When are mission trips scheduled?
We work in Honduras year-round and can schedule a mission trip for your group the week of your choice, subject to availability. As a general rule, we look to you to organize a group of 10-12 volunteers to travel as a team -- these can be friends, family, coworkers, classmates -- anyone with the desire to spend a week helping in Honduras! Please contact our main office at care@carelief.org for more information. You an also email to edwincarbajalh@carelief.org. Don't have a group? Please contact our U.S. office at: email: care@carelief.org Phone: (717) 203-4942 to join our list serve to be notified of opportunities for individuals. While travel opportunities for individuals are rare, we generally propose trip dates once per year to accommodate individuals who would like to travel but don't have a large enough group to form a team. Joining this list will allow us to keep you up-to-date once any opportunities arise.
Do I need to be a medical professional to participate in a medical mission trip?
All volunteers are welcome, regardless of having a background in medical care or interest in studying to become a medical professional. While medical professionals can sometimes use their background to provide more specialized care, there is plenty of volunteer work that non-medical professionals can do to contribute to our mission. Our only requirement is that you have an interest in helping people in need!
Do I need to speak Spanish to join CARE in Honduras?
Spanish language is not required. We always have multiple translators with our groups, so while Spanish-speakers will be able to put their language skills to use, those without a background in Spanish need not worry!
Where will we be working?
We work primarily in the southern Zone of Honduras. We are based out of a town about two hours south of Tegucigalpa called Pespire, and we travel to other communities in the southern region of the country. The majority of our medical clinics are held in schools, community centers, and health centers in communities in the area.
What about safety?
C.A.R.E. is aware of security concerns volunteers have when working in foreign countries. We have been established in our work zone for nearly ten years and have built strong relationships with the communities in which we work. We have armed security personnel with our group 24 hours a day, every day and everywhere we travel. As needed, we also have uniformed police accompany us. We take every precaution to ensure our volunteers are safe. We have never had an incident and intend to keep it that way! *There are no travel warnings in our workzone!
How much is the cost to join a mission trip?
The average cost of a trip is $1,100 (excluding airfare). This includes all in-country transportation, interpreters, air conditioned hotel stay, security personnel, and three meals per day. Should your group choose to add extra days to your trip or alternate activities, your trip fees may vary. While all of your in-country expenses are covered by your program fee, you may choose to bring an additional (optional) $100-$200 for personal expenses (snacks, souvenirs, tips for Honduran staff etc.). You will need $40 for airport exit tax - check with your airline as sometimes the fee is included with the price of the ticket. Airline fares are variable over time and based on U.S. departure city -- NOTE: travel arrangements are NOT included in trip costs and we cannot guarantee pricing, so we recommend you book as soon as we confirm your travel dates to get the best rate possible! We can make travel arrangements for you for an additional fee, please contact our office for further information.
Can I lead a mission trip?
Yes you can. To accommodate your group, we look to you to organize a group of 10-12 volunteers, or we can run a "double group" of 20-24. We run our trips at cost, so this breakdown helps ensure we can cover the expenses of a trip and still provide enough work to keep everyone engaged during their time in country. Medical professionals and bilingual team members are very beneficial, but these skills are not required! Applicants should be at least 18 years of age; if under 18, with adult permission, you may participate on a trip under Central American Relief Effort supervision.
What about health?
Team members should be in good health. Anyone with chronic medical conditions should notify our US staff and seek medical approval before traveling to Honduras. Most clinics will be conducted in a hot, dry, dusty climate. Access to services during the workday can be limited. We take great care to provide our volunteers with safe food and water. We require our volunteers to provide proof of travel health insurance. We also require a visit to a travel health clinic prior to traveling with us and recommend you bring plenty of sunscreen, insect repellent, anti-diarrheal pills (such as immodium), and hand sanitizer.
Do I need any vaccination before traveling to Honduras?
Volunteers MUST be certain the following vaccines are up to date: Typhoid, Hepatitus A and B, Tetanus. Malaria pills are also required. Your healthcare professional can advise as to what other medications may be recommended for you. You can take care of all vaccinations, etc. with your family doctor, a campus health center, or at your local travel health clinic.
What about weather in south of Honduras?
It is usually around 85-90 degrees during the day and fairly humid. The sun is strong, so light and protective clothing is best. The hotel room have air conditioner for you to have a good sleep.
What about meals?
We get breakfast, lunch, and dinner from La Cascada (with some exceptions, costs covered by C.A.R.E.), an event/catering service owned and operated by our Honduran Director of Operations, Beatriz Espinal. She is a professionally-trained chef, her cooking meets the highest standards and can accommodate most dietary restrictions.
I am vegetarian, it is that a problem?
Not at all. Beatriz will care to prepare specific meals for you. Please let us know ahead if you are a vegetarian. Also, let us know any kind of food allergies.
What about the medical days, how do they work?
We set up mobile clinics in rural areas, usually in a school or church, to which patients will walk hours. We see typically between two to five hundred patients at each clinic, and provide basic medical and dental treatment. C.A.R.E. hires Honduran doctors, nurses and dentists to see patients at the mobile clinics and our volunteers distribute prescribed medicines, administer dental care, among many other activities at clinics. Spanish and medical skills are not required.
What about the hotel we stay at?
We stay at Hotel Palmeras in Pespire, Choluteca, Honduras. We have been staying at this hotel for many years and our continual support of the business ensures our comfort and safety.

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