Ecuador we arrive July 22, 2020 in Guayaquil at about 5 pm and are sleeping over then heading to Cuenca where we are being hosted by the Rotary Club. We have been there 5 times already, they bring in the people from surrounding villages. We return Aug 1st to Guayaquil to head home however many are staying on to visit. In terms of cost it is 900$ Canadian (hotel, meals, transportation etc) plus airfare. Contact Pierre Labine

Mexico we arrive Nov 21, 2020 in Puerto Vallarta and sleep over then have bus transportation to mission site near Ciudad Guzman . We are hosted by the DIF and the mayor. We return to Puerto Vallarta Nov 30th . IN terms of cost it is 850$ Canadian ( hotel, meals, transportation etc) plus airfare. We have been working in different surrounding villages for 20 years now

We would have room for around 6 students. In case of Canadian student, we can issue them tax receipts and the donor can claim the cost when they do their income tax in Canada since we are registered with Revenu Canada Contact Pierre Labine

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Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated and boosted, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021 or 2022.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process. We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organization:


US Government Travel Advise:

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

Michael Ciszek, OD, dipl ABO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

December 2021