Our mission carries further than our work to complete joint replacement surgeries in developing countries. We want to empower, educate and engage women and their larger communities. Empower–WOGO provides free life-altering orthopaedic surgery that eliminates debilitating arthritis and restores disabled joints so that patients can reclaim their ability to care for themselves, their families and […]
Archive | Cuba
Why do you volunteer with a medical team? (You’re not a doctor!)
I am often asked why I volunteer for a medical team when I’m not a medical person. Why would I want to spend vacation time in a hospital? It surprises me, not because I love being in hospitals (I actually don’t!) but because I love being with people and giving back to others. I don’t […]
That’s A Wrap!
Watching a team of more than 70 people come together and work as a well-oiled machine is a very satisfying thing. Adding in the large team from CIMEQ hospital who worked alongside us here in Havana, it’s incredible what was achieved. With so many personalities and work styles you could imagine things could get pretty […]
In Our Own Words
Often it’s difficult to find the right words about what we experience during a WOGO Medical Mission. There is always high emotion during a trip. There are always long days and sometimes my brain is too exhausted to tell the story. Today it seems our team members are finding the words that I want to […]
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Boy, a lot has been happening! The WOGO early team arrived in Havana, Cuba on Monday and spent the Tuesday and Wednesday setting up the OR, Floor, Central Processing and Warehouse areas for our team. Our Cuban counterparts are so incredibly warm and welcoming, it makes all the hard work so easy. Yesterday, the bulk […]
Twenty Things I’ve Learned as a WOGO Volunteer People are the same everywhere. They want to make friends. They want to learn about other cultures. A hug communicates so much. Toilet paper is a luxury. Bring your own. Pack light, you never know what your transportation is going to be. Try the local beer wherever […]
Art Can Change a Landscape and a Soul
Before every medical mission, we spend time learning about the arts and culture of the community we are preparing to visit. By learning about the people and cultures we visit, our minds are expanded and our lives our enhanced by the new knowledge and experience. The culture of Cuba is a melting pot of influences […]
100 Days to Go!
100 days from now, the WOGO team departs for Cuba. The final countdown is upon us. Each and every team member has some sort of preparation to complete, and we are finalizing our plans for hotels, restaurants, transportation, deliveries and shipping all of the final details are to come. Team members are pulling out their […]
New Scholarship for College Student Interested in Medicine
Thank you to everyone who applied for the scholarship. The application process is now closed. ———————– WOGO is pleased to announce the new Operation Walk scholarship for a college student who is interested in medicine. This scholarship is for a college student interested in medicine wishing to participate in our upcoming medical mission to Cuba […]
#Cargo4WOGO is Happening Now!
— “I love everything about the holidays: the decorations, the parties, and spending time with friends and family. What I love most is that feeling of giving back. Every bit counts.” – Brad Goreski — We invite you to join the WOGO team in participating in 2017’s #GivingTuesday campaign in support of our efforts to […]