Borneo - Medical & Dental Relief


February 28, 2020 - March 8, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,200*

  • $3,200 - No discounts or rebates

  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutWhy Borneo?  According to a recent article (March 2018), the conditions in the health centers are “dire” with almost half of the 209 health centers not staffed by a doctor and a quarter without power and/or running water.  According to a different publication during the same timeframe, the situation is “going from bad to worse.” This is in stark contrast to the private healthcare available in the major cities, where 33,400 “medical tourists” were treated last year.  Our role is to provide care to those who are unable to access care due to distance and poorly equipped heath centers in the most rural part of the region.  

Inaugural trips are always fantastic!  IMR works closely with highly experienced local hosts and our host in Borneo is exceptional.  We will work in 5 different communities this week and will get an actual overview of the health of the community as a whole.  Each night we will sleep in the “long house” - the community meeting area - so don’t forget your sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and free-standing mosquito net.  You will truly live in the communities we will be serving in and will be able to see a lot of village life.  Women who are skilled in the use of local plants and herbs will provide an evening talk during the week and if you look closely, you’ll see curious eyes peering around the corner.  Do those eyes belong to curious village children or ??.  Don’t worry, either way, it will be the experience of a lifetime!   We have some amazing things planned for you!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThis trip is about community.  You will be in the heart of small village life in the middle of the remote jungle.  We will see families on this trip - not just the insular family but the big extended families that form the heart of Borneo. 

The patients you will see will have conditions ranging from rashes to joint pain, lymphatic filariasis to leptospirosis, schistosomiasis to GERD. Burns are common from the open cooking fires and serious wounds are normal occurrences in clinic each day. Excruciating dental pain is common as are eye problems including cataracts, ptergyia and infections.  We will see many pregnant women and the children will capture your hearts. Working in the villages is very special and our patients will celebrate your visit as the great event that it is.   

The Ministry of Health and local providers will support us while we are in Borneo.  You will have the opportunity to partner with young physicians who value providing service to patients for whom medical care is not accessible. Our translators will be top tier and service oriented.  You will find that Borneo wants your help - please join IMR in providing our patients with skilled and compassionate care.  

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThis is trip set apart by the cultural experiences you will have in Borneo. Staying in the communities is unforgettable - there’s a little adventure in your future while you have the chance to see how your patients live!  Don’t worry - IMR will be there every step of the way to ensure you have everything you need to make this a great experience! Transportation will be a bit varied - think vans, 4x4s, and boats - but always handled by professionals, highly experienced in working in the jungle.      

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThe families in the communities you serve are the highlight of this trip and you will have many cultural experiences to talk about when you get home.  Working with some fine young healthcare workers is the heart of sustainability and you will love working with some of the up and coming healthcare workers of Borneo.  Be The Good!!

You will also join your team members on a visit to a beautiful orangutan preserve - get ready to have some fun!  You’ll have some great photo ops (and maybe a selfie?!) while learning about these endangered animals and getting in a bit of hiking at the same time.  This will certainly be another highlight of your trip!

Oh - did we mention the sunsets?  See the photo!   

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayYou’re venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of Borneo’s top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension where you will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to venture deep into one of the world’s oldest rainforests! Borneo is the only place in the world where you can find the wild orangutans living freely! Take a look at the itinerary here: For more information contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agency, at  

Trip Itinerary


This 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 for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight.

This medical/dental mission starts and ends in Kuching, Malaysia (Airport Code: KCH).  This trip is located on the island of Borneo.

 ****Sleeping bag sleeping pad, and a free-standing mosquito net are required on this trip.  A tent is optional as you will be sleeping in the community’s long house.  While it is not glamping, you won’t be roughing it either. Some of the best food of your life will be waiting for you, cooked with care by the communities you serve.  To learn more, read the Lodging and Transportation section on the Borneo information page.  

March 1, 2020: Plan your arrival in Kuching for the afternoon of March 1, 2020 by 4:00pm!  If you are flying on the IMR group flight, your transportation is included in the ticket cost.  If you are flying independently, please contact our office at if you wish to arrange transportation to your hotel for a small fee.  There will be an orientation meeting and a team dinner in the evening to prepare you for the days ahead.   This will be a trip to places where tourists simply don’t go and we can't wait to travel with you to one of the truly wild places left in the world.  Read on to learn more!!

Meals Included: Dinner       Overnight: Hotel in Kuching

March 2, 2020:   Wake up to breakfast provided to you at the hotel and prepare for your team orientation! Your team leader will assign your roles for clinic, go over our clinic protocols, and further prepare you for your week of serving many communities in the jungle of east-central Borneo.  You will also get an overview of the health care system in Borneo by one of our hosts. We will have a bit of a drive to the area we will be working in so get ready to see the wild beauty of Borneo today!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner    Overnight: Village 

March 3 - March 7, 2020:  CLINICS! 

You will work in different communities each day on this wonderful trip.  Each day will be different but all will be filled with sick patients including lots of children, beloved elderly parents, revered aunts and uncles, and more.  Healthcare in the jungle is not easily accessible in Borneo. The entire community will come for medical and dental care, health education to make their families stronger, and for the sheer joy of visiting with neighbors, friends, and relatives.  You will be part of it all - and along the way, we’ll learn about some of the plants and herbs that are used daily by the villagers to improve their health. You and your team will see some tropical diseases that you may have only read about - lymphatic filariasis, malaria, dengue (usually treated by drinking a tea made from Bitter Melon) and the number 1 most common disease, bacterial and protozoal diarrhea.  Education about how to prevent mosquito-borne diseases will be critical on this trip.  The majority of patients you will care do not have access to adequate sanitation or clean water; you will work together with local community leaders, health center workers, physicians and dentists to be the difference in these communities.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner    Overnight: Village from March 3 - March 6.

March 7: Return to Kuching after clinic for a hotel overnight prior to seeing the orangutans in Kuching! '

'Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner    Overnight: Hotel in Kuching

March 8, 2020:  Get ready to see Orangutans!  And sadly, your departure from this beautiful country…

Your day today will be on an orangutan preserve near Kuching.   This description is from the Semenggoh website: For over 20 years, the wardens at Semenggoh Nature Reserve have been training young orangutans, who had been orphaned or rescued from captivity, how to survive in the wild. The success of this programme has left the surrounding forest reserve with a thriving population of healthy adolescent and young adult orangutans, who are now breeding in the wild. The programme has since been transferred to Matang Wildlife Centre, but Semenggoh Nature Reserve is still home to its successful graduates, semi-wild orangutans and their babies. They spend most of their time roaming the forest but frequently come back to the Centre for a free meal. If it is the fruiting season in the forest, some or even all of them may not come to feed. This in itself is a good sign and another step on the way to full rehabilitation.

Here are some orangutan viewing tips!

Ask questions and ask your guides to stop if you want to take a photo or observe for a few minutes

Even if you are a shutterbug, bring a pair of binoculars!

Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, and Deet!  - put them in your backpack along with a bottle of water and a snack 🙂

You will be hiking on trails - wear good footwear and have a small daypack to carry a bottle of water, your camera, etc.  This will help keep your hands free.

If you want a true trekking experience, join the “extended stay option” to trek to find the wild orangutans of Borneo!

After our time with the Orangutans in Kuching, we will have a celebratory lunch and head to the airport for flights home. Your time in Borneo has come to an end but we hope that you will travel with International Medical Relief again soon!   If you are flying independently, you can arrange transportation to the airport via Worldwide Navigators or travel on your schedule. If you are flying independently, please do not book your flights home till late afternoon on March 8 to ensure that you have time to experience the orangutans!


Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,050 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments / Requirements & Earlybird Discount

How much do I need to pay?

Cost Per Volunteer: $3,200

Before Nov 23rd, 2019: 3,000

  • Pay 2,050 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 Feb 7th, 2020

After Nov 23rd, 2019: 3,200

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,050 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 Feb 7th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Nov 23rd, 2019.

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Nov 23rd, 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 2,050 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 Nov 23rd, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,050 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Nov 23rd, 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.

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?
  • 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?


  • 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.


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 INCLUDES:

  • Transportation, Accommodations and Meals after joining the IMR team at the designated meeting location in country
  • Cultural activity outlined in itinerary
  • Clinic supplies & medications for patients

You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased.  You will receive details regarding the group flight at your trips earlybird deadline.  For more information please contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators - 

NOT included in the donation amount:

  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
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 Nov 23rd, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Nov 23rd, 2019.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • 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? 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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