HOW LONG ARE THE TRIPS?
Most missions last 7-10 days, longer for more distant locations. A typical 7-8 day trip would include four days of work, two days of travel and one to two days of R&R.
WHO FUNDS THE TRIPS?
We all pay our own expenses including air fare, lodging, food and entertainment. However, VOSH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and many expenses incurred on a VOSH mission are deductible.
There are some sources of financial help for optometrists – a $1000 scholarship is available for MN ODs participating in their first VOSH/MN mission, and donations may be available for other MN ODs in need of financial assistance.
CAN STAFF MEMBERS OR FAMILY GO?
Yes, staff and lay people can also participate, depending on how many spaces are available after getting enough optometrists. The clinic days are generally very busy, and there is steady work for all team members.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG?
All you need is your hand equipment – scopes, lens bars or trial lens sets, and extra batteries. VOSH supplies a hand held autorefractor to aid in exams.
I COLLECT GLASSES IN THE OFFICE. WHERE SHOULD I SEND THEM?
5200 Douglas Dr., Crystal MN 55429. We usually have a booth at the Minnesota Optometric Association Winter and Fall Continuing Education conferences and glasses can also be dropped off there. Neutralized glasses are particularly appreciated!