Thailand Gulf - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Thailand Gulf

August 4, 2017 - August 13, 2017


IMR Signature Trip
Being designated as an IMR Signature Trip means that something special is in store for you. Beyond the wonderful experience of working with a highly motivated medical team in one of the most beautiful places on earth, your team will stay at the Song Saa Private Island Resort, rated as one of the top 5 “Trip of a Lifetime” destinations by Fodor’s. Join us as we partner with the Song Saa Foundation to provide acute medical and dental care to the isolated islands of the Koh Rong Archipelago.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutCambodia, home to nearly 15 million people, is one of the most charming countries in all of Asia. From an outsider’s first glance, its pristine golden beaches, tranquil rice paddies, lush jungle landscapes, and perfect sunsets over the world’s largest religious structure are part of the allure of this beautiful country. Take a deeper look and learn it is the Khmer people that ultimately comprise its unique draw. Cambodia’s tragic history, defined by decades of political unrest, violence, and poverty, has shaped an inspiringly optimistic and warm population. It is a powerful experience to feel the serenity emitted by Cambodia’s landscapes in harsh contrast to the magnitude of strife previously endured. This poignant intersection of a painful past and developing present leaves no visitor untouched.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicInternational Medical Relief is partnering with Song Saa Private Island and the Cambodian government to provide health care to islanders living within the Archipelago of the Thailand Gulf. Too small and remote for fully staffed clinics, IMR will be returning once again to provide acute medical and dental care and health education for the approximately 2,000 villagers. After being forced away from the mainland during the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge, these communities are in desperate need of medical care. One of the most important ways to make these small and isolated communities healthier is to provide education on the prevention of Dengue Fever and Malaria. Training in women’s health, HIV/STD prevention, hygiene, and nutrition are the sustainable ways we can help create a healthier future for the more than 4000 people living in the Koh Rong. In addition to health education, IMR will provide much needed medical services , acute dental care, and supplies. The islands have limited resources, limited job opportunities, and limited services, making the lives of the villagers challenging. Infections and parasites go untreated, wounds fester, and 75% of the villagers are malnourished. These are just some of the reasons for IMR to continue to work in the Archipelago. IMR is honored to be invited back for the fourth year, in partnership with the Song Saa Foundation, to continue our efforts in the Koh Rong.

Transportation & Lodging

Our medical team will be staying in the exclusive luxury villas of Song Saa Private Island. Secluded in one of the world’s most pristine landscapes are the islands of the Koh Rong Archipelago. Your team will travel via private yacht from mainland Cambodia to the resort, and will continue to venture out daily to reach the island communities.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsAside from the beautiful people of the Koh Rong, the daily boat rides aboard a private yacht to the islands, and the incredible beauty all around you, is Song Saa. Ranked 4th by Fodor's in the "Trip of a Lifetime" category, you will be enchanted by the view from every window and the island people that live beyond the view. You will have the remarkable experience of truly making a difference in the lives of people living in difficult and desperate circumstance.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayExtend your stay to take advantage of several excursions which IMR can help arrange including stay at the Song Saa Private Island at a substantially reduced rate: http://songsaa.com . If the rest of Asia is your desire, visit some of the regions most renowned sites in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, or Thailand. Within Cambodia, fly to Angkor Wat and spend a few days seeing a place of great peace and power, then take the ferry down the Tonle Sap Lake to Phnom Penh, while watching the fishing families who live in the floating villages along the river banks. Reaching beyond Cambodia, visit her Southeast Asian neighbors by air or bus, or continue along the gulf via well traveled paths, ensuring a tourist friendly journey.

Trip Donation & Travel Options

50% of the minimum donation is REQUIRED to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER.


PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT

(Independent)
IMR FLIGHT

50% Payment by May 8th, 2017
(Subsidized)
PRICE 4,700
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
5,400
(plus your flight cost from your home city to the team’s departure point in the U.S.)
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS - Not Included -
You must book airfare from your home city to the international destination city
- Not Included -
You must book airfare from your home city to team’s departure point in the U.S.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL 4,500
SAVE $200 if your donation of 2,350 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before May 8th, 2017.
5,200
SAVE $200 if your donation of 2,700 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before May 8th, 2017.
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jul 21st, 2017. Payment of 2,700 (50%) is required by May 8th, 2017 to be included on the IMR Subsidized Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Jul 21st, 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 Thailand Gulf 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 Thailand Gulf. 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 May 8th, 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 May 8th, 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!