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Mission Trip Information
Q: How much does it cost to go on a trip?
Going on a trip can range anywhere from free to several thousand dollars. We try to keep costs at a minimum and secure as much funding as possible, however air travel, logistics, pharmaceuticals, and clinic supplies can be expensive. When we post trip opportunities, we will also include information regarding the cost (if applicable).
Q: What does my donation cost include?
The cost of each trip includes lodging, travel, and food throughout the mission trip in addition to medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, teaching aids and other supplies used and/or donated to the community. This includes three meals a day, clean or bottled water, in-country travel and lodging. This does NOT include travel to and from the host country, alcoholic beverages or additional souvenirs. Many volunteers choose to extend their stays and have specific needs for international travel. GHR has a travel agent that is able to work with you to help plan your adventure and customize your travel plans to best fit your needs.
Q: How long does a trip last?
This varies from trip to trip. GHR works with our hosts in a sustainable fashion and will be on site for anywhere from two to three weeks. On average, a volunteer is in the field for one week, but most of our missions will have the opportunity to serve for up to two weeks, if desired. Occasionally, a long-term position will become available that can last several months. When a medical mission is posted, we will include specific information about the duration of that particular trip.
Q: How safe is a GHR trip?
The safety and security of our volunteers is the #1 priority of every GHR trip. Each location presents different challenges; some require armed escorts while other locations may only require translators. Rest assured that your safety is always at the heart of every decision we make in the field. Every team member is registered with the Department of State, and GHR monitors and is in contact with the foreign embassies and consulates as appropriate.
Planning and Logistics
Q: Who makes travel arrangements?
Global Health Reach makes all in-country bookings, but we do not make travel arrangements to and from the host country. For these services, GHR works with a travel agent that is able to make and manage your travel itinerary for you. This gives GHR the greatest flexibility to assist our volunteers when flights are delayed or cancelled. It also ensures that flights are not mistakenly booked with incorrect dates/times. Of course you are always welcome to use your own travel agent for your international arrangements if you prefer.
Q: How do I get more specific information on my trip?
For the safety of our volunteers, we do not post specifics on the internet. The country and dates are listed so that you can assess your availability and interest. Once you apply for a trip and complete payment for your application fee, GHR will process your application (verify credentials, references, etc.). It is important to note that GHR reserves the right to run a background check on any applicant. Once your application is approved, we will provide trip specifics and all the information you need to succeed in the field!
Q: What should I pack?
Depending on the location and timing of your trip, you may need to prepare for different types of weather conditions. A specific packing list will be provided to you once you have been approved for your trip.
Most likely! However, we do not make recommendations to our volunteers. Please consult your health care provider and the CDC website for guidance on immunizations.
Q: How do I become a GHR volunteer?
Simply complete the on-line application and we will contact you with more information.
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