All You Need to Plan Your First medical Mission
Until every health student experiences their first medical mission trip, we have work to do.
We imagine a world where every doctor goes on a medical mission trip each year and communities without access to healthcare get the help they need.
We know that one mission trip is enough to make you fall in love with medical mission work.
Jose's Hands helps students find, fund, and feel transformative mission trips to the Caribbean and South America.
The hardest part about planning a mission trip is finding one that’s right for you. We make it easy to find trips you love by giving you access to a pool of vetted experiences with clear descriptions, testimonials, and requirements. Once you find your top picks, apply and hear back within 1-2 weeks.
If serving others is your priority, helping you get there is ours. We’ve helped countless students secure funds for their mission trip. Every year we work with influential organizations to offer scholarships for our students, and it doesn’t stop there. We’ve created an easy way for you to share your ambition with friends and family so they can help you crowdfund your trip too.
You will never forget your first mission trip; we trust that you’ll fall in love with the feeling of helping others so much that you’ll keep serving every year for the rest of your life. During your trip, you’ll be working alongside doctors, diagnose, educate.
Jose Jamil Miranda was born with an insatiable enthusiasm and a mission to care for others. As a first year med school student, Jose searched for and found a medical mission to the Amazon. During his mission, Jose was blown away by the feeling of purpose and fulfillment he experienced by serving communities without medications, health education, or doctors. He went on to complete a Masters in Public Health at Harvard and became an orthopedic surgeon and dedicated army officer, who made a mark on people with his big smile. Jose healed with both his hands and his love for his patients. In 2008, Jose suddenly passed away. A few months before his passing, Jose shared a wish with his brother Alex; for the rest of his life, Jose wanted to go on a medical mission every year. Although Jose was not able to live out his wish, his brother Alex vowed to carry Jose’s dream forward and founded this non-profit organization so that many others can carry out the work of Jose’s Hands.
For the past 6 years, Jose’s Hands has served thousands of families in South America and the Caribbean.
RECENT MEDICAL MISSIONS
Programs Our Missionaries come from
Every year we welcome and inspiring class of aspiring doctors who are ready to put their medical skills to use.
“I never imagined how much my life would change after going on a medical mission. I wasn’t sure how to choose my specialty and was really dreading having to pick a path. Then I met Leila, a joyful little girl from Punta Cana, DR, who stole my heart. She had heart palpitations and spending time with her and seeing her improve was the greatest gift, and it made me realize I wanted to pursue cardiology.”
“The scholarship helped me meet my financial need to raise money for the medical mission. It gave me the boost I needed to get my fundraising going and see my dream come to life of going on a medical mission.”
I am so grateful to Jose's Hands for allowing me to be a part of this deeply meaningful trip, and I am determined to give as much energy as I can to Misioneros del Camino so that orphans and community members alike may get the help they deserve.
I am very excited to be part of the Guatemala Medical Mission. Since high school I’ve enjoyed participating at volunteering services, so for me is an honor to receive the opportunity to help the underserved. I look forward to working with the team , thank you for this opportunity!
In a fast-moving environment, you’ll be working and learning alongside a doctor also serving on the mission trip.
Expect lots of peds cases, gynecology, dental, derm and internal medicine including small suturing.
You’ll be diagnosing and prescribing medicine for patients who may never have seen a doctor before.
HOW LONG IS A MEDICAL MISSION?
Most medical mission last 5-7 days.
WHICH MISSIONS ARE BEST FOR ME?
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT TO HEAR BACK ON MY APPLICATION?
ARE THERE PREREQUISITES OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS TO PARTICIPATE?
WHAT ARE THE COSTS OF GOING ON A MEDICAL MISSION?
DO I NEED TO SPEAK THE LOCAL LANGUAGE?
No need to be able to speak Spanish. You will order a Spanish medical terminology pamphlett as a guide and will always be surrounded by a bilingual individual that will either be affiliated to JH or OTTOM.
Partner with Jose's Hands
Interested in joining our vision to see every health student go on a medical mission? We'd love to hear from you! Check out the number of ways to get involved.
Sponsor a student, sponsor medicine, or donate to help provide scholarships for health students.
Do you have a gift that can help Jose’s Hands grow? We want to help you explore that and use it for a great cause.
Is your health school ready to partner with Jose’s Hands by sending students on a medical mission trip? Let’s explore what that looks like!
MEDICAL MISSION ORG
Is your medical mission ready to host health students? We can find you the right students. Let’s explore what that looks like!
MISSIONS WE LOVE TO SUPPORT
We connect students with established medical mission organizations that have solid in-country contacts and have been running trips responsibly for decades.