Frequently Asked QuestionsMission and Values
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Mission and Values
What is CURE's Mission Statement?
CURE International transforms the lives children with disabilities and their families in the developing world through medical and spiritual healing, serving all by establishing specialty teaching hospitals, building partnerships and advocating for these children.
What are the values of CURE’s short term missions?
- Our National Staff – each volunteer is asked to honor, encourage and submit to our in-country staff.
- Both Physical and Spiritual Healing – everything done while in country should reflect excellence in work ethic and personal character. CURE International is an unapologetically Christian organization and we request that all participants respect that basis of faith while honoring the laws of the land in which we operate.
- Proper Funding – our goal is that short-term participants cover their in-country expenses and contribute financially to patient care. Everyone in the organization, including short-termers must be concerned with raising awareness and raising funds for patient care.
- Training and education — expanding the worldview of the short-termer through cross cultural experience and making missions a lifestyle. Also as a medical training facility we value short-term medical professionals who come not only to practice, but also to train.
What mistakes do short-term volunteers typically make?
Can anyone participate on a short-term trip?
CURE International welcomes anyone who is willing to serve our patients, their families and our staff. To ensure a good fit between the volunteer and the CURE host location, individual attention is given to each interested person or family.
What types of trip opportunities are there?
A. Medical Trips
These are specialized teams that require members to have specific skills and proper licensing in order to participate. In many instances these trips take at least six months of pre-trip planning. Opportunities include but are not limited to the following specialists/personnel on either surgical teams or mobile clinic teams: orthopedic, plastic surgery, pediatric neurosurgery, MDs, RNs, LPNs, PAs, pharmacists, hygienists, psychologists, and dentists.
B. Training Personnel
Individuals with the ability and experience to train local people in various medical or spiritual/emotional care for patients and their families. Click here (178kb PDF) for more information on our Nurse Training Program.
C. General Trips
Families, schools or churches may apply for an amazing and humbling adventure that includes caring for children in the hospital and throughout the community.
D. CURE GO Teams
Our GO teams are made up of individuals who desire to take part in a short-term trip but are not part of an established group. The team will be cross cultural, and we hope, cross generational.
NOTE: Each of these options will include a fun-filled recreation day to experience the unique culture and beauty of the country you visit. (Recreation day costs are at the volunteer's expense.)
Will I travel on my own or with a team?
Requests from the field for an individual with specific skills may result in an individual trip. If you do not apply with a team you may be assigned to become a member of a CURE GO Team.
Are there age restrictions?
The minimum age requirement is 15 years old. 18 or younger must travel with a responsible adult.
How long are CURE International trips?
Our trips are typically 8-14 days. One exception would be if a person with medical skills is participating in a training program.
What is a "typical" day like when on a trip?
Health care professionals will work under the authority of the Medical Director either in a CURE hospital or in a rural mobile clinic environment. Before you arrive you will discuss expectations with the hospital’s Medical Director about screening, surgeries, daily schedule and other tasks associated with your trip.
General trips and GO Teams: you will work under the authority of the Executive Director or Spiritual Director. The U.S. CURE staff will work with you to make sure your trip expectations complement CURE's objectives to meet the needs of people in the host country.
A "typical day" is hard to define but there are many ways for you to embrace the culture and the people by working alongside locals/nationals on hands-on projects. You will most likely work long hours and sleep very well at night. Depending on your skills you may serve with our staff in patient care, office work, facility improvement or in the surrounding villages in an outreach program.
Is there a behavior or dress code?
Specifics differ within various countries, but generally it is required that volunteers abstain from alcohol and tobacco use, and the typical dress code is business casual. During trip orientation you will receive more specifics.
How are the trip fees determined?
Trip fees are based on what it takes to mobilize and host you with excellence. Absolutely no donated monies are rerouted from patient care to accommodating visiting volunteers. We provide a list of what the fee includes and what it does not so you know how to plan. CURE International does not itemize the expenses for short-term trips. That would be very time consuming and the variables are overwhelming for the number and types of people we mobilize.
How can I be involved without going?
There are many ways to be involved in the work of CURE without visiting our hospitals. Some of the best ways to be involved are to become a prayer supporter by joining our monthly prayer team or being a financial supporter by raising funds and awareness for the organization. To join us in praying click here. To help sponsor a specific child's surgery click here.
How can I be involved after I get back?
Our hope is that your short-term experience with CURE is only part of your life journey and that your participation in missions and CURE will not end with your trip. The most important way you can stay involved with CURE is by becoming a CURE representative and sharing your story with friends and family to help raise awareness and funds for CURE.
Does CURE International offer Continuing Education Credits for health care professionals?
Even though this is a learning experience we have no formal lectures for trip participants.
Skills and Training
What skills do I need?
Depending on the type trip you will be taking, the skills required will differ. If you are on a medical team or assisting at a CURE hospital, it is important to have the capacity to teach. GO Team members need the willingness to share their personal talents. Everyone needs to have an attitude that is flexible.
What training/orientation will I receive?
You will be sent a series of documents and information via email and mail. This will include our pre-trip orientation packet containing cultural helps and trip expectations. After arrival in the country CURE staff will guide you through understanding your surroundings. Throughout the process, trip members are welcome to contact the Global Outreach office with questions. Also, processing your experiences after arriving home is vital. You will receive guidance for making your short trip a part of your life journey.
What do I need to do first?
First, complete the trip application and choose from the trips listed. A representative of our Global Outreach Office will be in touch with you should your qualifications match the needs of our hospitals.
If accepted for trip participation, how much time will the whole process take?
At least 3 months from the time you apply until the time you depart on your trip.
Do I need to re-apply if I travel with CURE more than once?
Yes, but only our renewal application is required.
How do I take care of my finances?
It is suggested that participants pay their own application fee (this is your contribution for your trip) and the remainder can be raised by sending out support letters, speaking to friends, family, or church members, etc. The cost of your trip will vary depending on location and length of time, but most often includes food, lodging, in-country transportation, and travel medical insurance. CURE International will provide a tax-deductible receipt for checks made payable to "CURE International" only.
How do I pay for my trip or have donations made on my behalf?
Funds can be donated for your trip two ways:
1.) By credit card: Donate online
2.) Send check made payable to CURE International and include a note saying this is for, “YOUR NAME, DATE, LOCATION.” Mail check to:
Attn: Global Outreach
701 Bosler Avenue
Lemoyne, PA 17043
Do you have suggestions on how to fundraise?
Can additional funds I raise be used for passports, immunizations, visas, recreation and other out of pocket expenses?
No, this is a personal expense paid by you.
Can I raise money to cover the cost of my plane ticket?
Yes, as long as you use CURE’s travel agent. All funds will need to be must be received before ticket is purchased.
If I cancel my trip will I receive a refund?
CURE International is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, donations to CURE are generally tax deductible as long as CURE International has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. Because CURE International maintains the required discretion and control, donations to it cannot be refunded.
If you need to cancel your trip you have the following options for funds received:
- Funds can be transferred to another team member.
- Funds can be used on a future trip taken within 12 months.
- Funds can be donated to the country children’s fund.
Besides financial support what kind of support will I need?
- 1. Prayer supporters-will intercede for you pre filed on field and post field.
- 2. Logistical supporters-help you with logistics at home while you are away
- 3. Emotional supporters-support you emotionally and encourage you along the short term process.
- 4. Communication supporters- are the ones you can communicate with about your trip and they will get the word out to your sending supporters either by phone or email.
- 5. Re-entry supporters-will be considered your debriefing partners.
Is there anything else I need to know?
There are many steps to making a trip successful. Once you are accepted we will walk you through these steps. Until then, these few tips will help get you started.
- Valid Passports are required. Passports must be valid for up to six months after your desired return date. For more information about passports please visit: http://travel.state.gov/passport/
- Immunization and shots are recommended and you should allow 6-8 weeks before your trip for maximum shot effectiveness. For more information, please visit the CDC at: http://www.cdc.gov
- Register your trip with the US Department of State at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/
- To learn more about the country you will be traveling to visit: