Volunteer FAQ

Where are your medical missions?

Currently we go to the Philippines once a year and one other country. Our next Medical Mission is in El Salvador Oct. 7-10, 2019. We will be back in the Philippines late Jan./ early Feb. 2020.

What is the cost?

All volunteers pay for their own flight (approx. $1,000-$2,000) and room and board (approx. $350-$500). Some extra cash is also good to have on hand for shopping, etc.

How do I apply?

Please start by filling out an interest form HERE. We will then be in touch shortly to gather more information from you and see if there is a space for your interest and expertise.

Is it safe to travel to the Philippines and El Salvador?

Just as in many of the major metropolitan areas in the United States, crime can be a concern. You should exercise good judgment and remain aware of your surroundings.

Visit the U.S. International Travel information for updated information: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_999.html

What health concerns or risks in the countries you visit?

Before any medical mission, we recommend you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the latest updates and recommendations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/

How will our travel arrangements be made?

We will provide you with the final airport destination and a recommended flight.

Who takes care of our lodging arrangements and what sort of lodging arrangements are there?

Mending Faces will take care of all the lodging arrangements during the dates of the medical mission. If you need to stay additional days, we can provide suggestions as needed. We usually book a nice room with two beds in it. There are options for a single room for an additional cost. All of this will be included in the welcome packet when you have been selected to join the medical mission volunteer team.  Mending Faces will arrange breakfast and lunch during the dates of the medical mission.

How much cash should I have on hand?

We recommend that you bring about $200 USD. Check out the most updated exchange rate at: https://fx-rate.net/

What is our schedule like?

Our days start early and go until about dinner. We will have some dinners scheduled for the entire team and members of the local community. 

Can we travel after the medical mission? 

Yes, you are welcome to travel after the medical mission. We will send some recommendations to the team.

If I am not traveling with the main team out of Denver where should I meet with them? 

There are several places along the flight route where you can meet up with the team. Once we have confirmed the flight itinerary we will make sure everyone gets the information, so you can plan to meet us at one of the several stops along the way.

What are my options for fundraising the money for my mission contributions?

There are several ways you can fundraise for your mission contributions. Several volunteers send out letters to family and friends asking for their support. We also have a great online tool through Colorado Gives, where you can create your own fundraising page.  If you are selected to the volunteer team, we will send this information in the welcome pack.