Brigades

Participating in a MedWish Medical Brigade is a wonderful way to give time, talent, and compassion to those in need.

Since our inception, MedWish has conducted Brigades in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Peru, and Kenya.

About the Program

As a complement to our International Humanitarian Aid Program, MedWish organizes and executes medical mission trips in partnership with healthcare providers in countries in need. Through our Brigades Program, volunteers facilitate free clinics to provide quality medical treatment and improve access to care for local residents in impoverished communities.

Medical professionals and nonmedical participants are welcome on MedWish Medical Brigades. Both will have the opportunity to serve in the different aspects of the project.

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Upcoming 2023 brigades

Honduras

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June 14th - June 19th

Dominican Republic

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July 4th - July 9th

Eligibility

Both medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are welcome. While we welcome volunteers of all backgrounds, we do reserve a number of places for professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and ophthalmology. We recommend that Brigade participants are at least 12 years old or older at the time of the Brigade; however, if a family would like to bring a child younger than 12, please contact us to further discuss.

Any participant that is under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or authorized guardian.

TRIP ORIENTATION

Once registered, participants will be provided with a participant information packet that must be completed and returned to MedWish International by May 15, 2023. This packet may be returned via fax, email, or mail to MedWish.

Dominican Republic Brigade Participants: This will also include paperwork required by Mission Possible. Information needed for airline reservations will be required upon registration by March 9, 2023

There will be a team orientation meeting in May 2023 prior to departure. At these meetings, participants will have the opportunity to meet one another, learn more about the upcoming Brigade, and talk with the MedWish team about what to expect and how to best prepare. The date and location of these meetings will be announced in early 2023.

supply pickup

MedWish International will be providing the medical supplies needed for the mobile clinics run during the Brigade. Each participant is expected to transport one suitcase full of supplies with them. Participants will need to come to the MedWish warehouse prior to departure to pick up their bag of supplies. The specific pickup times will be announced at orientation.

Payment Details

These MedWish Medical Brigades are $2,500 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 is due by Thursday, March 9, 2023, to reserve your place on either trip. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis. A percentage of spots will be held for medical participants, so secure your spot TODAY!

The remaining amount of the total trip cost will be due in increments leading up to trip departure as shown below:

Trip Payment #2 - $750- Due by April 15, 2023

Trip Payment #3 - $750 – Due by May 15, 2023

PLEASE NOTE: The deadlines listed above apply for both trips.

Health & Safety Information

IMMUNIZATIONS AND TRAVELERS HEALTH

You may need country-specific pharmaceuticals and/or immunizations when traveling. To learn more, please visit the CDC’s website. For health-related concerns, please speak with your primary care provider or a local travel clinic. Click below for more details.

MedWish will not purchase traveler’s health insurance for Brigade participants.  It is the responsibility of each participant to obtain traveler’s health insurance if desired.

COVID-19

MedWish recommends that brigade participants are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. We encourage all participants to speak with their primary care provider or consult their healthcare team prior to traveling to discuss a healthcare plan and receive vaccinations that best promote their health and safety.  MedWish does not require Covid testing prior to travel but does ask that if an individual develops symptoms of Covid-19, they notify our team immediately and follow the recommended precautions and quarantine as outlined by the CDC.  Click below for current CDC guidelines.

MedWish has worked with our partner organizations in both Honduras and the Dominican Republic to ensure that quarantine accommodations are available in the event that a brigade participant tests positive for Covid-19 during the brigade. If an extended stay or quarantine is required, MedWish will review the travel and financial logistics on a case-by-case basis and may require that additional, incidental costs are covered by the brigade participant.

PASSPORT & Travel advisory

A valid passport is required for entrance into Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Your passport must be valid for at least six months after our date of return.

There is a travel advisory in effect from the US State Department for travel to and from Honduras. Please visit their website for further information, or click below for more details.

Honduras

June 14th - June 19th

About

Honduras is a coastal nation in Central America, slightly larger than the state of Tennessee. It is tropical, predominantly mountainous, and borders Nicaragua and El Salvador. Tegucigalpa is the capital of Honduras and is home to over 1 million people. The official language is Spanish and Amerindian dialects are also spoken within some populations. The average life expectancy is 71.3 years. The majority of the population works in the service sector, 39.8%, with 20.9% working in industry, and 39.2% in the agricultural sector.

To learn more about Honduras, please CLICK HERE

Our Partner Organization

Sociedad Amigos de Los Niños (SAN) was founded in 1966 by Sister Maria Rosa Leggol. Since that time, her work and legacy has served over 80,000 Honduran orphans. These children are provided a loving environment to call home as well as an education and skills training.  Nuevo Paraiso is one of the locations of the organization’s operations.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will be staying in the compound run by Sociedad Amigos de Los Niños. The accommodations are basic with varied room sizes ranging from dormitory style to double occupancy. There are shared bathroom facilities with running water. Clean towels and linens are provided. All meals are served family style at the compound. There is also a small store in the compound to buy snacks, drinks, etc.

AIRLINE RESERVATIONS

MedWish International will arrange group airline transportation through Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Participants that do not wish to have their flights booked by MedWish must contact MedWish at the time of registration to indicate their intentions. Any participant traveling independently must coordinate arrivals and departures with the MedWish team and provide MedWish with his/her flight information by May 15, 2023.

Your Trip Contribution

Includes:

  • Airfare: Flights will be booked to and from Cleveland, Ohio
  • Lodging: 5 nights at the SAN facility
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner when in Honduras
  • Trip Logistics: Supplies for the clinics, translators, ground transportation while in Honduras, and tips for services provided to the team
  • MedWish Apparel: Participants will be provided with one MedWish scrub top. Additional apparel will be available for purchase.

It does NOT Include:

  • Any meals while traveling to and from Honduras
  • Spending money for souvenirs or personal purchases
  • Vaccinations or medications needed for travel
  • Travelers Health Insurance
  • Passport expenses
  • Any transportation, lodging, or meals outside of the group MedWish Medical Brigade

dominican republic

July 4th - July 9th

About

The Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean and is about twice the size of New Jersey. It is located on the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Spanish is the official language. The country’s total population is just over 10.2 million, with 30.5% estimated to live below the poverty line. The average life expectancy is 71.3 years. The majority of the population works in the service sector, 64.7%, with 20.8% working in industry, and 14.4% in the agricultural sector.

To learn more about the Dominican Republic, please CLICK HERE

Our Partner Organization

Mission Possible is a network of individuals and churches in Northeast Ohio that sends groups to the Dominican Republic to improve the quality of life for some of the poorest individuals in the world. Throughout the past 15 years, over 700 unique individuals have participated in dozens of mission trips with Mission Possible. The goal of Mission Possible is to both address the needs of the poorest of the poor and raise up the next generation of individuals who will work to create a better world community.

ACCOMMODATIONS

We will be staying in a local hotel centrally located in Higuey. The hotel is clean, safe, and comfortable. The accommodations are basic, but there is running water to shower (not necessarily hot all of the time though!), air conditioning, and electricity.  There is Wi-Fi available at the hotel – the connection is inconsistent within the hotel rooms but reliable in the hotel lobby.  Rooms include single, double, and triple occupancy with a combination of queen and double beds, making this a fitting accommodation for solo travelers as well as groups and families!

AIRLINE RESERVATIONS

Mission Possible will arrange group airline transportation through Cleveland Hopkins Airport. Participants that do not wish to have their flights booked must contact MedWish at the time of registration to indicate their intentions. Any participant traveling independently must provide MedWish with his/her flight information by June 1, 2023 and must coordinate their travel with the group.

Your Trip Contribution

Includes:

  • Airfare: Flights booked to and from Cleveland, Ohio
  • Lodging: 5 nights stay in Higuey
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner when in the Dominican Republic
  • Trip Logistics: Supplies for the clinics, translators, ground transportation while in the Dominican Republic, and tips for services provided to the team
  • MedWish Apparel: Participants will be provided with one MedWish scrub top. Additional apparel will be available for purchase.

It does NOT Include:

  • Any meals while traveling to and from the Dominican Republic
  • Spending money for souvenirs or personal purchases
  • Vaccinations or medications needed for travel
  • Travelers Health Insurance
  • Passport expenses
  • Any transportation, lodging, or meals outside of the group MedWish Medical Brigade

Registration

Spots are limited so stay tuned for updates.

We hope you will join us for one of these life-changing experiences!

Registration deadline: March 9, 2023

questions? contact brigades@medwish.org or 216.692.1685 x33.