Refuge International

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


Medical Mission Trips

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Map of GuatemalaSince 2003, Refuge International has been helping people in some of the most remote areas of Guatemala. The places we go are hard to find on most maps, but we know this is where the need is greatest.

Our mission trip teams are comprised of a diverse mix of physicians, nurses, students, educators, technicians and even those with no medical background that provide equally important administrative and assistant duties in the clinics. In Guatemala, Refuge International makes every effort to adhere to the standards of professional care practiced in the United States.

In just 7 days (the average length of our trips), our teams are able to provide a wide range of services, including:

  • Vital surgeries
  • Health care consultations
  • Vision exams
  • OB/GYN care
  • Child wellness exams
  • Distribution of over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Training for local providers
  • Equipment servicing
  • Water well digging and construction
  • Delivery of much needed supplies (medical, technical and educational)

The most common surgeries performed at our clinics are hernia repairs, hysterectomies and gallbladder removals.

Much can be accomplished in the short time we have on the ground.

A Little Closer To Hope: Abraham Williams

The Volunteers of Refuge International: Abraham Williams

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We always have multiple medical mission trips scheduled; please see the list below for upcoming dates. Join us as a volunteer, or if you can't come along, make a difference by supporting a specific trip.


Upcoming Trips

February 16-23, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission
Designated flight

March 9-16, 2019 (student spots full)
Chocola Medical Mission
Designated flight

March 9-16, 2019 (Trip Full)
Village Clinic Week
Sarstun Medical Mission

March 23-30, 2019 (student spots full)
Sarstun Medical Mission

April 6-13, 2019
Petén Medical Mission

Orthopedic Team
May 11-18, 2019
San Raymundo Medical Mission

Women’s Health Jornada
May 18-25, 2019 (student spots full)
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