Interserve New Zealand has on two occasions sent a medical team to Asia for a three week mostly observational trip, to Cambodia and to Western India. The visits have been extremely valuable particularly for medical students to see a quite different spectrum of disadvantage and disease, to see a variety of Christian responses to the needs, and to see Christian testimony in a culture where historically Christianity has not been dominant. It is also helpful to them in planning an elective period in their final (6th) year.
We are likely to plan future trips dependent on expressions of interest. Trips are generally suited to medical students from 2nd-6th year and others interested if the size of the team is suitable.
We also need further couples, if possible with medical and/or overseas mission experience, to help lead these trips.
For further information, please contact Wendy and Philip Pattemore (palliative care specialist and paediatrician respectively).