Volunteer

GHI works in regions of the world where the healthcare needs are great and there are many barriers to accessing local health care services. GHI medical missions provide the opportunity for medical and non-medical volunteers to provide cost free, life changing services to communities in the developing world.

Note: Before filling out an application, please review the upcoming schedule for open volunteer opportunities. Thank you.

Global Health Initiatives runs on volunteer support! It’s only through the engagement of passionate, mission-driven medical and non-medical volunteers that we’re able to impact so many lives across the globe. In return, we provide our volunteers with a one-of-a-kind opportunity that is truly life changing.

We send 5 - 6 trips to Peru every year and each is sponsored by a local Centura hospital. We also send 2 trips per year to Rwanda and Nepal.

Each of our Peru trips needs a surgical team and a community health team. Our trips to Rwanda and Nepal have only a surgical focus. For our Peru trips we give preference to associates of the sponsoring hospital first, then we begin to look at other Centura Health employees to fill in the trip roster. The Rwanda and Nepal trips are not organized that way since they are not sponsored by a specific hospital – all Centura Health employees are given equal preference.

spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy

"On my last trip to the Amazon in June, 3 month old Carlitos was very very sick and we thought we were going to have to take him to the hospital down river. We treated him and he was better when we left. Today, we came back to his village and I got to see him again!!! Happy, healthy, and almost half my size!!! This completely made my day....no, my week!!! What a rewarding job this is!!!!"

  • Cost

    The costs of the trips are as follows:

    • Peru fall and winter: $2,500
    • Peru summer: $2,650
    • Rwanda: $3,300
    • Nepal: $3,200

    Costs includes:

    • Airfare
    • Ground Transportation
    • Lodging
    • All Meals

    Travel expenses for mission trips are tax-deductible. Some scholarships are available for Centura Health employees depending on their place of employment and we can also assist with fundraising ideas.

  • GHI Travel FAQs

    Can I purchase my own plane ticket separately?
    No, it is important that our teams travel together on the same itinerary in the event that flights are delayed or cancelled. To ensure our group stays together, tickets must be purchased through our travel coordinator.

    Can I use miles for my plane ticket?
    In some cases, volunteers can use their own personal miles for obtaining plane tickets. The same itinerary as the group is required, though, as is approval from the GHI administration.

    Can medical students serve in clinical roles?
    In some cases, volunteers can use their own personal miles for obtaining plane tickets. The same itinerary as the group is required, though, as is approval from the GHI administration.

    Can children participate in a GHI trip?
    Children aged 12 and older are encouraged to participate in a GHI family trip, provided that a parent is also participating. Community service projects are organized during family trips and provide non-clinical opportunities for children to interact with another culture. If you are a volunteer between the ages of 18-22 and are traveling without a parent, we will require some extra information, as well as an interview, before we can approve your application.

    What if I want to start my trip before the mission week or extend my trip afterward?
    You are welcome to extend your trip but will need to use our travel agent for your flights. You will be invoiced for any difference in airfare. We strongly recommend volunteers initiate their travel as one large group. This will help to maximize the safely and efficiency of the team with issues such as international logistics, navigating customs, and the transportation of supplies and materials.

    Peru Only: What if I want to visit Cusco after the mission week, but not Ceiba Tops?
    The Cusco excursion that is organized by GHI always includes the weekend at Ceiba Tops prior to traveling to Cusco, and participants will be invoiced for both the Ceiba Tops and Cusco excursions. Individual travel to Cusco, Machu Picchu, or other sites can be organized privately and in coordination with the GHI Travel Coordinator.

    Is there financial assistance?
    Limited financial assistance may be available on an occasional basis for Centura associates. Please ask the GHI team for more information.

    As a Centura associate, do I have to take Paid Time Off (PTO) to volunteer for a GHI mission trip?
    Yes, currently Centura associates must use PTO to serve on GHI mission trips.

Join a Mission Trip

To apply for a medical mission trip with GHI, please complete our online application form.