My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for University Camps, Los Angeles, CA, USA
I was looking over a nonprofit I serve with now as a medical doctor in Africa and thought I would look up what was said about UniCamp. I was a member of the UniCamp community back in 1975-1978. I had worked as a counselor for 2 summers and head counselor for 2 more summers. I was a board member for a few years as well. After all these many years I look back at the time spent with UniCamp and think of how rich this time was. It was a time when I learned to know my world extended far beyond my self, to share with others a genuine life full of hope, frustrations, sadness, happiness, surprise, and love.
Even to this day memories of faces and times spent together return to me with joy. I still have close friends from my UniCamp days and sing songs we sang together.
I most heartily encourage you look into this organization and drink deep as a fine wine that only improves with age.
Review for MISSION DOCTORS ASSOCIATION, Los Angeles, CA, USA
I have served multiple times with Mission Doctors Association, both long-term and short-term since 1990, our most recent placement being January through June 2017. My family and I have served in Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, and Uganda. MDA, from the start, has provided us with information and preparation for each site. Multiple placements have been available and MDA helps in suggesting where my abilities and skills best match a given community's needs. During the times we have been overseas we continue to receive support from MDA.
While we have never needed it, we have always known that MDA would give us intense support and help if we encountered an emergency situation while overseas.
My wife and I have participated in a number of the orientation/information retreats; they have been well-organized and provide prospective volunteers with realistic and comprehensive information to help them discern if this type of work is appropriate for them. One of the aspects that we appreciate the most is the emphasis placed on the spiritual dimension of the mission experience.
I would strongly encourage doctors who feel they are being called to this kind of work to contact MDA and explore what they have to offer.