THERE ARE STILL AVAILABLE SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUMMER BREAK:
SIMS organizes short-term mission service trips around the globe for groups of 15-20 students and health professionals throughout the year. SIMS teams are interdisciplinary and composed primarily of Loma Linda students from various schools and programs- other volunteers may be able to participate in a trip depending on available space.
Short-term group trips typically last from seven days to three weeks. The goals and objectives of each trip vary based on the stated needs of the hosting community and organization. Trip activities generally may include providing primary medical care, dental services, public health education, evangelism, and children's programs to an under-served community.
Group trips are open to any currently enrolled LLU student and are generally filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
There are two steps to complete before you are a registered and a confirmed participant:
1. Click on the desired trip and complete the registration form
2. Pay a $300 non-refundable sign-up trip deposit fee
Who can participate on group trips?
How many travelers can participate on a group trip?
When can I sign-up for a trip?
How do I sign-up for a trip?
Does SIMS have a waiting list for trips?
Why do I have to pay a non-refundable trip deposit?
How much do group trips cost?
What does the trip cost include?
What fundraising options do you offer?
If I engage in fundraising, will my donors receive a tax-deductible receipt?
What if I raise more money than the cost of my trip?
Are there other travel funding sources on campus that I should know about?
What are the payment deadlines?
What happens if I have to cancel my trip?
In the event of trip cancellation, travelers are responsible to reimburse SIMS for all expenses SIMS has incurred for their travel and participation on the trip up until the date of cancellation. The traveler's $300 non-refundable deposit will go towards paying these expenses, and the traveler will be responsible for paying the balance.
If a traveler cancels before the trip application deadline, the non-refundable trip deposit generally covers any expenses incurred by SIMS. However, if a traveler cancels a trip after the trip application deadline, expenses reimbursed to SIMS may be much higher. Travelers should be aware that if they choose to cancel after SIMS has purchased group airline tickets and a ticket is issued in their name, they will be financially responsible for the balance of the airline ticket. In this scenario, SIMS will work with the traveler to explore various options on how best to use the airline ticket and will strive to reduce expenses for travelers who cancel to the extent possible. However, travelers who cancel are ultimately responsible to reimburse SIMS for trip-related expenses incurred by SIMS, including airline tickets.
How are flights reserved?
Can I deviate from a group flight reservation?
Which travel documents do I need to participate on the trip?
What immunizations will I need to go on a trip?
Do I need international health insurance coverage for the trip?
What will we do on the trip?
Trip service activities vary widely based on a combination of factors. However, the most significant determinants for trip activities are 1) host site needs and 2) the make-up and skills of the interdisciplinary team. It is not uncommon for trip activities to morph and change as SIMS and the host site see the various healthcare professions represented on the trip. The goal is to maximize the skills of the team in such a way as to best meet the needs of the site.
Typically, trip activities will include health education/promotion in a wide variety of forms (health lectures, health expos, etc.), medical and dental clinics (if appropriate), and children's programming. A myriad of other potential service opportunities may also present themselves as the trip develops. SIMS encourages students to make suggestions about possible ways that they can use their healthcare skills to enhance a trip and provide much-needed services to the host site.