Refuge International

Improving lives through healthcare, nutrition, clean water, and education.

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Mission Trip Volunteers

“Refuge International volunteers are some of the most dedicated, hard-working and compassionate people I have ever had the honor to work with.”

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We have several medical mission trips scheduled for 2018 and 2019. Trips typically span 7 days and include all in-country transportation, meals and housing (including the final night hotel stay in Antigua).

Refuge International teams consist of a diverse mix of medical professionals, students and persons with no medical background. Each trip is able to provide vital surgeries, health exams, pharmacy services and more. Locals walk for miles and line up hours in advance of our arrival to seek medical care. Clinic days are long and the environment sometimes challenging due to spontaneous electrical outages or rain storms, but we always return home in awe of the level of care our teams are able to deliver.

To best serve the people of Guatemala, we need the right balance of expertise on each team. While students are encouraged and welcome on each of the mission teams, there are a limited number of student spots for each trip.

In Guatemala, Refuge International makes every effort to adhere to the standards of professional care practiced in the United States. Consistent with that policy, direct involvement by volunteers in surgery and anesthesia is limited to licensed health care professionals and students enrolled in programs leading to licensure in a health care profession. The level of participation will be commensurate with one's training and/or experience. Exceptions to this policy are solely at the discretion of the medical director of the OR. Observation in the OR is also at his/her discretion.

Costs and Registration  

Click the button below to send your mission fee or deposit, using your PayPal account or a credit card:

The fee paid to Refuge International covers your room and board for the week; travel within the country; medications and medical and surgical supplies used during the week; translator salaries; and one night's hotel stay in Antigua, Guatemala. It also covers some overhead expenses. If you decide that you would like to stay an extra night in Antigua, there is an additional $75 charge.

Our trips fill up quickly and volunteers spots are accepted in the order they are received, so please submit your application early to get the dates you want.

The following are required for reserving your place on a Refuge Medical Mission Trip:

  • Online registration (Be sure to note the specific location and date of the trip you want!)
  • Copy of your professional license, if applicable

Mission Trip Fee: $1,250 (San Raymundo, Chocolá & Sarstún)

Please note that the mission trip to Sarstún is more challenging than other areas and is not the trip for anyone with physical constraints.

Petén Mission Trip

Travel to the Petén is more difficult than most other parts of Guatemala. Petén teams are assembled by invitation only and volunteers consist only of experienced professionals with expertise in the perioperative area. The trip fee is higher due to the increased travel expenses and hotel accommodations required for this trip. Only small groups can be accommodated at this time. Malaria prophylaxis is required, and volunteers have the option of visiting Tikal on the last day of the trip. Petén groups do not travel to Antigua.

Air Travel and Optional Hotel Stay

You are required to provide your own air travel to/from Guatemala; however, please do not purchase your tickets until your spot on the team is confirmed and your Team Leader has posted the designated flight information. In-country arrival/departure transportation must be coordinated for the entire group and not on an individual basis. Thank you!

Mission Trip Volunteers have the option to stay an extra night at our hotel in Antigua for an additional $75. Please note on your application if you’d like to stay the extra night.

Important Deposit Information

A non-refundable $200 deposit is required with your application. The remaining balance, as well as all other required information, is due 30 days prior to your departure date. An additional $50 fee will be assessed if payment is not received within 30 days of departure. A travel information packet and team t-shirt will be sent to you upon receipt of the total trip fee.

Refuge International is a 501(c)(3) and cannot legally refund fees, as all fees paid for trips are considered charitable donations. If a volunteer cancels prior to 30 days from departure, although refunds cannot be made, all fees previously paid may be applied to a future trip. Volunteer fees are used to cover the costs associated with each trip, as well as fund the other initiatives detailed on this site.

Upcoming Trips

July 7-14, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission
Designated flight

July 28-August 4, 2018 (student slots full)
San Raymundo Medical Mission
Designated flight

August 11-18, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission

October 20-27, 2018 (student slots full)
San Raymundo Medical Mission

November 10-17, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission

December 8-15, 2018 (student slots full)
Sarstun Medical Mission

February 16-23, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

March 9-16, 2019
Chocola Medical Mission

March 23-30, 2019 (student slots full)

Sarstun Medical Mission

April 6-13, 2019
Petén Medical Mission

Women’s Health Jornada
May 11-18, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

Orthopedic Team
May 19-25, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

July 13-20, 2019
Chocola Medical Mission

August 3-10, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

August 24-31, 2019
Sarstun Medical Mission

October 19-26, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

November 9-16, 2019
Chocola Medical Mission

December 7-14, 2019
Sarstun Medical Mission