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About Us

Our team

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Gila Valley Medical Projects is a proud partner of Peacework International

  

Next Tentative Date: 

Last week of June 2020 

Approximate trip cost: $1200

 

Please email if you are

 interested in volunteering

MD's, NP's, PA's, RN's needed 

(Spanish speaking preferred)

 

shelleyavaughn@gmail.com

Our history

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We are a non-profit , secular volunteer group serving  the people of Nacaome, 

Honduras since 2009



We provide free healthcare to the underserved community annually;

we see approximately 1000 patients



Our host family ensures that 

we have food and provides a 

safe home for our stay

Mission statement

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Gila Valley Medical Projects is a non-profit organization dedicated to meeting humanitarian needs, fostering volunteerism, enhancing ability to provide self-care, and expanding personal awareness of the world's cultures and people

Nacaome, Honduras: 2017

Video created by Ashley Names, RN, 2017 volunteer.

Helpful Downloads & FAQ for Volunteers

The trip fee covers transportation from Tegucigalpa to the town of Nacaome (about a 2-hour drive),

 as well as food and lodging. The Mejia family arranges all of our Honduran transportation. 

Our trip is cheaper than most because we don't have a paid admin team or office.


We stay with the Mejia-Dominguez and Puerto family, it is a hacienda-style house;  it will be like camping.

There is no running water, so we take bucket baths. There are toilets, we use a bucket flush.

Each room is approx 10x14 (sleeps 4-6) with a tile floor and a couple outlets;

 volunteers will need to bring their own bedding (a blow up mattress is typical). 

Bug nets are recommended and power outages are common. 


Brenda is well established in the community; her parents built the home we stay at. 

She is the local principal/vice mayor and has been our community coordinator with the city and red cross. 

Her daughter, Dr. Daniela Puerto-Bumbernick, coordinates the medical aspect.

During the week of service, we see approximately 400 patients daily. 


For the team, we require you to purchase the airline ticket through our travel agent (included in total cost). 

We want to ensure that all team members arrive and depart Tegucigalpa at the same time

 to make it easier for Brenda to arrange transportation.


Each team member is expected check one piece of luggage with medications (approx 50lbs). 

We order the meds ourselves from MAP projects; approx $4000 meds annually. 

We have a specific formulary we use each year that our hospital pharmacist has developed

 based on local health needs. We have to transport the meds with us on the plane due to 

high shipping costs and difficulty ensuring that the meds arrive safe and intact.


Recomended Vaccines per the CDC: 

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/honduras

(Yellow fever is probably the only vaccine you don't have unless you have been to a country that required it)