International mission programs, medical team trips and immersion experiences, as well as long-term volunteer opportunities, have been part of Catholic health care in the United States since its founding. Congregations of women and men religious dispatched their members across the U.S. to tend to the needs of the poor and sick, and to educate the parishioners.
This page shares some of the many practices, tips and resources for short-term medical mission trips, mission trips, immersion experiences and long-term volunteer opportunities.
International immersion trips help break down some of the misconceptions and barriers that can evolve between people of different cultures, economic status and/or faith traditions. They also provide physicians, nurses and other clinical staff with an opportunity to reflect on their call to be in health care and to tap into the roots of why they entered their professions.