April 25-May 5, Bhutan, Completed
August 8-15, Guatemala, Completed
September 11-19, Zambia, Completed
October 30-November 10, Vietnam, Closed
January, Uganda, Completed
June 13-20, Honduras, Completed
April 22-May 3, Bhutan, Open
August 6-13, Guatemala, Open
September 17-24, Zambia, Open
Vietnam (dates to be announced)
Reflections on Surgicorps Zambia 2015 by Joan Pearlstein Dunn
The air is hot and thick in the makeshift waiting room at Beit CURE Hospital of Zambia, a pediatric teaching hospital specializing in the treatment and care of children living with physical disabilities. There is standing room only in a crowded area where mothers wait with patience for their children to be taken to the OR for surgery. Some have walked great distances with their babies strapped to their backs while others have traveled hundreds of miles by bus.
Surgicorps volunteer Betty Hearne shares her experiences…..
As I am packing for my fourth trip with Surgicorps, people often comment “Oh, you are such a good person!!” I’m thrilled that’s what they think, but the truth is I’m really not that good. I do it because it makes me incredibly happy. I have so much fun I just can’t stay home.
Spotlight on 2015 Surgicorps 2015 Zambia Team Members
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller
Surgicorps is set to leave for our 5th mission trip to Zambia from September 12th-19th with 21 medical and non-medical team members. These words by Helen Keller are lived by each team member who gives so much to make each trip a success.
Reconnecting With Guatemala Through Surgicorps International by Kyle Amsler
I was sitting in class when my professor first mentioned her trips to Guatemala with Surgicorps International, and I instantly knew I had to go. I served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2011-2013, where I worked in rural elementary schools, lived with a host family, and became part of a close-knit community.
Father-Daughter Guatemala Team Members…..by Sangeetha Ramakrishna
As a child, I often fantasized about what I would be when I grew up: a famous actress, a percussion player with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the President of the United States.
SPOTLIGHT ON 2015 GUATEMALA TEAM MEMBERS
We are preparing for our 13th trip to Guatemala from August 8th-15th with a team of 33 talented, dedicated and amazing medical and non-medical volunteers! Our team this year includes: 17 members from Pennsylvania, 11 from Massachusetts, 2 from Ohio and 1 each from Arizona, Colorado and Canada!
Surgicorps Introduces New Executive Director
Surgicorps is excited to announce that Kate Freed joined the organization as Executive Director on July 1st. Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Board Chair Desmond O’Connor adds: “Having Kate join our team is an incredible step forward for Surgicorps. We are poised and ready to accomplish great things in the coming chapters and with Kate’s leadership, experience and creativity, I have great confidence that we can achieve them. We are delighted to have her on board.”
Honduras 2015 by Christine Bowman
It was an honor to be a part of Surgicorps International’s maiden voyage to Hospital de San Lorenzo in Valle, Honduras. San Lorenzo is located 60 miles south and a two hour bus ride from the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa. Our 8 member team became the first Surgical Brigade that the non-profit organization, Global Brigades hosted in Honduras. By partnering with Global Brigades, Surgicorps was able to reach a large number of patients from the rural communities already being served by their public health and mobile medical clinics.
Bhutan 2015–Dr. Robert Schemmer provides dermatological services to Bhutanese Monks….
Dr. Robert Schemmer, a dermatologist from Canada , joined our medical team as a first time volunteer to Bhutan recently. He treated monks at the Rinpung Dzong Monastery as well as patients in the clinic. His services were much needed and appreciated by the Bhutanese people. Surgicorps will hopefully incorporate these services into future trips! Thank you to Dr. Schemmer for sharing some of his daily blog posts.
Spotlight on Bhutan volunteers 2015
Surgicorps is preparing to leave for its 9th trip to Bhutan from April 25-May 5, 2015! Our uniquely talented team members bring a wide range of skill sets and resources which help ensure each trip is a success. There are a total of 21 team members including 9 from Pittsburgh, PA, 11 from other cities/states and 1 from Canada.
Vietnam 2014 video
Thank you to Danielle Dunn — daughter of Surgicorps volunteer Joanie Dunn — for creating this video from her trip in 2014 to Vietnam!
Uganda-January 2015 by Tara Burns
Recently Surgicorps International celebrated their 20th year anniversary and I just returned home from my 20th mission trip with Surgicorps. As I reflect on this milestone I am compelled to put my thoughts into writing.
It is difficult to find words to describe what Surgicorps means to me. Ten years ago as a college student, I began my journey with Surgicorps. I could never have dreamed or imagined the impact that Surgicorps would have on my life or that I would have the opportunity to travel to eight developing countries to assist in providing medical care to those in need.
Vietnam 2014 by Joan Pearlstein Dunn
On October 31st, a group of 18 volunteers would travel almost 10,000 miles to reach Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This was my maiden-voyage with the team, and I joined them as a non-medical volunteer. Although I’d traveled to many faraway places, I would soon learn the difference between traveling, and seeing the world.
Apply Now – Surgicorps Student Scholarship
Are you a student in the medical professions interested in going on a trip with Surgicorps? Click here to see if you are eligible for the Surgicorps Student Scholarship! The scholarship is awarded annually and covers $1,000 of the recipient’s travel costs.
10th Annual “A Night on the Town” presented by W. G. Tomko and Friends will benefit Surgicorps® Intl and Pennsylvania Batten Disease Support
On Friday, October 10, 2014, W.G. Tomko and Friends will host the 10th Annual “A Night on the Town” at the Sheraton Station Square…
Bhutan 2014 – by the numbers It was a record-breaking trip this year. We screened nearly 200 people, completed 65 surgeries, and 170 knee injections. The dental team never stopped. They saw more than 1,200 in the villages and completed many extractions while continuing to share prevention strategies with all.