Life-Changing Opportunity Awaits! Annual AMN HELPS Trip to Guatemala

Annual AMN HELPS Trip to Guatemala

On behalf of our parent company, AMN Healthcare, we at Staff Care are pleased to announce that we'll again be sponsoring a team of healthcare professionals to attend a medical and community mission trip to Guatemala, scheduled for June 6 to 16, 2015. Additionally, there will be five AMN corporate team members who will be selected to have the opportunity to join Steve Wehn, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Susan Salka, AMN CEO, and the HELPS International team as non-clinical community volunteers. While in Guatemala, these AMN team members will assist in stove installations and general support activities. Throughout this 11-day mission trip, volunteers and medical professionals will have the experience of a lifetime working hard to help those in serious need.

This year will be the third year that AMN is partnering with HELPS International to help sponsor this medical and community mission trip to the rural highlands of Northern Guatemala. This trip, led by Dr. Jorge Corona and Paul Dickel from Dallas, Texas, will consist of a team of 100 volunteers including physicians, clinicians and community volunteers who will work to provide surgeries, medical care and stove installations to Guatemalans in desperate need. This trip has seen immense success in years past, and is sure to be just as successful and rewarding this year. AMN was previously recognized with the American Staffing Association’s Care Award for our participation and our commitment to community involvement with opportunities like this.

Volunteers attending the trip will stay in a hotel in Guatemala City and then travel by bus to a village called Ixchiguán, San Marcos in the rural highlands of Guatemala where a community center will be converted into a working hospital. The sleeping arrangements are dormitory style, using cots and sleeping bags, with bathroom and shower facilities. However, at the completion of the trip, volunteers will have the opportunity to rest and relax with a three-night stay in Hotel Casa Santo Domingo in Antigua, and will conclude with a team banquet on the last evening of the trip before heading back to the United States.

The entire AMN team could not be any more thrilled to be participating in this trip once again. As a company, AMN strives to do as much as possible for our community and finds enjoyment in seeing the first-hand result of helping others.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity and the important work that will be accomplished, watch this video highlight from our 2014 trip.

Here are some testimonies from AMN team members who joined us in 2014:

Karen von Boetticher, Associate HR Business Partner, Human Resources. I probably would never have done something like this if AMN had not presented the opportunity. This certainly was not a vacation; the work was hard and to put it mildly, the living conditions required some getting used to. But there is immediate impact in the people and communities we serve, and every day there was a reason to smile or laugh. I learned a lot about myself, gained fresh perspective, new friends, closer bonds with coworkers, and greater overall appreciation for what I have and where I work.

Aurelia Simpson, Business Systems Analyst, Information Technology. Every day I carry my experience from Guatemala with me. Every time I drink a glass of water, speak to my son, clean my house, and eat food. I am humbled that I was a small part of a movement that brings the necessities everyone should have to these beautiful people of Guatemala.

Bryce Klinesteker, Quality Services Analyst, Quality Services. My time in Guatemala was an eye-opening learning experience. I expected to be a part of a team that would be volunteering to better the lives of people in impoverished areas, but I didn’t expect to see the happiness and love that radiates throughout the small communities. The smiling faces and enthusiastic personalities are something that I will never forget. As beneficial as our help was for those families, I think they had just as big of an impact on the whole team of volunteers who were working with them.

If you’re interested in learning more about HELPS International or volunteering for the next medical mission trip, contact Steve Wehn, AMN Healthcare's VP of Government & Community Relations, at steve.wehn@amnhealthcare.com.

Staff Care also has a number of locum tenens job opportunities in rural or underserved areas of the United States where healthcare providers are desperately needed. Please take a look at our job listings and submit an application, or contact us for more information.



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