Imagine the Possibilities
Life is precious and fragile and when it is in crisis it takes love, prayer and people with a servant’s heart to help mend it. Imagine taking food to starving children, or transporting a child to the United States from a country where medical care is almost non-existent. Or imagine yourself serving in a medical capacity, or as a non-medical volunteer distributing food to children in disaster situations or rebuilding homes, clinics, schools and churches.
There is a huge challenge out there and I can assure you that your life will change dramatically when you volunteer to go on a mission trip in The United States or abroad. You will see the world as it is. You will experience the hurts, needs, and pains of children and their families who suffer from hunger, disease, and malnutrition. You will see children who have been displaced from their families and communities through wars and natural disasters. You will begin to view the world differently and discover your part in it, with different eyes. You will find out that doors of opportunity to serve others will be opened in ways that you have never thought of.
Believe me, I know how easy it is to get overwhelmed by the thought of volunteering for a mission trip. But rather than focusing on the negative, think about how you can help change the life of a child, their family, or community. Think about how you can bring hope to a situation that appears too impossible to fix. You may ask yourself, “How can I change a child’s life by myself?” The answer to that question is, you can’t because responding to a child, a family, or a community in crisis is not a fixed, precise, or perfect undertaking. It takes love and a spirit of Servanthood plus positive relationships with team members, team leaders, nationals and missionaries.
Volunteering is a wonderfully rewarding experience, especially if you are prepared and have spent time in prayer. However, going on a mission trip is not for everyone, but if you decide that you want to make the plunge in volunteering, make sure that it is something that you will be able to follow through with.
A Few Guidelines
When you complete the volunteer application & photo release liability waiver form that enables IMPACT WITH HOPE to consider you for a short term medical or non medical trip, please answer all applicable questions. All information will be confidential and will only be shared with appropriate personnel.
Impact Medical Missions is the medical division of IMPACT WITH HOPE that is comprised of America’s finest charitable organizations and individualls dedicated to saving the lives of children here at home and around the word. Impact Medical Missions and partners provide free surgery, free medical care, respite care, support and education for caregivers, and support state-of-the-art training for physicians and other health care providers. These services are provided to those in crisis regardless of their race, religion or political affiliation.
IMPACT WITH HOPE works very hard to ensure that your experience in medical missions will go according to what was planned. You can expect a well-planned safe mission trip. However, with any overseas activity when you’re dealing with foreign government offices, potential political instability, and/or natural/manmade disasters, there are many things that can change during the course of the planning process and the actual implementation of the medical or non medical trip that you have signed up for.
It is imperative that all volunteers come with a sense of adventure and realize things may, and often do, change. It is important that you have a flexible attitude and a willingness to accept change as you encounter it. Also, realize many of these missions are difficult, meaning the sleeping, working, and eating conditions may not be what you are accustomed to back home. In addition, communications to your families can, at times, present some challenges. IMPACT WITH HOPE staff and partners understands all of these issues, after many years of doing this, and work diligently to provide the best accommodations and connectivity possible.
All applicants will be asked for two professional references. In addition, each medical volunteer will be required to authorize a personal background check prior to traveling on a medical team.
All medical volunteers are required to send IMPACT WITH HOPE a completed volunteer application & photo release liability waiver form with of the following documents: Mission Team forms.
Once you apply and are accepted, you will be required to send two passport photos to IMPACT WITH HOPE. IMPACT WITH HOPE will track your volunteer hours for the organization, even if you are affiliated with another hospital, company, or university. When you travel with IMPACT WITH HOPE you are first and foremost an IMPACT WITH HOPE volunteer and are representing us, as well as own employer, yourself, and the United States.
Volunteers are required to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by IMPACT WITH HOPE and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between IMPACT WITH HOPE and its partnering organization. There will be mandatory meetings where you will meet other volunteers and your assigned team leader.
Costs for a medical mission trip vary depending upon the country and the circumstances as to where you will be working as a volunteer. IMPACT WITH HOPE will let you know up front what you will be responsible for. Typical costs include airfare, immunizations, possible visas, international and in-transit travel, lodging, meals and logistic fees. Please note – IMPACT WITH HOPE is not responsible for any valuables.
You must be able to carry your own luggage throughout the trip, so carry a back pack. The backpack should be packed with enough to live out of for 24 hours in the event you become separated from your main luggage. Use luggage with wheels. It makes traveling easier. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes, open toed shoes are not recommended. For more information on what to pack, please see the travel guide.
You will receive complimentary items such as: T-shirts, polos, a baseball cap and/or other items before your departure from IMPACT WITH HOPE.
Remember, volunteering is a wonderfully rewarding experience, especially if you are prepared and have spent time in prayer. Going on a Mission trip is not for everyone, but if you decide you want to make the plunge in volunteering make sure that it is something that you can follow through with.
Reaching Out & Serving Others
Linda A. Greene