souvenir shopping.
Volunteers will finish the week at Hotel Vistamar for a day of fun in the sun on the Nicaraguan coast line.
March 10-20, 2017 | application closes December 9, 2016
May 5-15, 2017 | application closes February 3, 2017
August 4-14, 2017 | application closes May 6, 2017
December 8-18, 2017 | application closes September 9, 2017
The team will spend their first night at Central Inn in Entebbe before traveling to Masindi and spending the week at Masindi Hotel. Masindi Hotel is centrally located near both Masindi Kitara Medical Center and Bulima Kitara Medical Center. The team will spend one night at Paraa Safari Lodge on the Nile River for their free day.
The total cost for the trip will be approximately $3,850. This will cover airfare, lodging, transportation, meals and all related expenses. In addition, you will be responsible for obtaining your own vaccinations and paying the $100 visa fee into the country. We also recommend that you bring $100 for any additional expenses that may be incurred during travel and/or souvenir shopping.
The team will stay one night at Paara Lodge on the Nile River and have the chance to go on a sunset animal safari through Murchison Falls National Park.
What to Expect on a OneWorld Health Trip
OneWorld Health is changing the nature of short-term medical missions. Our weeklong experiences provide a unique cultural, educational, and impactful experience for our volunteers. Through implementing the same short-term experience across all projects sites, we are able to see long-term, sustainable effects that serve the ultimate good.
Here is a sneak peak into what you can expect…
On Sunday, you will have the privilege of touring our permanent medical center (or future medical center site) and meeting some of our amazing, local staff. Monday through Friday will be spent conducting medical outreach clinics in villages surrounding our permanent medical center. Volunteers are incredibly valuable in the implementation of these medical outreaches through fulfilling different clinic roles such as registration, provider, or pharmacy. These medical outreaches serve to promote our permanent medical center, serve the communities we have committed to, refer patients and continue setting a precedent for quality healthcare throughout the region. We will wrap up the week with a free day activity on Saturday to celebrate the accomplishments of the week and begin the transition process back home.
Each day a OneWorld Health trip will begin with a devotion. OneWorld Health is inspired by Jesus Christ to serve people in desperate situations, and we believe starting the day with a reflection on his example gives purpose and clarity to our efforts. The local church is a conduit for change in the communities where we are serving. Recognizing this, we have strong in-country partnerships with local Christian ministries who will accompany our teams to medical outreach and provide prayer and counseling to our patients. Each evening, we round out dinner by celebrating the accomplishments of the day, encouraging one another and sharing our life stories with the team.
What We Expect from a OneWorld Health Volunteer
As a volunteer, you are a representative of OneWorld Health in the regions we serve. The legacy you leave will be what we continue to build upon for years after your departure. With this responsibility, OneWorld Health holds high expectations for our representatives in the field.
We expect our volunteers to:
- Participate in pre-trip training (in person or online)
- Provide timely responses during weekly pre-trip correspondence
- Come with an eagerness to learn
- Adhere to all OneWorld Health guidelines for appropriate conduct
- Value patient interactions
- Act from the overflow of a servant’s heart
- Approach each interaction with an open mind
- Respect your fellow teammates
- Participate in Scripture reading each morning and team time each evening
- Be ready for plans to change
- Enjoy a little (well, a lot of) dirt under your fingernails
This is not a trip for the faint of heart. To join a OneWorld Health team you must:
- Be 18 or older
- Be able to lift 50 pounds
- Be able to sit on hard surfaces or stand for long periods of time
- Be able to walk a mile