International Medical Teams
Our Mission Statement:
Project Helping Hands is a non-affiliated not-for-profit organization dedicated to facilitating culturally sensitive growth opportunities for volunteers to provide health and medical intervention programs for those lacking access; to develop sustainable, locally-run health promotion and prevention programs, and to assist with the basic life needs of the less fortunate in developing nations.
How do I volunteer for a Project Helping Hands Medical Team?
The first step is to review the teams that are currently available. You will find them listed on the "Home Page" of our website. As you begin to read about each of the volunteer opportunities you will discover that we offer a variety of experiences. These opportunities range from what we rate as "Mild" to "Extreme" teams.
Dr. Greg Higgins examining a patient in Aboroto, So. Sudan
The "Extreme" International Medical teams are the ultimate in the area of "Adventure With Heart". Typically traveling teams do not stay in the same location each night, and offer very few amenities in regard to electricity, running water, showers etc... An example of an extreme team would be the "Jungle" teams that we offer in Bolivia. The areas reached by these types of teams will take you into regions of the world that are seen by very few people, and the need for assistance by residents of these areas are tremendous. This type of travel can include any number of modes of transportation! ie... Plane, Bus, 4wd Suv's, Boats, Rafts, Canoes, and of course your own two legs with a pack on your back! Here is a VIDEO LINK of a Bolivia Extreme team in action! Here is a VIDEO LINK of a team working in the Turkana region of Kenya!
A "Moderdate" team would not have such a high level/degree of travel and you typically stay several nights in the same location. An example of a Moderate level team would be our "Oyugis Kenya" teams. With the Oyugis trip the team stays in the same location each night and does have amenities such as electricity and running water where they stay. This team does have a high level of physical activity condisering that it is a three mile hike each to reach the clinic location each day. Here is a PHOTO LINK showing photos from a previous trip to Oyugis Kenya!
A "Mild" level team typically stays at the same location each day and has minimal travel once they are at their destination. An example of a Mild team would be the "Kampala Uganda" team. This team stays at a very nice Hotel in Kampala and are transported each day to "Kawempe" which is a slum region on the outskirts of Kampala. The need is extreme for the residents of Kawempe and you will be very busy with clinical activities from the moment you arrive at the clinic site to the end of each day. This team typically treats upwards of 2,000 patients during their two week mission trip. Here is a PHOTO LINK showing photos from a previous trip to Kampala Uganda!
PHH Team in Bolivia together with our Bolivian counterparts and friends! (This photo was taken at our farewell dinner at the end of a two week journey providing clinics in the depths of the Bolivian Jungles. We are together with our Bolivian Host, Dentists, Doctors, translators and above all "Friends")
Once you have made your decision on the "Level" of team that you wish to participate in, and the particular team that you wish to apply to you will need to complete our on-line volunteer application form and pay the $300.00 trip deposit fee.
If selected the deposit is applied toward the total cost of your trip. If not selected you have three options.
- Donate the funds to the Project Helping Hands General Fund
- Apply the funds as a deposit toward another trip
- Request a refund
Once you have submitted your application you will be contacted by a PHH staff person letting you know we have received it. Once the posted deadline for team applications has passed, the Director of Operations will contact you and let you know whether or not you will be accepted to participate on that team. Volunteers chosen must be willing to provide a current medical license (health care providers only), provide basic health and medical information about themselves and sign/submit a medical consent form, and sign a trip participant consent form.
- Round trip Domestic Airfare (from a major international airport)
- Round trip International Airfare (From USA departure point to destination country)
- All in-country air and ground transportation (All transportation while in our host country)
- All applicable VISA fees
- Airport departure taxes
- Travel Insurance
- All meals and drinking water while in our host country
- Housing while in our host country (Varies depending on specific trip from Hotels to School House floors to camping)
- Project Helping Hands team shirt
- Transportation, meals and any fees associated with the one day sightseeing activity on the teams day off
What is not included in the trip price?
- Airline baggage fees
- Meals or lodging in the USA due to a forced layover
- Passport Fees
- Fees associated with vaccinations
- Personal Gear
- Personal choice food or snacks either home or abroad
- Trip Cancellation Insurance
We strongly encourage all team members to take responsibility for the finances of the trip. If you cannot finance the trip personally, we ask you to undertake some fundraising activities.
You will find the "Trip Cost" at the bottom of the trip description pages. You will see two prices listed! If you choose to elect the Automatic Payment deducation plan you will be charged the lower of the two prices for your trip. Or, if you make your regular payments on time per our payment schedule you will receive the lower published price.
Each trip is unique and has its own associated cost. See individual trip descriptions for pricing.
Please be aware that when comparing trip pricing between us and other organizations that you are making an "Apples to Apples" comparison. We offer a more "Inclusive" package than most other organizations such as Domestic and International airfare, Travel Insurance, Visa and Airport departure taxes... (See the above description for all that is included).
Besides examining patients who come to the clinics, duties can include everything from organizing and maintaining a clinic or organizing and staffing the pharmacy, to assessing and triaging patients who pour into the clinics every day. Volunteers without medical training help set up clinics and manage lines, run between providers and the pharmacy, hand out glasses, help with health education, play with kids, or take photos.
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