Each year, AcE runs medical service trips to partner communities in western Honduras. No prior experience is required! Our service trip program seeks to have a long-term impact on our partner communities by providing consistent care and medical supplies, referring patients with chronic issues to local clinics and hospitals to ensure follow-up care, and disseminating important information on basic health issues, primary prevention practices, and other community health information.
Upcoming Trip Dates:
May 30 - June 6, 2020
August 1 - 8, 2020
One Week: $1300 Two Weeks: $1880
Hear from some of our medical service trip participants!
"Honduras simply blew me away. Emotionally and mentally the trip was extremely moving and thought provoking. It very much made me confident in my pursuit of a career in medicine. The patient contact was so genuine and the gratitude of every person that walked into our clinics was sublime. I don't think the trip could have gone better. It was extremely worthwhile."
- Gordon Farley, college student
"I had a great experience in Honduras this year! One of my favorite memories from the trip was the day it was slower and I was working triage. A group of kids came up to me and asked me to dance with them. They were able to teach me Spanish and they asked me to teach them some English words. I think connecting with the people of Honduras is even more important than the pills we prescribe."
- Mary Harris, college student
AcE has run four trips to Honduras since the summer of 2016. All were medical service trips, and participants spent 1-2 weeks providing needed medical care to the communities where our clinics were hosted in Western Honduras.
We have treated 12,615 patients and filled 31,191 prescriptions on
seven medical service trips thus far.
See some of the photos from our trips!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a service trip look like?
To get an idea of what the schedule is for an AcE service trip, download our sample trip itinerary.
How much does a service trip cost?
Trip fees range from $1000-$1440 per week (excluding airfare), subject to individual service plans, logistics, and other associated costs for each new participating group.
What goes into the trip cost?
The trip fee is used to pay for your housing, meals, transportation, and basic medical/emergency insurance. It is also used to cover the costs of running the program, including the cost of any Honduran workers. For example, for our medical service trips, we employ Honduran translators, doctors, dentists, cooks, nurses, and pastors. Although we wish we could offer a cheaper service trip experience, we have made our cost as low as possible given the logistical needs of our programs. Relative to most other service trip experiences (especially medical), our price is very competitive!
What costs am I responsible for outside of the trip fee?
You are responsible for booking and paying for your flight to and from Honduras. You are also responsible for any vaccinations, visa applications (where applicable), and baggage expenses.
Do I need to be pre-med to go on a medical service trip?
No! Although there are many pre-med students and medical professionals who are interested in our medical service trips, no prior medical experience is needed and people of any profession who have the desire to serve on this life-changing experience are encouraged and needed to join us on our service trip.
I have some safety concerns. How safe is it to go on a trip?
AcE works directly with local and national police to ensure the safety of our service trip participants while travelling and at the clinic. We are often escorted or taken to the clinic by the police, who we have a great relationship with, and we have never previously had any safety issues arise. We also book hotels and hostels that are as safe as can be, including having guards watch over the area throughout the night. AcE also purchases emergency evacuation and medical insurance for all trip participants. Safety for our AcE teams are of the utmost importance, and our number one priority.
I have already registered, but I didn't make my payment yet. Where can I do this?
Click here to go to the payment page. Payment can be made up to six weeks prior to departure.
I signed up for a trip but need to cancel -- what are my options?
Your $150 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable, sorry! This is because we have used this money to begin preparations for your spot on the trip. If you have already made your payment and are canceling at least 45 days prior to the departure date, you can transfer the cost of the program (excluding the deposit) for use on a later program, within one year of the original program. If you are canceling less than 45 days prior to the departure date, the full cost of the program is neither refundable nor transferable.