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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2020

 

Participating in a MedWish Medical Brigade is a wonderful way to give your time, talents, and compassion to those in need. During this Brigade, participants will be serving the local community and surrounding area of Higuey, Dominican Republic.

Both medical personnel and non-medical volunteers are welcome on this trip; however, to ensure that there are enough medical personnel to run a successful clinic, a number of spaces are reserved for medical professionals. Registration is first come first serve and will close once the trip reaches capacity.

If you would like to join us, please review this information carefully.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TRIP PACKET AND REGISTRATION FORM. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

Registration closes on Sunday, March 1st. Registration is first come first serve and will close once the trip reaches capacity.

If you have any questions, contact Britta Latz at blatz@medwish.org or call 216.692.1685 x33.


ABOUT MEDWISH

MedWish International is a nonprofit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment, while providing humanitarian aid to individuals and organizations that administer care in developing countries.

MedWish diverts roughly 450,000-500,000 pounds of medical surplus from our local landfills every year. This is done with the support of local hospitals and healthcare providers, who generously donate medical supplies and equipment to MedWish. Roughly 3,500 volunteers support MedWish annually and help sort through these donated supplies. MedWish is also training site for individuals with special needs that participate in MedWish’s Skill Building Program.

MedWish’s founder was inspired to found MedWish after serving as an intern in a surgical clinic in Nigeria. International Medical Brigades have therefore been part of MedWish since its inception.  Past Brigades have been to Honduras, Kenya, the Dominican Republic, Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

ABOUT THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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

ABOUT MISSION POSSIBLE

Mission Possible is a not-for-profit, 501c3, formally known as Mission Possible – Dominican Republic, Inc. It is a network of individuals and churches in Northeast Ohio that sends missionaries to the Dominican Republic to improve the quality of life for some of the poorest individuals in the world. Over 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.

MedWish International will be partnering with Mission Possible on this brigade. Mission Possible has deep connections and relationships within the Higuey community and surrounding area which will allow the individuals on this brigade to maximize their impact and develop a greater cultural understanding and appreciation.

 


 

TRIP INFORMATION

Eligibility

Brigade volunteers must be 12 years old or older at the time of the Brigade. Any participant that is under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or authorized guardian. 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 eye care.

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 though!), air conditioning, and electricity.

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 June1, 2020 and must coordinate their travel with the group.

Cost

This MedWish Medical Brigade is $2,500 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $750 is due by Sunday, March 1, 2020 to reserve your place. 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 – $875- Due by April 1, 2020

Trip Payment #3 – $875 – Due by May 1, 2020

Your Trip Contribution Includes:

It does NOT Include:

Trip Orientation

There will be team orientation meetings prior to departure. At these meetings, participants will have the opportunity to meet, learn more about the upcoming Brigade, and talk with the MedWish team and Mission Possible about what to expect and how to best prepare. The date and location of these meetings will be announced in April 2020.

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 bag full of supplies with them on the Brigade. Participants will need to come to the MedWish warehouse prior to departure to pick up the bag of supplies. The specific pickup times will be announced at orientation.

Participant Information

Once registered, participants will be provided with a participant information packet that must be completed and returned to MedWish International by May 15, 2020. This packet may be returned via fax, email, or mail to MedWish. This will also include paperwork required by Mission Possible. Information needed for airline reservations will be required upon registration by March 1, 2020.

Immunizations and Travelers Health

You may need country-specific pharmaceuticals and/or immunizations when traveling to the Dominican Republic. To learn more, please visit the CDC’s website or click here. For health-related concerns, please speak with your primary care physician or a local travel clinic. Traveler’s health insurance will not be purchased for participants and is the responsibility of each participant to secure if desired.

Passport

A valid passport is required for entrance into the Dominican Republic. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after our date of return.

SAFETY

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

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TRIP PACKET AND REGISTRATION FORM. 

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

 

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience! Registration closes March 1, 2020.

 

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