Getting Involved at Home

While it can be invigorating to volunteer overseas, getting involved at home is just as important. Volunteer work is more than a story or a line on a resume – it’s an essential part of a functioning society. But choosing where to focus your time and talents can be difficult….

The Importance of Health Education

When thinking about doing a medical mission trip most people will ask themselves questions like, where am I interested in going, how long can I be away from home, or do I have to speak the language? This are all valid questions, and ones that only you can answer. But…

Making a Difference In Guatemala: My medical mission story

Guest Blogger: Wendy Barton I work for a company called CompHealth, and it is our purpose to make a difference for our people, providers, and clients, and our community. Helping to fulfill this purpose through my daily work is something I’ve always been really proud to be a part of….

La Antigua, Guatemala

This was the Making a Difference Foundation’s second time to Guatemala with International Medical Relief. We were so excited to take five CompHealth physicians to help deliver healthcare and health education to the Guatemalan people. The CompHealth providers joined a larger 50 person team, with varying specialties and backgrounds. The…

Video of Zambia Mission

Zambia is facing a shortage of trained doctors and healthcare staff. The Making a Difference Foundation, in partnership with Weatherby Healthcare and International Medical Relief, sent 5 doctors into this region to deliver medical care. Hear from a couple of the doctors what their experience was like on this medical…

Making a Difference in the Heart of the Masai Mara

Jambo! Recently five advanced practice professionals embarked on an incredible journey to the Masai Mara in Kenya. These providers were greeted with the warmth and hospitality you experience only from the Masai. As they entered the village the people were singing a native welcome song, and immediately our providers were…

Medical Technology Challenges

I recently returned from one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever had by spending 13 days in Honduras on a medical mission trip. I set off from my home in Salt Lake to meet with 10 medical providers, flying in from all over the United States, to spend time…

Cultural Sensitivities

I’ll never forget being corrected 12 years ago while dining at a Japanese restaurant, I was rubbing my chopsticks together. My date told me “You know that is highly offensive”! I had no idea and took to google to confirm his judgment. Sure enough, I was dead wrong. The problem…

Reverse Culture Shock?

Language barriers. Homesickness. Stepping into the unknown. All a part of the phenomenon called culture shock. These are things you may worry about before traveling overseas or departing on a medical mission trip. But for some, returning home can prove equally as challenging. When traveling abroad, you are often stepping…

Quito, Ecuador

In the spring of 2019, the Making a Difference Foundation, in partnership with A Broader View Volunteers and CompHealth Grand Rapids Allied (a CHG company), sent six therapists on a medical mission to Quito, Ecuador. With the beautiful city of Quito as the backdrop to this experience, the therapists were…

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