Honduras - Medical & Dental Relief

Honduras

November 3, 2018 - November 10, 2018

Minimum Donation: 2,700

  • Including International Airfare: 3,000.  See Flight Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

This will be IMR’s inaugural visit to Honduras, a country known for its natural beauty and extreme poverty, with more than 50% of the population destitute. Major risk factors include high unemployment and inadequate public education. Many schools have up to 80 children in a classroom with one teacher. Of all the children entering 1st grade, only 30% are still in school by 6th grade and only 8% continue to the university level. Health care is almost nonexistent in the rural areas of the country where your IMR team will work. The towns where we will care for patients have a high prevalence of diseases transferred by mosquitoes such as malaria, dengue, and recently chikungunya, especially during the months right after rainy season. Due to the lack of clean water and sanitation methods diseases such as skin rashes/ infections, ear, eyes, nose and throat infections, respiratory infections, influenza, heartworm, and diarrhea are seen daily in adults and children. Oral hygiene is nonexistent and dental care is of critical importance. These are health issues you can significantly impact through excellent patient care and health education. Please join us!

About Clinic

There is one doctor for this town and the surrounding communities and most of the provided services for care require payment for services. Patients, seen on a walk-in basis, start lining up at 4 am. If they are not among the first in line, they will probably not be seen that day. The small hospital in the area also has small resources, is a car ride away, and is for private pay patients only. Your IMR team is their hope for the health of the children in this town. The radio, posters, and word of mouth will all be used to tell everyone that we are there. However, the town has determined that the real way to spread the news is through the school children. Every school child will receive a letter to take home, outlining the day and location of our team. The churches will announce our visit and ensure that even the homebound know that we will come to them. Home visits are some of the best medicine we provide and some of the most fun for our team! Expect a crowd; there will be no shortage of patients here. Doctors, dentists, nurses, EMS, counselors, and non-medical staff are all needed; OB-GYNs, Dermatologists, Pediatricians, and Pediatric Dentists are in especially high demand. The local doctor is fully supportive of our visit and will collaborate with us to care for those patients with chronic illness such as hypertension and diabetes.

Transportation & Lodging

The IMR team will be based in a small town of 15,000 people a few hours by car from Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. You will fly into Tegucigalpa where you will meet your team at the airport and drive to a town that has been waiting for more than a year to welcome you. The rainy season will have ended prior to your visit, and temperatures in the low 80s will make your working conditions perfect! Your hotel lodging will be comfortable, clean, and safe. Honduran cuisine is a cocktail of multiple ancient cultures like Maya, Lenca, and Garifuna. Besides African and Caribbean influences, Spanish flavors also play an important part in making the local cuisine a favorite around the world. Carne Asada, Pastelitos de carne (meat pies - yum!), Baleadas (Traditional flour tortilla with a sumptuous filling of cheese, avocados, beans, and sometimes with scrambled eggs and ground beef), Yojoa fish, corncakes wrapped in banana leaves, arroz con leche, and the famous Honduran Horchata (A simple drink of rice, water, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and milk added afterward) will make you wishing you never never have to leave.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThe highlight of this trip is certainly the townspeople, who can not wait to open their doors and hearts to your IMR team. But of course, there is more! Parque Nacional Sierra de Agalta, owned by the town itself, will be a highlight of your visit. There are 8 famous waterfalls that combine for a drop of over 150 feet! Cuevas de Talgua caves - the "cave of the glowing skulls" - is one of the most important sites for cave burials in the Mayan world. A guided tour to see the wonderful formations in this cave will leave you absolutely amazed! And have no fear, there's the shopping! Wonderful local crafts and markets abound!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayEXCLUSIVE IMR PROGRAM EXTENSION

Join IMR on this five day, four night extension exploring the hidden jewel of Central America. Combine history and thrill as you venture through Honduras, visiting natural wonders and ancient sites!
Begin your Honduran adventure visiting the quaint colonial town of Comayagua, where you will partake in a historical tour with a stop at the oldest functioning clock in the western hemisphere. Take in the breathtaking landscape as you weave through coffee and sugarcane plantations on the way to Rio Lindo, where you will visit Pulhapanzak Waterfall before zip-lining through the rainforest canopy! Indulge in Honduran delights while breathing in the sweet salt air on the Caribbean coast. While you’re there, tour the fortress of San Fernando, famous for the defense against British pirates! The trip wouldn't be complete without a visit to the extraordinary Mayan ruins at Copán. This site is one of the most famous archeological sites in the world and includes some of the best Maya stelae in existence today. Try to spot the stone carvings located at the top of the towers featuring the creatures that were prevalent in these parts many moons ago.

Please contact travel@imrus.org for additional information!

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Trip Donation & Flight Options

50% of the minimum donation is REQUIRED to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER.


Travel Assistance

If you are in need of travel arrangement assistance and would like help booking flights, hotels, extended stays and more contact Worldwide Navigators at (970) 633-3033.


PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT

(Booking Your Own International Flight)
FLIGHT INCLUDED

50% Payment by Aug 3rd, 2018
(International Flight Included)
PRICE 2,700
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
3,000
(plus your flight cost from your home city to the team’s departure point in the U.S.)
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS - Not Included -
You must book airfare from your home city to the international destination city
- Not Included -
You must book airfare from your home city to team’s departure point in the U.S.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL N/A N/A
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Oct 4th, 2018. Payment of 1,500 (50%) is required by Aug 3rd, 2018 to be included on the IMR Subsidized Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Oct 4th, 2018.
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 Honduras 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 Honduras. 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.

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 Aug 3rd, 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 Aug 3rd, 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!