Outreach is an important part of the medical mission, and makes up nearly 30 percent of the total team. Outreach volunteers serve many different purposes on the mission, and can be asked to do anything and everything but the surgery itself. Outreach mainly supports the mission through managing the families and patients that are the recipients of life-changing surgery, and includes a variety of activities and duties. Examples include:

  • help the nursing and surgical staff run supplies
  • distribute food and water to medical staff
  • manage families and patients during the initial screenings
  • provide comfort to patients and families during pre and post-op
  • scrubbing surgical instruments in the OR
  • go to the market to buy supplies
  • distribute go-home care packages
  • bring patients and their families home from the hospital

Community outreach projects involve dental education and clothing and toy distribution during visits to orphanages and schools. The Outreach volunteers have the unique opportunity to help in the hospital setting and also experience everyday life in the community.