The 2017 trip dates will be: March 11-18, 2017

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Honduras ENT Surgical Team

Trip Dates:   March 11-18, 2017

Updates will be added at the end of this page.

Welcome to the Honduras trip info site!   The goal of this page is to post important information on this site that will help every one with their preparations, and travel, for the Hackett Hemwall 2017 ENT Surgical trip.

Information will be added as time goes on.  If you think of items that you feel would be helpful, please email me and let me know.   

Dates:   March 11, 2017 to March 18, 2017 -Saturday to Saturday.

Fees:     Your fees cover your hotel room (2 people to a room) and all group meals in Honduras, ground transportation once you get to the airport in San Pedro Sula on March 9, (you need to arrive by 2:30 pm), and transportation in LaCeiba. Fees also help cover with the cost of our medical supplies that we use in Honduras and for the cost of transporting supplies to Honduras.      The fee that we charge participants is set to only cover the HHF expenses - the foundation just hopes to “break even” on this and all other projects! .  You will be able to pay your fees with PayPal.  

Fees for the week:    XXX

Private room additional charge:   XXX

All fees are due by January 15, 2017

To pay your fees, please use the PayPal buttons below  OR  if you would prefer, pay by check - Check should be made out to The Hackett Hemwall Foundation and mailed to:  Julie Olson, RN, HHF Treasurer, 4606 Shore Acres Road, Monona, WI  53716

Fees for 2017 trip have NOT yet been determined.  DO NOT PAY FEES until this area has been updated.

ENT Fees Honduras

Private Room Fee

Shared room (2 people in a double room) is provided for in the fee.  If you would like to have a private room, please pay the additional fee - if there is not a private room available, the fee will be refunded.)

Required Documents:    All physicians must submit a copy of their current license to practice medicine in their home state/country.  This license must be current as of March 2017 - when you will be practicing medicine in Honduras..  Also, physicians that have not gone with the HHF to Honduras before, must submit a copy of their medical school diploma.  I also need a copy of nurses‘ and OR tech’s current license. And, we need a copy of EVERYONE’s PASSPORT.   These are requirements of the Honduras Medical Society - and we, the HHPF, must abide by them.  I have to submit these documents to the medical society at least one month before you practice medicine in Honduras. Therefore, I need your documents sooner rather than later - please take care of this NOW.      Email to: 

Travel Information - We will be meeting flights in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on Saturday, March 11, 2017.   You must arrive in San Pedro Sula by 2:30 pm.   The HHPF will have a bus to transport the group and luggage to LaCeiba.  We must depart San Pedro Sula airport as soon as the flight arriving at 2:30 gets there...  we want to travel during daylight hours!   If you have any questions on this, please contact Mary BEFORE you book your flights.     We will have a bus going from LaCeiba to the San Pedro Sula airport on Saturday morning, March 18, 2017, for people flying back home on flights after 11:30 AM.  Many of the ENT group opt to spend a few days after the surgical week on the island of Roatan - if you do not go to Roatan and have a flight out of San Pedro Sula on Saturday, March 18 after 11:30 AM, you will be able to ride the HHPF bus.

Brenda Trainor, of Pyramid Travel, can make your airline reservations for you if you need assistance.   Brenda has been helping our group for 13 years now and knows the itineraries that work for the group.  She does charge a fee, as all travel agents do, but the cost is well worth it!!   Brenda’s phone number is:  608-845-6880



If Brenda makes your reservations, she will forward to me a copy of your itinerary.  If you make your own reservations, please send me a copy of your itinerary....  that way I know where we will be meeting you - in Madison, Chicago, Houston or San Pedro Sula...  and know where to start looking for you if you aren’t there!

These forms will be updated in the near future:

Agreement & Release Form:   The Hackett Hemwall Foundation requires that all participants on any/all of our medical trips complete, sign and fax the Agreement & Release form.  I must receive this signed document before February 1, 2017.   Click on the link below for a copy of the form.

Agreement and Release Honduras.pdf

Immunizations/medications:     Honduras does not require any vaccines.  The HHPF recommends that you are up to date on tetanus, and Hepatitis A & B.    Also, please make your own decision on taking anti malaria medications - check the CDC website for current information.   You will be in urban areas.  The last time I checked the website it said that if you were in rural areas or on Roatan, they recommend chloroquine.   Those of us that go to Roatan are there for only a short time....  The decision to take, or not take, medication is yours!    Typically on our trips, about 50% of the participants take chloroquine and 50% don’t...   again, this is something you need to decide on yourself.  If you do decide to take it, remember, you need to start taking the medication 2 weeks before you go to Honduras, take it while you are in Honduras and for 4 weeks after leaving Honduras.

We strongly recommend that everyone brings along a supply of charcoal capsules - this works great for travelers diarrhea.   The majority of the time you can use the charcoal and don’t have to take any antibiotics - and don’t have any of the bad side effects of the antibiotics.   Charcoal capsules can be purchased at health supplement stores and larger drug stores that have a supplement department.

If you take medications on a regular basis, be sure to have a sufficient supply with you - in your carry-on luggage.  Getting medications in Honduras is often difficult if not impossible.

Passport:  You must have a US passport - if you are a US citizen.  If you are coming from a different country, be sure to check with the Honduran Embassy to see if you need a visa. (you do not need a Visa if you are a US citizen)  Passports must be “good” for at least 6 months past the date that you plan on leaving Honduras.  That means your passport must be good (not expired) until at least the end of September, 2017.   Check your passport now!!   Good idea to make several copies of your passport - carry one with you (not with your passport), leave a copy at home and another copy with someone in your office.  If you lose your passport in Honduras, getting a replacement is much easier (though still a huge hassle) if you have a copy of, or access to a copy of, your original passport.

US Citizens - check out the State Department travel site.  Some participants register with the US embassy in Honduras.   Check out the website and decide if this is something you would like to do.

Shipping & Donations for Honduras:   If you have medical or school supplies that you would like to donate to Honduras, you can ship them to Madison by December 27, 2016 and we will get the supplies in our semi shipment to Honduras.     Contact Mary for shipping information and also to see if what you have will be useful in Honduras.   or   608-712-5518

Shipping/Loading Day will probably be January 14, 2017 - Check back for updates!

And, if you live in the Madison area - mark your calendars for Shipping Day 2017!!   The semi will be loaded - by us - on Saturday, January 14, 2017.   Please plan on being at Chet’s Car Care Center warehouse, 2020 Aberg Ave, by 7:00 AM to help load!!   And, between now and then, we need help packing and sorting boxes - contact Mary for work times/days.  All friends, relatives, acquaintances and strangers are needed to help!

And, finally - I will be updating this web link periodically....  as we get closer to departure date, updates will be more frequent!    As always, please do not hesitate to contact Mary or Mike with any questions. 

Email:              Phone:      Mary’s cell - 608-712-5518           Mike McDonald - 

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