Medical Trip


If you have traveled to an under-resourced part of the world as part of a mission team, you know the powerful impact the experience had on you. More importantly, of course, is the difference you made in the lives of the people there. You may have helped with construction, prevention, treatment, or education, but if you served with love and compassion, your team made an immeasurable impact.


In July 2018, an Ourganda team traveled to western Uganda to serve with our master care team in the villages. The team was led by Dr. David Asmussen and Dr. Kristiana Geide (medical activities) and Ron Gladden (logistics). A group of two pre-med and eight medical students from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences in Yakima, Washington, traveled to zero-income areas and participated in health education, treatments, and spiritual encouragement.

The trip was a phenomenal success. Click HERE for a short written report and HERE for a video that captures some of the good things that happened.


You are invited to join the 2019 trip. If you have medical experience and credentials, you can serve as a physician, dentist, nurse, or medical student. If you don’t, you can serve in other ways according to your skills and interests. (Are you a painter, a mechanic, or a storyteller? Do you love being with kids or do you have experience working with disabled children or adults?)


A trip to Uganda is a life-changing experience. You will encounter extreme poverty and conditions that you can hardly believe you are seeing. The hotels and food are very different than what you are used to. The hotels will have western-style toilets, but in other places you will sometimes use a hole in the dirt.


The exact dates are tentative since we plan to travel whenever the flights are most affordable, but we are planning tentatively for June 17 – July 3, 2019. The total trip, including travel, will be 14-16 days.


The cost of the trip is $900-$1,000, plus the cost of the flights. This includes your hotels, most meals,  group expenses like rental vans and fuel, and entrance fees to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Not included are some meals, drinks, personal souvenirs, and gifts you might want to present to people in Uganda. Flight prices range from $1,500 – 2,000, depending on routing, how early the flights are booked, and other fluctuations. The trip expenses total $2,400 – 3,000. Click HERE for a tentative budget.


Children are welcome. However, parents who wish to take their children should be aware of the following: We strongly recommend that you do not bring children under 16 on your first trip to Uganda. The parent is fully responsible for the child’s expenses and well being.


Before making the huge commitment of time and finances, we recommend that you talk with someone who has been to Uganda who can help you decide whether you can be sufficiently adaptable.


You also will meet wonderful people in sometimes-desperate situations who hope that someone cares about them and loves them. You will leave part of your heart in a country eleven time zones away and return home knowing that you made a tangible difference in the lives of some very precious people.


We limit the size of the group to two physicians, two nurses, ten medical students, and several support persons. You can reserve your place by submitting a non-refundable deposit of $280. If you travel with the group, your deposit is credited toward group expenses. If you need to cancel for any reason, your deposit goes directly to helping the medical work in the villages.


Contact Ron Gladden by email at or by calling 360-624-7271, and please include:
– Your contact info, such as full name, email address and phone number
– Your reason for requesting to join a trip


Make your deposit by clicking here online or by mailing a check payable to Ourganda, PO Box 873520, Vancouver, WA 98687.