Travel has given a whole new meaning for three families who volunteer, trading posh hotel stays and theme parks for mission trips in far-flung corners of the world.

Dr Claudine Pang, 38, is a consultant ophthalmologist and medical director at Asia Retina Eye Surgery Centre, and Aaron Tan, 38, is lead data architect at Singapore Exchange. They have two kids, Nathanael, six, and Sophie, three.

As a young doctor, helping the less fortunate who have no access to medical care has always been on the forefront of Dr Claudine Pang’s mind. It was also one of the reasons she pursued a medical degree.

Armed with her medical skills and knowledge, the 38-year-old ophthalmologist has volunteered in rural areas in Sri Lanka, China and Cambodia, where she conducts eye health screenings, treats eye diseases and performs sight-saving cataract surgery.

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