Ethiopia - Medical Relief


June 29, 2017 - July 9, 2017

Minimum Donation: 2,950

  • After Apr 2nd, 2017, Minimum Donation increases to 3,150
  • Including International Airfare: 3,550.  See Trip Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutLocated in Eastern Africa, Ethiopia is a long-standing symbol of African independence. Ethiopia has never been colonized by a western force has thus retained much of its extraordinary culture, with its own alphabet and calendar. With more than eighty different ethnic groups comprising this beautiful country, the people of Ethiopia are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. Working in the famed Northern territory, IMR medical volunteers will work in local hospitals to provide acute dental and medical care and community health education. This experience will be in collaboration with Valor Christian High School, and it will be a special opportunity for their students to gain firsthand knowledge of the medical field while serving alongside you, in a volunteer role. We are seeking medical professionals who look forward to training tomorrow's medical leaders through this unique experience and who also share Valor's values and beliefs. Please check out Valor's website to learn more about this cutting edge school

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicInfant mortality is an unfortunate and prevalent problem in this community, caused by illnesses such as pneumonia, malaria, roseola, and diarrhea. Communicable diseases remain the heaviest burden for the people of Ethiopia, with respiratory infections, diarrhea and dehydration, HIV, and malaria among the top concerns. You will care for patients presenting with critical levels of dehydration, diarrhea, malaria, respiratory infections, fungal infections, and significant wounds. Acute dental care, including extractions, deep cleanings, and abscesses are in high demand. You will also provide care and health education for patients with chronic conditions, including leprosy, TB, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and diabetes. Your patients wait all year for the return of their friends from IMR. We have been serving this area for almost a decade and have many strong relationships with local healthcare providers, affording you with a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with local healthcare professionals. You will also be an integral part of a new IMR project in Ethiopia -- the training of nurses in more advanced patient care. Our 2015 IMR team identified this need. This is one of IMR's 2017 surgical trips. Through a long-standing partnership, we have the opportunity to place qualified surgeons in a local hospital. Patients will be specifically identified based on the capabiliies of our volunteer staff. You will have the opportunity to teach local medical residents and students and to share techniques with your fellow surgeons in Ethiopia. Anesthesiologists, surgical technicians, and other trained personnel are all welcome to join this remarkable effort. Your participation on this team will make a vital difference in the ability of our patients to sustain a higher level of good health in the long term. Please join us on this trip!


The IMR medical team will stay at a local orphanage. This will lend itself to endless opportunities for bonding with the children over games, cultural exchanges, and teaching moments. Your presence and attention alone will bring smiles to these great kids. A short commute to the local hospital for clinic will maximize your impact with your patients.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsIncluded in this medical mission is a trip to a rock-hewn church, one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will also have the opportunity to peruse a local market. Your team will participate in several traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, an integral part of the social and cultural life of the country. Staying with the children in the orphanage (many of whom will translate for your team) is a highlight in and of itself.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayExtend your stay to take advantage of several excursions that IMR can help arrange. Travel through panoramic mountains carved 600 million years ago, displaying the dramatic effects of years of erosion. This journey leads to the most historically significant regions of Ethiopia’s world heritage sites. The traditional comfort foods definitive of Ethiopian cuisine will prove a memorable sensory experience, especially when paired with some of the world’s best coffee. Embrace the beauty of eating with your hands as you soak up all the hot and spicy stew known as wat with a large spongy pancake called injera, made from teff. In Addis Ababa, tour the Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum and Haile Selassie's tomb. One of the largest fistula hospitals and the largest leprosy hospital in Africa is also located in Addis Ababa. If you are looking to go farther afield, Kenya is home to renowned conservation communities of well-protected and abundant wildlife. Plan a trip to Kenya to be a guest in a world that subsisted long before our modern society. Nairobi’s National Park is one of the only safaris so accessible from the capital city, giving you the opportunity to conveniently explore two wildly different settings.

Trip Donation & Travel Options

Payment by Jun 15th, 2017
50% Payment by Apr 2nd, 2017 to qualify
PRICE 3,150
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
(plus your flight cost from your home city to the team’s departure point in the U.S.)
SAVE $200 if your donation of 1,575 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Apr 2nd, 2017.
SAVE $200 if your donation of 1,875 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Apr 2nd, 2017.
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jun 15th, 2017. Payment of 1,875 (50%) is required by Apr 2nd, 2017 to be included on the IMR Subsidized Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jun 15th, 2017.
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 Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia. 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.


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 Apr 2nd, 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 Apr 2nd, 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!