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Review for Boca Costa Medical Mission, Guatemala, Melbourne Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

From Ilse
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

Role:  Volunteer