Currently GMT travels to Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. We do a total of about 30 trips per year, with most trips aligning with university break periods. There are are multiple airports in these countries but we always fly in and out of Managua, Nicaragua (MGA), Panama City, Panama-Tocumen (PTY) and Las Americas Airport, Santo Domingo Dominican Republic (SDQ).
In all cases, the dates listed are the "fly-in" and "fly-out" dates. You can arrive and depart at anytime during those days. You should NOT purchase plane tickets until you get an email from our central office telling you that we have confirmed the trip and it is ok to do so. If you are sure about anything it's best to ask before you buy the tickets; do not make assumptions.GMT staff will meet you at the airport or arrange transportation for you but only if you submit your flight details to your trip coordinator.
The charges will be calculated when you register. We use the registration fee money to pay for in-country travel expenses, translators, guides and local physician salaries, food, clinic day meals and medications we distribute during the clinics. A small portion goes to pay general administrative staff salaries.
You need to submit a payment at the time of registration. If you just register on the site but do not pay, you are not fully registered and we will assume you are not coming. If you mail in your payment you will get an email from our registration system when we have received the payment.
Our trips vary in length with the shortest being about one week. We usually do 4 clinic days and one "beach" or other recreation day on the shorter trips and more clinic days as the trips get longer.
What's Included and What's Not
Local travel expenses to and from clinics and between cities if we move hotels during a trip
All clinic day expenses (translators, guides, doctors, medications and supplies)
Breakfast and lunch on Clinic days
Flights to and from your destination country
Airport transfers (taxi or shuttle bus)
Food other than what is mentioned above
This will be listed for the particular trip you are registering for on your site, but it is generaly 7 weeks prior to the start date of the trip. We give you one more week to receive your payment.
Feb 19th (fly-in any time, day or night)
Feb 27th (fly-out any time, day or night)
$1,250 for premeds & $1,370 for predents
Flight tickets are not included.
Application & Payment deadline:
Jan 2nd for both payment and application (approximately 7 weeks before the trip starts).
The cost includes ground transportation*, tours, lodging, breakfast and lunch only on clinic days, guides, interpreters, medical supervision and medical supplies. You will get a detailed itinerary, at least one month before the trip starts.
*Cost of flights and airport transfers is not included. Airport tax is not included.
A detailed itinerary will be emailed and posted when it becomes available. Generally, 9 day trips will follow the basic format of:
Arrival / hotel transfer
Beach or other recreational/cultural day
Airport Transfer/ Departure
My favorite non-clinic memory from the trip was getting to know the doctors after clinic sessions. I felt that I learned a lot from them because they were the ones who guided our medical training at all times in the clinic. This is important because they earned my respect in this manner. I also learned that the doctors from Panama are extremely different from the doctors here in the United States. I can say that the doctors from Panama have more wisdom than the doctors over here due to the social level of patients that they deal with in their everyday lives. More so, apart from clinically diagnosing them, Panamanian doctors have a higher probability of diagnosing patient's with psycho-social problems apart from health related issues. Whereas, this is not so common here in North America.- Angela, Junior, Hunter College