Become a Volunteer

Become a volunteer and join us in this life-changing medical mission.

We have two types of mission teams that volunteers can join – surgery and medical clinic. Surgery teams provide much-needed surgeries at two hospitals in Guatemala in seven different surgical specialties. The second type of team hosts medical clinics in rural villages across Guatemala, where doctors provide medical consultations, treatments, and surgical referrals.

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We have volunteer opportunities to serve in several different medical and non-medical roles on our teams.

Become a Volunteer

Our volunteers are diverse, with unique experiences and skillsets, to serve in the following roles:

Medical Roles on Surgery Teams

  • Surgeon
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Pre-op nurse
  • Post-op nurse
  • Circulator nurse
  • Scrub tech or scrub nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Ward physician
  • Physical Therapist*
  • Audiologist*

Medical Roles on Clinic Teams

  • Physician
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacist
  • Radiologist/ Sonographer
  • Physical Therapist*
  • Audiologist*

Non-Medical Roles

  • Interpreter
  • Spiritual leader
  • Photographer
  • Blogger
  • Wheelchair Assembler*

*These opportunities are only available on select teams.

The medical professionals who serve on surgical or clinic teams provide care within the following specialties.

Surgical Specialties

  • General
  • Gynecology
  • Urology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Plastics

Medical Clinic Specialties

  • General Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Family Medicine
  • Gynecology
  • Ear, Nose, and Throat
  • Orthopedics
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Trip Dates

May 20 - 27
773 Cameron Surgery
May 27 - Jun 3
774 Boutros Surgery
Jun 2 - 10
775 Craft Surgery
Jun 3 - 10
776 T. Davis Surgery
Jun 10 - 17
777 Even/Douglas Surgery
Jul 1 - 8
778 Farrow Surgery
Jul 22 - 29
779 Heinrich/Pond Surgery
Jul 29 - Aug 5
780 Anderson Surgery

More Trips

Sept 16 - 23
782 Askenasy Surgery
Sept 30 - Oct 7
783 Pogo Surgery
Oct 7 - 14
784 Parsley Surgery
Oct 7 - 14
785 Johnson II Medical Clinic
Santa Rosa
Nov 4 - 11
787 Thompson Medical Clinic


Serving During Covid

Volunteer Protocols

Does Faith In Practice require volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to serve on a team?

Yes. Faith In Practice requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated with their basic COVID-19 vaccination. Volunteers are required to submit proof of vaccination along with their application documents. If we do not receive a vaccination card the volunteer will not be approved to join the team.

Do I need to get a COVID test before I travel to Guatemala?

It is not required to show proof of a negative COVID test prior to traveling to Guatemala, however, Faith In Practice strongly recommends that volunteers get a COVID test prior to their departure to mitigate risk of traveling to Guatemala with COVID unknowingly.

I am returning to Guatemala for the first time since the pandemic, what will be different?

There will be protocols and measures in place to keep patients, volunteers, staff, and partners healthy and safe. You can expect a reduced number of patients, social distancing, and PPE requirements.

Is the Faith In Practice staff in-country who work with teams vaccinated?

Yes, all staff who work with teams are fully vaccinated.

Are Guatemalan Volunteers vaccinated?

Our Guatemalan volunteer leaders have received their COVID vaccination and many of them have received their boosters.

Any local Guatemalan volunteer who is serving on the mission team and is not fully vaccinated will be disclosed to the team and additional measure will be taken to keep everyone safe.

What PPE is provided for volunteers?

Faith In Practice provides all PPE that we require volunteers to use while serving in Guatemala. This includes masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Yes, volunteers will be required to wear a mask in the hospital and clinics. Faith In Practice strongly recommends that volunteers also wear a mask on team transportation. The most up-to-date requirements on when/where a mask must be worn during the mission trip will be provided to you during your orientation in Guatemala.

Volunteers need to adhere to all state and federal regulations while travelling in the U.S., but we highly recommend travelling with a mask for the entire trip regardless of what is in place.

What if I experience COVID-19 symptoms or other illness in Guatemala?

All team members must report immediately to the team doctor to be assessed for their symptoms and to be tested for COVID, if necessary. COVID-19 testing will be provided through COVID test kits we have available in Guatemala. There will be COVID test kits in the STAT kit and our staff will have additional tests if needed.

If you test positive, you will be asked to isolate in your own room at the hotel. The volunteer will be monitored and provided medications for management of symptoms.

If symptoms were to worsen, the volunteer would be provided transportation and admissions support to a previously identified private hospital in Guatemala City where treatment for COVID will be available.

Can I shop or eat in restaurants in Antigua?

Teams serving in 2023 will be asked to take precautions during the week, avoiding crowded venues in Antigua during the week. The team will have the option to have dinner in Antigua on Friday evening.

The team will have the ability to enjoy a free day in Antigua on Friday if the following criteria are met.

  • There are no major changes to COVID conditions in Antigua during your mission week.
  • All volunteer service work is completed, and supplies are packed.

Up-to-date recommendations will be given to the team during their mission week to help them stay safe during their free time.

I may have been exposed to COVID but do not have symptoms. Can I still go to Guatemala?

We ask that volunteers withdraw from the trip if they have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID within 5 days of the trip departure date, or if they have experienced COVID symptoms and have not received medical clearance. In these cases, the trip fee will be refunded if cancellation becomes necessary.

Faith In Practice strongly recommends that volunteers get a COVID test prior to their departure to mitigate risk of traveling to Guatemala with COVID unknowingly.

I know there are many protocols and measures in place but I’m still nervous, should I come?

There are many factors to consider, and we will be making every effort to keep volunteers, staff, and patients healthy, but we cannot guarantee anyone’s health or safety. If you decide you are not ready to serve in these conditions, we will be ready for you in the future when you feel more comfortable and ready to serve.

Patient Protocols

How is Faith In Practice keeping the patients safe?

There is community spread of COVID throughout Guatemala. Faith In Practice has implemented protocols to keep patients safe at all mission sites while assuring the patient can receive much needed medical care. These protocols include, but are not limited to, providing PPE, social distancing, establishing physical bio-barriers, staggering appointments, spacing of patients in Casa de Fe, Casa de Milagros, and hotels, testing patients for COVID prior to surgery.

How will patients be screened for COVID before I see them?

Surgical patients will receive a COVID test prior to triage day and will have a second COVID test at the hospital the morning of their surgery. Patients (and volunteers) will have a temperature check/symptom screening before they are allowed entry into the Obras, Hilario Galindo, and the Village Medical Clinics.

What if patients come to the clinic or hospital with COVID symptoms?

Patients with COVID symptoms, or previous exposure, will be sent to the nearest public health center or public hospital for care and will receive follow up from Faith In Practice staff.

How many patients will we see?

Due to COVID, all teams can expect to see fewer patients than normal. Faith In Practice will serve as many patients as possible in this environment while keeping everyone safe and maintaining COVID protocols.

Application Process, Fees, and Cancellation

What is the application process?

If you know what team you want to join, please reach out to that team leader before filling out your application and let them know you plan to apply. They will have up to date information on specialties and roles needed as well as general team composition and can share more with you about the plan for the team.

Note: If you do not know which team to join but want to join a team on the schedule, please reach out to us at

After talking with your team leader or with Faith In Practice staff so we can help you find a team, please register and apply through the volunteer portal. Each volunteer will have specific documents that must be submitted and approved to complete your application in addition to the application fee.

Applications must be completed 90 days prior to the trip to be able to serve.

Note: Do not book your flight until your application has been approved and you receive confirmation by email that you have been officially added to the team.

How much does it cost to participate on a mission trip with Faith In Practice?

There is a non-refundable application fee of $125 due at the time of applying. For 2023 the trip fee is $1,300 for a 7-day trip or $1,350 for an 8-day trip. The trip fee covers lodging, meals, ground transportation, airport transportation for volunteers travelling on the team flight, and medical emergency/lost-luggage insurance (not trip cancellation insurance). Additionally, you will receive flight information from the team leader and are responsible for purchasing airfare to and from Guatemala City once you have received confirmation from Faith In Practice that you have been placed on the official team roster.

Is Sponsorship (financial aid) available?

Yes, Faith In Practice will continue to offer sponsorships in certain cases. Please speak with your team leader for more information on how to apply for sponsorship (financial aid).

Are there age limitations for going on a Faith In Practice mission trip?

Potential volunteer opportunities may be available for individuals under the age of 18 but are not guaranteed. Minors may be allowed to serve on a mission team with certain restrictions: the minor must complete a separate interview process with a Faith In Practice volunteer manager, a parent or permanent legal guardian must accompany the minor during the entire mission week and must serve in a non-clinical role, space must be available for the parent/legal guardian and minor on the team, and the team leader must approve the minor joining their team.

What if I have to cancel?

We understand that, at times, situations occur which may require a participant to cancel. We therefore strongly recommend participants obtain trip cancellation insurance to protect against this possibility.

If I need to cancel, will Faith In Practice refund my trip fee?

If a volunteer cancels 45 or more days before the trip departure date, Faith In Practice will refund 100% of the paid trip fee. If the request is made 44 to 16 days before the departure, we will refund 75% of the paid trip fee. There will be no refund for cancellations made 15 days or less prior to the departure date unless the volunteer has been exposed to COVID. The application fee, which supports pre-trip administration costs, is not eligible for refund.

Travel Requirements and Flights

What are the entry requirements to Guatemala?

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens entering Guatemala. If your passport is from a different country, please check with your state department on requirements to enter Guatemala.

You must bring a passport that is at least 6 months from expiration

Stay tuned for up to the minute updates that we will provide in advance of your trip as the situation changes.

I am ready to go, when should I book my flight?

Do not book your flight until your application has been approved and you receive confirmation by email from Faith In Practice that you have been officially added to the team.

Can I arrive later or earlier or leave later or earlier?

Please do not make plans to arrive early or depart early from the mission trip.

Due to the need to keep the team together for contact tracing and orientation, it will be required that all team members arrive to Guatemala on the same team flight or on a flight that is within the same timeframe. Your team leader will notify you of the team flight.

We understand that family or work emergencies do come up and we will of course work with you in those situations. Consider whether you can serve the full trip with the team before proceeding to finalize your application.

In-Country Logistics

Who arranges the logistics of my trip?

Faith In Practice arranges and manages all in-country logistics based on the information provided by your volunteer team leader(s).

Where will I stay during the trip?

Faith In Practice works with hotels that meet safety and health standards closest to the mission site.

Will I have a roommate?

There will be double occupancy rooming at the hotels. Each U.S. volunteer can expect to have a roommate during the mission week.

What will be our in-country transportation?

Faith In Practice works with a network of local transportation providers and the vehicle varies depending on the team size and the geographical area where the team is serving.

All team members must be on team transportation.

Health and Well-Being

Please also read the “Serving during COVID” section of the FAQs for additional health and well-being information related to serving during COVID.

What do I need to do for my health prior to travel?

Faith In Practice strongly encourages all volunteers to be current with the vaccination schedule outlined by the CDC, including routine flu and pneumonia vaccines.

Please refer to the Center for Disease Control for traveling to Guatemala at The CDC has extensive and valuable information related to travel in Guatemala, and Faith In Practice encourages all volunteers to review this site. Faith In Practice also urges all volunteers to consult with their personal physicians for specific, individual advice regarding medical precautions.

Please note that emergency medical care, emergency rooms, and sophisticated medical centers are not common or readily available in Guatemala. It is important that you consult your personal physician regarding any health concerns and discuss the appropriateness and risks of participating in this mission.

Carry appropriate health and accident insurance documents as well as copies of any important medical records with you. Bring an adequate supply of all prescription medications (at least two weeks), any necessary personal hygiene items, and a spare pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses.

What can I do to stay healthy during the mission week?

It is very important to stay hydrated and to wash your hands frequently. You will receive a full orientation upon arriving in Guatemala on ways to stay healthy and mitigate risk of illness. It is important to follow the guidelines provided by Faith In Practice.

What if I get sick, injured, or need medical attention during my mission week?

Every team will have a volunteer team doctor. Please notify the team doctor immediately if you are feeling ill, get injured, or need medical attention.

Faith In Practice staff will work with the team doctor to ensure that you receive the medical care required.

We will strive to keep the Answers to these Questions updated.

Please note that the situation remains fluid and flexibility is important.
In any situation where Faith In Practice and Guatemalan law and regulation are in conflict, Guatemalan law and regulation will supersede.

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