Cuba - Medical & Dental Relief

Cuba

March 9, 2019 - March 16, 2019

Minimum Donation: 4,400

  • See Flight Info below for full details and additional options for travel.
  • Interested in our $300 scholarship? Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See Cost tab below.

IMR Signature Trips
This trip offers special features or exclusive opportunities unique from standard IMR experiences.

About The Mission Trip

Barely 90 miles off of Florida’s US coast, travel to Cuba by US citizens was strictly prohibited for the past five decades. Now, U.S. travel restrictions have been changed to allow Americans to visit Cuba with a licensed tour operator. These new regulations enable people-to-people travel with a cultural and educational focus that which offer a great way to get an authentic look at this fascinating country and the Cuban health care system. Experience an enriching people-to-people cultural health care exchange with IMR. You will have the rare opportunity to see Cuba much differently than a tourist might. You will engage in enriching meetings, discussions and interactive experiences designed to better inform you about the complicated and intricate health care system that currently exists in this developing country. While regulations have been lifted, you will see that the walk of life for the local Cubans remains intact with its history and heritage of old.

About Clinic

This treasured past will augment your first hand discovery of the inner-workings of the famous health care system that Cubans are so proud of. IMR will be bringing much needed medical supplies, distributing them during hospital and dental for those patients most in need. IMR is also providing extensive supplies to Cuba to enable them to care for more patients. Here you will have the rare opportunity for a medical exchange with engaging conversations about the health care system with local medical providers and officials. Tour healthcare facilities and meet patients one-on-one to learn about the intricacies of Cuban medicine. After distributing needed supplies you will be able to meet with families and learn about their own personal medical experiences. This engaging opportunity not only will leave you more knowledgable about the Cuban health care system but also give you the opportunity to share your expertise and insights as well as make significant contributions of medical supplies to this country in great need. Spend time in the main city of Havana as well as a beautiful beach village, meet the vibrant people of Cuba, and bring home your unique knowledge of the Cuban healthcare system and the people of Cuba to your workplace, community, and your heart.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will stay in a wonderful hotel in Havana, certified by the government. You will love the beautiful grounds, comfortable beds, and wonderful food. Beautiful rare antiques and authentic food are unique comforts to be enjoyed in this country on the verge of exciting changes.

You will be flying into Havana, arriving early in the day on March 9 and departing during daylight on March 16. There will be some special and easy paperwork to fill out if you purchase your own tickets as independent fliers. If you fly on the iMR subsidized ticket, IMR will fill this out on your behalf. You will have all the information you need prior to booking your flights. Vehicles will be safe, modern, and driven by professionals.

Trip Highlights

Become submersed by the beautiful and pristine beaches of Cuba as noted in the remarkable works of Ernest Hemingway’s writings. Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls were penned in this renowned region. You and your team will have learning exchanges focused on the type of medical care Cubans' receive, the local health care system, doctors and their training, and all aspects of dental care. After these wonderful cultural exchanges, where you will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss health care today with your Cuban hosts, you will be enthralled as you step back in time and enjoy the local culture. Vintage cars are the standard, farmhouses will expose the architectural charm, local guides will share about life in Cuba, and traditional music will spark the fire within. You will learn about everything from baseball to cigars on this unique and fascinating trip!

Extend Your Stay

Please note that this special, people-to-people program will be different from other programs on which you may have previously participated. International Medical Relief operates the people-to-people program to Cuba under a general license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control and, as dictated by U.S. All participants are required to adhere to a full-time schedule of activities designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted. Per the general license requirements, this is a full-time program. This trip encourages medical and dental cultural exchanges between IMR volunteers, including medical and dental providers, nurses, therapists, students, and other volunteers, and your Cuban counterparts and government officials. Extensions are allowed and must be organized with International Medical Relief. If you are interested in extending your stay, please contact our office with the number of days you would like to stay so that we can organize this program for you. Many beautiful and historic locations are worth visiting in Cuba, particularly the UNESCO World Heritage sites, prestine beaches, the home of Ernest Hemingway, and much, much more.

Trip Itinerary

March 9th, 2019 - Arrivals 

Plan to fly into Havana, Cuba. Check-in to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba is available at 4:00 pm. If you are coordinating travel through Worldwide Navigators we will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the hotel. Please inquire with travel@worldwidenavigators.org if you would like to arrange air and ground transportation for your trip. Please arrive at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba attend our team orientation to go over the itinerary for your week in Cuba, and finish the evening with an authentic meal at the hotel. If you and some of your team members still have some energy after your day of travels, feel free to go into town to visit various music venues and discover nightlife in Havana!

Meals: Dinner

OUR IN-COUNTRY HOST HAS PUT TOGETHER AN ITINERARY.  WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THESE ARE MODIFIED REGULARLY AND THAT GUESTS SHOULD EXPECT CHANGES AND PARTICIPATE AS DIRECTED.  YOUR TRIP SCHEDULE IS PRE-APPROVED IN CUBA AND WILL BE REARRANGED AS OTHER MEETINGS OR PRIORITIES ENTER THEIR SCHEDULES.

March 10, 2019 - Vintage Car Tour and Cigar Factory

On your first full day in Cuba, you and the team will wake up to a generous breakfast buffet at Hotel Nacional. Plan to wear comfortable clothes as you will have opportunities to tour Havana in classic vintage cars with your fellow team members. After that, lunch will be provided and you and your team will tour the cigar factory! Learn firsthand about the production and drying processes of tobacco leaves. Dinner will be provided to you and your team.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 11, 2019 - Cuban Healthcare System and Historic Sites

In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Plan to wear business or resort casual attire. All three meals will be provided for you and the team. Your goals for your second day in Cuba is to meet with a representative of the Ministry of Health. You will also have opportunities to tour military bunkers that were built prior to the Missile Crisis and view displays of newspapers describing the Missile Crisis from around the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 12, 2019 - Old Havana

In the morning, plan to have breakfast with your team at the hotel and wear comfortable clothes! Our goals for the first day are to take a walking tour of Old Havana - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tour the Presidential Palace Museum of the Revolution, visit the Squares and markets, and tour the Castillo se la Real Fuerzo, which was built in the 1500's and is the oldest fortress in the Western Hemisphere. In the evening, dinner will be provided.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 13, 2019 - Cuban Healthcare System and Historic Sites

On your fourth day in Cuba, plan to wear business or resort casual attire as you set out to tour a hospital with a representative from the Ministry of Health. You will have opportunities to meet with medical officials and take part in a question and answer session. Your expected tours for the day will include a site visit of Morro Castle Fortress across the harbor. Here, you will be able to see a military display of aircrafts and missiles that were active during the 1962 Missile Crisis. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 14th, 2019 - Tour Hemingway's Country Estate 

Travel to Finca la Vigia, where Hemingway lived and wrote for over 20 years. At his home, you will be able to look through the windows to gain insight to how Hemingway lived his life and wrote during the years he lived in Cuba. After touring the grounds of the Estates, travel to neighboring fishing town where Ernest Hemingway found inspiration for the famous novel, Old Man and the Sea.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 15th, 2019 - Cuban Healthcare System

You and the team will continue your tour of the Cuban Healthcare System.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 16th, 2019 - Departures

Enjoy one last breakfast at your iconic hotel and pack up for check out at 11 am. If you are flying out of Havana in the evening, you can enjoy one more day in town independently. You and your team will be free to fly home at anytime on your last day.

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Team Member

50% of the minimum donation and a complete application with all document uploads is REQUIRED to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER.

Travel Assistance

If you would like help booking flights, hotels, extended stays, and more contact Worldwide Navigators at (970) 633-3033.

PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT
The flight costs are not including in the price of the trip
GROUP FLIGHT WITH IMR

(available only until Dec 11th, 2018

The flight costs are not including in the price of the trip

PRICE before Dec 11th, 2018 not including international airfare

4,200

* You will save $200 and be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation is paid (2,350 ) and  your application, including all required document uploads, is complete by Dec 11th, 2018.

Domestic and international flight costs or tickets are not included with this flight choice.

4,200

* You will save $200 and be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation is paid (2,350 ) and your application, including all required document uploads, is complete by Dec 11th, 2018.

Group international tickets are available at additional cost with this flight choice.

PRICE after Dec 11th, 2018 not including international airfare

4,400

After Dec 11th, 2018 your place on the team is confirmed on a space available basis after 50% of the required minimum donation (2,350 ) is reached.

Domestic and international flight costs or tickets are not included with this flight choice.

 

 

 

4,400

After Dec 11th, 2018 your place on the team is confirmed on a space available basis after 50% of the required minimum donation (2,350) is reached.
 

You may still be able to purchase the same routing as the group ticket but are not guaranteed to fly on the same flight. 

IMR's travel agent can also route you directly from your hometown as an added convenience for a higher cost.

 

GROUP TICKET CHOICE Domestic tickets and International group tickets are not available with this flight choice.   

Please contact travel@worldwidenavigators.com if you would like help booking your domestic and/or international flights.  A small service fee is charged for this service.

Group tickets may be requested at an ECONOMICAL or  PREMIER cost.  Group tickets leave from and return to a predetermined departure airport.

ECONOMICAL FLIGHT: An economical option with longer routings and layovers in exchange for a less expensive flight. Some layovers may be long enough to allow you to leave the airport to explore on your own or take a city tour.

PREMIER FLIGHT: A more direct routing that is designed to save you time at a higher cost.

Please contact travel@worldwidenavigator.com for more information and pricing if you would like to customize the routing to include your domestic ticket.

 

PAYMENT DUE DATES If donating before Dec 11th, 2018:

Full Minimum Donation Amount due Feb 16th, 2019.
to receive a $200 savings

If donating after Dec 11th, 2018:

Your space on the team is guaranteed with donation of 2,350 (50%) by Dec 11th, 2018 and completion of your application and uploads. Space on the team is confirmed on a space available basis when you  reach 50% of the total donation due.

100% Paid Date:

Full Minimum Donation Amount is due (4,400) by Feb 16th, 2019.

 

 

If donating before Dec 11th, 2018:

Your space on the team is guaranteed when you reach the minimum donation of 2,350 (50%) by Dec 11th, 2018 and have completed your application and uploads.  You are qualified to receive $200 off the cost of the trip and join the  IMR Group Flight.

If donating after Dec 11th, 2018:

Your space on the team is confirmed on a space available basis when you reach 50% of the total donation due.  You may still be able to join the group flight on a space available basis.

100% Paid Date:

Full Minimum Donation Amount is due (4,400) by Feb 16th, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

MEETING YOUR TEAM IN Cuba You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Cuba prior to the team’s official arrival. You may need to purchase additional flights in country to get to the trip's designated starting location.

Travel delays are your financial responsibility including costs to meet up with the rest of the team at our final destination in Cuba.

IMR is not responsible for missed flights, delayed flights, or additional costs incurred in travel for any reason.  IMR strongly recommend you purchase trip interruption/cancellation insurance.

If you have a missed or delayed flight, please contact your airline for assistance,

Flying with other IMR team members to IMR's final destination is not guaranteed.. The official ground itinerary will exactly match your flight schedule.

IMR is not responsible for missed flights, delayed flights, or additional costs incurred in travel for any reason.  IMR strongly recommend you purchase trip interruption/cancellation insurance. 

If you have a missed or delayed flight, please contact your airline for assistance.

 

 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS You will be notified of the  designated team meeting loation in  Cuba 2 - 3 weeks ahead of departure.

You may arrange for airport transfers at an additional cost through the IMR office prior to your trip, 

Travel delays are your financial responsibility including costs to meet up with the rest of the team at our final destination in Cuba.
 

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Airport transfers are  included.
EXTENDED STAY Extend your stay to see some of the amazing sites that this country has to offer. Flexibility in your departure and return date may also help you reduce your ticket cost. Extend your stay on an official trip extension with World Wide Navigators

$300 SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR TAKING IMR SUPPLY BAGS

  • IMR is offering a limited number of scholarships of $150 each way for carrying 1 or 2 IMR supply bags on our trips. You will receive a $300 scholarship if you carry bags both ways.
  • You may apply for the scholarship on your IMR account page.  To be eligible for the scholarship you are required to meet the required minimum donation by the payment deadline for your trip.
  • You will be sent 1 or 2 IMR supply bags at IMR’s expense approximately two weeks prior to your trip.  Please assume you will be sent 2 bags for planning purposes.
  • You are responsible for taking the bag(s) at your own expense (and prior to receiving the rebate from IMR) on your domestic flights and checking the bag(s) on your international flights one or both ways.  You are required to deliver the bag(s) directly to your team leader in country or to send the bag via a pre-paid UPS mailer to IMR upon returning home.
  • The $150 or $300 rebate will be paid via a check from IMR after your IMR supply bags are delivered to your team leader in country and/or have been returned  to IMR via UPS.

Accommodations

  • The minimum donation cost includes a shared room. If you want a private room, you can request a single room at an additional cost. Please contact the IMR office via office@imrus.org or 970-635-0110 for more information.

Transportation

  • All independent flyers will be able to purchase ground transportation at designated times from the final airport in country to the starting point of the trip for an additional fee. You may also request the same service to return to the airport for the next part of your journey.  Please contact the IMR office if you will be needing this service via office@imrus.org or 970-635-0110.

Fundraising

IMR provides a personal and customizable fundraising page to all registered trip applicants.  We provide a fundraising packet that is full of ideas on how you can raise support or supplies to be utilized on this specific mission.  You may download this information and individual items such as letters requesting support, our 501(c)3 information, and a list of needed supplies from your Volunteer Resources page.  When soliciting donations for any of our trips, your personal story is your most powerful tool.  Why do you want to go? Whom will you help?  How will your donors help you achieve your ultimate goal?  Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to your IMR personal fundraising page by sharing your unique URL on social media, via email, and through personal contact.  Give your supporters our website and Facebook page so they can see the great things that IMR has accomplished since our founding in 2002.  Did you know we have cared for almost 300,000 patients in the last 16 years?  We need your help and the help of your donors to see 300,000 more patients in the years ahead!

Your Donation to IMR Includes:

  • All group costs from the time you arrive at the designated team meeting location in country until you separate from the team at the designated ending location of the trip in country, including transportation, lodging, food, tips for services provided to the IMR team, costs associated with clinic, and all logistics, including translation services and security as needed.

 

Costs that you are responsible for in addition to your donation to IMR:

  • Any costs associated with travel, regardless of flying independently or on an IMR group flight.  Travel is defined as any travel occurring before meeting the IMR team at the designated meeting location in country and after separating from IMR at the designated ending location of the trip.
  • If flying on the group flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs in transit associated with your domestic travel.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit.
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel.
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases.
  • Trip supplies and personal equipment or small gifts for the special people you meet. 
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team trip, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount covers the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation while after joining the IMR team at the designated starting location, and clinic supplies/medications for our patients.  You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased, if you donate 50% of the total donation by the Early Bird date. 

Costs that are not included in the donation amount are your passport, travel visas (if applicable),  and if you choose the group flight, your domestic airfare to the group departure city, vaccinations, and insurance. If you choose to fly independently, the cost of your international flight and all other costs in transit are not included in your donation to IMR.  This option gives you the opportunity to extend your stay to do some sightseeing after the trip, choose a routing that best meets your need and your budget, and/or fly directly from your home city to your final destination.  

What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical and dental care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, dentists, and advanced practice providers, nurses, EMTs, medical/dental/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers.  The team makeup for your trip is not guaranteed to be as described above and is dependent on the individual volunteers who make up your team.  The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical and dental clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program, teaching about prevention and treatment in small groups and during individual consultations with providers. No matter what your specialty or skill level, there is a job for you on an IMR trip!

Can I fundraise for the trip?

Yes!  Many volunteers fundraise for trips.  You can find information and tips on how to fundraise on your Volunteer Resources page on the IMR website.  You will have access to a personal fundraising page with a unique URL that you can share with family, friends, business associates, and any potential donors via social media.   IMR is a 501(c)3 charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Are there any important dates I need to know?
      • IMR Group Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Group Flight, you will need to reach 50% of the required donation on or before Dec 11th, 2018.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Dec 11th, 2018.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • If flying on a group flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel or during the international portion of your travel.  Your all-inclusive trip starts and ends at a designated location in country.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight and any costs associated with this portion of your travel until joining the team at the designated starting point and after you separate from the team at the designated ending point of the trip.  If you wish to join the group ground transportation from the final airport to the designated starting point and/or back to the airport at the end of the trip, you may do so for a small fee.  
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit.
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel.
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases.
  • Trip supplies and personal equipment or small gifts for the special people you meet. 
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team itinerary, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended say options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  Extending your stay also puts money into the economies of these developing countries!

Trip Preparation


A service that we are very proud of at IMR is the preparation that each team and team member receives prior to the trip. This is one of the most important reasons that you should join an IMR team.

All team members have access to the IMR Volunteer Resources page where you may view and download important conference calls, a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, a checklist to keep you on track, and much more. You will find detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising tips, and all of the materials our licensed providers need including best practices for providing care in short term medical clinics, public health information specific to the country you are traveling too, and a guide to the infectious diseases of that country.  You will also find a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources on your volunteer resources page.  Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure and can be downloaded from the volunteer resources page.

IMR applicants and team members are also able to join in two informational calls: About IMR and How Clinic Operates/Provider Guidelines.   A Q and A call just prior to departure helps to ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!  If you can't join our live calls, you can listen at any time via your Volunteer Resources page.  Your team's departure call will be recorded by and sent by email to the team immediately following the call.

All of our volunteers have access to a personal IMR fundraising page with a unique URL that can be emailed and shared with family, friends, business associates, and other potential donors.

Did you know you can earn CME credits on line with IMR?  www.cmeonline.net will get you to 6 1 hour courses containing great tips for treating a variety of conditions in the field including wounds, hypertension, dengue fever, and more.

Most importantly, we are always here to answer your questions or help you complete your application. It is our goal that we exceed your expectations for preparation, patient care, and your overall trip. Let us know how we can help and how we did!

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