Refuge International

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


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. 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 mix of medical professionals, students and persons with no medical backgrounds. Each trip, led by a tireless team leader, 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 even earthquakes, 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.


Upcoming Trips

March 18-24, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission
Designated flight

April 7-14, 2018
Petén Medical Mission

May 12-19, 2018
Women's Health Jornada
San Raymundo Medical Mission
Designated flight

May 19-26, 2018
Orthopedic Team
San Raymundo Medical Mission
Designated flight

July 7-14, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission

July 28-August 4, 2018
San Raymundo Medical Mission

August 11-18, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission

October 20-27, 2018
San Raymundo Medical Mission

November 10-17, 2018
Chocola Medical Mission

December 8-15, 2018
Sarstun Medical Mission

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 the last day includes a day trip to Tikal.

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.