This organization is so grassroots oriented all of the project ideas are either coming from what the community has asked for or being carried out by community members. This organization is not simply concerned about filling the medical needs of a community or responding to a crisis, they are also creating the institutions that any society/nation/culture/community needs in order to support it's self and become sustainable.
As all of the big million dollar NGO's out there are still thinking about patchwork (fill the need until the money runs out and move on to the next hole) approach to humanitarian aid relief West African Medical Missions (WAMM) is building a movement and creating sustainable opportunities for the community that they are working in. Their motto is "SHIFTING THE PARADIGM" and that's exactly what needs to happen if anything anywhere is going to get better.
The type of projects any one Global Health Volunteer could be working on is very divers. For example I was implementing the front-end of a database for an HIV clinic, as my area of expertise in in electronic engineering. At the same time I was there another person from the U.S. was working on developing a and education plan to teach a low cost method of water filtration that reduces the cholera count by a significant percentage (i dont remember what the exact number is), which was developed by another volunteer in the group who was I think a Biochemist.
Your meals are traditional local staple foods, breakfast and dinner are provided. We were usually on our own for lunch, but funds were provided on occasion. My living quarters started out as a very primitive apartment. No running water, electricity was rare. But my location changed quickly to a nice compound with all the ammeities one could need.
WAMM tries to take everyone out for at least one group outing. I traveled across the country in a Land Rover with the rest of the group to spend a few days at tOutamba-Kilimi National Park.
Since my trip with WAMM I have stayed involved in anyway I can because it's one of the most effective ways I can use my energy to make a real and lasting impact in making this world a better place.
WAMM's starfish style organization methods should be implemented in the rest of the humanitarian aid/relief organizations and efforts around the globe.