MedTreks General Trips

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for a trip? 

Every trip page has a “Book Now” button where you can sign up for a trip through our online processing portal.

What are the options for paying:

A non-refundable deposit secures your place on the trip. Your final payment is due 60 days before the start date of your trip. You can pay via credit card and also through a payment plan. There is also an option to pay via check or PayPal. Email us for more instructions on how to proceed with these payments.

What kind of payment plan do you offer? 

MedTreks now offers payment plans in 3 separate installments. Select this option on your booking button.

Is there a minimum age to attend the MedTreks Trips? 

Yes, all participants must be 18 years of age or older.

Can I get Nursing CE credit for these trips?

Yes, most of our MedTreks trips offer Nursing CE credit and we will specifically state it on each trip page. For trips that we do not offer Nursing CE we define them as “non-medical/educational” trips and thus no CE will be offered.

Can I bring a friend/loved one who is not in the medical field? 

Yes, in most cases we do allow family members and friends to join on these adventures. We usually have a specific call with you to talk about the trip dynamics and potential activities for your partner.

Can I get my own room or can I share a room if I am traveling alone? 

Yes, most of our trips offer a single occupancy at a small additional cost. We also match you up with other individuals of the same sex if that is what you prefer.

What about trip insurance? 

We require everyone to purchase travel insurance with emergency medical evacuation coverage. We provide detailed information in the pre-travel planner which you will receive upon registration.

What happens after I sign up? 

Upon completion of your online registration form with the Book Now button and submission of your non-refundable deposit, your space on the trip is now confirmed! MedTreks will send comprehensive pre-travel check list (with required immunizations, visa and travel info) with a packing list. Course syllabus and suggested readings will also be sent along with an invite to join the our MedTreks Facebook networking group.

MedTreks Wellness Retreats

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be good at yoga or meditation to join your retreats?

Not at all. Our MedTreks retreats are hosted by some of the most experienced yoga instructors who are able to provide modifications for various physical fitness levels and any limitations. We encourage a mix of yoga skill sets, from beginner to advanced, to join our retreats.

Are your retreats “technology free” 

It depends on the location and type of retreat. For example, our river retreats are in remote locations without any cell service or power. Our international retreats tend to be more connected to the digital world and while we encourage a “digital detox” on retreat, we also do not strongly enforce this, and trust that each individual will decide what type of technology involved is appropriate for themselves.

Can nurses get credit for retreats? 

Yes! MedTreks has designed these retreats with nurses and healthcare professionals specifically in mind. Each retreat states how many nursing CEs are offered. You can also learn more about the retreat curriculum on our COURSES page.

Do I have to do the afternoon workshops and daily yoga classes? 

No. We believe that this experience is ultimately for YOU. You have the freedom to make this completely your experience. While we offer daily yoga, afternoon workshops, and additional movement classes, all of our offerings on retreat are optional. If you need to take a personal day and read a book by the river or the ocean, we encourage you to do what is best for you!

What is the typical age range for your retreats? 

All ages! Mostly from 18-70. Physical fitness levels vary and that is why we offer several different movement classes throughout the week. All yoga classes are taught with optional modifications.

Can I join the retreat by myself? 

Yes. Absolutely, we encourage solo travelers to join in on these experiences! There is a small single-occupancy rate to pay for each retreat but we also match you with a same-sex roommate if you prefer to be roomed with someone else.

Can I bring a friend/loved one to the retreat? 

Yes. We welcome loved ones and buddies. Depending on the type of retreat we may contact you to address any questions that you may have for the retreat.

Can I pay with a credit card? 

Yes, all of our booking options now offer online payment options with credit cards and payment plans. Please go to the specific retreat page and click the Book Now button for further instructions.

What happens after I register for a retreat? 

After you submit your online registration form and deposit, we send you a Welcome to Retreat package with a packing list, trip itinerary, course syllabus, and helpful resources and materials.

MedTreks Kenya Program

Frequently Asked Questions

About MedTreks Kenya Program 

Our MedTreks program is designed to provide health professionals with hands-on global health education and skills training in Kenya, working with our public health and development program, Village HopeCore International.  The goal of this program is to help equip medical professionals with specific tools and knowledge that will help them succeed in the areas of public health, travel medicine, and humanitarian aid.

How do I sign up for a MedTreks Kenya Trip? 

You can book this trip directly through our MedTreks Kenya trip page. If you have any further questions prior to booking your spot, please feel free to send us an email through our CONTACT page.

Do I have to be in the medical field to join this trip? 

No. We welcome other volunteers on this trip. We discuss specific projects for non-medical volunteers on a case-by-case basis. We welcome others who have expertise in leadership, wellness, photography, computer science, marketing, etc. We try to match your skills to the needs of the Kenya program as best we can. Please contact us for further information.

What will participants be doing during the field course? 

You will be arriving in Kenya as a MedTreks team member, but we will join up with Village HopeCore, which is an extensive and well-executed public health program located in the village of Chogoria on the slopes of Mt. Kenya at 5,000 ft.  The program offers health services to over 500 villages through mobile clinics, health education workshops, and school programs. Throughout the week you will participate in several different areas of our community health program, including working in the mobile school clinics, performing community health outreach events, engaging in daily medical skills training, and providing health education and skills workshops for our local Kenyan staff.

What is our goal for this program?

This is a week of healthcare collaboration and knowledge exchange. MedTreks has been working closely with HopeCore since the program began in the year 2001. Our role is to provide continuing support, training, education, and skills to the local Kenyan healthcare leaders at HopeCore, and to enhance global health program development.

Can I get Nursing Education Credits for this Global Health Field Course? 

Yes, RNs get 20 hrs of CEs for this field course.

What does a typical day look like during the week? 

Breakfast at the hotel followed by morning lectures/workshops. Spend the day out in the “field clinics” doing hands-on global health program development, or stay in town to provide educational workshops to our staff. Evenings are packed with discussions, networking, family-style dinners, and optional games with the teams.

Where will I be staying? 

Hotel lodging is simple, clean, and safe. Wifi, buffet meals, laundry services, and hot showers are available.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

Yes, the minimum age of a team member is 18 unless they are accompanied by a legal guardian (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.) 25 years of age or older.

What about safety? 

Historically, the village where our program resides has been a very safe place. We have been bringing international healthcare providers to this village for the past 20+ years and have never had any serious issues. That said, travel in any part of the world, has its risks, and many are out of our control. We do our best to keep our groups as safe as possible. Our staff keeps up to date on all the current political, social, and healthcare issues to make sure that we are doing our best to provide a safe and comfortable experience. As part of the program, you will receive an orientation upon arriving in Nairobi that will include a discussion on how to stay healthy while traveling abroad as part of the 2-day Global Health Seminar.

Is there a language barrier? 

English and Swahili are the official languages of Kenya, however, there are over 40 different tribes in Kenya that all have their own dialect. Thankfully, our staff at Village HopeCore speak English and Swahili and are able to be interpreters while we are working in the clinics.

How do I learn more about the local culture and the community where I will be staying? 

Once you have submitted your registration, MedTreks provides a comprehensive Pre-Travel Planner that includes a packing list, flight information, sample itinerary, course description, suggested readings, as well as a packet about Kenya and the village of Chogoria.

Can I stay longer than the 9 Day Global Health Field Course? 

MedTreks does have an extended stay Global Health Internship, that applicants can apply for. The time period is about 10 weeks and takes place immediately after the MedTreks group trip. If you are interested in applying, please visit our GET INVOLVED page.