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Hi all - I'm looking into doing some mission trips, for a week or two at some point during the year. I am not currently a medical professional and have found it difficult to find organizations that are interested in having volunteers that are non-medical. Wondering if anyone has had experience with this? and some potential recommendations as to what organizations to go through?

 

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It may be difficult for an organization to bring you on for a medical mission trip with no prior experience. Since you're not a medical personnel, try getting certified as an EMT, MA, CNA, or phlebotomist.

 

Having some form of clinical skill(s)/training will help you in the long run because you have something they can use to further their mission.

 

Have you thought about AmeriCorps? They are a gov't service and they have amazing opportunities for those who desire to give back to the community. They also have a branch called Community HealthCorps where you improve access to medical care via serving as a liaison/ patient advocate.

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Check out Global Brigades. I've seen these trips organized at my school, meaning undergrads (non-medical professionals) do go on them. I'm not sure how it works (if you have to organize the whole group or if you can join a group) but it's something to look into.

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