Argentina – Mendoza - Medical & Dental Relief

Argentina – Mendoza

11/23/19 - 11/30/19

Join For As Little As: 1,900*

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship. Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See More Info below.
  • * Includes $200 Early Bird Special savings. After Aug 18th, 2019, Minimum Donation increases to 2,100
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutJoin IMR for our 4th trip to Lavalle, Argentina in the Mendoza region of the Andes!  This beautiful area will feed your senses with magnificent views of the beautiful wineries, olive groves, fruit orchards, and the highest mountain in the Western and Southern hemisphere, Aconcagua.   You will care for some of the poorest and most underserved people in the country in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The Mendoza region, known for its world-famous wines and the distinctive micro-climates that provide the necessary diversity, is also known for its olive groves, fruit orchards, and horsemanship. The Mayor is waiting for your arrival to have you taste and admire the wines produced here!   Some of the best polo players train in the region and you can tour the grounds and spend some time with these beautiful animals.  Want to join in a game?  You're on!

Your days will be spent caring for hundreds of patients each day but your evenings will be spent in the vibrant plazas, listening to music, talking with the local families, and enjoying the fountains and market stalls.  

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicClinics in the Mendoza region will be meaningful!

You will work in small villages "squatter's camps",  with the families who live and work in the garbage dump, and with the indigenous Huarpe.   Working hand-in-hand with local providers and community leaders, you will make a significant difference in the lives of the patients most in need.

The Huarpe number about 35,000 people and the majority of the community resides in San Juan, San Luis and Mendoza, which were formerly collectively known as the Cuyo region. They speak Quechua and face starvation from a lack of water, with most families surviving by raising goats and making beautiful crafts to sell at market.  Known for their strong family bonds and traditions, the Huarpe will welcome you with open arms as you care for their families and their hearts.  Dental needs, family care, and women's health are most needed here.

The families in the garbage dump face dangerous working conditions and are often not eligible for care through the understaffed and underfunded public health system.  Life expectancy is short and the many children face infections daily as small cuts and garbage combine.  Your medical and dental expertise is greatly needed and our emphasis on community health education will make a sustainable difference.  IMR loves to work with these special communities and we want you to join us in this effort!

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou will stay in a lovely hotel in Mendoza and travel by comfortable bus each day to the surrounding villages and clinics.  In the clinics you will find great need.  In the evenings, you will find that city of Mendoza has wonderful plazas for you to explore, and miles of wine vineyards and olive groves waiting for your visit.  The crafts will excite your senses and the people will make you feel welcome everywhere you go.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThe highlight of this trip is the variety of patients you will care for in Argentina.  Young to old, they are waiting for your visit and your care.  You will also meet the Mayor and other local officials who are waiting to welcome you with their thanks and the wine that they are so proud of in this wonderful community.  Your visit is being talked about all over town!!

Come for the clinics but don't forget to enjoy yourself.  Salsa dancing lessons, tours of the polo fields, visits to the vineyards, and perhaps a climb of Aconcagua? There is a lot to do on your day off, in the evenings, and if you have a few days to extend your stay!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayYou're venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of Argentina's top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension! On this 3-day getaway, visit Buenos Aires and its surrounding areas for a fully immersive, Latin experience. Explore the famous neighborhood, La Boca, with brightly painted zinc shacks and performing street artists. Traverse the Paraná Delta by riverboat to discover El Tigre and small islands along the way.



Take a look at the trip itinerary here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/a-taste-of-argentina/



For more information contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agency, at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

   

Trip Itinerary

The itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note:  Independent flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked.  You will be notified about the group flight at the Early Bird deadline.  If you are planning on flying independently and want to book your flight in advance, please contact Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight.  Thank you.

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,200 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Aug 18th, 2019: 1,900

  • Pay 1,200 of the total cost by the Early Bird date AND upload/complete all of your required documents and forms receive $200 off the cost of your trip.  
  • Meeting this goal ensures that your space on the team is confirmed
  • You are an EARLY BIRD!  
  • Payment in full is due by Nov 2nd, 2019

After Aug 18th, 2019: 2,100

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,200 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms!  
  • Space on our teams is on a first come/first serve basis.  Your space is not reserved until you have met these requirements.  
  • Payment in full is due by Nov 2nd, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Aug 18th, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Aug 18th, 2019:  YES! IMR will arrange your international flight on a "group" ticket at your request!

  • Domestic and international airfare is not included in the published cost of the trip.
  • Pay 1,200 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms to be eligible to fly on the international group ticket.
  • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier” in your account.
  • Approve the ticket that IMR is going to purchase on your behalf and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.
  • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!

After Aug 18th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,200 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Aug 18th, 2019
    • Contact the office to see if group tickets are still available.
    • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”, approve the ticket, and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.  
    • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!
    • You will need to purchase your domestic roundtrip ticket after your international flight is ticketed and confirmed.
May I purchase my own international flights?

Yes! Purchasing your own international flights provide you with maximum travel flexibility! 

  • 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
  • Submit 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
  • If you would like to request airport transfers at an additional cost, please click on the link to send an email to the IMR office.

$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 - We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Argentina – Mendoza!
      • The scholarship is first come, first served.  We only have a few on every trip!
      • Priority is given to group flight ticket holders but independent fliers are also welcome to apply!
      • Apply for the scholarship on your account page.  It is simple to do.
      • You will receive the funds in the form of a rebate after your IMR bags have been received at the IMR warehouse after your trip.
    • The IMR office will let you know when you have been approved for the scholarship!  
      • REQUIREMENTS:
        • Take 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Argentina – Mendoza.  
        • IMR will provide prepaid shipping to send you IMR bags and to receive IMR bags from you after your trip.
        • Occasionally, bags are not included on international flights.  If you are flying on the group ticket, IMR will cover this cost for you.
        • 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 immediately following your trip (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?
  • Triple or double twin bed rooms are standard on IMR trips. This is part of our safety and security policies.
  • 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!  Please use the link to email our office. 
  • IMR does not discriminate in any way – please let us know your rooming needs.  
  • Please understand if we are unable to accommodate your specific needs based on availability at the hotel or lodging on your trip. 
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.

Fundraising

IMR provides a personal and customizable fundraising page to all registered trip applicants.  We provide a fundraising packet that is full of ideas on how you can raise support or supplies to be utilized on this specific mission.  You may download this information and individual items such as letters requesting support, our 501(c)3 information, and a list of needed supplies from your Volunteer Resources page.  When soliciting donations for any of our trips, your personal story is your most powerful tool.  Why do you want to go? Whom will you help?  How will your donors help you achieve your ultimate goal?  Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to your IMR personal fundraising page by sharing your unique URL on social media, via email, and through personal contact.  Give your supporters our website and Facebook page so they can see the great things that IMR has accomplished since our founding in 2002.  Did you know we have cared for almost 300,000 patients in the last 16 years?  We need your help and the help of your donors to see 300,000 more patients in the years ahead!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount covers the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation while after joining the IMR team at the designated starting location, and clinic supplies/medications for our patients.  You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased, if you donate 50% of the total donation by the Early Bird date. 

Costs that are not included in the donation amount are your passport, travel visas (if applicable),  and if you choose the group flight, your domestic airfare to the group departure city, vaccinations, and insurance. If you choose to fly independently, the cost of your international flight and all other costs in transit are not included in your donation to IMR.  This option gives you the opportunity to extend your stay to do some sightseeing after the trip, choose a routing that best meets your need and your budget, and/or fly directly from your home city to your final destination.  

What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical and dental care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, dentists, and advanced practice providers, nurses, EMTs, medical/dental/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers.  The team makeup for your trip is not guaranteed to be as described above and is dependent on the individual volunteers who make up your team.  The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical and dental clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program, teaching about prevention and treatment in small groups and during individual consultations with providers. 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.  You can find information and tips on how to fundraise on your Volunteer Resources page on the IMR website.  You will have access to a personal fundraising page with a unique URL that you can share with family, friends, business associates, and any potential donors via social media.   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 Group Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Group Flight, you will need to reach 50% of the required donation on or before Aug 18th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Aug 18th, 2019.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • If flying on a group flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel or during the international portion of your travel.  Your all-inclusive trip starts and ends at a designated location in country.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight and any costs associated with this portion of your travel until joining the team at the designated starting point and after you separate from the team at the designated ending point of the trip.  If you wish to join the group ground transportation from the final airport to the designated starting point and/or back to the airport at the end of the trip, you may do so for a small fee.  
  • 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 itinerary, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended stay options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  Extending your stay also puts money into the economies of these developing countries!

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 have access to the IMR Volunteer Resources page where you may view and download important conference calls, a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, a checklist to keep you on track, and much more. You will find detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising tips, and all of the materials our licensed providers need including 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.  You will also find a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources on your volunteer resources page.  Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure and can be downloaded from the volunteer resources page.

IMR applicants and team members are also able to join in two informational calls: About IMR and How Clinic Operates/Provider Guidelines.   A Q and A call just prior to departure helps to ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!  If you can't join our live calls, you can listen at any time via your Volunteer Resources page.  Your team's departure call will be recorded by and sent by email to the team immediately following the call.

All of our volunteers have access to a personal IMR fundraising page with a unique URL that can be emailed and shared with family, friends, business associates, and other potential donors.

Did you know you can earn CME credits on line with IMR?  www.cmeonline.net will get you to 6 1 hour courses containing great tips for treating a variety of conditions in the field including wounds, hypertension, dengue fever, and more.

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!

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