Guatemala Disaster Relief - Medical & Dental Relief

Guatemala Disaster Relief

June 12, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Join For As Little As: 750*

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship. Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See More Info below.
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutTHE SITUATION: El Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted Sunday, June 3, spewing lava and ash into the air. More than 3,100 people living close to the volcano have been evacuated, and the ash in the air is affecting 1.7 million people in surrounding areas. With a significant death toll and injuries mounting, IMR will once again return to the area we have come to know to serve our friends.

THE RESPONSE: International Medical Relief has been called in to help survivors as medical demands continue to increase in an already-strained system. We will be responding to communities most affected by the volcanic ash, which has covered everything with a thick, gray talcum powder-type substance. We will once again be returning to Alotenengo and surrounding towns of La Antigua. The building that hosted an IMR team just months ago is now being used for the teams and IMR has mounted efforts to return.

JUNE 12-30, 2018 - FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME

$350 per night

There is a 3 night minimum stay. Meals include lunch and dinner on arrival, all meals on clinic days, breakfast on departure day. Price also includes all ground expenses for 3 nights and four days including meals, transportation, airport transfer upon arrival and departure, clinic logistics and overnight accommodation in the exclusive boutique hotel in Antigua.

* - Participants are responsible for their own roundtrip airfare. All participants are required to enter their flights for airport pickup.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicIMR will be responding to communities that have been hurt from volcanic ash. The significant health crisis continues to worsen and respiratory concerns greaten. Volcanic ash has spread over the damaged area, covering everything with a thick gray talcum powder type substance causing airborne illnesses from the fine particles that fell just after the eruption. This can irritate lungs and cause chest discomfort. Ash deposits have worsened dry cough, head cough, congestion, wheezing and hacking making breathing uncomfortable.

Additionally, burns and skin irritations have been exacerbating the health concerns of the people of Guatemala. The acidic ash is causing irritation and redness of the skin and secondary infections due to scratching and lack of cleanliness to infected area.

Transportation & Lodging

The team will be staying in a small boutique hotel. The quaint space, clean and beautiful rooms and abundant food will leave you wanting more.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will enjoy the beautiful city of Antigua after clinic hours. Here, 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.

REMEMBERING GUATEMALA:

IMR Team remembering " I wake up and hear the roosters and the pots and pans. I look out to the busy street vendors setting up and women sweeping the streets. Children walk to school and to work. Carrying large bundles on their backs and their mothers do.. small children often being one of those bundles. The colors are all bright and deep and magic as they move.

The volcanoes became my every day giants. Fuego, Agua and Pacaya. Admirers in the sky looking down on my teams of blue scrubbed IMR teams walking to another village or another town. The smell of coffee and burnt wood fills the air. We pass the families and smile as they wave and wonder what my band of blue will be doing today. By bus we travel down, down into the valleys the earth has created. Into the hot and humid as the people await. Every day back up to La Antigua and it’s surrounding towns.

When we arrive in Alotenengo Fuego greets me with her usual eye. She sits right next to this town, right beside our clinic. My amazing band of IMR people set up and open clinic. In a wide room with Fuego watching our every move. We see the sick and the elderly. The eyes that have seen it all and often too much. How their eyes Must have looked yesterday when the village was filled with smoke and fire and lava. Some to forever be closed. Colors no longer bright but blanketed with ash.

We left that day with deep rich embraces from the town that was gifted by our spirits that day. I hope we left them with the strength to survive what was to come.

I have been told that the building we set up in is now being used for the injured, both physically and mortally. The arms that went around me will longer and those that survive have a struggle so very draining. IMR is dispatching a team. The crisis is real and we are so lucky to be able to treat the people all around affected by this current situation. Their lungs will need our care, their skin our soothing and their stories need to be heard ...

I will walk again among the fierce volcanoes that surround this remarkable area. I will smell the coffee, hear the roosters, open my heart.. all while bearing the watchful eye of nature."

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayDon'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!

Tax Deductible Donation

International Medical Relief is a United States Registered 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization.

Trip Itinerary


Coming soon...

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 525 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Mar 16th, 2018: 550

  • Pay 525 of the total cost by the Early Bird date AND upload/complete all of your required documents and forms receive $200 off the cost of your trip.  
  • Meeting this goal ensures that your space on the team is confirmed
  • You are an EARLY BIRD!  
  • Payment in full is due by Jun 9th, 2018

After Mar 16th, 2018: 750

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 525 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms!  
  • Space on our teams is on a first come/first serve basis.  Your space is not reserved until you have met these requirements.  
  • Payment in full is due by Jun 9th, 2018
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Mar 16th, 2018.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Mar 16th, 2018:  YES! IMR will arrange your international flight on a "group" ticket at your request!

  • Domestic and international airfare is not included in the published cost of the trip.
  • Pay 525 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms to be eligible to fly on the international group ticket.
  • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier” in your account.
  • Approve the ticket that IMR is going to purchase on your behalf and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.
  • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!

After Mar 16th, 2018: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 525 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Mar 16th, 2018
    • Contact the office to see if group tickets are still available.
    • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”, approve the ticket, and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.  
    • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!
    • You will need to purchase your domestic roundtrip ticket after your international flight is ticketed and confirmed.
May I purchase my own international flights?

Yes! Purchasing your own international flights provide you with maximum travel flexibility! 

  • Some trips may require an international flight and a domestic flight in country to meet the team.
  • You are required to meet the IMR team at the designated time and location per the trip itinerary
  • Submit your flight choice as “independent”.
  • You have many options for extending your stay including extended stays available through IMR’s preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators
  • If you would like to request airport transfers at an additional cost, please click on the link to send an email to the IMR office.

$300 Bag Scholarship

Doesn’t IMR need to send supply bags for my trip? Can I save some $$$?

YES!

  • We hope you made the Early Bird and saved $200.  Would you like to save $300 more?
    • YES - We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Guatemala Disaster Relief!
      • The scholarship is first come, first served.  We only have a few on every trip!
      • Priority is given to group flight ticket holders but independent fliers are also welcome to apply!
      • Apply for the scholarship on your account page.  It is simple to do.
      • You will receive the funds in the form of a rebate after your IMR bags have been received at the IMR warehouse after your trip.
    • The IMR office will let you know when you have been approved for the scholarship!  
      • REQUIREMENTS:
        • Take 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Guatemala Disaster Relief.  
        • IMR will provide prepaid shipping to send you IMR bags and to receive IMR bags from you after your trip.
        • Occasionally, bags are not included on international flights.  If you are flying on the group ticket, IMR will cover this cost for you.
        • You are responsible for any checked baggage charges on your domestic ticket to and from the departure airport.
        • Bags may weigh up to 50 lbs and are not always roller bags
        • You will receive a rebate check for $300 after returning your assigned bags to IMR immediately following your trip (using your pre-paid UPS mailer).

Extended Stays - Trip of a lifetime!!

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose the group flight?

Yes!

Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose to book my own tickets?

Yes!

Sleeping the way you want to!

What are the sleeping arrangements?
  • Triple or double twin bed rooms are standard on IMR trips. This is part of our safety and security policies.
  • Each volunteer has their own bed (no shared beds outside of couples). 
  • Let  the IMR Office know if you are a family or couple.  We always try to accommodate our volunteer’s needs!  Please use the link to email our office. 
  • IMR does not discriminate in any way – please let us know your rooming needs.  
  • Please understand if we are unable to accommodate your specific needs based on availability at the hotel or lodging on your trip. 
Are single rooms available?

Yes!

  • Contact the IMR Office to find out if single rooms are available and at what cost
  • Standard IMR sleeping arrangements are double or triple rooms, twin beds

Sleeping the way you want too!!

Travel Assistance

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

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!

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 Mar 16th, 2018.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Mar 16th, 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 stay 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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