Argentina - Mendoza
Partner: International Medical Relief
Program Cost & Application Fee: $2,100
Estimated Economy Airfare: $2,000
About the mission: You will work in small villages “squatter’s camps”, with the families who live and work in the garbage dump, and with the indigenous Huarpe. Working hand-in-hand with local providers and community leaders, you will make a significant difference in the lives of the patients most in need.
The Huarpe number about 35,000 people and the majority of the community resides in San Juan, San Luis and Mendoza, which were formerly collectively known as the Cuyo region. They speak Quechua and face starvation from a lack of water, with most families surviving by raising goats and making beautiful crafts to sell at market. Known for their strong family bonds and traditions, the Huarpe will welcome you with open arms as you care for their families and their hearts. Dental needs, family care, and women’s health are most needed here.
The families in the garbage dump face dangerous working conditions and are often not eligible for care through the understaffed and underfunded public health system. Life expectancy is short and the many children face infections daily as small cuts and garbage combine. Your medical and dental expertise is greatly needed and our emphasis on community health education will make a sustainable difference. IMR loves to work with these special communities and we want you to join us in this effort!Join IMR for our 4th trip to Lavalle, Argentina in the Mendoza region of the Andes! This beautiful area will feed your senses with magnificent views of the beautiful wineries, olive groves, fruit orchards, and the highest mountain in the Western and Southern hemisphere, Aconcagua. You will care for some of the poorest and most underserved people in the country in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
About the country: The Mendoza region, known for its world-famous wines and the distinctive micro-climates that provide the necessary diversity, is also known for its olive groves, fruit orchards, and horsemanship. The Mayor is waiting for your arrival to have you taste and admire the wines produced here! Some of the best polo players train in the region and you can tour the grounds and spend some time with these beautiful animals. Want to join in a game? You’re on!
Your days will be spent caring for hundreds of patients each day but your evenings will be spent in the vibrant plazas, listening to music, talking with the local families, and enjoying the fountains and market stalls.
About International Medical Relief: This trip is through International Medical Relief, a nonprofit providing mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education to undeserved communities in 57 countries around the world. IMR was founded on the belief that knowledge of basic health facts and access to healthcare should not be the prerogative of select nations, regions, or classes, but should be shared by as many people as possible. IMR contributes to the world’s communities by improving the overall health and wellness of the people via medical diagnosis and treatment, partnerships with local medical designees, community training, and fostering the principles of prevention.
If you are interested in more information or are thinking about applying for this trip, please contact the Making a Difference Foundation staff through the button below or call us at 866.608.1322.