Zambia - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Zambia

April 19, 2018 - April 29, 2018

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutZambia is the only country in the world to have entered the Olympic Games as one country and left as another, after declaring independence from the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland on the last day of the Summer Olympics in 1964. Formerly Northern Rhodesia until its declaration of independence, Zambia is now a democratic republic, an English-speaking country in the heart of Africa, with more than seventy diverse tribes. Its culture manages to blend many disparate values and spiritual beliefs into a single country. Poverty, however, is rampant in Zambia, healthcare almost non-existent, and education ends at the primary level for almost 75% of children in the country. Zambia is unlike any of the African countries you may have visited. With a strong Asian influence and a diverse population of young people, Zambia is one of the most vibrant cultures on the continent. People are amicable, warm, and present themselves as you see them. This simplicity of life is unforgettable.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicDo you want to make a sustainable difference in the world? Zambia isn’t the whole world but it is a place where prenatal women in the area where you will work have never had a pelvic exam or heard their baby’s heartbeat - and where you can help train the local nurses in good technique and provide speculums for their use. It’s a region where you can participate in the training of young dental students, helping to improve the dental care of the entire country. It’s a country that will welcome your participation and long-term value to empower her people to be healthier. From a tourist's perspective, Zambia is wonderful; from a public health perspective, it is not so great. Life expectancy at birth is <50 years and 1.2 million children are orphans, primarily due to parental death from AIDS. Zambia has the nineteenth highest death rate in the world, due as much to dismal sanitation as infectious disease and autoimmune disorders. In the rural areas, less than 50% of the population has access to safe drinking water, and only 3.2% of rural families have electricity. Children average seven years of school, much of it missed due to diarrhea and other common illness. That’s why we are going to Zambia. IMR’s focus on health education and prevention side-by-side with acute medical and dental care means that you will make a difference to our patients. Please join us as we partner with the Ministry of Health to change this picture. We will also partner for the third consecutive year with the Dental Therapy School, based in Lusaka. We work with 2nd and 3rd year dental student to provide them with a residency in dentistry and they serve as translators for our volunteers. Are you a dentist or oral surgeon who loves to teach? This trip is made for you!

Transportation & Lodging

Your IMR team will stay in a variety of locations throughout Zambia. This trip is hotel-based. The team will be transported by large vans. This is a very easy trip in many ways--great accommodations, great transport, and great interpreters. English is the official language of Zambia, and many people we meet and care for will speak English. However, 52% of the population speaks Bemba and 37% speak Nyanja as a primary or secondary language, so having excellent translators is paramount to our success. This trip will truly introduce you to Zambia! In Zambia, most villages have a local healer as the main source of medical care and 2 nurses running a small health center for more than 2000 patients. Please join us to work in these remote areas right next store to one of the finest game parks in the world, where the Big 5 can observe you as you go about your day!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsIn one word, the highlight of this trip is "sustainability." Training local health educators, health center nurses, and young dental students - and seeing the immediate results of your efforts - is a true and meaningful joy. Working with people left out of the health care system in some of the most impoverished places on earth and making a huge impact on the lives of many will sustain you as much as it does them. You will have the chance to care for the most under-served of all populations; this day may well be one of the most thought-provoking days of your life, challenging your assumptions and your skills while meaning more to your patients than you will ever be able to imagine. Does all this sound like a tall order? It gets bigger as you embark on a safari to seek out the "big five" (leopards, lions, white rhinos, rhinos, and elephants) at one of the finest national game parks in Africa. You’ll sleep on the banks of the river in a safari-camp but don’t forget to watch out for crocodiles! They are fast! Are you faster? Don’t miss this trip!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayExtending your stay in Zambia is limited only by your imagination. Ride through the great plans on elephants! Hang glide to see the animals from a vantage point that only birds get to see! Join in a tribal ceremonial dance! Take a short flight to Victoria Falls - feel the spray, hear the roar, and understand the awesome power of water. There is so much to do in eastern Zambia that you won’t know what to do first.

Trip Donation & Travel Options

Pay 1,975 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Jan 19th, 2018: 2,750

  • Pay 1,975 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 Mar 19th, 2018

After Jan 19th, 2018: 2,950

  • Pay 1,975 of the total cost. 
  • Upload all of your required documents and forms.
  • Space on team is confirmed
  • Pay in full by Mar 19th, 2018

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Jan 19th, 2018:  YES!

  • Pay 1,975 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 Jan 19th, 2018: On a space-available basis only 

    • Pay 1,975 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?

Yes!

  • 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 $$$?

YES!

  • 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 Zambia.  
      • 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?

Yes!

Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

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

Yes!

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?

Yes!

  • 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.

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 Jan 19th, 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 Jan 19th, 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!