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Mission Trips for 2023

A short-term medical mission trip to Latin America typically involves a group of healthcare professionals and volunteers traveling to underserved communities to provide essential medical services, health education, and support. These trips are designed to address immediate healthcare needs, promote preventive care, and contribute to the overall well-being of the local population.

Mission Overview: The mission's primary goal is to bring healthcare services to communities with limited access to medical care. It is a short-term endeavor, usually ranging from one to a few weeks, during which the team aims to make a meaningful impact on the health of the local population.

Team Composition: The mission team typically consists of a diverse group of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and support staff. Non-medical volunteers may also participate in roles such as logistics, translation, and community outreach.

Preparation: Before the trip, team members undergo orientation and training sessions to familiarize themselves with the local culture, health challenges, and logistics. Participants ensure they are equipped with the necessary vaccinations, travel documents, and any required medical certifications.

Logistics and Travel: The team travels to the designated community in Latin America, often located in rural or underserved areas. Transportation may involve a combination of flights, ground transportation, and, in some cases, off-road travel to reach more remote locations.

Clinic Setup: Upon arrival, the team sets up temporary medical clinics in collaboration with local partners. These clinics may be established in existing community centers, schools, or mobile units to maximize accessibility.

Community Engagement: The mission emphasizes community engagement, with team members actively participating in the local culture. This may include interactions with community leaders, cultural exchange activities, and collaboration with local healthcare providers.

Cultural Sensitivity: Cultural sensitivity is a core aspect of the mission. Team members strive to understand and respect local customs, traditions, and beliefs. Translators may be used to facilitate effective communication.

Follow-Up Care and Sustainability: The mission team may collaborate with local healthcare providers to ensure continuity of care beyond the short-term mission. Initiatives for sustainability, such as training local healthcare workers and leaving medical supplies, are integral to the mission's long-term impact.

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Guatemala

December 5-12, 2023

$3000.00 USD will covers airfare, travel insurance, transportation in host country, lodging,  most meals and ER Abroad fees.

Application Window Closed

A mobile medical clinic in Latin America is a healthcare facility on “wheels” designed to provide medical services and healthcare access to communities that may have limited or no access to traditional healthcare facilities. These clinics are typically equipped with medical staff, examination rooms, diagnostic equipment, and basic medical supplies. They play a crucial role in reaching underserved populations in remote or economically disadvantaged areas. Here are key characteristics and features of mobile medical clinics in Latin America:

  1. **Mobility:

    • The primary distinguishing feature is mobility. These clinics are often housed in specially designed vehicles such as vans, buses, or trailers, allowing them to travel to different locations. Or in our case, we bring the clinic in portable cases to rural locations. 

  2. **Basic Healthcare Services:

    • Mobile clinics offer a range of basic health care services, including general checkups, vaccinations, screenings, and treatments for common health issues.

  3. **Preventive Care:

    • They focus on preventive care and health education, aiming to address health issues before they become more severe.

  4. **Remote Area Access:

    • The mobility of these clinics allows healthcare providers to reach remote and rural areas where access to healthcare facilities is limited.

  5. **Specialized Services:

    • Some mobile clinics provide specialized services such as dental care, eye exams, maternal and child health services, and chronic disease management.

  6. **Community Engagement:

    • Mobile medical clinics often engage with the community to understand their healthcare needs and tailor services accordingly. This includes collaborating with local leaders and organizations.

  7. **Emergency Response:

    • In certain situations, mobile clinics may serve as emergency response units, providing immediate medical assistance in disaster-stricken or crisis-affected areas.

  8. **Cultural Sensitivity:

    • Healthcare providers on mobile clinics are often trained to be culturally sensitive, respecting local customs and traditions to ensure effective communication and collaboration.

  9. **Flexible Scheduling:

    • Mobile clinics may operate on a scheduled basis, visiting communities at regular intervals, or they may be deployed in response to specific healthcare needs.

  10. **Technology Integration:

    • Some mobile clinics integrate technology for telehealth services, enabling consultations with specialists or accessing medical records remotely.

  11. **Partnerships with NGOs and Governments:

    • Mobile medical clinics often operate in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments, and healthcare agencies to maximize their impact and sustainability.

  12. **Healthcare Education:

    • In addition to providing medical services, mobile clinics often conduct health education programs to empower communities to take control of their health.

Mobile medical clinics play a crucial role in addressing healthcare disparities and improving health outcomes in Latin America, where geographical challenges and economic constraints can limit access to healthcare. They contribute to a more inclusive and accessible healthcare system, reaching populations that might otherwise face barriers in obtaining essential medical services.

Mission Trips for 2024

Historic Center

El Salvador

Jan 31 - Feb7, 2024

$3000.00 USD will cover airfare, travel insurance, transportation in host country, lodging,  most meals and ER Abroad fees.

Application Window Closing Soon

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Guatemala

March 2-9, 2024

$3000.00 USD will covers airfare, travel insurance, transportation in host country, lodging,  most meals and ER Abroad fees.

Application Window Open

Historic Center

El Salvador

August 21-28, 2024

$3000.00 USD will covers airfare, travel insurance, transportation in host country, lodging,  most meals and ER Abroad fees.

Application Window Open

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Guatemala

October 12-19, 2024

$3000.00 USD will covers airfare, travel insurance, transportation in host country, lodging,  most meals and ER Abroad fees.

Application Window Open

Future Planned Trips for 2024-2025

Within the next few years we will not only continue to go to our current mission trip destinations, but we will be adding some new ones as well. 

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Costa Rica- 2025

Join us on a 8-day medical mission trip to remote areas of Costa Rica.

A complete trip application, copy of updated passport & $500.00 deposit is required to secure a spot in this Multi-focused mission trip.

Prices and dates subject to change.

From:

$3,000.00

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Guatemala - 2024/25

Join us on a 8-day medical mission trip to remote areas of Guatemala.

A complete trip application, copy of updated passport & $500.00 deposit is required to secure a spot in this Multi-focused mission trip.

Prices and dates subject to change.

From:

$3,000.00

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Africa - 2025/26

Join us on a 10-day medical mission trip to remote areas of Africa.

A complete trip application, copy of updated passport & $500.00 deposit is required to secure a spot in this Multi-focused mission trip.

Prices and dates subject to change.

From:

$3,000.00

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Puerto Rico- 2025

Join us on a 8-day medical mission trip to remote areas of Puerto Rico.

A complete trip application, copy of updated passport & $500.00 deposit is required to secure a spot in this Multi-focused mission trip.

Prices and dates subject to change.

From:

$3,000.00

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El Salvador- 2024/25

Join us on a 8-day medical mission trip to remote areas of El Salvador.

A complete trip application, copy of updated passport & $500.00 deposit is required to secure a spot in this Multi-focused mission trip.

Prices and dates subject to change.

From:

$3,000.00

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Dominican Republic
-2026

Join us on a 8-day medical mission trip to remote areas of the Dominican Republic. A complete trip application, copy of updated passport & $500.00 deposit is required to secure a spot in this Multi-focused mission trip.

Prices and dates subject to change.

From:

$3,000.00

Testimonials

"From strangers to family, this trip has been eye- opening and eye wetting. 

The difference in the gratitude and kindness of the people here in Guatemala has renewed my love of nursing.  This group went from being strangers to feeling like family". -- Allison

A mobile medical clinic in Latin America is a healthcare facility on “wheels” designed to provide medical services and healthcare access to communities that may have limited or no access to traditional healthcare facilities. These clinics are typically equipped with medical staff, examination rooms, diagnostic equipment, and basic medical supplies. They play a crucial role in reaching underserved populations in remote or economically disadvantaged areas. Here are key characteristics and features of mobile medical clinics in Latin America:

  1. Mobility:

    • The primary distinguishing feature is mobility. These clinics are often housed in specially designed vehicles such as vans, buses, or trailers, allowing them to travel to different locations. Or in our case, we bring the clinic in portable cases to rural locations. 

  2. Basic Healthcare Services:

    • Mobile clinics offer a range of basic health care services, including general checkups, vaccinations, screenings, and treatments for common health issues.

  3. Preventive Care:

    • They focus on preventive care and health education, aiming to address health issues before they become more severe.

  4. Remote Area Access:

    • The mobility of these clinics allows healthcare providers to reach remote and rural areas where access to healthcare facilities is limited.

  5. Specialized Services:

    • Some mobile clinics provide specialized services such as dental care, eye exams, maternal and child health services, and chronic disease management.

  6. Community Engagement:

    • Mobile medical clinics often engage with the community to understand their healthcare needs and tailor services accordingly. This includes collaborating with local leaders and organizations.

  7. Emergency Response:

    • In certain situations, mobile clinics may serve as emergency response units, providing immediate medical assistance in disaster-stricken or crisis-affected areas.

  8. Cultural Sensitivity:

    • Healthcare providers on mobile clinics are often trained to be culturally sensitive, respecting local customs and traditions to ensure effective communication and collaboration.

  9. Flexible Scheduling:

    • Mobile clinics may operate on a scheduled basis, visiting communities at regular intervals, or they may be deployed in response to specific healthcare needs.

  10. Technology Integration:

    • Some mobile clinics integrate technology for telehealth services, enabling consultations with specialists or accessing medical records remotely.

  11. Partnerships with NGOs and Governments:

    • Mobile medical clinics often operate in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), local governments, and healthcare agencies to maximize their impact and sustainability.

  12. Healthcare Education:

    • In addition to providing medical services, mobile clinics often conduct health education programs to empower communities to take control of their health.

Mobile medical clinics play a crucial role in addressing healthcare disparities and improving health outcomes in Latin America, where geographical challenges and economic constraints can limit access to healthcare. They contribute to a more inclusive and accessible healthcare system, reaching populations that might otherwise face barriers in obtaining essential medical services.

Latin America & the Greater Caribbean Islands

ER Abroad has expanded our area of mission to more of Latin America

as well as a greater portion of the Caribbean.

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