South Africa - Medical Relief COMPLETE

South Africa

June 15, 2017 - June 25, 2017


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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutSituated on the southern tip of the continent of Africa, 'Sunny South Africa' as it is known provides you with not only a love for the people and culture but also the amazing world class safaris, and this trip includes all of this and more. The trip will occur in a province in the heartland of Zulu culture and known for its outdoor lifestyle due to year-round warm weather. This area is famous for its splendid beaches and sprawling promenades which can be enjoyed after an arduous day of clinic. Culturally, the area exhibits a mix of, Zulu, Indian, and post-colonial influences which is reflected in the architecture and cuisine. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants. The surrounding valleys offer a taste of African culture, with art-and-craft outlets and homemade fare. The trip will occur in a province in the heartland of Zulu culture and known for its outdoor lifestyle due to year-round warm weather. This area is famous for its splendid beaches and sprawling promenades. Culturally, the area exhibits a mix of, Zulu, Indian, and post-colonial influences which is reflected in the architecture and cuisine. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants. The surrounding valleys offer a taste of African culture, with art-and-craft outlets and homemade fare. Previous teams have enjoyed the tribal Zulu cultural dance performances native to the area.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicTwenty years into South Africa's democracy public health issues remain a challenge in epic proportions. While the public health system serves a large part of the country it is largely underfunded and under constant strain. The system is largely a two-tiered system where in large portions of communities people have no access to healthcare. Cultural views on health and varying levels of wealth and education influence access to and acceptance of public health services. The team will be working is several wonderful communities varying from refugees, to tribal communities to rural areas without access to health care. Almost everyone who lives in these areas is poor, and some live in abject poverty. Children sometimes come to clinic as the head of their household because parents may have passed away or are otherwise ill. Healthcare is a main concern and the communities the team will be visiting are certainly part of the challenge faced by this country. Reflections about our medical clinic from previous team members: It's been great making a difference in the small communities here. The major problems that we have seen in patients are rooted in lifestyle issues and HIV. It seems the local health structures are doing good deal of work when it comes to HIV, which is reassuring. The experience here has been awesome so far! --Alvin, MD The South African communities have been very welcoming and appreciative of the care they are receiving. The team had the opportunity to provide health education in regards to diabetes, hypertension, respiratory illness, and safe sex practices. We are excited about what the upcoming clinic days will encompass, too! --Megan, Nurse Practitioner As a pediatric provider, the kids here have been happy and wonderful as always! Other than common ear infections, rashes, and upper respiratory infections, I had one little three-year-old girl who would only drink sugar water and wouldn't eat anything else--but after some simple nutrition education, hopefully there will be some good change for her. It always amazes me how health education really does make all the difference, especially for long-term change. Definitely one of my favorite parts! --Michelle, Nurse Practitioner

Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingLodging in this popular beachside city offers a great opportunity for the team to enjoy not only their hotel but also the culture after clinic. The quaint hotel is nestled in the shopping district and near a golf club is the perfect home for our IMR. After clinic, rest in one of the lounge areas or out at the hotel swimming pool. The hotel includes free wifi and refreshment station in your room. Comfortable rooms with private bathrooms offer private space for personal time after hours to rejuvenate. Near a lot of activities and being a popular tourist town there is so much to take in for those wanting to take in more of the culture. Rooms for families and couples are also available, and we will match your rooming requests if you are traveling with friends. The team will eat breakfast and dinner in the hotel restaurant while lunch will be served at the clinic sites. Enjoy this beautiful accommodation on this special IMR Signature Trip.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsSAFARI & ZULU DANCING! The team also had a fantastic excursion day to the most reknown safari game reserve of this region! Last year IMR spotted rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, ostriches, gnu (wildebeests), hippos, and African buffalos (which look similar to Asian water buffalos, but are not directly related)! Upon returning to the city on their excursion day, the team happened upon a Zulu dance performance and had a great meal in a cafe by the Indian Ocean. They had time to relax and explore the area, do some shopping, and see lots of local artwork. We've included some photos from the team on the link to IMR's South Africa album on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/pg/InternationalMedicalRelief/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1200728993292014! Enjoy!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySAFARIS, WINELANDS, GREAT WHITE SHARKS 7 MORE! South Africa is a country as culturally and geographically diverse as its eleven national languages, which represent a societal melting pot of indigenous Africans, Indian immigrants, English, and Afrikaners. Situated at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa borders the Atlantic and Indian oceans with its vast plains and desert mountains stretching inland. From the big game viewing in numerous tented safari camps at Kruger National Park, the pretty Winelands and cosmopolitan Cape Town, getting up close and personal with a great white shark on the southern tip, to the dramatic Garden Route and the atmospheric battlefields, South Africa’s variety is thoroughly captivating.

Trip Donation & Travel Options

PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT
Payment by Jun 1st, 2017
SUBSIDIZED IMR FLIGHT
50% Payment by Mar 20th, 2017 to qualify
PRICE 4,250
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
4,950
(plus your flight cost from your home city to the team’s departure point in the U.S.)
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL 4,050
SAVE $200 if your donation of 2,125 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Mar 20th, 2017.
4,750
SAVE $200 if your donation of 2,475 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Mar 20th, 2017.
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jun 1st, 2017. Payment of 2,475 (50%) is required by Mar 20th, 2017 to be included on the IMR Subsidized Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jun 1st, 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 South Africa 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 South Africa. 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 Mar 20th, 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 Mar 20th, 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!

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