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i have signed up with ram (remote area medical) here in the us to volunteer as an rn on their expeditions. i am really excited, however i am currently living in california. now ram holds some clinics in ca but the majority are in appalachia (which is really where i want to go!)
does anyone know of ways to get discounted flights/train tickets? clearly this is something i want to do but flights to tn, ky, and va alone are around $500! i very much want to help and i dont know of any resources. it really doesnt seem fair!
I am interested in volunteer work as well but it can be expensive. I'm sure there are organizations or churches that would be willing to sponsor volunteer expeditions. I would say just plan ahead and search for flights early. $300-400 is average for a round trip ticket from CA to that area. I'm from the south and fly from CA that way often to visit family (it can be costly). I don't know of any ways to get discounted flights besides bidding on priceline.
I'm considering working with RAM, keep us posted on how it goes if decide to volunteer with them.
If you are serious, register yourself (i.e. create) as a non-profit. Then you can perform fund raising to pay for trips. I knew a nurse who does this, she goes to Africa every year and raises enough money to pay for expenses.