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Learn About Medical Mission to Guatemala on Aug. 18


For many residents, a visit from Cedars-Sinai medical professionals marks their only access to healthcare all year.

Employees interested in participating in Cedars-Sinai's annual medical mission to Guatemala next year are invited to attend a recruitment meeting on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 10-11 a.m. in NTC-B. The 2020 mission will take place Feb. 15-24.

Information on how to volunteer, as well as what the mission entails, will be available. People from all positions are encouraged to attend.

"We are looking for volunteers from a variety of work experiences and backgrounds to attend," said Jim Laur, vice president of Legal and Technology Affairs. "We need doctors and nurses, but just as important are people who can speak Spanish, can cook, are willing to clean or provide a variety of other support to the team's activities."

The mission is in partnership with HELPS International, a nonprofit group that organizes a wide range of volunteer activities in Guatemala. Volunteers have to use vacation time for the 10-day trip, and they pay for their own transportation.

"It is a meaningful and impactful trip for everyone who volunteers," Laur said. "You witness the direct impact you have on these people's lives."

The Cedars-Sinai team, which consists of roughly 80 people, travels to a rural village with equipment and supplies, where they set up a clinic and an operating room. The team sees hundreds of patients, most of whom have no access to healthcare.

For more information, contact Olivia Marroquin at oliviamr531@gmail.com.