Guatemala Disaster Relief - Medical & Dental Relief

Guatemala Disaster Relief

June 12, 2018 - June 30, 2018

Minimum Donation: 1,050

  • 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.

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

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 Mar 16th, 2018

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

PRICE before Mar 16th, 2018 not including international airfare

850

* You will save $200 and be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation is paid (525 ) and  your application, including all required document uploads, is complete by Mar 16th, 2018.

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

850

* You will save $200 and be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation is paid (525 ) and your application, including all required document uploads, is complete by Mar 16th, 2018.

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

PRICE after Mar 16th, 2018 not including international airfare

1,050

After Mar 16th, 2018 your place on the team is confirmed on a space available basis after 50% of the required minimum donation (525 ) is reached.

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

 

 

 

1,050

After Mar 16th, 2018 your place on the team is confirmed on a space available basis after 50% of the required minimum donation (525) 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 Mar 16th, 2018:

Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jun 9th, 2018.
to receive a $200 savings

If donating after Mar 16th, 2018:

Your space on the team is guaranteed with donation of 525 (50%) by Mar 16th, 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 (1,050) by Jun 9th, 2018.

 

 

If donating before Mar 16th, 2018:

Your space on the team is guaranteed when you reach the minimum donation of 525 (50%) by Mar 16th, 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 Mar 16th, 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 (1,050) by Jun 9th, 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

MEETING YOUR TEAM IN Guatemala Disaster Relief You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Guatemala Disaster Relief 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 Guatemala Disaster Relief.

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  Guatemala Disaster Relief 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 Guatemala Disaster Relief.
 

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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 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 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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