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by DFoustRN DFoustRN (New) New Nurse

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So I have been tossing the idea around in my head that I might be interested in possibly doing like a medical mission trip. I would be interested in staying in the US for my first time and I was wondering if anyone has done a mission trip and could offer some in's and out's about it. 

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adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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That's awesome, good for you.

The experience depends heavily on who is running the mission (i.e. a small church group vs. a non-profit vs. your own unit), so the 'ins and outs' are really going to vary.

In almost all cases, you're going to have to pay your own way or fundraise to cover your expenses (the group may have suggestions to help with this). Even though you're volunteering your time and skills, you will have to cover your own travel and living expenses. If you're going with a non-profit, you may also have to pay an administrative fee to the organization (since the non-profit employees who organize the trip have to make a salary).

In most situations (especially if you do eventually go internationally) you may not have access to all of the supplies/equipment you're used to having, which is just part of the reality of volunteering.

In spite of the challenges, people often find it incredibly rewarding, and you have the opportunity to develop great friendships with other volunteers on the trip.

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Hey There,

Thanks for your reply back. You actually touch on the subjects I was wondering about. So thank you very much.  I will be looking further into this and hope to find a good organization to partner up with.  

David

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