This application contains the required information for your participation in the VIMM trip: an Application form, a Standard of Conduct Agreement, and a Pastor's Recommendation form. Please complete or get each of these forms to the appropriate person along with the $10 application fee and return to the VIMM office. If you do not have a pastor, it will be necessary for you to have two letters of personal recommendation written by a non-family member and returned directly to VIMM. In the letter, the person making the recommendation should describe his/her relationship with you. If you have been a VIMM team member within the past 12 months, please complete page 1 & 2 and any information that has changed since your last trip and a Standard of Conduct Agreement. A new Pastor's Recommendation form is not required.
Please inquire about our policies regarding applicants under age 18 and requests for
extended stays, either going before or returning later than the team. The Extended Stay Form must be submitted at least 3 months prior to the trip date.
You must have all materials returned to the VIMM office by the dates indicated. At that time, the team leader will review your application and evaluate your position on the team. If your application is approved, we will notify you with the cost of the trip and deadline for the payment. We will also notify you if you are not chosen for this team and sincerely hope that you will consider another VIMM trip.
If someone wishes to help pay for your trip, checks must be made to VIMM in order for that person to receive a receipt.
Cost is generally based on airfare from Atlanta, GA. (If coming from a different city, the trip cost does not include your
additional airfare to meet the team--usually in Atlanta, Houston, or Miami. You will be notified with the additional fare.)
Estimated Due Dates for Payment: A $250 deposit will be due 5-7 months prior to the trip. Full payment will be due 3-4
months prior to the trip. The Trip Verification form in the Acceptance Package will have final cost and payment deadlines.
All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE and become the property of Volunteers in Medical Missions. Excess funds will be designated for the team member's future trip and must be used by the team member within 2 years. After that time the funds will be transferred into other VIMM accounts.
We have limited scholarship funds available for resident physicians, last minute medical professionals, translators, clergy,
and support personnel who are recommended by the team leader. Contact us for more information.
Estimated Due Dates for Payment:
A deposit of approximately 1/2 the trip cost will be due approximately 4
months prior to the trip.
Full payment will be due approximately 3 months prior to the trip.
The Trip Verification form in the Acceptance Package will have final cost and payment deadlines.
A passport is required for all trips and generally takes 6-8 weeks to obtain. The cost is approximately $100.00 and the
passport is good for 10 years. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date. If it expires within 6
months from the departure date of the trip, please have it renewed. Most countries require 6 months before expiration.
We will also be requiring a copy of your passport. The travel agent will need the information from this to get our group
tickets. To find out how to get a passport, visit the State Department’s travel Web site at http://www.travel.state.gov. See the
list of places to process your passport at http://www.iafdb.travel.state.gov/. (Just type in your zip code). Off peak time for
applying for a passport is between August and December.
Because VIMM is an inter-denominational organization with team members coming from varied Christian backgrounds, it is imperative that each team member to be tolerant of other's differences. I encourage you to look for the central doctrines of Christianity on which you can agree and not dwell on differences. Paul instructs believers in Ephesians 4:3 to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. For a mission trip to be successful, members must work as a team.
Thank you for your desire to serve God through medical missions. If I can be of any help to you, please email at MeganG@vimm.org or call 800-615-8695.
Trip Administrative Assistant
Peru Huraz in the High Andes
July 09 2017 - July 18 2017
Cost: $2,325 ***TRIP FULL***
After a medicine packing evening get together in Greenwood approximately two weeks prior to departure, the team will depart Atlanta and fly nonstop into Lima on the evening of July 9th, Sunday, arriving around 11:30PM. The team will then board a two story bus and travel overnight to the town of Huaraz in the High Andes. This is an eight hour drive. Team members may want to take a sleep aid to get some rest for this long bus ride. The first day in Huaraz will be spent getting adjusted to the high altitude, packing medicines and seeing the sights of Huaraz (Swiss Alps of Peru).
The clinics will begin the following day on Tuesday. We anticipate using four or five clinic sites and having 5 days of clinics. This trip will also have an evangelistic component and will be bringing a small group of members from a local church in Lima to work as counselors for those treated at the clinic site. The purpose of the outreach is two fold: we will display mercy through the use of medicine and work with the local pastors to see various mission works established and/or strengthened in nearby Quechua villages.
Note: Yungay will be remembered as the town that was wiped away by a landslide. At the time of the earthquake in 1970 a huge piece of ice broke off the top of the Huascaran and caused a massive landslide which killed thousands of people and completely destroyed the beautiful adobe town. The new Yungay was constructed with international aid at a safer location just above the original site.
The team will be travelling and staying at an altitude of approximately 10,500 ft. Some team members may experience altitude sickness although this is generally mild. Older team members should be cautious due to heart problems associated with the high altitude. We anticipate seeing approximately 300 persons per day with many disorders. Minor surgeries, injections for arthritis of all joints and routine acute medical care will be rendered. One new church has been founded through this work and a second is in the process of starting. The work of a couple of itinerant Peruvian pastors is also supported. We have a clean facility in which to work and a very comfortable hotel in which to stay. The location is spectacularly beautiful and the climate very temperate (40-70 deg)
The team will leave for Lima on Monday the 17th and will have time for purchasing souvenirs and sightseeing. The return flight will depart on Tuesday July 18th around 12:45 AM and should arrive in Atlanta around 8:30 AM.
This will be Dr. Dave Sealy's 12th trip to Peru as the team leader. He has participated in 25 VIMM trips since 1991. Dr. Sealy is the Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship at Self Regional Healthcare Family Practice Residency in Greenwood, South Carolina; Full Professor at MUSC, AHEC; and Head Team Physician at Lander University. He has been married to Ann for 34 years and has six really great kids.
**Note: all medical personnel must submit a copy of their passport, medical license, CV or resume, and diplomas to the VIMM office approximately three months prior to the trip. This will enable us to have Peruvian medical recognition and licenses. Non medical personnel must submit a copy of their passport.
Standards of Conduct
Please review the information in all the tabs for accuracy before clicking the "Submit Trip Application"" in the next tab
Please print the Pastor Recommendation form on the next page and follow instructions. The signed Pastor recommendation
form will need to be submitted to the VIMM office to complete your application registration process.
If you do not have a pastor, 2 personal references may be submitted in lieu of the Pastor's Recommendation.
The letters of personal recommendation should be written by a non-family member and returned directly to VIMM. In the letter, the person making the recommendation should describe their relationship with you.
By clicking the submit button below, you are agreeing to VIMM's Standards of Conduct:
Standards of Conduct Agreement:
I understand that Volunteers in Medical Missions (VIMM) is a Christian, interdenominational medical
ministry dedicated since 1986 to serving God by providing health and spiritual care to people in medically
deprived areas around the world. We are committed to offer healing to the whole person, body, mind and
spirit. We desire to use our medical and lay expertise to support the spiritual work of the local host group,
thus adding credibility to the gospel.
I understand that the purpose of the VIMM team is to glorify God.
I understand that when I travel as a VIMM team member, I represent God, my country, and all other VIMM
team members; therefore, I pledge to refrain from any behavior/clothing that might cast doubt on the
Christian standards of VIMM or my fellow team members.
While on a VIMM trip, I will refrain from smoking, consumption of alcoholic beverages, or any behavior
that is offensive to VIMM’s in-country hosts or to another team member.
I understand that if my conduct does not comply with the appropriate standards of conduct as described
above, I could be asked by my team leader to leave the team immediately and return home at my own
Thank you for your willingness to serve and your interest in Volunteers in Medical Missions.
May God bless you.