About the Trip
Join Project C.U.R.E in a primary care mission supporting our partners Fundesur in Honduras! Your time will be spent providing primary care and assisting healthcare professionals in four communities. Our partner, Fundesur, supports communities who work in the shrimping industry. Their vision is to be a driver of high social impact programs in the southern region of Honduras. Fundesur recently hosted an assessor and completed payment to receive their first Project C.U.R.E. container! We are excited to support them in their community development projects. In addition to providing primary care, you will help assess the main health needs of the community, provide useful feedback to our partners and provide valuable patient education, all while exploring the beautiful natural environment and soaking up the local Honduran lifestyle. We accept all medical and non-medical professionals but are especially looking for all specialty doctors like Pediatricians, OB-GYNs, Dermatologists, Ophthalmologists, Orthopedists, etc..
About the Country
Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea. The population reaches almost 9 million and is one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. Honduras is known for its rich natural resources, including minerals, coffee, tropical fruit, and sugar cane, as well as for its growing textiles. The main exports are bananas and coffee. Nearly 60% of the population lives below the poverty line. The major health issues of the communities outside of Choluteca are STIs, respiratory infections, hypertension, diabetes, dermatological issues and osteomuscular issues.
About the Program Cost
Your tax-deductible donation to participate on a Project C.U.R.E. Clinics Trip to Honduras is $2,150. This program cost covers all accommodations, meals, clean water, and transportation once in-country, including internal airfare, buses/cars/taxies, fuel costs, drivers, tips, and boats/ferries (when applicable). Program costs also include the coverage of translators, medications, C.U.R.E. Kits, Kits for Kids, travel and evacuation insurance, Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the State Department, medical license transfer procedures, departure travel packet with Project C.U.R.E. scrub set, and all associated shipping costs. Additionally, tour guides and small touristic excursions and activities are included. Please note alcohol, internet access, laundry, and personal souvenirs are not covered in the program cost.
You will have the opportunity to arrange your own international airfare to and from Honduras. International airfare, visa fees and vaccinations are NOT included in the Program Cost. The team leader will meet you in the baggage claim area, and from there you will travel together to your accommodations. Find suggested flight itineraries HERE.
Sample Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Depart on your adventure to Honduras. Stay one night in Tegucigalpa to rest up after your early morning flight.
Day 2: Meet your hosts from Fundesur! Travel to Choluteca, get settled in your home for the next four nights, sort medical supplies and get ready for 4 days of clinics! It's not a vacation, but you'll be feeling the tropical vibes this close to the ocean.
Day 3: Wake up, eat a tasty local breakfast and head to your first day of clinics. We'll set up in a local clinic. Enjoy your day serving the underserved and being supported by the community.
Day 4: Congratulations on your first day of clinics! Now that you know how to set up in a local clinic, we'll move to a new community and clinic and do it all again! You won't soon tire of the abundance of gratitude given by your patients.
Day 5: The third day of clinics finds you working in a small Health Unit. Enjoy serving alongside the local doctor and nurse who run the health unit. As you get to know the helpful team of local translators ready to help, you will feel more connected and see the difference you are making. In the evening, enjoy another fresh local meal and have time to relax and reflect.
Day 6: Continue your work from the prior days, providing both health and hope by supporting the local staff in providing medical care. Appreciate the local community as you learn about the challenges of providing care at local health units. Your fourth and final clinic day will be in another small health unit. At the end of this short clinic day, we'll head to the beach community of Ampala for an evening of celebrating the lives touched, including our own.
Day 7: Enjoy some beach time! In the afternoon we'll head back to Tegu for our final dinner and get a good night's rest before heading back home.
Day 8: Hugs and tears. Say goodbye to your hosts and your new friends, head to the airport and back to the U.S.