Philippines Medical Mission Trip - IMR Team and Local Residents
Philippines: Nov 20-27, 2016
December 20, 2016
Medical Mission Trip to Nepal - IMR Team
Nepal: Dec 23-Jan 1, 2017
January 2, 2017

I was talking to a young boy today wearing a shirt that said, “Life is not a spectator sport” and I realized that I wanted to participate in life and not be an observer – to make a difference, to help another person.   I always wanted to work in the medical field but I was scared and didn’t know if I could take on the responsibility of another person’s life.  I just want people to know they are not alone and to connect with them on a personal level.  I want a part in making their village or town a happier and healthier and safer place to live.  This trip made me realize I really want to be a nurse; I will do anything it takes to become a nurse.  I could see it in my patient’s eyes that we were here and that it was important to them;  there is no need for a translator for that.

Alyssa, IMR Team India Volunteer

This trip has been absolutely amazing and is by far the best experience in my nursing school career. I feel as though service to others, while rewarding, has its challenges. India has certainly presented many challenges, but in exchange for a wealth of love and knowledge that cannot be replaced. Although we might have been the ones coming to aid the people of this beautiful country, the culture, kindness, and genuine love of life that the people have shown us makes us the true receivers of gifts. I am so grateful for the friendships and laughs our team has shared, and I certainly will never forget this experience!!!

Susan, Student Nurse, IMR Team India Volunteer