FAQ

MEDTREKS KENYA

Frequently Asked Questions

What Distinguishes Your Programs From Others?
Our programs were designed by world-class faculty who have had extensive experience in global health and international medicine. The programs provide an in-depth review of current global health topics and share practical tips for doing medical work abroad that is socially responsible and sustainable.

What Will I Do As A MedTreks Kenya Volunteer?
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, providing health education and skills workshops for our local staff.

What Are The Topics Covered In Your Programs?
Global Health Seminar Topics:

Global Health in the 21st Century

Community Health in Rural Kenya

14 Child Survival Technologies

Global Health in the 21st Century

Health System Innovation and Technology

Health Education Topics:

Maternal Health

Pediatrics

Primary Care

Orthopedics

Do I have to be a medical Doctor to volunteer? Can I receive CME?
We believe that if you are passionate about sharing your knowledge, then you have something to contribute to help support our staff. For this reason, we highly encourage medical professionals with advanced skill sets such as MD, NPs/PAs, RNs, Paramedics but we also value and welcome students, EMTs and interns to participate in our programs. All Kenya courses provide 10 Nurse CE credits.

How Can I Join A MedTreks Kenya Trip In 2019?
Email us to receive a full itinerary with application and registration packet.

What Is Your Program Model?
We are working to build healthcare capacity and create fun & engaging professional development for medical providers around the world. We provide opportunities for medical professionals to collaborate in cross-cultural settings. During our programs, you will be able to share your skills and knowledge with people in underserved areas of the word. Our trips provide opportunities for networking in the Global Health arena while offering high-yield skills that professionals can use to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

Who Can Join A MedTreks Kenya Trip?
Our medicals trips are open to doctors, nurses, PAs, NPs, EMTs. We also welcoming nursing and medical students to join on these trips for educational purposes. We are excited about the future of Global Health and we welcome anyone in the health profession who is interested in learning how to improve the global health landscape.

 

If I Can’t Travel To Kenya, Can I Still Be Involved?
Yes. Our MedTreks Kenya program is operating year round. We have medical providers who offer their services through online education and telemedicine instruction. If you are a healthcare provider and would like to join our volunteer medical teams, please contact us HERE

Can Nurses Get Continuing Education For The MedTreks Kenya Trip?
Yes! Our Field Course in Global Health & Humanitarian Medicine offers nurses up to 20 CEs. All of our courses are approved for nursing continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP16597

Can My Family Member Join Me?
Depending on the size of our group, we do welcome loved ones/family if they are interested in helping out during their stay. There are several opportunities for non-professionals to be involved and our MedTreks team will work with you on a case by case basis.

 

What distinguishes your program from others?

Our programs were designed by world-glass faculty who have had extensive experience in global health and international medicine. Our experience has been that healthcare professionals want to give back and make a difference in the world, yet the often don’t have the skills or even know where to begin. We design our courses so they are a mixture of education, hands-on skills and emersion in the local Kenyan communities.

What is Your Program Model

We are working to build healthcare capacity and create fun & engaging professional development for medical providers around the world. We provide opportunities for medical professionals to collaborate in cross-cultural settings. Our trips provide opportunities for networking in the Global Health arena while offering high-yield skills that professionals can use to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

 

What Are The Steps To Signing Up For A Trip?
Send us an email and introduce yourself!
We will send you a quick questionnaire and volunteer application
A short phone interview to discuss any questions
Submit deposit and then final payment via check or credit card
Receive a full Pre-Trip packet upon registration including packing list, step-by-step guide to getting to Kenya and a helpful resource list for medical volunteers

 

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 CONTACTS 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 bases. 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, 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 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 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 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 that will include a discussion on how to stay healthy while traveling abroad as part of the 2 day Global Health Seminar upon arriving in Nairobi, Kenya.

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 cultural and the community where I will be staying? 

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