Dr. Jorge Luis Volquez Alcantara is a native of Barahona, Dominican Republic. At the age of eighteen, he began volunteering as a translator for Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and the Mercy Ships, an American Christian organization who used to send medical ships to Dominican Republic to do mercy ministry work among the region’s most needy people.
In 1990, he participated in a 6-month missionary training with YWAM in Miami, Florida. When returned to his country in 1991, he joined World Wide Christian School of the Dominican Republic where he held the position of Vice President in his hometown where the mission was located. He served there for 1 1/2 years.
Dr. Volquez was admitted to medical school at UASD (Universidad Primada de America) First University of America, located in the Dominican Republic, where he received his medical degree. He did a rotation in internal medicine, family practice at High Point Regional Hospital in NC in 2001.
Currently, he holds the position of Medical Director of the Good Samaritan Clinic, a non-profit clinic that was built by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in NC, and is supervised by the Dominican Evangelical Church in the Dominican Republic. This clinic serves the poorest community of the Dominican Republic, and provides assistance in areas such as: primary health care, health care education, free major surgery performed at the regional hospital, home repair, sports medicine in the communities, evangelistic activities, etc. In this position, he works closely with Dream Ministry of the Dominican Republic, a group of people and churches located in NC. This ministry, consisting of the United Methodist Church and other churches, assists the clinic in some of their needs every year and organizes the surgical team that visits the country.
Dr. Volquez has served many other institutions who have contacted him looking for information or assistance, including World Vision, AmeriCares, Helping Hands, Rotary Clubs and others.