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
October 05 2017 - October 15 2017
Early Estimated Trip Cost: $1,885 - TRIP FULL
This will be the first ever VIMM trip to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a small tropical island off the southern coast of India. Many rural areas are poverty stricken and many people lack proper medical care. The team will be led by Kirby Phillips and medical director Dr. Damian Gunaratne. This will be Kirby's 15th VIMM trip, he has experience leading teams to Haiti and Panama. This is Dr. Gunaratne's second VIMM trip and he is excited to help lead a team to his country of origin. He is a family physician/emergency room physician in Ontario, Canada.
The team will fly out of Atlanta on October 5, 2017 and land in the capital city of Colombo late the following day. We will spend some time getting acclimatized and packaging medications in preparation for our clinic days. Each clinic day will be spent in a different location; we will travel to rural areas, urban inner city areas and an orphanage.
Accommodations will be in the homes of host families and meals will be shared with them (Sri Lanka is known for their delicious cuisine!) In the clinics, doctors and other medical professionals will see patients, nurses will assist with triage and work in the pharmacy, and non-medical members will offer eyeglasses, assist with the pharmacy, and do other work as needed. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and non-medical helpers are needed. We will spend the last day of the trip in a coastal town where there will be some time for sight seeing and relaxing on the beach.
The team will fly back to the United States on October 15, 2017.
This will be a challenging but extremely rewarding trip. Please prayerfully consider joining us in helping those in need in Sri Lanka.
**PLANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.**
If you submitted an application after January 1, 2009, you do NOT need to submit another one. Just email us with the trip in which you are interested and any changes that need to be made to your application. Email Megan at MeganG@vimm.org. To apply for a trip you must turn off your "Pop Up Blocker" or list the VIMM web address as an allowed site under Internet Tools.
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.