Guatemala – Mini Mission - Medical & Dental Relief

Guatemala – Mini Mission

January 9, 2019 - January 12, 2019

Minimum Donation: 1,700

  • See Flight Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutImagine waking up surrounded by 3 volcanoes. The smell of pan baking in old ovens and the song of the local birds as they welcome the sunrise, flying along a mist that the evening rain has created with the brick and mortar landscape. La Antigua is a small city in south central Guatemala known for its colonial and Spanish baroque architecture, active and dormant volcanoes, multicolored buildings, secret doorways and warm people. It has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On this fantastic Mini-Mission, you will fly independently into Guatemala City, arriving as early as possible on January 9 if you want to go to clinic or later in the afternoon if you prefer to rest and enjoy the town. You will take a commercial shuttle to Antigua, Guatemala, a beautiful and easy 45 minute drive from the airport; hotel information and the pick-up time in Antigua to go to clinic will be provided when you are a team member. January 10th and 11th are clinic days where it is time to rock! You will check out of your hotel on the morning of the 12th but because you can book your flight home at any time, book it late on the 12th and get in a quick sightseeing tour of Antigua or the volcanoes! You will take one of the many commercial shuttles back to the airport to catch your flight home, sadly saying goodbye to the beautiful families you have cared for over the last few days. Our mini-missions are wildly popular and with limited space, we recommend you don't wait to apply!!

Have an extra day or two for some R and R? Consider extending your stay to see the many volcanoes in the area or to enjoy the Chocolate Factory or one of the fine spas Antigua is known for!!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThe clinic areas IMR will be stationed are far down in the valleys of Guatemala where the underserved medical population resides. We will transport via van or busses and set up in local schools or community centers. Wherever the need takes us we will be there. Largely suffering from GI and respiratory diseases, ear, eye and skin infections and little or no prenatal care. This amazing place of beauty and wonder is filled with people needing IMR to touch their lives.

Transportation & Lodging

The team will be staying in a simple, safe, clean and friendly hotel located in this beautiful city where one can enjoy the local food, music, array of shops and even the Chocolate Museum where you will learn how to make chocolate from the bean! Everything is within walking distance and the city is so full of color and tastes and sites. The culture comes alive with great food, culture, shopping and museum tours for the team to enjoy.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThe group will love exploring one of the many fascinating volcanoes famous to the region! Here, varying degrees of hiking, climbing or even a zip lining tour are available for the team. Everyone will get to enjoy making s'mores from its hot lava!

Extend Your Stay

EXCLUSIVE IMR PROGRAM EXTENSION

Don't miss the chance to explore some of Central Americas most famous sites. Join IMR on this three night, four day program extension to adventure to stunning Guatemala for an exciting tour that combines history, culture and thrill!

Ready yourself to depart from Antigua in the early morning to venture to the Panajachel lake region. Here you will tour local villages that each specialize in something unique. Visit a local coffee plantation and enjoy one of the regions staple crops! Indulge in local treats while you learn about the history of the country. On day two, you can expect an overload of the senses as you visit the famous Chichicastenango Market, the cultural melting pot of Guatemala. On day three you will board a plane to visit one of the most prestigious archeological sites in the world— Tikal. This national park is home to the remains of the Mayan empire that ruled from the 6th century B.C., to the 10th century A.D. Lose yourself in the wonder of this mystical site located deep in the Guatemalan rainforest!

Please contact travel@imrus.org for further information!

Trip Itinerary


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Trip Donation & Flight Options

PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT
NO GROUP FLIGHT WITH IMR
PRICE 1,700
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
Costs of group airfare will be priced at the market value.

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 for a city tour at your own leisure.

PREMIER FLIGHT: A more direct routing that is a higher cost for those of you looking to save time.
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS 1,500

SAVE $200 if your donation of 850 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Oct 13th, 2018.
- Not Included -

IMR can route you directly from your hometown as an added convenience. You will pay the cost of the ticket at the time of purchase.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL Full Minimum Donation Amount due Dec 21st, 2018. SAVE $200 if your donation of 750 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Oct 13th, 2018.
You are guaranteed to fly with the group if you have:

  • Met the 50% donation balance by the Early Bird Special.
  • Uploaded all required documentation and completed the passport form in full.
DONATION DUE DATES Check your bags through from your home city without having to claim them along the way. Payment of 750 (50%) is required by Oct 13th, 2018 to be included on the IMR Group Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Dec 21st, 2018.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Guatemala – Mini Mission 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 Guatemala – Mini Mission. You will fly with other IMR team members to our final destination. The official ground itinerary will exactly match your flight schedule.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Guatemala – Mini Mission 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 Guatemala – Mini Mission. Ground transportation is included.
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. 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 $150 each way to take IMR supply bags for a total of $300 for carrying bags both ways on our trips.
  • After applying for the scholarship on your account page, you will still be required to meet the minimum donation balance of your trip before you travel.
  • The $150 or $300 rebate will be paid via a check from IMR when all IMR supply bags have been returned via UPS.
  • You will be sent 1 or 2 IMR supply bags for your trip at IMR’s expense. Please assume you will be sent 2 bags for planning purposes.
  • You are responsible for taking the bags at your expense on the flights and delivering them to your team leader in country, then shipping them back to IMR after you return home.

Accomodations

  • The minimum donation cost includes a shared room. If you want a private room, you can request a single room at an additional cost.

Transportation

  • All independent flyers will be able to purchase ground transportation upon arrival in country for an additional fee. Please contact the office if you will be needing the service at 970-635-0110.

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.

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 the group flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure 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.

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 Oct 13th, 2018.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the Minimum Donation Amount on or before Oct 13th, 2018.
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!

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!

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