Passion to Heal℠ provides dermatologists, ophthalmologists and associated practitioners with the opportunity to travel on a fully funded trip to Kenya or India to help transform health care for thousands of children and community members.

Why Passion to Heal℠ Medical Volunteer Trips?

In WE Villages communities, we’ve seen inspiring advancements in basic health care. Specialized care, however, remains out of reach for many of our rural community members. Without expertise in dermatology or ophthalmology, doctors struggle to treat and diagnose skin and eye conditions, which are widespread across many rural communities. A 1999 study found that 32.4% of children screened in rural Kenya suffered from skin disease.


Through Passion to Heal℠, an initiative of Valeant Pharmaceuticals NA LLC (VPNA), WE Villages, formerly Free the Children has developed a comprehensive program for advanced diagnosis and treatment of skin and eye conditions in rural Kenya and India through medical volunteer trips. In collaboration with WE Charity’s implementation partner, ME to WE Trips, the Passion to Heal℠ initiative funds the cost of the medical volunteer trips. This provides American dermatologists, ophthalmologists, optometrists and associated practitioners the opportunity to travel free of charge to help treat and educate community members, while training local clinicians to create sustainable solutions.

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Join Us on a Medical Volunteer Trip

Change the lives of others and your own by traveling to Kenya or India this year. Trip dates are as follows:

2019 Trip Dates Coming Soon

Kenya: September 15 – 24, 2018

If you have any questions about the program or are interested in learning more about a potential volunteer opportunity in 2018, please email [email protected].

Passion to Heal℠ trips are free of charge for trip participants; costs are covered by the generous support of VPNA. For more information, please refer to the sample itineraries below.

“Passion To Heal℠ has renewed my reason for practicing medicine in the first place—helping others in need.”

Medical Volunteer Trip Participant



Doctor giving vaccination

About the Trip

Participants on Passion to Heal℠ trips will have a lasting impact on the level of health care in rural communities. The trip will include the following:

  1. Screening students in WE Villages primary schools for potential skin and eye conditions.
  2. Diagnosing and prescribing treatment for students and community members.
  3. Preventing further illnesses by identifying potential causes of common dermatological and ophthalmological conditions present in these communities.
  4. Working with our local health care team to build their capacity for diagnosis and ability to provide optimal treatment for a range of skin and eye conditions.

Doctors examining school kids
Doctors examining school kids

Health: Part of a Holistic Development Model

Health care is implemented across WE Villages communities as part of its sustainable development model. Designed to meet the basic needs of developing communities and to eliminate the obstacles preventing children from accessing education, WE Villages development model is made up of five pillars: Education, Water, Food, Health and Opportunity. WE Villages programming takes place in Kenya, India, Ecuador, Nicaragua, rural China, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Haiti.


WE Villages works in Kenya’s Narok South District, home to the Maasai Mara, providing health care programming that includes community and health education programs, mobile health clinics, school-based health clubs and nutrition programs, and health clinic services.


India officially became a WE Villages country in 2008. Since then, we have implemented health programming in the Rajasthan region with a focus on health education and outreach, mobile health clinics, and the construction and repair of Anginwadis (local health resource centres).

A selection committee at WE Charity will review all applications and make the selections. The ideal candidate provides all valid documentation in a timely manner and has some previous experience in volunteering and medical volunteer trips.

A total of 60 skin care professionals and 10 eye care professionals will be eligible to join the Passion to Heal programs in Kenya and India throughout 2018.

No. Passion to Heal℠ trips are exclusively open to dermatologists, ophthalmologists, optometrists and associated medical practitioners.

For participants interested in extending their time in country, ME to WE would be pleased to arrange leisure travel services for successful applicants and their families prior to or following the scheduled programs.

Applicants will be notified by email or phone if they have been selected for a Passion to Heal℠ trip.

Program participants must agree to:

  • Share photocopies of required documents for their application
  • Be responsible for obtaining a valid passport and visitor visa (if applicable) prior to their trip
  • Make arrangements to visit a travel medical clinic at least 6 weeks prior to their trip
  • Take all immunizations and preventative medicine recommended by a recognized travel medical clinic in advance of their trip
  • Respect and abide by all rules and directives of ME to WE staff
  • Complete a Pasion to Heal℠ trip report

Program participants are encouraged to:

  • Take and share photos, and participate in social media opportunities provided by WE Villages and ME to WE
  • Share your experience with colleagues
  • Participate in the webinars offered