Cuba - Medical & Dental Relief

Cuba

February 10, 2018 - February 17, 2018

Minimum Donation: 4,200

  • After Nov 13th, 2017, Minimum Donation increases to 4,400
  • Including International Airfare: 4,500.  See Trip Info below for full details and additional options for travel.--

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutBarely 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 health care exchange with IMR through our licensed partner. 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

trip_InfoClinicThis 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 and distributing them 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

The team will have the special privilege to stay in beautiful, rare colonial style bed and breakfast mansions certified by the government. Here you will enjoy quaint private rooms and private bathrooms, air conditioning, and other amenities, including kind and hospitable hosts to attend to your stay. Beautiful rare antiques and authentic food are unique comforts to be enjoyed in this location on the verge of change.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsBecome 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. After learning exchanges focused on medical care for the people, the local health care system, doctors and their training, and touring clinic sites, have the rare opportunity to 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 of our partner, this is a full-time program. 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 Donation & Travel Options

50% of the minimum donation is REQUIRED to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER.


PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT

(Independent)
IMR FLIGHT

50% Payment by Nov 13th, 2017
(Subsidized)
PRICE 4,400
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
4,700
(plus your flight cost from your home city to the team’s departure point in the U.S.)
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS - Not Included -
You must book airfare from your home city to the international destination city
- Not Included -
You must book airfare from your home city to team’s departure point in the U.S.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL 4,200
SAVE $200 if your donation of 2,200 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Nov 13th, 2017.
4,500
SAVE $200 if your donation of 2,350 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Nov 13th, 2017.
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jan 27th, 2018. Payment of 2,350 (50%) is required by Nov 13th, 2017 to be included on the IMR Subsidized Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jan 27th, 2018.
BAGGAGE Check your bags through from your home city without having to claim them along the way. All personal items will be in your carry-on and you will check two IMR team supply bags at no additional cost to you. You will be responsible for the cost of any personal checked bags.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Cuba prior to the team’s official arrival. Should you have travel delays it will be your financial responsibility to meet up with the rest of the team at our final destination in Cuba. You will fly with other IMR team members to our final destination. The official ground itinerary will exactly match your flight schedule.
EXTENDED STAY Extend your stay to see some of the amazing sites that this country has to offer. Flexibility in your return date may also help you reduce your ticket cost. The team flight will match the promoted travel dates with +/- 1 day of travel on either end.

Your Donation to IMR Includes:

  • All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team, 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:

  • If flying on subsidized team flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight to destination city and any costs associated with this portion of your 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.

Fundraising

IMR provides a fundraising packet and personal fundraising page to all registered trip applicants that is full of ideas on how you can raise support for your trip or for supplies to be utilized on this specific mission. When soliciting donations for any of our trips, success is completed through telling your personal story. Why do you want to go? Who will you help? Why their donation can help you achieve the ultimate goal. Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to our website or Facebook page and to your IMR personal fundraising page. You may share your IMR personal fundraising URL on Facebook and other social media sites.

Safety & Security

We take security very seriously at IMR.  It is our job to ensure that security precautions are in place, but please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee your safety on the trip.

  • We continuously review all current activities occurring on the ground, and we work with the State Department and the U.S. Embassy to know the ground situation to the best of our ability. 
  • We have a security training conference call with our volunteers where we detail our security procedures that are in place for the trip. 
  • We take many security precautions such as radios, a buddy system, and security planning. 
  • We provide you with an email address that you can give to the people you meet to protect your privacy until you determine that you want to remain in contact with team.
  • We rely on our teams to be cognizant of their own safety and to be aware of their surroundings. 
  • We have several policies in place that we require the team to adhere to for their safety and that of the team as a whole. 

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 receive a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, and a checklist to keep you on track. You will receive detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising, and access to a personal IMR fundraising page. 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 will be shared with the team. You will also receive a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources. Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure.

IMR applicants and team members will also have access to a series of phone conferences where you will learn about specific aspects of IMR trips and 2 Q and A calls where you can ask questions specific to your trip. There will also be a Q and A call just prior to departure to help ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount covers the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation while you are in the country, and clinic supplies/medications for our patients. If you are eligible for and choose the Subsidized IMR Flight, your donation amount also includes the cost of your international airfare. Costs that are not included in the donation amount are your passport, travel visas (if applicable), domestic airfare to the group departure city, vaccinations, and insurance. You also have the option of flying on your own directly from your hometown and meeting up with the team in country. IMR gives you the option of purchasing your own tickets, which decreases your minimum donation amount. It also gives you the opportunity to extend your stay to do some sightseeing after the trip, and fly directly from your home city to your final destination.

What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, nurses, EMTs, medical/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers. We strive to have a dental team on every trip as well. The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program in each area as well. 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.  Once your references are approved, IMR will send a fundraising packet that contains information on how the personalized fundraising page on the IMR website works.  It also contains some great ideas for fundraising events and other ways to fundraise for the trip.  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 Subsidized Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Subsidized Flight, you will need to reach 50% of theMinimum Donation Amount on or before Nov 13th, 2017.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the Minimum Donation Amount on or before Nov 13th, 2017.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • If flying on subsidized team flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight to destination city and any costs associated with this portion of your 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.
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended say options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  And by extending your stay you also put money into the economies of these developing countries!