In 2011, Compassus and Living Hope developed an international exchange program to serve the underprivileged in Cape Town, South Africa This program was a natural fit for Compassus, as both organizations share the same core values and a “a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the desire to relieve it” . The vision of the exchange program was for Compassus team members to voluntarily work side-by-side with Living Hope staff and clinicians as part of an annual mission trip.
In 2012, an inaugural fact-finding and cultural immersion trip took place to ensure success. Since then, many team members have annually volunteered to share their talents and skills with the people in South Africa.
We are pleased to announce the plan for our 2022 mission trip.
What, why, who, when, where?
A group of team members from all levels of Compassus will accompany Living Hope Healthcare providers (hospice inpatient unit and community-based care) to impoverished townships. A representative from Living Hope and Travel Leaders will arrange all the logistics for our 2022 trip.
A small group of team members from all levels of Compassus will accompany Living Hope Healthcare providers (hospice inpatient unit and community-based care) to impoverished townships in Cape Town, South Africa. A representative from Living Hope and Travel Leaders will arrange all the logistics for our 2022 trip.
Compassus sends a full IDT team, including a physician, registered nurse, hospice aide, social worker, bereavement coordinator and chaplain. This year we are excited to include home office team members as well. The Living Hope Committee will provide an orientation and introduction to the cultural and practical elements of the trip prior to departure.
The team will depart Saturday, September 10th and arrive in Cape Town on Sunday, September 11th. The team will work Monday through Friday, have a day to explore and visit the surrounding countryside on Saturday. The team will depart South Africa on Sunday, September 18th and return to the states on Monday, September 19th. Total flight time is 18 hours each way and usually connects through Amsterdam or England.
The mission trip takes place in Cape Town, South Africa. All immunizations, airfare, lodging, meals, and ground transportation are paid by Compassus. All passport fees and elective expenses (e.g., souvenirs and incidentals) will be the responsibility of each team member.
You must have a current, valid United States Passport to be considered. If your passport is scheduled to expire, please renew it immediately. Please note: Renewal offices have been experiencing unprecedented surge for passport renewals requiring a 3-6 week processing time.
Also, you must have the following immunizations to travel to South Africa: COVID-19, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Full Polio, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and Chicken Pox.
Applications are due Friday, June 3.
To apply, you must upload a letter of recommendation from the ACO, AME, or ED of your program. An ACO, AME, or ED can recommend more than one person. If you are an ACO, AME, ED or Medical Director, you will need a recommendation from the Divisional President to be considered. Home office team members will need a recommendation from their department head. All parts of the application, including the letter of recommendation, must be completed by the deadline to be considered.
For questions about the 2022 Living Hope Mission Trip, email LivingHope@compassus.com.