Volunteers In Medical Missions

Dear Applicant:

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.


    Megan Gensler
    Trip Administrative Assistant

    Honduras- Olanchito
    August 24 2018 - September 01 2018
    Trip Cost: $ 1,820 --- TRIP FULL
    Dr. Charles Fleischer and Jack Gardner, PA and their mission participants return to Honduras for a week of clinics; and to continue to nurture local collaborations that will provide sustainable community health benefits long after the mission returns home. After landing in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on Friday, August 24, the team will travel to Olanchito in trucks or vans - a 5 to 6-hour journey - and check-in at the Beverly Hotel. Each day, the team will travel 1-2 hours from Olanchito to remote villages to conduct primary care clinics. Team health care providers will evaluate and treat patients, administer medications and steroid joint injections, perform minor surgery, fit eyeglasses and minister to their spiritual needs. In addition to direct treatment, team members will be able to assist with the current implementation of Model Health Village (MHV) - a multi-dimensional, self-sustaining approach to reducing remote village health problems. The project began with onsite inspections and community health needs assessments. For this region, the research-based priorities are to reduce diarrheal illness, reduce lost-work and school absence due to illness, and to lower mortality. On this mission, we will also be implementing oral hygiene and hand washing education as well as village-appropriate technologies for safe water and sanitation. The MHV program is the result of a collaboration of villagers, village leaders, the Olanchito Medical Community, local Ministry of Health in Honduras, the Olanchito Rotary club and Rotary E-club of the Carolinas. As the project is implemented, additional surveys and data will evaluate efficacy. The Honduras experience will be used to create best practices for developing sustainable, non-government grass-roots/root-cause programs in other disadvantaged regions throughout the world. After a week of work, the mission includes a day of relaxation in the coastal town of Tela on Friday, August 31st. Team members will enjoy beach activities, snorkeling and local shopping. After overnighting at the Hotel Playa Bonita, the mission departs from San Pedro Sula airport on Saturday morning to return to the USA. Dr. Charles Fleischer returns to Honduras for the third time. He is a second-year Family Medicine resident at the Florida State University College of Medicine and lives in Naples, FL. He was the previous Co-Team Lead with Dr. Gary Goforth (Program Director of FSU Family Medicine residency, with over 40 VIMM trips). Dr. GoForth and Jack Gardner, PA, developed the Village Health Worker program in Honduras.
    TRAVEL WARNING ISSUED BY THE US DEPARTMENT OF STATE On January 10, 2018, the Department of State issued an advisory on the risks of travel to Honduras. Read details at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/honduras-travel-advisory.html This warning is taken into consideration with input from our host as we make plans for this trip. The team leaders will advise you of any precautions that should be taken for your time in Honduras.

    Have You Served On a previous VIMM Trip?
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    Every trip participant is enrolled by VIMM in a medical & life insurance plan specifically designed for short-term missionaries.

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    Are you able to do without electricity for extended periods of time?
    Are you physically able to carry a 50 pound luggage bag?
    Do you require a private room? (Subject to availability, and at higher cost)
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    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 expense.

    Thank you for your willingness to serve and your interest in Volunteers in Medical Missions.

    May God bless you.