A surgical mission destination since 2001, Antigua is our oldest and largest mission. The team travels to Hermano Pedro Hospital in late January each year for two weeks.
Antigua, a World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest Spanish settled cities in central America. It has quite a mix of local Guatemalans as well as significant tourist activity. It is surrounded by several active volcanoes yielding a spectacular setting. It has a large hospital with 8 operating rooms.
Our surgical offering is set once the professional make-up of the team is established, usually in late fall of the previous year. In a typical year, surgical specialties include gynaecology, general surgery and ear, nose and throat (ENT). We also offer a Hearing Clinic at the hospital and services include hearing testing and the fitting and programming of hearing aids.
2023 Antigua, Guatemala Mission
Making a Positive Impact in Antigua
Our dedicated medical team worked tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care to our patients. We are happy to report that our mission was a success, with 130 individuals receiving the surgery and medical care they needed. In addition, our hearing clinic was able to provide 83 individuals with access to hearing aids. We are grateful for the support of our donors and volunteers who made this mission possible.
Next Mission: January 26 to February 10, 2024
Application Deadline: September 15, 2023
What is an average day like?
The average day begins with an early morning start with 4 to 5 surgeries scheduled for the day. Surgeries are typically finished by 4 pm, after which, there is typically some down time where participants can explore the local area and visit nearby restaurants.
Guatemala Mission Newsletters
Our Guatemala Mission Newsletter is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about our surgery and medical care projects in Antigua. In it, you can find travel planning tips and key information for volunteers, and updates on our hospital and medical facilities in Antigua. See our most recent newsletters below or click the past newsletters button to view more.