We still have two missions to go for 2017, but we're already gearing up for 2018! We know that mission trips are a financial commitment, and we want to give everyone ample time to fundraise. Just a note on fundraising - we've had volunteers who've done some pretty incredible fundraisers and not only paid for their expenses, but donated money to Healthy Villages so we can continue our work. If you're dedicated and focused, it's very possible to meet your expenses for the mission. We'll provide you with some suggestions for fundraising.
Next year, we have four "regular missions" scheduled - Women's Health, Pediatrics, Dental and Vision, and General Medical. These will all follow our usual itinerary - we'll go to three different remote villages for two days each. We'll be centered in the southern Volta Region of Ghana and travel to the villages where the Ghana Health Service director for our region sees the most need.
Below are links to the website pages that describe each of these missions. Click on the date to go right to the page. You can also navigate to each descriptive page by clicking on "Health Missions" and then on the grey highlighted dates on the Health Missions page.
February 24 - March 8: Women's Health Mission
March 24 - April 5: Dental and Vision Mission
June 30 - July 12: Pediatric Mission
November 3-15: General Medical Mission focused on diabetes screening and treatment
You'll find information about the missions, as well as cost, travel, etc., on the pages.
We're trying something new and exciting in 2018 in addition to our "regular missions" - we've scheduled three "Medical Volunteer Tourism Missions" that are fundraisers for our organization. If you want to do a few days of volunteer mission work and see the sights in Ghana for the remainder of your trip, these are for you! Each of them focuses on a different part of the country with different activities. The price is higher, but remember, you can take a tax deduction for all of our mission trips. The volunteer tourism trips are a great way to enjoy some fun travel, help those in need, and support our continued efforts to bring sustainable health to poor villages in Ghana. Here are the dates:
July 28- August 11: Medical Volunteer Tourism - King Festival, Cultural Sightseeing, Wildlife
October 6-20: Medical Volunteer Tourism - Sea Turtle Rescue, Community Development, Culture & Wildlife
December 1-15: Medical Volunteer Tourism - Ecotourism, Wildlife, Culture
The volunteer tourism missions are for four to six people, and can include any healthcare profession. If we have a group of six, we can even include two non-medical volunteers. Bring your significant other and we will find ways s/he can contribute to the healthcare mission!
Please email us if you have any questions - firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/healthyvillagesghana/
We're excited about next year's missions, and we know you will be too! Our volunteers mean so much to the people of the Volta Region, who have limited to no access to healthcare.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN GHANA IN 2018!