- Passport - The first thing you need to think about when considering a medical mission is the status of your passport. Make sure it is valid within 6 months of travel return. Passport numbers are necessary for purchasing tickets, so it is important to take care of this as soon as possible.
- Scrubs - You will want to purchase/borrow several sets of scrubs, keeping in mind the weather where you will be serving. Light cotton is advisable in the hotter climates. Drying time is also a factor if you are serving in remote areas without washing facilities.
- Safety Goggles - A good, comfortable pair of safety goggles is necessary for your protection.
- Gloves - MRI provides medical gloves for all team members. If you have special needs, such as "latex free," please advise the team leader, or provide your own.
- Medications - Please visit your medical provider to make sure you are prepared for the "unexpected." Depending on the country, you may need to take malaria meds, or get preventative immunizations.
- Headlamp - Please provide your own headlamp, which may be purchased at REI, or check with the MRI office for suggestions.
It is important that you attend your Team Meeting, which is always held well in advance to departure time. You will receive very helpful information, based upon the special needs of the country you will be serving.
Please contact your Field Director for any questions you may have concerning your field of interest.
Each year we have many volunteers who participate in the mission trips with Medical Relief international. Not only do we take medical and dental professionals with us, but we also need non-medical and non-dental volunteers to help make up the clinical teams. We need individuals who would fill the role of crowd control, triage, pharmacy, sterilization and also learn to assist the doctors and dentists in their work.
If you are interested in becoming involved in a very fulfilling mission opportunity, then an MRI trip is right for you. If you have any questions concerning volunteering for one of the upcoming trips, please feel free to call us and ask! We would love to have you become an MRI Team member this year.
Haiti (March 23-30, 2013) - If you are interested in joining the Honduras Medical Mission in 2012, please fill out a Travel Profile to begin your adventure, and contact Dr. Michael Karr.
Donate to Haiti Medical Mission
Why? Provide dental care in Port Au Prince, and also villagers in the northern region.
Donate to Philippines Medical Mission
Why? To provide dental, medical, and eye care to mountain villages in Benguet Province.
Donate to Bolivia Medical Mission
Why? To provide dental care to the public schools in Bolivia.
Donate to East Africa (Kenya, Uganda or Tanzania) Medical Mission
Why? Provide dental care to impoverished children and adults in rural East African villages. Provide needed dental care and glasses to the community and on site mentorship for the orphan and widow program.
Donate to Honduras Medical Mission
Why? Provide dental care for the orphans at the Heart to Heart Children's Home