Upcoming Trips

2018 Trip Information!
VWAM will have two medical mission team trips and one training/teaching team in 2018.

If you are a nurse, EMT/PM or First-Aid Certified interested in the First-Aid/Village Life Saver component of the training-teaching team , March 17 - 31, please contact Steve Scott at wabisabifarm@yahoo.com for more information. If you are NP, PA or a Physician interested in the Hue Central Hospital/Hue Medical College/A Luoi Clinics training-teaching team, March 17 - 31, please contact Dr. Mike Bernardo at mbernardo777@gmail.com for more information. Here is the training-teaching team itinerary:

MARCH 17/SATURDAY – TO ATL/OVERNIGHT.
MARCH 18/SUNDAY – FLY ATL TO ICN.
MARCH 19/MONDAY – FLY ICN TO DAD/FURAMA.
MARCH 20/TUESDAY – JET-LAG DAY.
MARCH 21/WEDNESDAY – TRAVEL DA NANG TO HUE.
MARCH 22/THURSDAY – FIRST-AID TRAINING AT HUEFO/PHYSICIAN TEACHING & LECTURING AT HUE CENTRAL HOSPITAL/MEDICAL SCHOOL.
MARCH 23/FRIDAY – FIRST-AID TRAINING HUEFO/PHYSICIAN TEACHING & LECTURING AT HUE CENTRAL HOSPITAL/MEDICAL SCHOOL.
MARCH 24/SATURDAY – R&R DAY IN HUE.
MARCH 25/SUNDAY –  HUE TO ALUOI.
MARCH 26/MONDAY – VLS & PHYSICIAN TRAINING IN A LUOI.
MARCH 27/TUESDAY – VLS & PHYSICIAN TRIANING IN A LUOI.
MARCH 28/WEDNESDAY – VLS & PHYSICIAN TRAINING IN A LUOI & GRADUATION IN THE AFTERNOON; TRAVEL TO DA NANG.
MARCH 29/THURSDAY – R&R DAY IN DA NANG/FURAMA.
MARCH 30/FRIDAY – DA NANG/FURAMA CHECK-OUT AT 6PM; FLY DAD TO ICN.
MARCH 31/SATURDAY – FLY ICN TO ATL/HOME.

Cost is $2,995 per person based on double occupancy plus a $125 non-refundable trip deposit.

Here is the information about the humanitarian medical mission team's beginning with Team #1. It is March 1 - 18. The team will serve in Thua Thien Hue Province in A Luoi near the border with Laos, about 65 kilometers west of Hue City. Both Vietnamese and ethnic minorities will benefit from this humanitarian team. The trip itinerary is:

MARCH 1/THURSDAY – TO ATL/OVERNIGHT.
MARCH 2/FRIDAY – FLY ATL TO ICN.
MARCH 3/SATURDAY – FLY ICN TO DA NANG.
MARCH 4/SUNDAY – JET-LAG DAY.
MARCH 5/MONDAY – TRAVEL TO A LUOI.
MARCH 6/TUESDAY – CLINIC IN A LUOI.
MARCH 7/WEDNESDAY – CLINIC IN A LUOI.
MARCH 8/THURSDAY – CLINIC IN A LUOI.
MARCH 9/FRIDAY – CLINIC IN A LUOI A.M.; TRAVEL TO HUE.
MARCH 10/SATURDAY – R&R DAY IN HUE.
MARCH 11/SUNDAY – R&R DAY IN HUE.
MARCH 12/MONDAY – CLINIC IN HONG HA.
MARCH 13/TUESDAY – CLINIC IN HONG HA.
MARCH 14WEDNESDAY – CLINIC IN HONG HA. 
MARCH 15/THURSDAY – TRAVELTRAVEL TO DA NANG.
MARCH 16/FRIDAY – R&R DAY IN DA NANG; TEAM DINNER.
MARCH 17/SATURDAY – R&R DAY IN DA NANG (check-out at 6pm); FLY DAD TO ICN (SEOUL).
MARCH 18/SUNDAY - ICN TO ATL/HOME.

Cost is $3,995 per person based on double occupancy plus a non-refundable $125  trip deposit.

​Team #2 is March 28 - April 14. It will serve in Thua Thien Hue Province in Nam Dong District about one hour from Hue City. Again, both Vietnamese and ethnic minorities will  benefit from this humanitarian team. The trip itinerary is:
 
MARCH 28/WEDNESDAY – TO ATL/OVERNIGHT.
MARCH 29/THURSDAY – FLY ATL TO ICN.
MARCH 30/FRIDAY – FLY ICN TO DA NANG.
MARCH 31/SATURDAY – JET-LAG DAY.
APRIL 1/SUNDAY – TRAVEL TO HUE.
APRIL 2/MONDAY – CLINIC #1 IN NAM DONG DISTRICT.
APRIL 3/TUESDAY – CLINIC#1 IN NAM DONG DISTRICT.
APRIL 4/WEDNESDAY – CLINIC #2 IN NAM DONG DISTRICT.
APRIL 5/THURSDAY – CLINIC #2 IN NAM DONG DISTRICT.
APRIL 6/FRIDAY – CLINIC#2 IN NAM DONG DISTRICT.
APRIL 7/SATURDAY – R&R DAY IN HUE.
APRIL 8/SUNDAY – R&R DAY IN HUE.
APRIL 9/MONDAY – CLINIC #3 IN NAM DONG DISTRICT.
APRIL 10/TUESDAY – CLINIC #3 IN NAM DONG DISTRICT.
APRIL 11/WEDNESDAY – TRAVEL TO DA NANG.
APRIL 12/THURSDAY – R&R DAY IN DA NANG; TEAM DINNER.
APRIL 13/FRIDAY – R&R DAY IN DA NANG UNTIL 6PM; FLY DAD TO ICN (SEOUL).
APRIL 14/SATURDAY – ICN TO ATL/HOME.

Cost is $3,995 per person based on double occupancy plus a $125 non-refundable trip deposit.

Team trips are open to both medical/health and non-medical/health volunteers. Vietnam vets and repeat team participants/volunteers are given priority placement.  There is a role for everyone to play on the team regardless of professional training or lack thereof!

One of the highlights is the special team farewell dinner held in honor of Vietnam and Vietnam Era vets at the Furama Resort, right off the former China Beach.

Trip price includes:
  • Roundtrip economy-class airfare on Korean Airlines (Departure cities include ATL, SFO, LAX & SEA).
  • Hotel in Atlanta.
  • Airport - hotel - airport transfers.
  • Hotels in Vietnam with daily breakfast; 5 Star Furama Da Nang & Imperial in Hue; lunch on days the team has clinic.
  • All team ground transportation in Vietnam.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Visa.
  • Health/Medical/Evacuation cancellation insurance.
  • All taxes, fees, service charges and VAT in Vietnam.

​IInterested? Want to go? How do you "Sign-up?"

REQUEST A TEAM APPLICATION BY EMAIL from Chuck Ward at vetswithamission@backroads.net or call him at 803-405-9926.
What do VWAM humanitarian teams do?
You do not have to be a medical-health professional to participate on a VWAM team. Medical teams usually work out of a previously built or sponsored VWAM clinic in Da Nang City, Hue City, Da Nang or Thua Thien Hue Provinces. You may be in a Ward, Commune or District in a city or in a rural area. Vets With A Mission has a reputation for going to those places well off the beaten tourist path to help the most disadvantaged. Both health/medical volunteers and non-health/non-medical volunteers have opportunities to serve on each team, and Vietnam veterans are given preferred placement on teams. Previous team members are also given priority placement on a trip/team over first-timers. Non-veterans, who are not medical-health professionals, are also welcome to join a team and serve! Approximately 35 volunteer positions are available on each team.

For additional information or to have any questions answered, please don’t hesitate to contact Chuck Ward, Executive Director, at 803-405-9926 or vetswithamission@backroads.net

Teams serve at a clinic VWAM built or sponsored, and each medical/health professional has an interpreter assigned to them. Medical/health professionals obviously do things like working/screening of patients (Nurses) and Patient examiners (Physicians, PA’s or NP’s, dentist or optometrist/ophthalmologists, PT’s etc.) see the patients. Pharmacists fill prescriptions and distribute supplies as well as canes, walkers, etc. Non-medical/health professionals maintain clinic security and order, assist in the flow and movement of patients at the clinic, serve in the pharmacy or patient registration, and fulfill other roles. There is a role for every team member volunteer to fill regardless of professional training or not!

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Vietnam vets served our country on land, sea and in the air to help the Vietnamese people. It was said, “We were the best and the brightest.” Well, we believe that is still true today. Vets return for a number of reasons including personal, religious/spiritual and humanitarian. Vets With A Mission is dedicated to reconciliation in helping Vietnam veterans and all veterans – even those of former South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong – to honor the past and embrace the future. Vietnam is no longer a war; it is a country. Since 1989 nearly 2,500 volunteers, both veterans and non-veterans, have traveled to Vietnam with VWAM. Now you can join us in making a difference in your life and the lives of others.
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