India – Holi - Medical & Dental Relief

India – Holi

March 16, 2019 - March 24, 2019

Minimum Donation: 3,175

  • After Dec 18th, 2018, Minimum Donation increases to 3,375*Save $200 - Early Bird Special
  • 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.

Holi Festival will take your breath away. The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi being the festival of colors is actually a day worth rejoicing....
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About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutInternational Medical Relief will bring much needed aid to the world’s second most populous country, India. The team will care for those with the greatest need for medical attention. Our clinics are nestled among the throwback of centuries old traditions in southern India. Engage this culture first hand as you provide greatly needed medical care to the densely inhabited communities. Those left out of the medical system will not only get medical attention, but will also be given needed education to help them survive among the populous.

Being in Hyderabad during the Holi Festival will take your breath away. The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi being the festival of colors is actually a day worth rejoicing. The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colors with their friends and families and in evening they show love and respect to their close ones with Abeer. Come and join IMR to celebrate the triumph of good over bad - and good health over bad health!

Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country, but Hyderabad is home to one of the finest celebrations. It is also sometimes called the “festival of love” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other. The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun. It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on first evening of the festival and the following day is called Holi. You will have a chance to celebrate the locals in one of the most fun places!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicAccording to the World Health Organization, India is recording very high infant mortality and a high death rate due to malaria from improper diagnosis, treatment and care. It is imperative for IMR to continue to help the people in India and overcome these health conditions.

You can expect to see many respiratory conditions - including lower respiratory infections. Diarrheal diseases and accompanying dehydration are common and the 4th most common cause of death. Chronic diseases including hypertension, diabetes, COPD, and asthma will be common. Many patients are undiagnosed and your diagnosis will be of great importance to their future health; education is the first line of treatment for many of these patients.

From a public health perspective, unsafe drinking water in urban and rural areas is the primary concern. Tobacco, alcohol, accidental and self-inflicted injury, and nutritional problems are also significant public health issues.

Your team will work in high-density urban clinics and small villages - you will get the best of both worlds and see a good representative view of the areas around Hyderabad. There will be some great cultural experiences along the way!

Transportation & Lodging

This is a signature trip with upscale hotels in the city and the best available near the villages. You will find the lodging to be more than comfortable and a great respite after working hard all day. The food will be wonderful and filled with local flavors and textures. Hyderabad is known for Hyderabadi Biryani, Keema Samosa, amazing soups, and amazing Kkatti Dal, where tamarind gives the lentils zest! You'll travel by coach bus and although the traffic is legendary, we'll try to avoid the worst spots or at least keep you laughing on the bus...our ground team knows the routes to get us where we need to go!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThere are too many highlights on this trip to list but Holi is definitely center stage. You will participate fully in the ceremonies, sharing of the colors by spraying colorful powders and water on friends and strangers alike, with some special surprises from IMR! Your time in the villages will give you an opportunity to see the local culture and participate in their excitement while hosting your IMR team. A visit to a public hospital (with some volunteer time) and visiting an Ashram will be amazing cultural experiences during your time in India! Join the IMR team as we take part in some of these local celebrations!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaytajMany of our volunteers have extended their stays at the back end of the trip to visit amazing world heritage sites and natural wonders including the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, where you can watch the majestic tigers in their natural habitat.  A short flight to Delhi allows you to visit Agra and the Taj Mahal.  In Old Delhi, you can see the Chandni Chowk market area and visit the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and either Humayuns Tomb or the Lotus Temple. If you are one of many our volunteers wanting to extend their stay to take advantages of the remarkable tourist destinations in the area, please select the option without team airfare.  IMR recommends working with our knowledgeable IMR-approved travel agent to arrange lodging, excursions, and airfare.

Trip Itinerary


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Trip Donation & Flight Options

50% of the minimum donation and a completed application 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
50% Payment by Dec 18th, 2018 =$200 saving
PURCHASE A GROUP FLIGHT

50% Payment by Dec 18th, 2018 =$200 saving and opportunity to purchase a group flight

TRIP PRICE without airfare 3,175 

You will be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation and your application, including all required document uploads, is completed by Dec 18th, 2018 - .3,375 .  After this date, your place on the team is confirmed on a space available basis. 

3,175

You will be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation and your application, including all required document uploads, is completed by Dec 18th, 2018 - .3,375 .  

To take advantage of the group airfare, you must have 50% of your donation paid by Dec 18th, 2018 - . 3,375

DOMESTIC and  INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT INFORMATION - airfare is not included in the cost of the trip  Flights are not included in the trip fee when flying independently. 

You will book your own airfare from your home city to the international destination city.  Some trips will require additional flights after arriving in country at your expense.

You may book your tickets through a travel agency.  The cost will include a small service fee.  IMR's preferred travel agent is WorldWide Navigators (travel@worldwidenavigators.com)

Flights are not included in the trip fee when flying on the group flight.

Costs of group airfare will be priced at the cost set by the airline at the time of purchase.
 

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 tour at your leisure.

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

IMR can route you directly from your hometown as an added convenience when choosing either group flight. You will pay the cost of the customized ticket and a small service fee at the time of purchase.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL -$200 off the cost of your trip  Paying 50% of the total due by Dec 18th, 2018 and having your application and uploads complete = a $200 saving off the cost of your trip, taken automatically off your invoice.   Paying 50% of the total due by Dec 18th, 2018 and having your application and uploads complete = a $200 saving off the cost of your trip and qualifies you to purchase an economical or premier group ticket.</span
DONATION DUE DATES To guarantee your space on the team, payment of  2,188 (50%) is required by Dec 18th, 2018 and qualifies you for $200 off the cost of the trip. Payment balance is required by Feb 21st, 2019

If paying after"earlybird"  the Full Minimum Donation Amount is due by Feb 21st, 2019. Space on the team is confirmed on a space available basis when you  reach 50% of the total payment due.  

Payment of 2,188 (50%) is required by Dec 18th, 2018 to be included on the IMR Group Flight.  You will also qualify for $200 off the cost of the trip. 


Full Minimum Donation Amount due Feb 21st, 2019.

MEETING THE TEAM You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in India – Holi prior to the team’s official arrival. Should you have travel delays it will be your financial responsibility to meet the team at their location upon your arrival. You will fly with other IMR team members to IMR's final destination. The official ground itinerary will exactly match your flight schedule if you have met the Early Bird requirements and received the group ticket.  
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Ground transportation to the IMR meeting place on the first day of your trip is available for all independent flyers for an additional fee.  Transportation pickup is from the final arrival airport at pre-set times.    Ground transportation is included from the airport to the IMR meeting place. 
EXTENDED STAY Extend your stay to see some of the amazing sites that this country has to offer. Flexibility in your arrival and return date may also help you reduce your ticket cost. Additional nights before or after the trip are at your own expense. Please contact travel@worldwidenavigators.com for more information. Extend your stay on an official IMR trip extension with World Wide Navigators.  Choose the "group" ticket and the "extension" option.   If you have questions about the extension: travel@worldwidenavigators.com

$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 Dec 18th, 2018.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Dec 18th, 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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