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Ryan Honculada 2018

The 2018 Summer VnHOPE Medical Mission is the first year that I have went out with this group, or on a mission in general. I must say prior to joining the team, I had some expectations for the trip. However, this mission more than exceeded everything I thought it wasRead More

Scott Wojtowicz 2018

The language barrier was the first of my concerns, mainly because I didn’t know if I could help people without being able to communicate with them. I’m rather glad we did the soup kitchens and orphanage trip before the clinics because it gave me time to grow. My team membersRead More

Josh Baldonado 2018

  This summer I came back to Vietnam for my fourth medical mission trip with VnHope as a Team Leader.  Before you go on these trips, you try to anticipate and prepare for the long work days, monotonous pill counting sessions, and long bus rides to the clinic site. ToRead More

Jimmy To 2017

Every year with the summer service camp brings a new experience. This was my third mission back on the trip and I was given the opportunity of coming back as a Student Leader, along with Bi Pham, under the camp’s first year as the VnHOPE Alliance.  Even though we workedRead More

Daniel Nguyen 2017

The path to becoming a medical professional is an arduous one.  A journey full of trials, tribulations, revelations, and relief.  At some points in my academic trajectory, often during the hours of early dusk, I have had a propensity to question my motivation for consciously putting myself through such academicRead More

Anh Tran 2017

I was able to interact a lot with patients because I interpreted between English and Vietnamese for doctors who did not speak Vietnamese. When I shadowed in pediatrics, I looked for cavities and used a stethoscope to listen to the heartbeat of patients. I remember that one patient was aRead More

Kelly Chang 2017

One memory stands out during my time with VnHope. I was shadowing Dr. Ching at primary care as he was questioning a patient. He asked the patient if he had any problems with his vision. The patient said he had blurry vision, so Dr. Ching told him he would sendRead More

Jennifer Bui 2017

On the 4th day of clinic, I met a patient that touched my heart and taught me something really important. It was a little slow so I turned to this woman next to me and asked her how her day was going and if she’s been waiting long. Before IRead More

Charles Nguyen 2016

The 2016 Summer Service Camp has been another unforgettable experience. Even though this is my third time on this trip, I still can’t believe the compassion, work ethic and camaraderie shown by the students and healthcare professionals. It has been a privilege to listen to the patients’ hardships and ableRead More

Jacob Sim 2015

This summer I came back to Vietnam for my fourth trip with an organization called Summer Service Camp. There were alot of issues this year with work permits and clinic sites, and at some points it was so easy to get discouraged and wonder if what we were doing actuallyRead More

Alex Nguyen 2014

Having a late flight out of Vietnam today left me with a lot of time for goodbyes and reflection. It has been an incredible 2 weeks since we first arrived at Noi Ba airport as a group of strangers meeting each other for the very first time. This year, workingRead More

Andy Duong 2013

In the summer of 2013, when I was offered a chance to visit Vietnam to meet relatives for the first time since the War and help my parents (both doctors) provide much needed medical care to rural Vietnam, I greeted the opportunity with a nervous optimism. A medical mission toRead More

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