Puerto Rico - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Puerto Rico

September 1, 2018 - September 8, 2018


trip_InfoAboutPuerto Rico and other locations in the Caribbean were slammed hard by Category 4 Hurricane Maria. This trip is to mark the 1 year anniversary of Maria and to help the people who were the hardest hit - people still without reliable electricity, clean water, and whose social circles have been permanently disrupted. Maria was the strongest storm to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 85 years. The storm knocked out power to the entire island for months - even today, power is on and off and there are still many homes where the power has never come back on. Downed buidlings, uprooted trees, destroyed houses and schools and flooded neighborhoods were the result of Maria's power. Massive complications are still affecting the health care structure of the communities. Public health conditions continue to worsen with limited or no power, fuel, food or resources is making these 3.4 million citizens vulnerable to disease. International Medical Relief has sent 4 teams to Puerto Rico since Maria struck. We are now sending our 5th team to continue to help the people in need of care. Read on! Your help is needed!

Downed power lines, buildings in rubble, massive flooding and destruction around every corner, the IMR team will be self-sufficient with our needs as to not deplete the limited supply of services available. This is disaster relief work. Team members will be required to bring their own sleeping gear. IMR will be bringing in medical supplies, water purification systems, and supplies for the teams stay including tented shelter and dry food. You need to be prepared to hike in the mountains house-to-house for 5 days, caring for children and elderly alike.

IMR is a global leader in emergency response. We are the exclusive provider of medical care for the IDRN, International Disaster Response Network. We respond and continue to respond until care is no longer needed, sending multiple teams over time to help to alleviate pain and suffering around the world. Please join us!


trip_InfoClinicThis fast-approaching trip will focus on medical relief for those most affected by the hurricane, providing acute medical care and necessary medications for those who have limited or no access to services in the region.  We have many very hard hit areas that need IMR volunteers to come and help.  

This trip will be very limited in the number of volunteers. All volunteers are welcome to apply! Specialists are welcome - dermatologists, geriatricians, psychiatrists and psychologic counselors, physical therapists, and family practice providers are in high demand. Non-medical staff will be added as space is available. Please don't wait to apply!

Working house-to-house is not easy! There is a lot of walking, carrying, and resupplying. You can expect temperatures in the middle to high 80s during the day and middle 70s at night. Respiratory and other ​acute illnesses, infections, and motor vehicle accidents​ still occur every day​. Women are particularly at risk in Puerto Rico, with sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal infections, domestic violence, and other female concerns. Children come to clinic with fungal infections, malnutrition, scabies, acute conditions and infected with parasites. Dental care is one of the greatest needs in our patients. We will bring dental patients to a central location for care each day.

Please join us as we respond again to care for the people of Puerto Rico.   As this trip is mobilizing quickly, with many moving parts and logistics, we require a complete application and a $500 deposit to secure your place on the team.​  

Transportation & Lodging

IMR will supply 2 man tents for the team and all food and water. You need to bring a full kit for camping for 6 days, including a dinner kit and 2 wide mouthed water bottles. We want to cut down on paper and plastic waste! You will be carrying medications, wound care, and labs as you hike. Please expect steep road conditions - sturdy boots with ankle support are a must. You will receive a complete packing list when you become a team member. Depending on our schedule, we may have 1 night in a hotel but you need to be prepared to camp for the week.

Transportation will be by 4x4s or vans. We will be deep in the mountains in the small towns that receive limited care due to their remote locations.

Trip Highlights

Caring for people who don't get care in their homes is the true highlight of this trip.

Sleeping under the stars in the mountains of Puerto Rico? That's an added bonus!

Cooking outside and getting surprised with spaghetti Puerto Rican-style? YUM!

Being invited into the homes of our patients for supper? Priceless!

Joining the locals at the roadhouse so they can thank you by teaching you salsa dancing? Fun!

Being asked to teach about health in the local schools and helping the younger children with their agriculture project to make compost for their neighbors? A true highlight of our last trip to Puerto Rico in March!

Having "the ladies" drag you down the street to shower at their house on the 4th morning? Words can't even express the kind hearts and hospitality of the people of Puerto Rico. You need to see it for yourself!

You will find highlights everywhere on this trip. IMR Puerto Rico alumni - come on back!! We know you miss this place!

Extend Your Stay

Beaches, bioluminescent bays, magnificent turtles, El Yunque, the wild horses, and more! Join IMR for a 3 day extended stay in a great hotel in a great location after a week of camping! What could be better? Please contact travel@imrus.org for more information about this amazing package!!

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.


50% Payment by Jun 5th, 2018
(International Flight Included)
PRICE 2,400
*Requires 50% of the minimum donation to be paid by Jun 5th, 2018 - .

*If payment is received after Jun 5th, 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.

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.

SAVE $200 if your donation of 1,300 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Jun 5th, 2018.
SAVE $200 if your donation of 1,450 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Jun 5th, 2018.
You are guaranteed to fly with the group if you have:

  • Met the 50% donation balance by the Early Bird Special.
  • Uploaded all required documentation and completed the passport form in full.
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Aug 11th, 2018. Payment of 1,450 (50%) is required by Jun 5th, 2018 to be included on the IMR Group Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Aug 11th, 2018.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Puerto Rico 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.


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 5th, 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 Jun 5th, 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!