Senegal - Medical Relief COMPLETE


March 24, 2018 - April 1, 2018

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutThis special trip is dear to IMR's heart, as our very first trip was to Senegal in 2002, and we have worked here for more than a decade. Join us as we return with great joy to treat the Talibé children of Senegal. You will work in a tribal village where you will live with your patients for part of the trip and perhaps learn a little Wolof! You will hear the Senegalese exclaim, “Kaay leck!” (“Come eat!”) as generous helpings of thiéboudienne, the national dish made from fish stuffed with herbs, rice, and vegetables, is served on large round platters for your team to share. Dakar is often called "the city of contrasts" because in a single view you will see women laughing in lovely printed traditional dress and boubous riding in pony carts, businessmen and women stepping out of their Lexuses and entering high rise offices, overloaded trucks that are impossibly wide for the street, and the tin shacks that house the poor. Turn your head, and you will see goats tied on top of cars for a quick ride to their new homes, children laughing, running, and twirling wooden hoops, and dogs and ponies everywhere. Much of Senegal remains deeply patriarchal and traditional, but women now form a significant minority in the government, and education is on the rise. Most of Senegal remains rural, with very limited education, almost no health care outside of the cities, and extreme poverty. One child in eleven dies before the age of five. More than 20% of children are malnourished, and malaria is a common cause of death. Burns are a daily fact of life in the village, where families cook food over open fires. This is where you will make a difference in this remarkable country.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicOn this special trip, IMR will focus our efforts on the Talibé children (street children) and in a small village that is waiting for IMR to return again this March. The patients you will see will not only come from the village; many of your patients will have walked for days to see you. Conditions will range from rashes to joint pain, lymphatic filariasis to leptospirosis, schistosomiasis to GERD. Burns are common from the open cooking fires and serious wounds are common in clinic each day. Please join us to work in this special village and care for patients that are desperate for your help. Are you a Dentist? We need you HERE! This is a place of suffering, where chewing sticks have done their damage and created teeth that are barely an exterior shell, with roots that scream with every bite a patient takes. You will also have the opportunity to provide 2 - 3 days of greatly needed care to the Talibé children. In rural Senegal, the only way for children to have the honor of attending school is through the Talibé system. In the past, this system developed educated professionals in Senegal; today, the system has become corrupt and abusive to the children entrusted in its care. The Talibé children live in dire conditions, sleeping on concrete floors with dozens of other boys in their "daara" or school, with up to 100 boys being cared for by a single teacher. In order to attend the school, the boys are forced to beg up to ten hours per day and are required to pay their teacher, which the teachers use for personal gain. After begging all day, the children learn the Koran by rote; if they make a mistake in recitation, they are often severely beaten. By the time they are fifteen or sixteen years old, they are often abandoned and become child prostitutes. Join IMR as we return for the ninth time to treat the Talibé children. In partnership with local organizations, IMR feeds all of the children we will treat during clinic, pays their daily fees to their teachers, and provides them with vaccinations, deworming, acute medical and dental care, wound care, and health education. We see some of our sickest patients in Senegal. On our 2014 trip to Senegal we treated more than 200 patients acutely ill with malaria and saw more than 4000 patients, many of whom were suffering with tinea, scabies, ear infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and sexually transmitted diseases. Your patients will be in the greatest need for medical and dental care. In 2016 we cared for more than 1000 Talibe children and more than 1000 in the village. Health education will continue to make a difference to the health of the villages and the Talibé children. IMR partners with many medical and dental providers in Senegal and with an organization working to change the educational paradigms in Senegal. These partnerships will enable you to work side-by-side with a variety Senegalese physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and students in an atmosphere of mutual learning and patient care. Please join us for a very special opportunity to care for the most neglected of patients on this rewarding trip.

Transportation & Lodging

This is trip set apart by the variety of your experiences in Senegal. You will spend a night or two camping in a Senegalese village, where the meals will be cooked by our hosts and although you believe you are there to provide care for the village, it is the village that will care for you. Each of your fingers will be filled with the love of a child hanging onto them as you walk to clinic in the early morning. During our lunch break, don’t be surprised if a spontaneous drum party begins. You will also spend some nights in small hotels, with beautiful courtyards and excellent food. We may also have the rare opportunity to be hosted by families in a country where friendship and hospitality transfers easily from their hearts to yours.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will spend a day touring the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gorée Island. This was the largest slave trading center on the African coast, and today it serves as a “memory island” where the suffering of the people who passed through the “door of no return” is palpable and deeply sobering. You will have a chance to stand in the slave quarters, where captured people from all over Africa were chained and quartered for three months before boarding the ships; if they lived through the three months, then they would probably survive the journey and bring a profit for the slave traders. Today, this spiritual place is a vibrant artists’ colony, famous for “found art” and sand paintings, and thriving as a local beach hangout. The team will share in the local excitement of a day at Gorée on a ferry ride to the island and in the thrills of finding a special treasure to remind you of your excellent patient care in Senegal.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySenegal offers some of the best birdwatching in the world at Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary and the Langue de Barbarie, a chance to sleep for a night or two in tents in a Saharan camp in the Lompoul Desert, or a visit to one of the most beautiful colonial cities in all of Africa, Saint-Louis. Dindefelo Falls, located in the town of Dindefelo just a few miles from Guinean border, boast waterfalls about 100 meters high. The Niokolo-Koba National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere World Heritage Site, is home to lions, elephants, crocodiles, elands, chimpanzees, and leopards. More than 350 species of birds can be found in the park. Don't miss a visit to one of the weekly markets, with their beautiful spices, hand-hammered cooking utensils, and women everywhere, laughing and sharing as if they are your sisters (which they are!). Be careful of the many herds of goats; they will take a nip at your pocket, looking for a little tobacco! IMR is pleased to help you plan your extended stay! Ask the office how we can help!

Trip Donation & Travel Options

Pay 1,825 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Dec 5th, 2017: 2,450

  • Pay 1,825 of the total cost.
  • Upload all of your required documents and forms
  • Space on team is confirmed
  • You are an EARLY BIRD!  
  • Pay in full by Feb 16th, 2018

After Dec 5th, 2017: 2,650

  • Pay 1,825 of the total cost. 
  • Upload all of your required documents and forms.
  • Space on team is confirmed
  • Pay in full by Feb 16th, 2018

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Dec 5th, 2017:  YES!

  • Pay 1,825 of the total cost
  • Upload all of your required documents and forms
  • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”
  • Approve the ticket that IMR is going to purchase on your behalf
  • You are on the group flight
  • Airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket

After Dec 5th, 2017: On a space-available basis only 

    • Pay 1,825 of the total cost
    • Uploaded all of your required documents and forms
    • Contacted the office to see if tickets are still available
    • Submitted your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”
    • You are on the group flight
    • Airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket
May I purchase my own flights?


  • Some trips may require an international flight and a domestic flight in country to meet the team
  • You are required to meet the IMR team at the designated time and location per the trip itinerary
  • Submitted your flight choice as “independent”  
  • You have many options for extending your stay including extended stays available through IMR’s preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators
  • I would like to request airport transfers at an additional cost

$300 Bag Scholarship

Doesn’t IMR need to send supply bags for my trip? Can I save some $$$?


  • We hope you made the Early Bird and saved $200.  Would you like to save $300 more?
    • YES
      • The scholarship is first come, first served.  We only have a few on every trip!
      • You are on the group flight?  YES!
      • You are packing all of your personal items in a carry-on?  YES!
      • Have you applied for the scholarship?  NOT YET?!
    • After you apply for the trip you can apply for the scholarship on your account page.  It is simple to do!
    • We will let you know soon!  Now what?
      • Take 1 or 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Senegal.  
      • IMR will pay for getting the bag to you/from you to IMR and any 1st and or 2nd bag charges on the international flight.
      • You are responsible for any checked baggage charges on your domestic ticket to and from the departure airport.
      • Bags may weigh up to 50 lbs and are not always roller bags
      • You will receive a rebate check for $300 after returning your assigned bags to IMR promptly (using your pre-paid UPS mailer)

Extended Stays - Trip of a lifetime!!

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose the group flight?


Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose to book my own tickets?


Sleeping the way you want to!

What are the sleeping arrangements?
  • IMR trips include triple or double rooms, twin beds as an added safety measure
  • IMR standard is each volunteer has their own bed (no shared beds outside of couples)
  • Let  the IMR Office know if you are a family or couple.  We always try to accommodate our volunteer’s needs!  
  • IMR does not discriminate in any way – please let us know your needs
  • Please understand if we are unable to accommodate your specific needs based on availability
Are single rooms available?


  • Contact the IMR Office to find out if single rooms are available and at what cost
  • Standard IMR sleeping arrangements are double or triple rooms, twin beds

Sleeping the way you want too!!

Travel Assistance

If you would like help booking flights, hotels, extended stays, and more contact Worldwide Navigators at (970) 633-3033.

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 Dec 5th, 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 Dec 5th, 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!