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

Jan 20 - 27
789 Austin/Garcia Medical Clinic
Suchitepéquez
Jan 26 - Feb 3
790 Balduf/Sullivan Surgery
Retalhuleu
Feb 3 - 10
791 Delk Medical Clinic
Totonicapán
Feb 10 - 17
792 Nuchtern/Belon Surgery
Retalhuleu
Feb 10 - 17
793 Clegg Surgery
Antigua
Feb 17 - 24
794 Estes Medical Clinic
Jutiapa
Feb 17 - 24
795 Gill/Stehly/Freeman Surgery
Antigua
Feb 23 - Mar 2
796 Raymer Surgery
Retalhuleu

 

More Trips

Feb 24 - Mar 2
797 Woolf/Parsley Surgery
Antigua
Mar 1 - 9
798 Stempel/Cramer/Martini
Antigua
Mar 2 - 9
799 Chenault/Hayes Medical Clinic
Santa Rosa
Mar 2 - 9
805 Mendez Surgery
Antigua
Mar 9 - 16
800 Farrow Surgery
Antigua
Mar 16 - 23
801 Johnson I Medical Clinic
Jalapa
Mar 16 - 23
802 Mesen Surgery
Antigua
Apr 6 - 13
804 Hope In Motion Surgery
Antigua
Apr 12 - 20
806 Wells Medical Clinic
Petén
Apr 13 - 20
807 Cameron Surgery
Antigua
Apr 20 - 27
808 Cahill/Dawson Surgery
Antigua
Apr 27 - May 4
810 Wani Surgery
Antigua
May 3 - 11
803 Mirelez Surgery
Retalhuleu
May 4 - 11
811 Robinson Surgery
Antigua
May 11 - 18
812 Robinson Medical Clinic
Totonicapán
May 11 - 18
813 Pogo Surgery
Antigua
May 18 - 25
815 Parsley Surgery
Antigua
May 25 - Jun 1
816 Boutros Surgery
Antigua
Jun 1 - 8
817 T. Davis Surgery
Antigua
Jun 8 - 15
818 TNT (Even/Douglas) Surgery
Antigua
Jun 14 - 22
819 Craft Surgery
Retalhuleu
Jun 28 - Jul 6
821 Farrow Surgery
Retalhuleu
Jul 20 - 27
822 Heinrich/Pond Surgery
Antigua
Jul 20 - 27
834 Johnson Mobility Clinic
TBD
Jul 27 - Aug 3
823 Anderson Surgery
Antigua
Aug 16 - 24
825 Sawyer Medical Clinic
Escuintla
Sept 7 - 14
826 Pogo Surgery
Retalhuleu
Sept 21 - 28
828 Askenasy Surgery
Retalhuleu
Oct 12 - 19
829 Johnson II Medical Clinic
Suchitepéquez
Oct 19 - 26
830 Harvin/Holmes/Rodriguez Surgery
Antigua
Nov 1 - 9
831 Thompson Medical Clinic
Retalhuleu

FAQ’s

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 teams@faithinpractice.org.

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. 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

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 https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/guatemala. 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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