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Gift of Health


The Gift of Health program is part of Humanity First's broader vision to reach out and provide primary health care in remote villages, where communities are deprived of access not only to basic rights, but also to preventive and medical needs. The trips are generally one-week long and take place at mobile camps in rural communities in with the support of the local Humanity First team. The Gift of Health camps include an area for registration and vitals and general medicine, dental, and pediatric clinics. A mobile pharmacy is also set up where patients receive free medicine, supplies, donations, and hygiene kits along with education.

Who can volunteer? Motivated and hardworking health care professionals, students and general volunteers are welcome to apply - all are welcome, regardless of background or Spanish proficiency. Are you a member of a Humanity First Student Organization? Contact your HFSO's president for more information on how joins a trip during your spring break! Each team is assigned a medical lead, administrative supervisor and student lead, and teams are confirmed no later than 3 months prior to the departure dates. Humanity First leadership will approve and confirm your position on the team. Apply to volunteer on a Gift of Health trip! 

We are currently accepting volunteer inquiries for the following trips:

March 1-9, 2014 - Healthcare professionals*
May 17-24, 2014 - Healthcare professionals*
August 2-9, 2014 - Healthcare professionals*, students and general volunteers
Interested in a date not listed? Contact us at giftofhealth@us.humanityfirst.org for more details on how to lead a trip!

*Including, but not limited to: Dentists, pharmacists, internists, family practitioners, pediatricians, nurse practitioners.
**Please note: Any volunteer under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 25.

What is the cost? The mandatory trip fee is $1500 per person - this includes accommodation in a safe and comfortable hotel, all meals and snacks throughout the trip, transport provided by local team throughout the week, as well as all camp costs (medicine, supplies, translators, and other logistics). This cost does not include airfare. Volunteers are encouraged to fundraise to cover their fees for this noble work. All volunteers are also involved in pre-trip collection of medicine and supply donations, hygiene pack supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, soap, etc), children's toys/books, infant clothing, and other donations.

Interested in leading a trip? Additional questions? Please contact Humanity First Gift of Health organizers at giftofhealth@us.humanityfirst.org.

For more information about past Gift of Health trips, click below:

Guatemala
March 2012 – News Update| Report | Photos
March 2013 – News Update| Report | Photos
August 2013 - Report | Photos
December 2013 - Report | Photos | Video 1  | Video 2 

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