The upcoming trip to Uganda will be my first medical mission. I’ve always loved to travel but often wish I could experience new cultures in a more meaningful capacity. More than just being a tourist on the sidelines, I’d like to give something in return. It wasn’t until I had graduated with a degree in nurse anesthesia and gained a few years of experience in my career that I felt like I had some skills to contribute on a mission trip. After months of searching for volunteer organizations that would be a good fit me for, I found myself confiding in my friend and fellow CRNA, Nicole McCune, about my dreams to volunteer. Coincidentally, she had similar aspirations and introduced me to her friend Liz Wood, who has organized and lead many surgical trips. When we heard that anesthesia providers were needed on the Uganda mission, we excitedly/nervously signed ourselves up!