This Aug. was my first mission trip to Guatemala with Bosta Costa Mission team from North Carolina. I saw with my own eyes what great need there is. Each team member served with compassion & just want to do more as the need is great. All 5 missions we participated in were service projects that honored our savior, Jesus Christ by showing love to our fellowman.
Having served twice with stove installation in Xojola I can personally tell you this is a staight to the "those in need" organization. All those that lead the Boca Costa could be sitting in the comfort of their homes in some resort but instead dedicate their lives to helping others. May God bless their work and generosity.
I have had the opportunity to serve with several different organizations and am very happy to recommend Boca Costa. Both my husband and I have been involved with this organization and have been blessed and thankful for the work that Jim and Dianne do daily for the people of Guatemala.
We look forward to working with them again...soon!
My first exposure to Boca Costa Medical Mission occurred in August of 2017. Up until this trip, most of my international mission work has been concentrated in Africa around an orphan empowerment project. This was my first experience in Guatemala, as well as my first medical mission endeavor. Having recently completed a Masters in Public Health, I assure you, I still had my program evaluation hat on while there! I can truly say that the work being done at Boca Costa Medical Mission fills a vital gap in providing healthcare to an area of great need. In addition to healthcare, Jim and Dianne Thompson along with Dr. Sergio and staff are working to build better health through prevention programs. Instead of just continuing to treat the high level of respiratory issues in the clinic, teams are brought in to install better ventilated stoves in the homes. This simple solution has already reduced clinic visits for respiratory issues, particularly in children. Anyone attempting to reduce poverty knows the key is education, especially for girls. This group has worked diligently to advocate for education and made great strides in spite of a culture that traditionally has not valued education for girls. As global health providers we always want to deliver culturally competent services, we want to do “with” and not “to” people. This program operates way beyond cultural competence; the people served have a deep trust and admiration for the staff of Boca Costa Medical Mission. From my experience, monetary donations are utilized in the best way to benefit the people. If you are looking to travel and serve there, the program is designed well and you will have wonderful, caring interpreters. I am grateful for people like Jim and Dianne Thompson who continue to serve in places that others will never go. It was a privilege to serve and I cannot wait to return!
Melissa Harrell, Goldsboro, North Carolina
It has once again been my privilege to participate in the work of the Boca Costa Medical Mission in Guatemala. The effect of this organization in meeting the needs of the indigenous Mayan people of this area is phenomenal. This was my 7th trip and I've seen such improvement in the lives of these people thanks to the work of the staff of Boca Costa Medical Mission. You can clearly and measurably see the better health of the people. The way in which services are provided is a model for great mission work, too! Jim and Dianne Thompson have worked to develop leadership within the local people for this project and the people served have an investment in it as well. They pay a very small price for clinic visits, but it gives them dignity in receiving these services. They carry all the materials for a new, vented, energy-efficient stove to be installed in their homes from the clinic site (no small feat in that terrain), and local members of the staff have been trained as nurses and health promoters. This is an amazing mission project and I'm so delighted to be able to be supportive in any way possible.
I had the privilege of spending time at Boca Costa Medical Mission again in August. The work that they do is amazing and vital to the people of that region. The difference in the health of the people who come to the clinic is obviously improving in the 4 years I've been working with Boca Costa. They are an excellent organization and work to improve all aspects of the health of the people they serve.
After three visits to Guatemala to work with Boca Costa Medical Mission, I am still awe struck at the hard work and dedication this organization provides for the people of Guatemala. I have seen first hand that Jim and Diane Thompson's efforts are making a huge impact on the lives of the people they touch with BCMM. I have been a registered nurse for 20 years and didn't understand the basic needs of the people living in Guatemala until I first visited in 2015. Jim and Diane are helping these hard working, dedicated people become healthier one life at a time. Their continued efforts to assist with much needed vitamins and medications, assistance with surgical cost and helping to educate on nutrition and diet are reaching farther and farther each year. I am amazed every time we ride up to Xojola on our bus and see the hundreds of people awaiting our arrival. Their faces light up at the site of much needed healthcare in their village. That's the moment I knew this organization was one of the best. The tireless efforts of the team to have all patients seen and given essential medications was a truly overwhelming feeling. The first two days in the village, tears would stream down my face when I thought about two people leaving their home in the US to come to Guatemala to make an impact on as many as possible. Jim and Diane's mission has changed my life forever and I look forward to being a part of this compassionate, efficient, life changing organization's mission in making the lives of the Guatemalan people better for a long time.
am pleased to share my enthusiasm for the Boca Costa Medical Mission (BCMM) in Guatemala. I volunteered twice with a team from Canajoharie, NY. The work was arduous but the gratitude from local indigenous folks was profound, as was their need for care.
Dianne and Jim Thompson, founders and directors of the BCMM, have constantly demonstrated complete dedication since 2003, to provide consistently available medical services (in their two clinics and one hospital) to the impoverished region of western Guatemala where there previously was no care for those remote highland villages. Their determination and energy has been a testament to the Mission's success.
My experiences there were so poignant that I began speaking of it to everyone I knew. One friend, who has never been to Guatemala, was so moved that he donated twice, making it possible to initiate regular dental services. And I now work with a Guatemalan colleague for his non-governmental organization which initiates community projects to enhance education and economic development in indigenous communities near Antigua.
I hope reviewers of the Boca Costa Medical Mission will be as impressed as I, and many like me, in giving it the highest accolades that it deserves.
Ilse Funk, MPA, BSN, RN
I have worked in the Boca Costa medical mission clinics for about 10 years. The needs of indigent villagers are met with a minimum of administrative expense. Almost all finances go directly to help the patients in the clinic by supporting physicians, nurses, pharmacy assistants, and locally trained physician assistants. I would highly recommend this organization for anyone looking for a hands on non-profit in a third world country.
Thank you so much for writing.
hola, hola... es un gran gusto para mi contar mi pequeña historia. la organización de Boca Costa, Guatemala, es de gran bendición para mi familia y para mi comunidad, a ayudado a muchas personas con jornadas medicas, medicinas, consultas y mas, gracias a ello persona de muy escasos recurso han podido obtener una revisión medica... niños han resibido atención con mucho cariño y amor al trabajo de ayudar, también a mi hermana menor la ayudaron en un tratamiento donde ella estaba muy critica en su enfermedad y gracias a Dios por la organización de Boca Costa, Guatemala y Dianne Thompson mi hermana hoy ya tiene 9 años de edad y esta mucho mejor ... me siento genial..... y deseo que sigan apoyando cada dia mas, por que hay muchas personas que necesitamos apoyo.. que Dios los bendiga.
Dr Roger Tims wrote,
In 2005 a diversified project group went to Guatemala to provide outpatient medical care, help w construction and have an exuberant children's program. Upon return the members noted that the work of Boca Costa and Jim and Dianne Thompson was so vital that a group has returned to work on an annual basis. The Thompson's persisted in spite of many difficulties and frustrations. In addition they completed clean water projects which had a profound and highly visible improvement in the health and growth of the children especially . Also they have built schools and supported extended education. Initially there were no sources for surgery for patients in need . Ultimately they discovered The Hospital Santa Fe de Cristo and Dr. Sergio Castillo. Dr. Castillo had left his residency program and a potentially very successful OB-Gyn practice to create the Hospital Santa Fe. The Thompsons and he were able to form a supportive relationship. The people they serve are the indigenous Maya who are the poorest and most abandoned people in Central America. The Thompson's have established continuing and sustaining clinic's and have trained the Maya and ladinos to develop the skills to maintain the existing clinics. Whether in the clinics, the hospital or water and construction projects, they have saved lives, improved overall health and opportunity for a needy people. I have made 5 return trips and it is amazing to see the changes. Boca Costa Medical Mission is a great non-profit organization , they have done so much for so many, with so little resources. Boca Costa deserves any acclamation or support your organization can give. Roger Tims
I have been part of the Boca Costa Medical Mission since it first arrived in Guatemala in 2003. Liitle did they know 11 years later they would be the go to clinics in this jungle area. The inhabitants, displaced Maya, work seasonally in sugar cane and coffee fincas. Cultural differences, language barriers, and poverty prevented their access to medical care in nearby towns. Dilapidated attempts at centers for health were overgrown with tropical plants or overtaken by the bat population. The Government of Guatemala was unable and in some cases unwilling to sustain and staff these modest buildings. Overpopulated and without any substantial infrastructur, the BCMM has grown and provides basic needs medical care to thousands each year. This is accomplished by maintaining 2 clinics that are staffed by local trained nurses and health promoters from the area. They are are supported by this non profit organization opening their doors 10 days per month. They also host medical and construction teams. Once basic needs are met such analgesics, creams etc are provided like those you are able to get at your local pharmacy and anitiparasitic treatment (deworming) is offered, referrals and financial aid is provided to the clients who need to go to the larger towns nearby to see doctors, get diagnosis, and even receive surgery. Not only have cultural, language and barriers of poverty been overcome but the next generation of this area is learning to live within and without their local villages. In 2003 most patients who visited the clinic had never been outside their village. Now they are aware of services in nearby towns and all the way to Guatemala City. A 14 year old girl came with her newborn niece, Catarina. The infant feeding program was established as Catarinas' mother died during childbirth. Assistance for local midwives became part of the program too. A 40 year old with a benign abdominal mass weighing almost 11 pounds was one of their first surgical emergencies. All children and adults with cleft lip and pallet have been served and now only the newborn with this congenital abnormality have the need. Parents know they can come straight to the clinic and they will be referred to other non profit or private intituitons and they need not fear social stigma or financial inability to pay for basic globally available health care. School antiparasitic programs with teachers documenting change of entire class behavior after deworming has led to deworming programs partnering in theory with the WHO and the Global Network of Neglected Tropical Diseases. To continue bringing the third world Boca Costa de Solola up to 21st century global health standards help them. If you've been there write a review.
Jim and Dianne Thompson have changed the lives of many people in Guatemala. They formed a non profit called Boca Costa Medical Missions, and have dedicated their lives to having a mission of faith and love. They have served, sponsored many children and families, gave many jobs to locals and made several clinics self sufficient with local employees. They have educated new leaders to help coordinate teams coming to serve with Boca Costa. They refer patients for much needed care from rural clinics to higher level of care facilities. They fund raise to keep the Mission sustainable to operate for years to come. I am very blessed to know and to have worked with Jim and Dianne Thompson. Their dedication, faith, and knowledge of the Guatemala country, customs and people, is the biggest reason I will continue to lead teams with Boca Costa knowing that they run a very organized, dependable mission who cares for all people, with no prejudices, and with the best interest of their patients. They are a first class non profit mission, and I am proud to be a part of their team. Anita Gooding Roanoke Va
I have been volunteering with the Boca Costa Medical Mission( Jim and Dianne Thompson) for 5 years,and I have been team leader for two years, and will lead again in 2014. The BCMM serves the indigenous Mayans in Western Guatemala who are some of the poorest people in Central America. This organization has changed the lives of so many people in the Mayan Community...In the past decade they hosted medical, Dental, construction, and stove installation teams.. They have also provided nursing education and training to several by helping local students through Nursing School ...The Mayan villages now have clinics being run by well train medical professionals to help manage and meet the medical needs of the different Mayan villages between teams with little or no cost to those who need the care.Some of their patients cannot get help for many reasons such as transportation, financial, too sick to travel, or the lack of education to know they are very sick and wait until they can no longer travel. I personally was able to go on several trips to homes of patients who were to sick to travel .This was not the first medical mission, I had been on,but it was my first to Guatemala in 2006 to work with Jim & Dianne, I must tell you that this was the most organized, well managed medical mission where you could actually feel and see the love between the missionaries and the patients. I was also amazed by the care the missionaries themselves gave where they were actually working & providing care to the Mayan people....I have NEVER in all my 22+ years of Nursing witnessed the appreciation and the love from the patients and staff that I observed when I worked with them. I was grateful to be part of their team to help provide the wonderful care they gave each and every patient that came through the clinic doors. I also witnessed how the people trusted them and was very happy to be taken care of while I worked with my team...I felt God blessed me with the skills and knowledge to be able to volunteer. It is now MY passion to continue to lead teams under the supervision of BCMM and encourage all of my family, friends, church family to volunteer as well. Most of our teams have 20+ volunteers and I have many friends in the medical field who have been with BCMM more than one time, and continue to support our medical mission if they cannot go. The villages served by this organization have benefited tremendously. BCMM ( Jim & Dianne Thompson) are a blessing to so many Guatemalans but also to those who volunteer. I would like to also acknowledge that they use local people who have now become part of the BCMM family. They are very kind, trustworthy, and professional., as they provide translating services that make our jobs of caring for the many people we see so much easier and we have so much fun getting to know each and everyone of them. Our transportation services and our bus driver is also a very important part of our team when we serve with BCMM. He provides us with safe travel and wonderful sight seeing information and he is very knowledgeable of his country, the people and places we get to visit. I have NEVER in all my years of serving with BCMM had any safety concerns for myself or the teams. Jim & Dianne's never ending hard work and dedication to Boca Costa Medical Mission is why MY passion is to lead teams to Guatemala, help provide the medical and dental care necessary to make their world a better place. I want to share our mission of Gods love and teaching to each and every person we have met and cared for in Guatemala who have touched and changed our lives.
BCMM is in my heart and in all Guatemalans heart too, I've been able to learn so much about this NGO and how they work that I can assure that they are so important for the country and for the people in it. I've met a lot of people with the biggest hearts and kindest souls, I'm truly happy and thankful that I had the blessing to work with them and learn of them, it has been the best experience of my life. When you see the people of the villages you can see the love, admiration and gratitude in their eyes towards the Boca Costa Medical Mission teams.
I fell in love with the Boca Costa Medical Mission in Guatemala in 2013 when I went as a nurse to work in their clinics for the indigent Mayan people of Guatemala. I returned in 2014 and 2016 and I plan to return in the future. Jim and Dianne the founders of this nonprofit have established a relationship with the Guatemalan people based on trust and compassion. They did not want a mission that would offer a temporary solution to the people's problems. Their hope was to teach the people how to be able to be more self sufficient. They have provided partnered with a local Guatemalan doctor who has chosen to work with in the jungle instead of the city. In one village they have provided a scholarship to train a local nurse. In 2016 our team also helped to build vented cook stoves in order to improve living standards. They worked with local Guatemalans who will maintain the stoves after the team is gone. Thank you BCMM for all you do for the Guatemalan people!
I met the founders of Boca Costa in 2004 while on mission with another group. I became very interested in their work & went to the jungle and worked in the clinic with them. It amazed me how many people were there and how far they had walked to get there. Every patient is treated medically with dignity and respect
BCMM has deeply enriched the lives of the Guatemalan people while providing care they would not otherwise have
They are passionate about serving the people as well as educating them in preventative health measures.
BCMM has established a network of medical clinics in Guatemala that serves thousands who would not have medical care without them.
My absolute favorite non profit
I am a physician from New Hampshire. Two years ago, I participated in a medical mission with some colleagues. We worked with BCMM, spending a week with them in Xojola and San Antonio. I had participated in one other mission previously and I can say that this was well-coordinated and we felt well supported. In June of 2016, I was able to lead a team , working again with BCMM. I was impressed with how much progress they had made in Xojola, not just with staffing but also with upgrades to the clinic itself. Their in country coordinator, Maria, is excellent! The addition of Dr. Sergio as a regular medical provider and a dentist (who we unfortunately did not meet) has really allowed BCMM to expand their presence in the community. I was also impressed with their strategic plan and ability to implement it.
We are already planning a return visit next year and will add stove installation as well.
This is a terrific group of people who are truly dedicated to serving the people in Xojola and the surrounding area.
I've been able to work with Boca costa as an English -Spanish translator and the work that the organization does is just amazing, Boca costa has the ability to really help people out, and to give patients the follow up they need. And they also help out people with the stove projects reducing lungs diseases. I've seen how other organizations work but not one can be compared to Boca costa. It truly is one Of the best organizations because it really really helps people. And Guatemalans are very thankful for their help. You can go if you have a simple cold or if you need an operation, Boca costa will help you out even if you don't have the economic resources. There's nothing compared to that. Thank you so much for your help
BCMM is professional and fully understands the needs of the amazing people in the jungle of Guatemala. They have established a respect and trust from the locals that is very hard to earn. Not only are they making a huge difference medically in the lives of their communities but recognize the need for the Onil Stoves to help with lung issues in both adults and children as well as watery eyes and difficulty sleeping as a result. Part of their mission is for the groups who come to have the opportunity to be a part of the community and establish a connection while keeping safety as a priority. I've been working with BCMM for several years and have attended multiple trips and have enjoyed every one. I always feel the people of Gatemalal send me back to the US with so much joy, of which I am extremely grateful, that each trip is better than the last. BCMM has an amazing team of dedicated professionals helping to plan each team based on the specific groups interest and including accommodations, meals, interpreters, clinic staff to name a few. Well done BCMM!
I went on my first foreign mission to Guatemala in August of this year. I worked with a team teaching Bible School to children. It was a life changing experience for me. The children were so open and loving that your heart just goes out to them. We gave out shoes and after we had no more to give, the children still ask for them. The group I was with all did a great job in a lot of different areas. It was a bonding experience for the team as we shared with the Mayan and Spanish people.
I again had a great experience serving this group. It is obvious the effect they have had in the remote area of Guatemala. After 5 years the improvement in the health is measurable. Great job Boca Costa!
I have worked with Boca Costa for the last three years. They serve the Mayan population of Guatemala health care. Diane and Jim Thompson are two of the most giving organizers of a non profit that I have ever worked with. They coordinate medical personnel to visit the 4 clinics in the area near Mazatango. They have also worked to have people from the area trained in nursing to carry on with care between the teams. Currently they are working on a new facility to provide care. There is no finer non profit out there in my eyes!
BCMM is amazing! I recently chaperoned a group of high schoolers on a trip to Guatemala for the second time and the experience we had working with BCMM was super impactful. Not just for those we served but it was life-changing for the youth on the trip serving. BCMM does so much for the communities it works in, has such a tight grasp on the needs of the communities, and shows so much love and care for the teams coming to work with them. I can't wait return and work with BCMM again!
This year was my second medical service trip to Guatemala through BCMM. The experience was so rewarding that myself and other members of my team are already planning our return trip for next year! Through BCMM my team helped provide medical care to over 600 people who otherwise would not have access to even the most basic health care. We worked in clinics in Xojola, Chocola, San Antonio. Special thanks to Maria Jose Yurrita Martinez, our in-country coordinator, for her tireless efforts in improving the lives of so many ; Dr Sergio and his wife Veronica: Grace , who worked side by side with me, and whose excellent Spanish skills helped me communicate with my patients: our translators; the local villagers who work in the clinics and helped us manage our daily tasks: Adolfo Santizo for his amazing and skilled driving , transporting us to and from our destinations and also acting as our tour guide; Dianne and Jim Thompson, whose dedication to BCMM made this all possible ; and to my amazing team members !!! I hope to return to Guatemala for many years to come!!!
The Boca Costa Medical mission in Guatemala has been around for over 13 years.
Amazing inroads to the betterment of health in the entire area has been achieved through consistent access to basic medical care and then assistance to higher levels of care when possible. Whether deworming or finding the right surgeon they strive to meet the needs of each patient. The language of the client is taken into consideration. Translators are always used with visiting teams making the experience of serving with this mission an intimate relationship with the local culture of Maya K'iche. I am very proud of the BCMM.
BCMM is a true grass roots organization. We came across this organization by a Google search for our small group of volunteers wanting to help in Guatemala. This group is run by a married couple, Jim and Diane Thompson, whose heart and soul is Guatemala! This is their passion to help. Our group came down yearly for about 8 years and was one of our most memorable experiences. They were wonderful to work with, helped us plan every step of the way. They have developed over the years wonderful relationships with village elders and have since developed some permanent clinics within. Always looking for ways to help the villagers with medical and dental care and beyond with helping some pursue medical training to return to these villages. I can not say enough great things about this small but impressive organization. 100% goes to helping the people of Guatemala. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!!!
Boca Costa MM is by far, the best organization I have dealt with. Both Jim and Diane give 110%. Their home is now Guatemala, even though it was initially meant to be short term. But it became part of their blood. They have helped so many people, not only by arranging medical care with supplies and teams but more importantly by teaching and providing support to many local communities. Helping villages to be self supporting, providing education to train locals on how to medically help their own communities, assisting with improved public health and on and on. Couldn't say enough about this place. I am so glad to have experienced volunteering through the Boca Costa MM.
It was such a wonderful experience to be a part of the Boca Costa Medical Mission team. I am so glad that I got this opportunity. Our team lead Anita Gooding is an excellent leader and very organized. Our team was very professional and fun at the same time. Guatemala is a beautiful country and the people are very nice and courteous. Everyone from developed country should participate in mission like this at least once just to know how blessed you are and learn from attitude of the people in those countries.
It was such a great experience at the Boca Costa Medical Mission in Guatemala. Working with children and adults at xohola opened my eyes and I realized how I am so blessed. People at Boca Costa are so wonderful but they need more help and care medically. I would like to go meet them again. :)
The leader did a fantastic job organizing our trip and there were lots of helpers in Guatemala. The Food was great and the interpreters were awesome. If you would like to go on the medical mission, please bring a good amount of money for tips. :)
Jim and Dianne do a ministry that is vital to the indigenous Mayan people. Absolutely trustworthy and extremely conscientious use of funding. This is a life-changing organization.
An excellent ministry. Everything they do is top notch. The folks they minister to are the poorest of the poor. I have worked with them in the past and have been donating money for years.
I have been on 2 medical/construction missions to Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala. Jim and Dianne Thompson have always welcomed us with open arms. It is amazing how they coordinate groups that come to help. Everyone has their tasks which allows more patients to be seen. You are exhausted by the end of the day, but you feel fulfilled. It is a pleasure working with them and providing help to the very deserving people who live in the highlands who otherwise do not have the advantage of medical care. Dianne and Jim know and understand their patients. I wish I could go back more often. God Bless Dianne and Jim with their ministry.
Boca Costa Medical Mission, founded by Jim and Dianne Thompson, have done so many good things for the indigenous and impoverished Maya People in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. They have completed clean water projects which changed the health of entire villages and especially the health of the children. Boca Costa has formed continuing clinics. Volunteer teams from the U S hosted and directed by Boca Costa have provided medical care, built schools and clinics. Boca Costa oversees an infant feeding program. They also work with a surgeon Dr . Sergio Castillo and the Hospital Santa Fe de Cristo to help patients obtain the necessary surgical or Hospital. Dianne and Jim Thompson are people of great faith, determination and endurance- American Heroes.
Boca Costa Medical Mission is a fantastic organization that provides much-needed medical and healthcare services to indigenous Mayan populations in Guatemala. I have worked closely with the organization for several years and their commitment, thoughtfulness, and overall positive impact is outstanding; especially when considering the difficulties and barriers that impede charitable efforts throughout Guatemala. Boca Costa Medical Mission has indubitably touched countless individual lives and enhanced the overall livelihood of several communities – families have access to medicine, children have clean clothes to wear and a pair of shoes for their feet, and the personal hygiene of individuals continues to improve. Boca Costa Medical Mission is the epitome of service and care.
I have worked with a mission team with Boca Costa Missions as a pharmacist for 3 years in a row. Their work is efficent and is sorely needed in rural Guatemala where an indigent Mayan population is served. It is a no frill but class organization that simply gets the work accomplished.
Boca costa offers a truly wonderful experience both for the volunteer and the Guatemalan recipients. The Boca Costa staff ensures that the work done is desired by the Maya people in a way that is respectful of their culture. Volunteers have the opportunity to walk with the Maya on their life journey and meet them where they live and work.
Boca Costa is a wonderful mission because they are in for the long haul. They have set up 2 very functional clinics and have involved local people in the daily operation of both. Guatemalans benefit from inexpensive healthcare and Americans benefit from working with people from the Maya culture. It is a beautiful thing to see Dianne and Jim Thompson interact and care for the people of these two small villages and the greater surrounding area. They have even begun to support a small local hospital where surgeries and other treatments can be handled.
Jim and Dianne run an organized non-profit, introduce Americans to Guatemala in a safe, efficient way, and do God's work with their love.
I have volunteered for two missions with Boca costa and I am proud to be part of this team of dedicated, caring people. The systematic and professional way the whole program is run needs to be commended. Keeping their goal, to help the people stay healthy, really keeps their minds constantly working on how can they do better. Their dedication is outstanding. I can see for myself how much the recipients love their services and want them to keep coming back. I will continue to volunteer for years to come. What a great team.
It is in giving that we receive. This phrase resounds in my heart and mind especially after completing two medical/construction missions with the Boca Costa Medical Mission. If you find yourself vacilating about volunteering, just connect with Boca Costa one time and you will not only be amazed at how well these professional people coordinate each group with the impoverished Mayan people who are in great need of our help, you will also find yourself hooked. It is a magnificent way to give of oneself for the betterment of those less fortunate than ourselves. Boca Costa is deeply entrenched in their dedication in serving these wonderful loving people.
While my wife worked with the medical teams at two of their Clinics, I had the pleasure of both working and leading a team of volunteers in constructing specially designed stoves in 70+ "homes." These stoves are designed to keep the smoke and fire away from the people by venting the smoke out through their corrugated aluminum roofs and enclosing the wood fires within a special combustion chamber. Both of these elements (smoke and fire) are major contributors to the poor health of these people. Respiratory problems and serious burns, especially to children, are significantly mitigated once these stoves are installed. They also help reduce the use of firewood (and expense few can afford), and gives each recipient a safe cooking surface.
Boca Costa facilitates this process, in addition coordinates in-country transportation and accommodations including food.
Be not afraid to be a part of Boca Costa Mission. You will receive more than you can give. Their love awaits you.
This is a wonderfully helpful resource for the Mayan people ! They are totally dedicated to helping their community be healthier. Helping is a blessing to me when I am able. So glad for the teams planning to go help this mission!
The Boca Costa Medical Mission is a wonderful mission assisting the under served in Guatemala. My husband and I were proud members of a medical team and worked in the medical clinics. We went four years in a row and worked side by side with other medical and dental professionals. Jim and Diane are dedicated, loving people who truly serve with all their hearts. The people of Guatemala touched our lives and hearts. Jim and Diane work side by side with the people in the villages to assist them to improve their healthcare and education. We miss them and all of the wonderful people who opened their lives to us.
Just completed my first medical mission. Very impressive work being done for people who are geographically isolated live in conditions we could not imagine. Continued blessings for this work.
NB: clarification on the impact. I think it impacts the people served greatly. The impact on me was not life changing only because my life was changed with the very first project I did However, this organization changes lives!
I have just returned from my second year of mission work with Boca Costa. The mission led by Jim and Dianne Thompson is very well organized. In addition to ensuring that the work needed in the villages is carried out efficiently during the week, they are just as concerned about the safety and well-being of the team members. I cannot adequately express how great this mission is, as well as Jim and Dianne.
I recently returned from a nine-day mission trip to Guatemala. It was a life changing experience. Boca Costa Medical Mission have done fantastic work. Our trip was very well organized thanks to the Thompson's. We provided care to over 600 patients while we were there.
I have been part of the Boca Costa Medical Mission for 12 years. It has changed my life, the way I see the world, the poor, even the way I spend money and use resources. It has been challenging, heart breaking, rewarding and wonderful. Sometimes all of these in the same day. I fell in love with a people (the Maya), I didn't even know a few years ago. Most importantly, it has shown how God can use people who just stand up and say "I'll go, send me".
Jim Thompson, BCMM
I have known Jim and Dianne for about 9 years and led medical/VBS/construction teams there for 6 of those years and now Anita15 leads the teams from our District UMC. I give them 5 stars for the work they have done to bring quality medicine to the Mayans in the Boca Costa region. They have taught local Mayans so they can hold clinics with and without outside help from mission teams. That should be the goal of all missioners and Jim and Dianne have done that.
In 2004, our churchteam went to Guatemala for the first time as a medical mission team and although I felt before going I had left my comfort zone, I really wanted to experience what my boys enjoyed in spending time in a foreign country. I thoughly enjoyed being a member of the team that year and have since gone four more times. The Boca Costa Medical Mission does a great job in helping the Mayan people in their land and their community. Jim and Diane Thompson are excellent role models as well as the others working among them in the clinic. Everyone there showed respect, love to their fellow men and I too got much satisfaction in going and serving/
I gave Boca Costa Medical Mission 5 stars because I already had the highest of expectations. The sacrificial love and dedication to the local populations served and the logistics required for each volunteer medical group that arrives, show a lifelong dedication to the Guatemalans. There is a connection and dignity in the way they serve and heal and minister to their needs. I personally served on one such mission from North Carolina and was changed forever. I still have a love for the Guatemalans as does the many people who continue to serve year after year at their own expense.
After we said yes that we (my wife and I) would go and vounteer to help at Boca Costa Medical Mission in Gutemala, the doubts began to creep in. However, upon our arrival it was evident that all those concerns became moot for the needs were far greater than any of our worries. It became immediately apparent to us that Diane, Jim, Pete and Betsy had all the details worked out for the entire group. Our jobs were clearly identified and the workload was organized, professional, efficient and above all, loving.
Many say that once you volunteer to do this labor of love, your life will change. Don't doubt anyone who tells you that. God will take care of you and He will make all things possible especially since he has four wonderful dedicate leaders; JIm, Diane, Pete and Betsy. Of course there is Maria Jose and the many others that are just as important.
If you are wondering if you can do this kind of work, don't doubt yourself. Please don't for there are too many poor in our midst and God has asked that we help them.
"We are Asociacion Vine International Guatemala. My wife and I disseminate donated medicines, medical supplies, medical equipment collected in the USA, Canada and Europe to several medical and humanitarian aid groups here in Guatemala. We have known Jim and Dianne for years and they come 'shop' in our warehouse on occasions.
Boca Costa Medical serves in an area where the national hospital system officially says no one lives there. This is a huge surprise to the local Mayan in literally hundreds of small villages. Using short term teams of doctors and nurses they serve campaign style into these communities. In many of them there would be NO medical care. It would take hours of walking and riding buses to get to a doctor. When they are between teams they do not let dust collect on their medicines and are out in the field treating, scouting for next teams, and helping with a Christian national hospital - Hospital Santa Fe in Chocola. This area will be extremely under served medically for the next 5 years due to blight in the coffee lands. This medical group saves lives, improves the survival rate of infants and children and are worthy of support.
Dennis and Cindy McCutcheon, vice president
Asociacion Vine International Guatemala (www.vineinternational.org)"
About 10 years ago Jim and Diane Thompson and I were part of a United Methodist building team working in Guatemala. They found a small abandoned government building that could be turned into a medical clinic with a lot of work. They decided to give up their jobs and home in Asheville, NC and move to Guatemala to refurbish the building and begin medical service to the indigenous natives in rural Guatemala. They had to find and train nurses, interpreters and other staff. Because of poverty, an jnfant feeding program was established added by donations of money and formula, Last year while I was at one of the two clinics when a small gray-haired woman came to the clinic with a very small baby. The baby's mother had died in childbirth and she came for formula. I offer to pay for months of formula but they told me that it was already taken care of. The
They have initiated antiparasite medication, helped developed some clean water systems, formed scholarships for children (school is not free for children over 12), They now have assisted getting access to a small hospital that can provide some surgery and is equipped with incubators.
My church has been sending a team of of several doctors, several nurses and other volunteers that will install Onil stoves in homes, roof buildings, paint schools and any other chores that can be done by non-medical people. We also provide for many medicines (every patient including all children, leaves with at least a 30 day supply of vitamins. Other churches and doctor's organizations have also provided services. For example, with their staff, 2 or 3 volunteer doctors and 2 nurses they can serve over 500 patients in a 5 day week. Our church would not participate with Boca Costa unless they were they were doing thing in the right way and they are first class.
I have been part of the Boca Costa Medical Mission since five years ago, and I really think that it has been a blessing for the Guatemalan people, especially to those that live at the rural areas where they have their clinics.
They have many different types of programs such as construction, formula for babies, scolarships and many many more.
Before I was part of this I have no idea of how hard it was for the mayan people to get the basic medical care since they had to travel many miles to the nearest hopital......They have also trained local nurses and help promoters to assist people on an emergency.
Jim and Dianne have dedicated their lifes to help the Mayans since they moved to Guatemala, their work here is invaluable.
It´s a blessing to be part of this organization.
I have been volunteering as a clinic nurse with the Boca Costa Medical Mission once or twice a year through my church since 2004. The BCMM serves the indigenous Mayans in Western Guatemala who are some of the poorest people in Central America. The accomplishments this organization has made in the past decade is nothing short of miraculous. Not only have they hosted medical, construction & O'Neil stove installation teams, they have also provided nursing education & trained local villagers to manage the health needs of the villagers between teams. This is a very well managed non-profit. As long as I am able to volunteer, I will, and I will continue to encourage others to volunteer as well. The villages served by this organization have benefitted tremendously. BCMM is a blessing to so many Guatemalans but also to those who volunteer.
I have had the privilege of going to work with the native Mayans of Guatemala twice because of Boca Costa Medical Mission.
My first experience serving the native Mayan communities of Xojola and Paquila was in July, 2012. During this trip, I helped to share the word of God and taught dental hygiene to the children of these communities in the school setting. In the afternoons, I would work in the pharmacy at the clinics. Working in the pharmacy, I saw almost every patient that came through the doors receiving an anti-worming medication. This population was inundated with parasitic worms.
Returning in August, 2013, I worked in the clinical setting with hands on patient care. This allowed me to see how the ongoing preventative anti-worming medication had tremendously decreased the number of patients suffering from these parasites.
This is but one small facet of the wonders that have occurred in these villages because of the presence of Boca Costa Medical Mission. Each day that they are in operation, someone has a life altering event that occurs because this Mission exists. Thank you for the work you do each day and for giving me an opportunity to be an active participant in your work.