Welcome to GGHTx

Avi Kerendian co-founder at GGHT clinic in Uganda with Zidan Benevolence International

Welcome, future volunteers of GGHTx!

GGHTx is on a mission in changing lives through the power of global health.  

“Gracias” Global Health Trips, or GGHTx, is a global health-oriented non-profit organization that brings together young volunteers from medical and dental backgrounds to aid in intensive, week-long mission trips in Latin America and Uganda to foster self-sufficiency. Led by Co-Founders Dr. Arash Hakhamian and Avi Kerendian, register for the volunteer experience of a lifetime! 

“Mission trips are an exciting way to travel the world and have a meaningful impact on it as well. That is why we created GGHTx. That is why we make a difference.”

-Avi Kerendian

Co-Founder, GGHTx

avi kerendian GGHTx volunteer review abroad

Our Volunteers Love Us!

“I was privileged to spend a week with GGHTx on their last winter-break mission trip. We visited many rural, indigenous villages and I marveled at how the small medical clinics that GGHTx supports are making such an impact with hardly any resources. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants to volunteer and see what it is like to work in another country. It is amazing to be able to have an opportunity like this and I am so happy and humbled to have these memories forever!”

-Jordana R. (New York, NY)

Learn More. Get Involved. Make an Impact.

With over 10,000+ volunteer hours clocked, read what some of our volunteers had to write about GGHTx here. Trust is our core value and we hope that you choose GGHTx for your next volunteering abroad adventure! Learn more here

About GGHTx

Avi Kerendian and Dr. Arash treating public health baby in  GGHTx clinic

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Pablo Picasso

Have you ever had to walk 5 miles carrying your 2-month old baby, in hopes of getting an appointment with a general physician? It is also a blazing 90°F outside and the path you are walking on is full of uneven stones, loose dirt, and countless forks, all possibly causing you to go the wrong way.

In case you weren’t sure, the villages GGHTx travels to each year have no Uber option either. 

How about after finally arriving there you realize that the doctor has run out of the most basic medical supplies used to treat and evaluate your 2-month old baby who has been coughing in sheer pain for the last 3 days and likely has a severe case of pneumonia; something totally preventable and treatable with basic medicine, but without which can now be life-threatening. You are turned away and told to go back home. You now have no choice but to wait until next week – hoping and praying – that this time the doctor will not have run out of the medicine your child desperately needs. 

This is our global health reality. This is life for the indigenous communities GGHTx travels to every year.

This is life for the indigenous communities GGHTx travels to every year.


Avi Kerendian pictured at GGHT clinic in Latin America with Assade

This is life for the majority of the indigenous communities GGHTx travels to every year. Global health needs become particularly difficult to address as the men have no choice but to work grueling farming jobs – from early morning to late evening, for very little pay – while the women have no choice but to stay at home and tend to the kids, unable to pursue an education. Thus, starting a cycle of poverty leaving little to no money for basic medicines, healthcare services, and other such needs.


Avi Kerendian and Dr. Arash Hakhamian group GGHTx photo at the GGHTx clinic on a hill

Given this degree of extreme poverty and dire global health conditions, GGHTx – under the leadership of Co-Founders Dr. Arash Hakhamian and Avi Kerendian – has taken initiative and teamed up with local Global Health leaders to not only help bring awareness to these global issues, but to fully address the most fragile of communities of whom acute care, preventative medicine, and basic medical supplies are non-existent. 


Avi Kerendian with a pediatric patient at GGHTx clinic in Latin America listening to heartbeat

Though eradicating global poverty is no easy task, under the guidance of our medical director, Dr. Arash Hakhamian, and our program director, Avi Kerendian, GGHTx is committed to courageously going into these areas with little to no medical care and helping patients with dramatic and often life-saving results. The world’s poorest, most marginalized people are the most at risk in accessing basic global health services. That is why GGHTx’s guiding motto is simple: Helping one person might not change the world but it could change the world for one person. 


Avi Kerendian and Dr. Arash Hakhamian photo at GGHTx clinic outside two kids holding hands smiling

With the help of GGHTx’s passionate volunteers and generous donors, we are humbled and honored to know that we are helping make a significant impact and changing lives in ways that have not been done before. GGHTx continues to expand its mission trips to help abandoned communities get what they need, whether it be basic global healthcare, improved sanitary conditions, or access to U.S. licensed doctors and dentists, Co-Founders Dr. Hakhamian and Avi Kerendian are leading the way. GGHTx invites volunteers from around the world to get involved and help create the change they wish to see in the world!

GGHTx’s guiding motto is simple:

“Helping one person might not change the world but it could change the world for one person.”