I knew I would appreciate the experience, but I had no idea I’d fall in love with it. The entire GHR team was fun, loving and caring. The locals from the communities we visited were just the same and beyond grateful. All these beautiful people fell into one precious piece of scenery called Guatemala. I realize that I must go back and I’ve discovered how I’ll be traveling from now on.
–Adriana, Non-Med Volunteer
This trip was an oppurtinity of a lifetime. As a pre-medical student still in my undergraduate I got to experience hands on learning like I have never experienced before. I feel this medical mission will set me apart from the others applying. Not to add, this trip truly changed me as a person. I think Gandhi said it best when he said, ” The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” GHR has truly become a family to me and I can not wait to return on another mission with them.
–Stephanie, Pre-Med Student
This entire trip has been an amazing and unpredictable adventure! I believe we’ve gained so much from this experience and am grateful to have had the opportunity to be apart of such a great team. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this region with the help of GHR and can’t wait to return for another GHR trip!.
The entire GHR team has become my family. I think we now have a better idea of what the community needs are and how we can help for future trips. It has been a great adventure in every way and I can’t wait to come back for future trips in this beautiful country.
Through the 4 days of clinic we have been able to really grow together as a team. We have shared many laughs and great experiences all while accomplishing our goal of providing care to those in need in northern Vietnam. I can’t wait to do more trips with GHR and experience all this great organization has to offer.
–Adam, Pre-Med Student
Wow!! I cannot believe how fast the time has passed. The four days of clinic have been unbelievable. We treated hundreds of patients who greatly appreciated our help and eagerly await our return. The scenery, culture, food and people of the Ha Giang region have truly touched the hearts of the GHR family.
A morning filled with multi-cultural songs, Vietnamese coffee buzzes and colorful locales were a fanatic way to experience the H’Mong people and their beautiful northern, mountainous landscapes.
Observing the hard work and intricate detail that goes into every aspect of their daily lives gives a new appreciation to the luxuries we often times take for granted.
One thing that makes GHR different is their dedication to achieving long term health goals for a specific community of people. Their commitment to continuity of care allows for a tremendous impact on the people GHR serves. After leaving a founding trip one thing I was certain of was that I couldn’t imagine not seeing those people again. Returning to the same village and continuing to serve the same people affords the opportunity to develop deep personal relationships with the patients and hosts which is one of the many things that makes GHR special.
–Cameron, Pre-Med Student
Returning to the same area gives the unique opportunity to witness the health of an entire community improve over the course of years. We get to bring the primary care office to a community and the patients will develop a deeper trust with volunteers and providers that consistently show up for them. Continuity of care is so important to achieving long term health goals for people and GHR makes it a point to hone-in, and pour everything they have into a few communities instead of sprinkling a little over a large number. It is through that persistent focus and dedication that you see powerful impacts being made on the lives of the people you are serving.
Partnering with people who want to invest in my own country and being able to join them is a very uplifting experience.
GHR’s philosophy and passion for Guatemala brings hope for outreached communities. Looking forward to see the communities grow.
–Tiffany, Guatemalan Physician
Volunteering on this trip has been an awesome experience! Being a Guatemalan physician it is always my desire to give back to my country. Finding groups like GHR that bring resources and projects to the country is always encouraging. It is truly special to see that they give follow up to the communities they have selected several times a year. This helps the communities continue to grow and improve and also have better access to global health. Hopefully this will also help the project move from primary care to preventative medicine allowing the project to expand to even more communities. I look forward to more mission trips with GHR.
–Sophia, Guatemalan Physician
This trip to Guatemala has surpassed my expectations and has reinforced my dream to provide medical care in developing countries. The clinics have been filled with adorable, smiling children and appreciative adults. It is a wonderful feeling helping to improve the health of an underserved population.
–Jonathan, Non-medical Volunteer
Once again….simply amazing! This is my fourth trip with the GHR family and I cannot find the words to describe my experience. I have been extremely fortunate to be able to return to the villages. Over the past year, I have watched the children grow, I know the families and I have made connections that will last a lifetime. I look forward to my return trip with GHR!