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Children of the Americas (COTA)

Rating: 4.98 stars   43 reviews 1,964

Address:

P.O. Box 25046 Lexington KY 40524 USA

Mission:

We provide medical and surgical treatment to indigent children throughout the world, with a focus in Guatemala.

Target demographics:

Mayan women and children

Geographic areas served:

rural Guatemala

Programs:

donated medical/surgical/dental and orthopedic services

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Reviews for Children of the Americas (COTA)

Rating: 5 stars  

Every January for the past 10 years or so, I've had the good fortune of spending a week with COTA volunteers doing medical mission work in Guatemala. This past January was no exception as we worked together in Salama where medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and dental care were provided. Over 8000 encounters were achieved in one week through cooperation, communication and a good deal of "elbow grease"!

In providing health care to Guatemalans and working alongside these wonderful COTA volunteers, one gains so much more than one gives!

 
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A remarkable organization doing wonderful things for those in need in Guatemala. I have participated for about 10 years with this group and each year easily reconnect with past volunteers as well as develop new friendships. Every January when we travel to Guatemala, I eagerly wait to greet our in-country friends and volunteers, many of whom were former patients. The experience is life-changing!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Salama was my 12th COTA team! The committment and love for the women and children of Guatemala is the common bond shared by each COTA volunteer on every team. Every year I am amazed by the warmth and kindness shown to our team by the gracious people of Guatemala. I am humbled by the women we serve as they care for their family, seeking knowledge and reassurance from medical professionals and support staff. I look forward to serving on another team!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Working with COTA has been the most rewarding work my wife and I have ever done. As volunteer ARNP and pharmacist we have been truly blessed by working with the needy women and children of Guatemala. COTA is making such a difference in the lives of "the least of these". If you go your heart and outlook are changed forever. Can't say enough about all the COTA volunteers and their dedication. The biggest reward is on the faces and smiles of those we are serving. Hosting a foster child for medical treatment stole our hearts. We always look forward to returning each year with COTA. Please support COTA to continue this important work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been an honor and privilege to be a volunteer in this wonderful organization. With very limited financial resources they are doing amazing things, changing the lives of indigent children and their mothers in Guatemala. It is an all volunteer organization, one that is worthy of your support.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a COTA volunteer on the pharmacy team for the last 7 trips. Every year I am amazed at how 125 peiole from different disciplines, backgrounds and regions come together with limited resources in nearly unimaginably difficult working environments to provide exceptional healthcare for the women and children of Guatemala. All of this takes place without rehearsal, without meetings, without manuals and with rookie volunteers in critical roles every year. I have studied organizational theroy for twenty years and I have never seen anything that approaches this level of productivity. I work with amazing champions who are motivated by a greater good and who truly touch the lives and whose lives are forever touched by the indigenous population of Guatemala.

 
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what a remarkable organization to be a part of. as a member of the clinic staff, we saw great numbers of women and children waiting patiently for their time to "tell their story". These families are so resilient and humble they put us to shame. It was an honor to take time to hear what was important the them and support their goals for better health for themselves and their families. They were so interested in learning how to be healthier and so happy to receive reassurance and affirmation. The most important gift we can share is time and compassion...isn't that what everyone needs. Thanks for the chance to share time with such beautiful people - the people we serve and the great staff we work with.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

COTA medical mission of 2016 was very successful! We had all supplies we needed! Adequate OR staff. PACU limited space and staff slowing down our turn over of our room! The only obstacle to overcome on this trip and previous trips! Need OR's with better air conditioning when evaluating future sites.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Another fantastic medical mission trip in 2016 with this exceptional team of approximately 120 who give of their time and skills to treat those in need. I am very proud to work in a support capacity on their behalf.

 
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I had the sincere honor of joining this goup for their 2014 trip. It is a humbling and incredible experience to be part of group that is so committed to thier charter and provides this kind of medical care, both in Guatemala, and at times bringing severe cases back to the US for intense surgeries. They are a well run, and growing organization of caring individuals.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Under consistently fluid circumstances, in true COTA volunteer form, everyone pulled together to make this year's team trip a great success, including 131 surgical cases and 2364 patient visits in a week of hard but rewarding work by all!! Thanks to everyone for their time and commitment, I can't image another group I would want to work with any more than this one!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A 90+% return rate speaks volumes to the people and work of this group. I am continually amazed at how 100+ highly independent and motivated people all come together in January and work like a well oiled machine. Everyone does what need to be done to do as much as possible for the women and children of Guatemala in that one short week. I am honored to be part of COTA!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer for COTA. This is truly the best organization. They care so much for those who they help. I wouldn't want to volunteer for any other organization.

 
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Every time I have been able to volunteer for the well-planned week in Guatemala that COTA arranges, I have experienced a change in my attitude toward my own life here in America. The efforts of COTA to make a difference in this country should be recognized and supported by anyone who is familiar with this organization. The volunteers are dedicated to their jobs, share their knowledge and skills with the residents and fellow volunteers. Thanks to the ones who work so hard to make this a successful pilgrimage.

 
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