Nicaragua - Medical & Dental Relief

Nicaragua

June 1, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Minimum Donation: 3,150

  • After Mar 5th, 2019, Minimum Donation increases to 3,350*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.

IMR Signature Trips
This trip offers special features or exclusive opportunities unique from standard IMR experiences.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutAfter landing in vibrant Costa Rica, you will be transported by boat to Nicaragua's tropical rainforest region. You will be staying in one of the most ecologically diverse environments of the world. The medical team will travel to the Rama Indian tribes and other nearby communities to set up clinics. Each morning the team will venture out on guided boats, traveling on rivers famous for world-class fishing, to reach these nearby large communities as well as the more isolated locations throughout the rainforest. Following the clinic, IMR’s team will return to their accommodation: a state of the art, exclusive lodge, where private cottages are connected via bridged paths that wind through the Amazon rainforest. Housing a minimum of 44% of the plant species and 35% of vertebrate species on Earth, Nicaragua’s rain forest is considered a biodiversity hotspot of Mesoamerica. Embrace the opportunity to be immersed in this tropical ecosystem, as this area is in danger of being lost, like so many of our natural rainforests.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThe growth in the Bluefields area has expanded beyond the ability of the medical structure to care for their patients. IMR works in town to help offset the overload of patients from the continual growth in this area. Also, indigenous groups that rarely receive medical care or any outside visitors are also a very special highlight for any volunteer. It is an honor to receive the patient's trust and be allowed into this region to provide medical care. The Rama, considered to be the “Guardians of the Forest,” do not generally have the means to travel the extensive distances to seek the limited health care typically offered. Your patients will paddle for many hours against the current to come to clinic or to return to their homes after being seen. If you watch closely, you may see a small wooden canoe, hand carved from the single log of a tree, tied up to a larger barge for a tow against the current. IMR’s focus on health education and acute medical and dental care will serve your patients well: you will see many patients for wound care, respiratory infections, and fungal infections. Rotavirus, giardiasis, ascariasis, and other infectious diseases are common, much of which can be prevented through your team’s focus on preventing disease with education.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe Río Indio Adventure Lodge is considered a Birding Paradise due to the great variety of species and families in a relatively small area. Our packages1 can suit your needs to find that special bird or just to marvel at the great variety of colors and species. The Rio Indio Adventure Lodge rests on the banks of the San Juan River surrounded by 640,000 acres of Rain Forest at the Rio Maíz National Park, which makes it the largest rain forest north of the Amazon Jungle. From the high Cloud Forest of Costa Rica to the low lands of the Nicaraguan Jungle, you will find a great deal of indigenous species of plants and animals that do not exist in other parts of the world. After a successful day in clinic, your team will return to your state-of-the-art, exclusive lodge where private cottages are connected via bridged paths winding through the rainforest. Adventure seekers on your team can take in a nightly stroll to look for crocodiles, hunt for caimans from the lodge boats, look for the loud yet elusive howler monkeys, hold and hug a sloth, or try paddle boarding and world-class fishing. Others might enjoy reading in a hammock swing, read or journal from your spacious private cottage deck rocking chair, swimming in the infinity pool or waterways, taking nature hikes to spot unique plants, flowers, and creatures such as the beautiful poison dart frog, or spending some quiet time in your private rainforest cottage, reflecting on the day and watching the sun set. For those in between active and restful, do some birding--toucans, jacanas, ibis, and spectacular owls don’t even begin to name all of the birds seen at the resort. After this, you will be ready for dinner: gourmet local fare, with a spectacular assortment of local fruits, local fish, and remarkable desserts which will not disappoint. Wake up to a lovely breakfast buffet, and the lodge will cater your simple, but flavorful lunch in clinic each day. For those of you flying independently, you can book your flights to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua which is quite close to the resort. For more adventuresome travel, book your flights to San Jose, Costa Rica. From there it is approximately 2 hours by bus and 3 -5 hours by boat. You are going on a real adventure on this trip! http://therioindiolodge.com/

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThis Signature Trip includes lodging at a five-star eco-lodge, specially designed evening activities, gourmet food, and the opportunity to care for the indigenous Rama people of Rama Cay. You will travel along some of the most beautiful waterways in the world; keep a sharp eye out for birds and a few crocodiles along the way! TRAILS: Almost 6 kilometers of nature trails to explore right on the property. Come experience this awesome rain forest wilderness and see the many birds and wild animals we have right on the property! Maybe you’ll see the Red Brocket Deer or the shy tapir. You will almost definitely find a toucan lighting upon a branch overhead or any of the more than 600 species of exotic birds that inhabit this area. Either way, you will be sure to enjoy the incredible beauty of this exotic natural wonderland! What could be better than a fresh, all-natural escape from the rigors of your day to day life? Well, throw in some of the best fishing imaginable, a rain forest home to more than 600 species of birds and 200 species of wild animals, natural springs and much more, and you have not only a vacation, but the adventure of a lifetime! FISHING: The location of the Rio Indio Lodge in this region of Costa Rica and Nicaragua puts us in the ideal position to fully explore its great sport fishing potential. Tackle-tearing Tarpon, Trophy Common Snook, Fat Snook, Rainbow Bass (Guapote), Mojarra, Drum and many more make us an exclusive year-round fishing destination for species unlikely to be found anywhere else. For our Caribbean coast operation, we utilize our fully outfitted 16-foot Jon boats allowing anglers to work the rivers and back waters, while our powerful 20-foot fishing vessel allow us safely fish in shore and along the river mouths for Tarpon, Jack, Triple Tail, Snapper and Tuna. Our bilingual guides (most being Rama Indians), know the area like no others and are experts on the latest fishing gear, knots and techniques. Our guides will take you to exclusive virgin areas of the rain forest that only our boats have access to, discovering a whole new concept of unexplored and unexploited sport fishing. Individual packages can be purchased for volunteers to use during their stay after clinic.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayExtend your stay in Nicaragua or Costa Rica! Exclusive tours are available just for IMR guests through Worldwide Navigators. Please inquire with our team at 970-633-3033.

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change. 

June 1, 2019 - Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica on the evening of June 1st. You will stay the night in San Jose prior to your day of travel up to the Indio Maiz Natural Reserve in Nicaragua! Please be sure to arrive by 8:00 pm in San Jose so you have enough time to get acquainted with your team and attend the required clinic orientation.

Meals: Dinner

June 2, 2019 - Transfer to Rio Indio

Wake up early for breakfast at your hotel in San Jose then meet your bus outside that will transfer you up to the Costa Rica - Nicaragua border. You and the team will be going through customs and passport control again as you enter Nicaragua, so please have your passport accessible. After crossing the border, get read for an adventure as you all board small motor boats that will carry you up the Rio San Juan River. Have your camera handy - you won’t want to miss the colorful bird and iguanas you pass on your way through the lush rainforest in Nicaragua.

Upon arrival to the Rio Indio Lodge, drop off your belongings in your room and explore the grounds with your team. Staying in this eco-friendly lodge will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and the team.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

June 3-6, 2019 - Clinic

Wake up to breakfast provided to you at the lodge, then ride up river each day to work in town to help offset the overload of patients from the continual growth in this area. You will be serving communities in Bluefields, Nicaragua and also indigenous groups that rarely receive medical care or any outside visitors are also a very special highlight for any volunteer. In clinic, you will focus on health education and acute medical and dental care. You will see many patients for wound care, respiratory infections, and fungal infections. Rotavirus, giardiasis, ascariasis, and other infectious diseases are common.

After closing clinic, depart back to the lodge for dinner and wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out for the grounds’ “pet” crocodile.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

June 7, 2019 - Transfer to San Jose

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge for one more morning and then pack your things to head back to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San Jose, you and the team will stay in a hotel near the airport for departures the following day. Take advantage of your overnight in San Jose and venture into the city to experience the nightlife in town.

If you are planning to extend your stay on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, you will be free to leave at anytime on the 7th. You won’t want to miss the crystal clear water and thriving reefs off the coast.

Contact Worldwide Navigators to Extend your Stay!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

June 8, 2019 - Departures

You and the team will be free to depart anytime on June 8th. We hope you enjoy your time in Nicaragua!!

Meals: Breakfast

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 Mar 5th, 2019 =$200 saving
PURCHASE A GROUP FLIGHT

50% Payment by Mar 5th, 2019 =$200 saving and opportunity to purchase a group flight

TRIP PRICE without airfare 3,150 

You will be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation and your application, including all required document uploads, is completed by Mar 5th, 2019 - .3,350 .  After this date, your place on the team is confirmed on a space available basis. 

3,150

You will be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation and your application, including all required document uploads, is completed by Mar 5th, 2019 - .3,350 .  

To take advantage of the group airfare, you must have 50% of your donation paid by Mar 5th, 2019 - . 3,350

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 Mar 5th, 2019 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 Mar 5th, 2019 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  1,675 (50%) is required by Mar 5th, 2019 and qualifies you for $200 off the cost of the trip. Payment balance is required by May 11th, 2019

If paying after"earlybird"  the Full Minimum Donation Amount is due by May 11th, 2019. Space on the team is confirmed on a space available basis when you  reach 50% of the total payment due.  

Payment of 1,675 (50%) is required by Mar 5th, 2019 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 May 11th, 2019.

MEETING THE TEAM You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Nicaragua 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 Mar 5th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Mar 5th, 2019.
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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