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.

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.

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Trip Donation & Flight Options

PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT
NO SUBSIDIZED IMR FLIGHT
PRICE 1,050
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
N/A
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL N/A N/A
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jun 9th, 2018. N/A
BAGGAGE Check your bags through from your home city without having to claim them along the way. N/A
FLIGHT SCHEDULE You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Guatemala Disaster Relief 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 Disaster Relief. N/A
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. N/A

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.

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!

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.

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 Mar 16th, 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 Mar 16th, 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!