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2013 Marangu, Tanzania

Mission Report 34 volunteers from 8 different states left Oct. 11 for Marangu, Tanzania. We were hosted by the Ngaruma Lutheran Church of Marangu and we worked at the Marangu Lutheran Hospital. Marangu is on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro at 5,000 feet, so it was a very comfortable working area and had great views of the mountain. The hospital gave us a wonderful area in which to work and the church provided great interpreters, great food, and great hospitality. We worked for four days and had planned to see … Read More

2009 San Jose, Coron City Philippines

PHILIPPINES I always knew that I wanted to be a part of a VOSH mission. Having worked in the optical industry for 19 years I’ve heard all of the amazing stories of faraway places and smiling faces. But when it came down to it, I got a little scared. My only travels outside of the United States had been to Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada – not very exotic! I’m pretty sure I had the same hesitation and fears as most first time VOSH Volunteers. I need how many shots?!? Will I fit in with … Read More

2004 Lima, Peru

LIMA, PERU Sixteen VOSHers celebrated the new year by boarding a plane and heading to Lima, Peru. Despite the “orange alert” status, there were no travel delays, and the group arrived in Lima at about 10:30 p.m. Trip leader Jim Hess was held up in customs for about an hour and had to pay a $200 tax to get the autorefractor into the country. The host group for this mission was a group of Rotary Clubs in the Lima area, and a number of the Rotary members were at the … Read More