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Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, International, International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, Public Health

Mission: MISSION: Blanca’s House is an organization of volunteers that brings free medical services and healthcare education to communities in Latin America.

Results: From 2008 through 2017, Blanca's house has provided surgical treatment for 5,000 patients. During this time period, donated services has exceeded $20,000,000.00

Target demographics: provide access to quality healthcare to those in need

Direct beneficiaries per year: 544 patients

Geographic areas served: Latin America

Programs: providing a variety of medical procedures and surgeries. Blanca’s House has provided the following medical specialties: gynecology, gastrointestinal, plastic surgery, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, dental care and surgery, pediatrics, audiological services, and otolaryngological services. Starting in 2012, Blanca’s House has sponsored three young children who required surgery in the United States. Their three cases all required more extensive care than could be provided in their local communities. Through Blanca’s Kids, we are able to provide free housing and care, while also arranging for them to receive free medical care on Long Island. Following their treatment here, Blanca’s Kids continues to ensure that they receive the continued medical treatment they require in their own countries.

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of traveling with Blanca’s House for about 30 missions. It has been such an eye opening event to see the lack of health care in 3rd world countries. These patients feel so lucky to receive healthcare from our organization. The smiles on the faces of our patients keep us coming back!

1 Iliana San A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tuve el privilegio de ser voluntaria de Blanca's House por primera vez en el año 2015 y desde aquella primera misión quedé encantada, en todos los aspectos.
Blanca's House es una fundación que genuinamente se preocupa por sus pacientes y dan de ellos el 300% en cada misión. Todas y cada una de las personas que la conforman están siempre con una sonrisa y el corazón abierto a ayudar a la mayor cantidad de personas que les sea físicamente posible. El amor y la solidaridad que se vive es tan grande que es casi palpable!
Cada misión es distinta, cansada y a veces hasta un poco estresante pero cada minuto vale la pena porque al final del día, te sientes como en casa, en familia.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blanca's House is truly a gift. The organization goes well beyond delivery of medicine to those in need- it brings people together. The American team, the Ecuadorian team, the patients- everyone came together in the most profound and impressive fashion. This trip has left me with lasting impressions, perspectives and friendships I could never have imagined. I am left happy and proud that I was able to participate in such a fantastic opportunity and look forward to seeing the work Blanca's House will do in the future. Go support Blanca's in any way you can!

1 Rube O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Agradecida con la familia Blancas House y todos los que la integran, es un honor formar parte de cada misión, ninguna se parece cada una tiene sus propias vivencias, son una montaña rusa de sentimientos y experiencias.
Al final del día y jornada la mejor gratitud me la llevo en el corazón con cada sonrisa de cada paciente feliz.
Dios bendiga siempre Blancas House, voluntarios.
Y muchas gracias a Cada donante por hacer sueños realidad.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Agradecida con Dios por la oportunidad que me dió de pertenecer a la misión #58 en Guayaquil, Ecuador. Fue una experiencia inolvidable donde se logró cambiar muchas vidas, y queda la satisfacción de ver una sonrisa en cada una de las personas que fueron operadas, se brindó una atención de calidad y el equipo excelente lleno de profesionalismo y carisma, donde me sentí en familia. Espero continuar apoyando en más misiones.

2 Maura O.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gracias a BHE por su excelente labor social . Y humanitaria. Que dios bendiga alas personas. Que hacen posible. En cumplir todos estos sueños y devolver una sonrisa. A todas aquellas personas que lo necesitan . Gracias BHE

2 Tatiana Lema R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

La familia que encontré ❤️ bendiciones para todos ustedes bonita experiencia y espero ser parte de ustedes en una próxima misión

1 Bryan B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pues la verdad muy buena experiencia y pues
Fue mi primera misicion y una de las mejores, me habian dicho que la misicion sera estresante
Pero al contrario me encanto ayudar ser voluntario
Me encanto todoo, muchas gracias Blanca's House NY

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Blanca’s House has been an integral part in helping two of my children choose a career in healthcare. The organization enabled them to see healthcare first hand and be a part in changing so many people’s lives for the better.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of Blancas House Organization has impacted my life in such a positive way. I have had the opportunity to help around my community as well as go on a medical mission to Honduras. I have gained so much from my experiences and it has influenced me to want to be in the healthcare field and help as many people as I can. I am so thankful to be a part of this organization!

1 Kristina M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and donor to Blanca’s house because of the care and dedication the organization exhibits

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Donor

Rating: 5

I frequently donate to Blanca’s House to assist them in their overseas medical missions. When you see the very publicized results of these missions you know every dollar donated is put to good use with no waste apparent. In fact the organizers and members spend their own money for travel expenses and incidentals to ensure donated funds go toward the medical treatments provided to patients in areas that medical help is not always available.

2 Connor O.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Blancas House is an amazing organization who has opened up many doors for myself and paved my way into medicine. This wonderful organization has helped me value the life we live and how lucky we truly are. Thank you Blancas House for these memories and the education you have provided me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador with my University and work with Blanca's House in order to reform a school. We sanded, scraped and painted all of the schools buildings, as well as a Blanca's House clinic. When we landed in the airport, Blanca's House greeted us with respect and excitement immediately. Blanca's House taught me so much about the culture and the needs of the community in Ecuador. They genuinely want to help anyone they can in anyway they can. The generosity and understanding of everyone in this nonprofit amazed me. They opened up their homes, their clinics, and their hearts to show us the difference they are making within the community. I am so grateful to have had this experience with Blanca's House during my time abroad.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is absolutely amazing and has done so much to help so many people. I am so thankful for the people they have brought into my life!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I haven't gone on any missions personally, but know many people who have. They always come back raving about how hard they worked, how many people they helped, and how much fun they had doing it. I have helped in their Thanksgiving Soup kitchens (stateside) for the last two years and loved every moment of it; it's amazing to know that not only do they help those in 3rd world countries but also the people at home too. Heartwarming and caring people to work with - can't wait for this year's soup kitchen!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on 10 Blanca's House missions since 2010. I couldn't ask for a more rewarding and fulfilling experience. The coordinators, physicians, nurses, volunteers, and everyone in between have all been nothing but incredibly dedicated and passionate. We work hard and it all pays off at the end of a long week. I would go on every trip if I could. 12/10 recommend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Blanca’s House was one of the best experiences of my life. I loved how Blanca’s House ensured that the volunteers became so in touch and connected to the community. Not only was the service incredible, but the people who worked for the organization made the volunteers feel like they were part of the family.

1 Liv C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this charity and organization! It gives opportunities for those who would never have received them if not for their hard work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Blanca's house the spring of 2019. It was an amazing experience and I truly felt like I was part of a family. Galo is such an amazing person who would always bring a smile to everyones face. The team that accompanied him was full of passionate people who truly cared for those around them. The people involved in this organization allowed me to thrive in Ecuador and to do the best service that I could. We created such a bond that I will never forget and always cherish and I would love to travel with Blanca's house again!!

Ashlyn K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization that has helped me realize how valuable the human person is. I am so thankful for all this organization has brought me and the introduction to the medical field in such a profound and beautiful way.

Robyn F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Blanca's House since its inception over 10 years ago.I have traveled on over 25 missions . Being part of this amazing organization has allowed me the opportunity to help change the lives of so many needy people. Along the way I have met some of the most incredible ,talented ,warmhearted as well as generous medical and non medical team members . They give there time away from there family's and professional lives to those with no other means to acquire medical help.I would strongly encourage you to volunteer with Blanca's House.

Valerie55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This photo sums it up...fulfilling my passion with Blanca's House. Not only have I developed a love for Ecuador, I have a new family, and an unwavering appreciation for all my fellow volunteers who work unselflessly to improve the lives of others. I have also been taught the true meaning of patience, sincerity, blessings and thankfulness from a group of patients who have little more to give. That is my greatest gift.
Finding and reinventing yourself doesn't always happen when you "retire." I'm one of the lucky ones. ❤

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with Blanca's House and hundreds of outstanding volunteers over the past eight years. Each of the 20 missions I've joined has been a unique and transformative experience. Not only have we helped to change the lives of thousands, but my life has been changed in the process. Over time, after talking to so many different people from all walks of life, I see that there is very little that separates me from them. With a bit of bad luck or a few bad choices, I could easily be in crisis myself. I continue volunteering because it fills me with hope and have gained a unique worldview and life perspective.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This September i was able to volunteered for Blanca's House. Being involved with the patients care was a wonderful experience that made me love more my carrer. The joy you feels after restore your patient's health is the best reward that you can receive.
Thank you so much Blanca's House for this experience. I've grown during this time, I met many incredible and dedicated people. Thank for all the team that work during Mission 56.
Blanca's House is a family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

¡Hi! My name es Daniela Julie Pérez Vargas. I’m 18 years old, a Med student and volunteer in Blanca’s House Ecuador. I’ve been almost a month in this pretty foundation, and I’ve learned more than I imagined before. I was on Mission 56 and it consists on hernia repairs and gall bladder removals by laparoscopy; working with health professionals from different nationalities was so exciting, interesting and funny, it was really a wonderful experience. Each person I’ve meeting here has accepted me and all of them have taught me a lot in a short time. Being in Blanca’s House (as it mentioned) is like being at home… in a family.
! Thanks Blanca’s House!

1 Zachary A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Blanca's House for the past nine years. I was able to volunteer and take part in one of the first handful of trips and I can confidently say it has changed my life. These missions helped open my eyes to the field of medicine and ultimately led to me to pursue a career as a physician. I have been on eight medical missions with Blanca's House and can say that each comes with its own blessings. I have met so many incredible people from different walks of life all with the same goal of helping those in need. It's truly a powerful experience going on a trip with this organization because from day one, whether you have experience in medicine or not, you are treated as an equal. Our physicians, nurses, and every volunteer in between are top notch and I can only say high praises for everyone. I cannot wait until I become a physician myself so I can dedicate some time to volunteer my services to Blanca's House.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been part of Blanca's House for almost 10 years and have had the opportunity to travel on over 20 missions to Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The organization is exceptional in bringing teams of compassionate medical and non-medical professionals together to improve the quality of life of those who are not fortunate enough to have access to ongoing health care. Each mission is unique, but the outcomes are the same. People who care share their gifts and their heart with the world.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Blanca's House since 2010 and have participated in 1 or 2 missions a year since. I am never disappointed. It is an amazing charity that provides many necessary services to those who need them the most! Being involved with Blanca's House has provided me with some of the most professionally challenging cases of my career as well as the most rewarding ones. I would encourage all to volunteer with Blanca's House.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Blanca’s House on 3 missions. Best non-profit I’ve encountered. Ive volunteered with other organizations and they do not compare. Blanca’s House is well organized and properly run. Simply THE BEST and changing lives. My life is forever changed.

1 Melissa C.7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer at Blanca’s House for almost 2 years and it’s been the greatest experience of my life. The joy you feel when you help so many people is indescribable and the best reward after days of hard work is seeing the smiles on the patients faces.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a med student, one of your main goals is gaining experience through practice. That was the main reason I join this foundation. I thought it was going to be a pattern: going to the foundation, examining patients, translate, repeat; but that was nothing compare to the real experience. Doctors, awesome professionals and amazing people! Everybody makes you feel important. Everybody gets along and the most important thing, help is never decline to the staff and most important to the patients. I've really grown through the experiences this foundation made me live and I'm very proud of sharing my knowledge and life with this new family.

Christian Delgado D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A warmhearted staff that makes you feel like you REALLY ARE part of this small but moving family. USA physicians sweating their work and still putting their souls on every single patient they see. As a local med student and volunteer, working alongside them inspire me to reach for a cause bigger than myself.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They've helped a lot of people and the ones behind this organization are very very nice and sincere in what they do. Believe me, I know.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have made 13 medical mission trips with Blanca's House. It is amazing to see how a few number of people can make such a difference to so many lives. The free medical care provided by Blanca's House is Quality care that would be unavailable to these patients.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just returned from a medical mission to Loja, Ecuador with Blanca's House. You would not believe such a small group of medical professionals could change so many lives in such a small length of time. In just one week they provided 15 needy patients with total knee replacements and 5 needy patients with Thyroid surgery. This team of health care professionals is outstanding.

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Laura C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

As a person who is a new donor, I can tell you that this organization is an authentic charity that cares deeply for the people they serve. I feel blessed to know that a child somewhere sleeps without dental pain thanks to people who care to help ! As a Grandma , blessed that all of my grandchildren have what they need , I find great comfort in trying to help this nonprofit make a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to Ecuador with a Blanca’s House team in February 2017. This organization is fantastic. It is evident how much they care for the people they are ministering to. They take special care with every detail before, during and after. It was a wonderful experience.

2 Ann L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been attending 3 dental missions for Blancas house. It has been one of the most revarding experiences in my professional life as a Dental Hygienist. We are all greatfull for everyone's support. With out Blancas house Ecuadors hard work making sure we reach people in great need of dental care. Besides all the work that goes in to gather supply and set up a successful mission , one of the most revarding moments is when you see the impact of our work , and all the beautiful people we connect with that we never would have meet if it wasn't for Blancas House. Blancas house staff make sure we are all save from the time we register for a mission until we get back home . Thank you Blancas house and we are looking forward to many more Dental Missions

2 Ziba Manouchehri Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I volunteered with Blanca’s house for the past 3 years. It has been a wonderful experience helping kids that have no access to dental treatment . One our last mission , we visited a small town ( La Palmela) and took care of more than 300 kids in 4 Days . As a dentist , volunteering in dental missions is the highlight my professional life . Blancas house is wonderful organizing these trips and making these missions possible . The blancas staff in Ecuador are wonderful and very supportive. Looking forward to many more missions

1 Kristen H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past 5 years, I have gone on over a dozen volunteer trips both domestically and internationally. I’ve worked with 4 different organizations, and I can honestly say that Blanca’s House was the most incredible organization that I have worked with thus far. Being a nursing student, this mission was a perfect fit for me. During the week, I was given the humbling opportunity to assist both nurses and surgeons in various operations to improve the quality of life of our Honduran patients. Our surgeries varied from cleft lip and palate repairs, to gall bladder removals, to hernia repairs. While I was there, I was rotating through the different units of the hospital not just observing, but actually learning how to do some of the basic things that our wonderful nurses and surgeons do on a regular basis. This trip didn’t just allow me to dip my toes in the water - it allowed me to dive head-first into what will be my career as a nurse, and for that I am eternally grateful. The trip made me even more passionate about my ultimate goal in life - to save and help as many people as I can through medicine. By the end of the week, we had done 63 procedures, positively impacting 63 lives who desperately needed our help. Being able to be a part of the team who changed these people’s lives in just a week is indescribable. I am beyond excited to work with Blanca’s House again this upcoming January in Ecuador.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been on 10 missions so far with Blanca's House and will be going on my 11th next week. Every mission it amazes me to see the dedication our volunteers have whether they are medical or non medical. As a student, these missions have allowed me to obtain a lot of medical experience and knowledge that I wouldn't not be able to get here. I would recommend to any student going into the medical field that they should join us on a mission and help change the lives of so many. It always amazes me how our medical staff takes their own time off from practicing here in the states to go abroad and help change the life's of many in Latin America. Blanca's House is an amazing organization with hardworking and dedicated volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past 6 years I have been a junior volunteer with Blanca's House and have been apart of 3 missions so far. In this short time I have been a part of changing many peoples lives for the better along with the rest of the members of this organization. Whether it be locally here in the U.S., or around the world everyone in this wonderful organization donates their time and their compassion effort to making a difference. Being a part of this organization has sparked a major interest in pursuing a career in the medical field for me and hopefully being able to travel abroad to change the lives of many. I have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great people and see a lot of great things while being a part of Blanca's House, and I look forward to continuing with this organization as well as attending many more missions.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Blanca's House was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Galo Burbano is an extraordinary person, and has gathered a phenomenal team of surgeons, anesthesia providers, nurses, physical therapists, technologists, volunteers and administrators who are so dedicated to helping underserved populations. It is truly unbelievable to see how much good this organization has done for so many people with so few resources. I volunteered for a mission in Guayaquil and it was highly organized and professionally managed from set-up to breakdown and everything in between. I felt safe the entire time. We were warmly welcomed by Galo's 18 "cousins", and loads of friends and colleauges who have been working with Blanca's House for years. It was a truly wonderful experience providing surgical services and nursing care for this community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have joined Blanca's House on 9 mission trips. Every trip is organized and well run.
Every participant is big hearted, giving of their time, money and skill.
It's an amazing experience to help others that you don't know and will not get anything in return for. The feeling of accomplishment and joy makes it all worth while.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on 8 Blanca's House surgical mission trips. They are all very kind-hearted, generous volunteers who are very organized, work hard and accomplish a lot of great work in a short mission trip.
I will be going on many more trips with Blana's House!

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Annie M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for Blanca's House in March 2017 during the mission trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The mission was to provide OB/GYN services and full knee replacements. It was the organization's second trip to the city but I, as a first-time volunteer, could tell how hard they had worked to form a relationship with the city and the hospitals. I stated at the very beginning that I had not intended to attend medical school or go into healthcare, but it was thrilling and inspiring to get a behind-the-scenes look into how healthcare works. These volunteers worked day in and day out to ensure that every single patient received a high-quality experience. While I will probably never have an opportunity to experience a trip like the one I had in March again anytime soon, it is a wonderful thought to know that even I changed so many people's lives.

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vsimpson 09/06/2017

Thank you, Annie!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Traveling to Ecuador with Blanca's House for my first medical mission was by far one of the best experiences of my life. It was something I have always wanted to do and I knew it would be a great experience but I could have never imagined what an incredible experience it actually turned out to be. I had the opportunity to meet and work with an amazing group of people, learn so many things including what true team work is and be a part of an incredible team that together changed the lives of so many patients in need. This past mission not only did Blanca's House change the lives of patients, they also changed mine. I may have begun my first mission with a group of strangers but I can honestly say that I came home with family. I can NOT wait until the next mission and the opportunity to change many more lives!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blanca's house has provided my family and I a life changing experience. With the help of many volunteers and financial and equipment donors from home, we were able to provide 18 total knee replacements for people with crippling pain and deformities of there knees. Working side by side with my children was well as my sister and niece was an experience of a life time. The leadership at Blanca's house has a can do attitude and when it comes to helping people in need nothing stops them. This was my second mission with Blanca's House and I am sure my family and I will enjoy many more in the future.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people, bringing health care to those who would otherwise not receive it.

1 Daniel-Christine S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Unbelievable mission. Great team and organization. We helped a lot of patient's. My son and I had the experience of a life time. Going back Feb 2018

2 DawnMarie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Non-profit is fabulous. I have had the privilege of working with them; this past week was my seventh mission since 2009. I must admit you do get addicted to them. Every team member is thoroughly vetted and the opportunity for growth by the junior volunteers is an astounding accomplishment. The work is thoroughly rewarding and exhausting. It is what medicine and healthcare are truly about. We accomplish allot in the short time we are there. I am also impressed with knowing any donations I bring to the people actually get to the people. You can trust your donation dollars are being spent on the peoples needs and not someones luxurious administrative lifestyle. It becomes your extended family. If you are in the healthcare profession and have become disenfranchised with the sad state of Healthcare come and get your passion re-newed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Blancas House mission to Ecuador was an experience of a life time. This was my second mission and what made this one so special was I got to bring my 15 yr old daughter Haley. She had no idea what she was getting herself into but I did and knew she would grow as a person from helping so many people in Ecuador. She found out that being apart of a team with like minded people is something she will never forget and is already talking about when we can go back. Blancas House is so organized and makes everyone feel like they are so special in this mission whether you are the surgeon or the students everyone matters and works hard to make it all happen. I will continue to volunteer for them and I couldn't think of other way I would want to give my time too

1 Carlos T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love this organization and everything that represents . I have a volunteer for more than 4 years and I never tired to go back and give the best of me. Love Blanca's House

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer dentist with Blancas house for the past 2 years . It has been my pleasure to be able to serve hundreds of kids and adults for their basic dental needs. Blancas house does a great job organizing these trips and allowing volunteer to serve needy individuals . I feel Blessed to be part of this organization. I took my family on both trips and they had a wonderful time as well.

Lisa482

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blanca's House and their Medical Team go above and beyond to support high need communities in Latin America. After working with them for over a year I cannot believe how much they accomplish to improve the quality of life for children and families abroad. From cleft pallets, cataracts, knee replacements to dental health and hygiene. Blanca's House does it all. I am proud to be a part of this very integral organization!

2 Kerry21

Donor

Rating: 5

Blanca's House is a great group of modest people making a tremendous impact on less fortunate people in Ecquador and also right here on long Island. Give locally, help globally!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently returned from my 10 th surgical mission with Blanca's House. Each time I volunteer, I am amazed at the passion and commitment of the charity and it's volunteers. Long hours of hard work that is so rewarding it is addicting. I will continue to volunteer with Blanca's House and tell anyone who will listen, what a worthy charity it is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Blanca's House is charity organization that provides surgical care to underserved populations in South and Central America. I am a Nurse Anesthetist and have been on 7 missions over the last few years. It has been the most professionally challenging and personally rewarding experience of my life. Both of my children have participated in missions to Ecuador as Junior Volunteers and are both ready to come again. It is an eye opening experience for an American teenager to see the conditions that exist outside of their "bubble". My Dad, who is retired and has no medical background, is now a regular volunteer and travels with Blanca's House more than I do! I have met so many amazing people working with Blanca's House I always look forward to our next mission. It is a wonderful organization that I hope to be involved with for a long time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the first time with Blanca's House last year in Ecuador. My expectations were easily surpassed! What a great group of professionals. My idea of professional isn't the stuff types who execute their duties with grimace and efficiency. To me, professionals must have real strength in interpersonal skills, execute tasks with a sense of humor, humility, drive, and extreme focus. Welcome to Blanca's House!! You can really help change peoples lives. I can't get enough, so I'm back and I've recruited my sister and her daughter. We don't hope to make a difference -We WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. If you're looking for one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, come to Blanca's House!
Bruce Thompson

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about Blanca's House! As a new volunteer and a student nurse anesthetist I had no idea what to expect, but from the moment I arrived at the airport it was clear to me that I would be working with and getting to know some amazing people. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive that I instantly felt comfortable. I was not expecting great accommodations on a mission like this, but the hotel was absolutely beautiful and the food was amazing! The days did not feel long because everyone worked so well together and I learned so much from the amazing nurse anesthetists on the mission. It was emotional to see how much each and every person truly cared for the patients. This experience changed my life and made me realize how important it is to give back. I am honored to say that I completed a mission with Blanca's House! Thank you!!

1 Sheila33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Blanca's House since 2006. I have traveled to Ecuador 3 times on medical missions and my family and I sponsored a boy from Ecuador in our home for 9 months. Kevin needed multiple life saving procedures and surgeries. Blanca's house had found Kevin on a mission but were unable to help him because his disease and deformity were too involved. They brought Kevin to America and all his care and hospitalizations were donated. Blanca's house is an amazing nonprofit organization. So many people have had their lives saved and changed by this organization. The people that Blanca's house serves in South and Central America have no access to medical care and many would have died without Blanca's house intervention. I am honored and humbled to be a small part of such an amazing group.
sheila campbell

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first mission with Blanca's House was in 2008. A surgical group went to Babahoya, Ecuador. We did many life saving surgeries, and we also did many colonoscopies and endoscopies. A 20 year old man came for an endoscopy. When the procedure was started the doctor immediately saw that the patient had an enormous tumor at the back of his throat. The procedure was stopped and when the patient woke up he said he knew that he had the tumor and was told that he would die without surgery, but could not afford the surgery. He was hoping that we could save his life. His surgery and post op care was more involved than we could handle on a mission. Phone calls were made and it was determined that he could have surgery in Quayaquil (the capital) for $1200. The patient had no money. We went to the director of Blanca's House to see what we could do. He said he could not ask any of the volunteers to donate any more money. Every volunteer (doctors, nurses, technicians and IT personnel) pay all their own expenses to go on these missions. That night at dinner, the story was told and in 5 minutes we had the $1200. Blanca's House saves countless lives on every mission, but this one was so special to me, because these volunteers who had given up their vacation time, time with families and money were so quick to reach in their pockets again. Every dollar donated to Blanca's house goes directly to patient care. Months later, we received a picture of this young man - happy and healthy - with a thank you letter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have participated in 3 missions. We went to Equador twice and Nicaragua once. These missions are exciting, challenging, exhausting but, most of all rewarding and humbling. We also donated money to purchase dental machines for the clinic in Equador and have money taken out monthly on a credit card as donation. We sell tickets and 50/50 raffle tickets for the annual halloween party and supply the table decorations. Our next mission will be in 2016 since we go every 2 years.

Kristine A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was blessed with the opportunity to work with Blanca's House in 2013 as a Nurse Anesthetist and again in 2014. This organization is extremely organized and exhibits extraordinary dedication to changing the lives of countless people through donated healthcare services. The volunteers are a mix of old and new comers, across a wide age spectrum, and are of diverse backgrounds. In both my experiences the team worked seamlessly because of the organization's strong leadership. By the week's end, volunteers cannot help but feel they are part of a great family. The work is infectious. I've never simultaneously worked and smiled so hard. I am a richer person because of Blanca's House. Thank you!!!

Carissa3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went on my first mission to Puyo, Ecuador in 2013 and I have been living off the memories ever since. I am looking forward to the next opportunity to go back. I found Blanca's House on a random google search and was looking for a group where I can serve the underprivileged as a PA for a long enough time to make a difference but not too long where I can return and still have a job. I was going by myself and safety was a major concern but I can say without hesitation I was extremely at ease in my environment. It was such a pleasure to help the people of Ecuador and to meet such wonderful people all with the same mission. I recommend all my students to look into Blanca's House to donate time and or money because it will change them more profoundly than they think. Blanca's House is an organized group of loving caregivers and it is a privilege to have met each and every one of them and work side by side to make the people of Ecuador a little better than when we got there.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Machala, Ecuador with Blanca's House as a medical student in February 2014. It was truly amazing how much good work the volunteers of Blanca's House did for the people that they provided free surgeries for as well as their families. It was gratifying as a student to be able to make a difference in people's lives and participate with a group of people that care about humanity and that are willing to work really hard and give of themselves for the sheer good that it brings. I hope to have the opportunity to participate with Blanca's House again in the near future.

Laura217

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have traveled on 2 missions with Blanca's house and referred many other volunteers and students. The volunteers that put together the missions and the participants are amazing , compassionate and provide the highest level of care for patients they serve . I recommend them without hesitation !

Donor

Rating: 5

I was so impressed with what a change they make with each life that they touch, so I decided to donate. Every dollar grows by making a difference for a lifetime and beyond.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first Blanca's House mission and it was fantastic. As a medical student, I got to work one on one with the attending physicians on several different aspects of patient care. There were times I saw a patient from screening all the way to PACU and then to post-op and discharge. Words cannot describe how proud I am of the team that served in Guayaquil this past month. We worked endless hours in that one week but every happy patient we saw the next morning during rounds made up for all the leg pain/coffee intake/lack of 8 hours of sleep. The one thing that sets Blanca's House apart from other missions is that there is CONTINUITY. The mission group receives emails from the coordinators with news on how our patients do after follow-up care is provided. This aspect of this group is important to me as it avoids medical tourism. If all that already didn't get you interested, the best part about this mission is the team camaraderie and being able to meet a group of like-minded individuals who believe in the cause. I appreciated that there was always a group that waited for the last of the team to join the bus back after a long day. The "MMF bond" was real. If you are interested in global health and like working in groups and meeting new people who share your interests, join Blanca's House on their next mission. Trust me, they'll put you to work and you will love every bit of it!