Mission trips are a compassionate practice that go beyond donating money to a good cause: they get people on the ground and directly aid an underserved community. Several types of volunteer trips range from building water purification systems to working in schools to serving as a medical volunteer. For individuals interested in learning new medical skills or strengthening your healthcare skills and knowledge, consider getting involved with medical mission trips.
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What Are the Benefits?
There are several reasons to go on a volunteer medical trip. First, medical professionals can fine-tune a specialized skill. Second, a community without dependable healthcare will receive much needed aid. While many countries have a system of healthcare in place, marginalized communities may have difficulty obtaining the healthcare they need. Often resources are limited in these communities, meaning that there is a reduced amount of healthcare professionals available or there is a lack of accessible medication. Third, medical mission trips serve as an opportunity for personal growth. As you immerse yourself in a new community, you also take time to learn about the struggles of others while broadening your perspective and compassion.
Medical Mission Trips for Students
These trips provide students with practice and training outside the classroom. The hands-on experience gives aspiring medical professionals the opportunity to enrich their healthcare skills. Supplementing your traditional education with a medical volunteer trip will help you to develop a mature understanding of global health and heighten your passion for healthcare.
Picking the Right Program for You
Before researching potential programs, take some time to determine your interests and skills. Knowing this information will make your research and decision-making process easier.
Ask yourself a few simple questions:
- What are my reasons for wanting to go?
- Where do I want to travel and where would I feel comfortable going?
- What medical skills can I contribute?
- How long do I want to serve?
Resources for Students
Diving into a well-written book can be a valuable way to prepare for your trip. Goodreads has a section on popular mission trip books. This list offers you summaries, average ratings from users, where to buy the book, written reviews, other books on the same topic. Check out Global Ministries for a list of books with practical advice.
For help with cultural integration, CultureLink provides several seminars throughout the year. It aims to educate and provide practical training for individuals planning to go on mission trips to help enhance cross-cultural effectiveness.
The Catholic Health Association of the United States has a wealth of in-depth surveys and research articles done explaining their impact. The YouCaring blog provides thoughtful articles with tips on Planning a Medical Mission Trip and help with writing a Youth Mission Trip Fundraising Letter.
Raising Money for Your Volunteer Medical Trip
Embarking on a medical mission trip is an extraordinary chance to aid a population with under-served health needs while getting to know a new culture and the people themselves. As a volunteer, you will need to raise money for your program costs. Usually these costs will help cover transportation, food, lodging expenses, and potentially medical equipment. A crowdfunding campaign can help you raise these funds. As the leader in free online fundraising and with roots in mission trip fundraising, YouCaring provides the ideal platform. Give the gift of good health and launch a free fundraiser for your mission trip today.