Peru - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Peru

June 22, 2018 - June 30, 2018

About The Mission Trip

IMR will return to Peru and work with the Mestizos living in small villages in the Piura region, known as the "land where the tropics meets the desert". Located in far northwest Peru, close to the border of Peru and Ecuador, the region boasts some of the best surfing in the world. This region is home to more than 400,000 people and some of the worst flooding in the country, year over year. This area was the first in South America to be inhabited by the Spanish in the early 1500s and the architecture and culture reflect this history. Your IMR team will provide medical care to the Mestizos, many of whom are flood victims who have lost everything. This is an area where traditional medicine dominates and we will have an opportunity to learn about the botanicals used by local healers. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the rich culture of this beautiful and unique area, where the people are passionate about their religion, their crafts, and their beer.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicWorld Bank and the World Health Organization stated in a 2009 study that these indigenous peoples are viewed as needing full assistance to solve their multiple health problems . IMR is working in collaboration with partners including the Peruvian government to help those suffering from life threatening diseases. We will provide medical and dental care and health education to these otherwise untouched people groups. These people suffer greatly from a lack of knowledge about how to manage their healthcare, resulting in needless deaths among this already diminishing population. In addition to mosquito-borne illness, you will see many patients with infections, wounds, and common health problems, all of whom frequently go without any care. Dental needs are among the most troubling, with patients suffering from horrific pain from infected teeth without care other than home remedies. Dengue Fever and other mosquito-borne disease is a significant health factor in this community. Providing education about mosquito-borne disease and providing supportive care for patients will be a primary task for our team. Between January and May of 2017, Peru reported almost 6,000 cases of Dengue with the city of Piura accounting for 1/4 of the cases. This trip is a wonderful opportunity to provide care for people who truly need the help.

Lodging & Transportation

Lodging for this trip may include some camping to reach remote villages. Primary housing will be safe and simple guest houses.

Trip Highlights

After a long day of providing dental and medical care and health education, spend a few minutes learning how traditional medicine practitioners use the botanicals native to the area or join in the fun as we explore the beautiful colonial architecture of Piura and the surrounding communities. Join us as we try new foods including Seco de chabelo: beef jerky or dried beef stew with sweetened bananas; Seco de cabrito con frijoles: stew made of tender baby goat meat marinated in chicha de jora (a fermented corn liquor whose origin dates back to the time before the Incas) and accompanied with beans seasoned with fried onions and garlic; Cebiche: raw fish filet cut into pieces and marinated in lemon juice, onions, and aji (hot pepper); Majado de yucca con chicharron: Cooked and crushed yucca with aji (hot pepper) and accompanied with chicharron (fried pork rinds); Chifles: Fried banana chips; Natilla: a typical dessert made from goats milk, chancaca (sugar syrup), and very fine rice flour; and finally! - Chicha de Jora: boiled and fermented corn in mud vats. You'll be visiting an area that few tourists see, so come see it with IMR!!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayVisit Machu Picchu or the Galapagos Islands!! After an arduous week of clinics with the IMR team, extend your stay for a trip to Machu Picchu or the neighbouring Galápagos Islands – both just a short flight away. Want to stay in Piura for a few extra days? Like it wet? Learn how to surf! Piura boasts some of the best surfing in the world! Like it dry? Piura is home to the largest dry region in Peru, the Sechura desert. Like it old? Colonial architecture abounds in Piura, the oldest city in South America. 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 airfare. IMR recommends working with our knowledgeable IMR-approved travel agent to arrange lodging, excursions, and airfare.

Trip Donation & Travel 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
PURCHASE A GROUP FLIGHT

50% Payment by Mar 22nd, 2018
(International Flight Included)
PRICE 2,450
*Requires 50% of the minimum donation to be paid by Mar 22nd, 2018 - .

2,650
*If payment is received after Mar 22nd, 2018

International flight costs are additional and not included in this price
Costs of group airfare will be priced at the market value.

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 for a city tour at your own leisure.

PREMIER FLIGHT: A more direct routing that is a higher cost for those of you looking to save time.
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS - Not Included -

You must book airfare from your home city to the international destination city
- Not Included -

IMR can route you directly from your hometown as an added convenience. You will pay the cost of the ticket at the time of purchase.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL N/A N/A
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due May 22nd, 2018. Payment of 1,475 (50%) is required by Mar 22nd, 2018 to be included on the IMR Group Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due May 22nd, 2018.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Peru 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 our final destination. The official ground itinerary will exactly match your flight schedule.
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. Ground transportation is included.
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 at before or after the trip are at your own expense. Extend your stay on an official trip extension with World Wide Navigators

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 Mar 22nd, 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 22nd, 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!