Indonesia - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Indonesia

September 22, 2017 - October 1, 2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutIMR has provided care to the most impoverished villages on several island communities in Indonesia over the last decade. We have also responded to a handful of disasters in Indonesia. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,500 islands. It has thirty-three provinces with over 238 million people and is the world’s fourth most populous country. Spanning its many islands, Indonesia is a beautiful conglomeration of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups. The largest—and politically dominant—ethnic group is the Javanese. Indonesia’s considerable ethnic diversity forms a striking combination with its impressive array of native species such as tigers, rhinoceros, orangutans, elephants, and leopards.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicEach day, your team will travel by boat to remote islands chosen specifically because of the need for health care and health education. You will treat and educate many patients with acute respiratory infections, gastritis, skin infections, fungal diseases, typhoid, diarrhea, and wounds. You will also see many patients with chronic conditions including hypertension, diabetes, stroke, and TB. Measles, prematurity, and accidents are still leading causes of death in children under five. IMR will be returning to many of the villages we have worked in previously on this trip. We will also develop relationships in new villages, providing acute medical and dental care and health education. One exciting program that IMR will continue in 2017 is the Certified Health Educator Program. IMR provides extensive training and certification for local health care workers, teachers, and para-medical personnel on a wide variety of health education topics. These certified health educators are then given the materials needed to continue to teach these topics at schools, community gatherings, and community centers. You will also work with some Indonesian medical providers; sharing knowledge builds sustainability, something we truly value at IMR. There is also a special opportunity to interact and get to know the people you are treating on this trip.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingWe are very fortunate in Indonesia to be able to stay in one of IMR’s “homes-away-from-home”–a special place where you and team become family for this short visit. You will stay in simple accommodations with beds provided for everyone. The accommodations, while not luxurious, are safe and clean. IMR hires cooks in Indonesia to help ensure high quality and safe cooking practices. Bakso, a savory meatball soup, is a wonderful part of many meals. Nasi goreng is considered to be the national dish of Indonesia; this take on fried rice is often made with sweet, thick soy sauce called kecap (pronounced ketchup) and garnished with acar, pickled cucumber and carrots. This is truly a unique island adventure!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsIn one word, the highlight of this trip is "sustainability." Training local health educators and seeing the results of your efforts is a true and meaningful joy. This trip also provides you with some unique experiences including travel to small islands in an archipelago with your IMR team; working with people left out of the health care system in some of the most impoverished places on earth; and making a huge impact on the lives of many. The sunrises and sunsets are an added bonus, yours for the watching. Be warned! You will leave a piece of your heart behind when you leave this remarkable place.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayIMR can help you extend your stay and take advantage of several excursions, if desired. Spectacular scenery and stunning tropical sunsets await you on some of Asia’s most popular beach destinations such as Bali, Indonesia and Phuket, Thailand. These rare gems offer numerous beautiful hotels and resorts to choose from. Take in the world-class diving, tropical tours, cruises, and exotic beaches. Ride around the city in a dokar, ojek, or becak. Go orangutan trekking, tour the Ubud Sacred Monkey sanctuary, or the Borobudur Temple. Take a well-deserved rest to see the amazing archipelago of Indonesia!

Trip Donation & Travel Options

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


PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT

(Independent)
IMR FLIGHT

50% Payment by Jun 30th, 2017
(Subsidized)
PRICE 2,900
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
3,600
(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 2,700
SAVE $200 if your donation of 1,450 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Jun 30th, 2017.
3,400
SAVE $200 if your donation of 1,800 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Jun 30th, 2017.
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Sep 15th, 2017. Payment of 1,800 (50%) is required by Jun 30th, 2017 to be included on the IMR Subsidized Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Sep 15th, 2017.
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 Indonesia 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 Indonesia. 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.

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.

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!

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 Jun 30th, 2017.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the Minimum Donation Amount on or before Jun 30th, 2017.
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!