Brazil - Medical & Dental Relief

Brazil

June 22, 2019 - June 29, 2019

Join For As Little As: 2,300*

  • * 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 Mar 26th, 2019, Minimum Donation increases to 2,500
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutIMR will return for our 8th visit down the beautiful, world renowned, Amazon River. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and takes up nearly half of South America by itself. Brazil is a country of great natural beauty that includes mountains, wetlands, island archipelagos, waterfalls, colonial ports, and some of the world’s most populated cities. Your team will live and work on the Amazon River in the heart of the rainforest. Every moment on the river is a feast for the eyes, from the magnificent sunrises to the magnificent sunsets. You may even see an elusive jaguar or impossibly large anaconda as you survey your surroundings from the bow of the 5-star riverboat you will call home.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThe Amazon Region of Brazil has about 23 million people with extremely low density. Don't be fooled by this, however. The river communities already know the dates of the IMR trips in 2019 and are eagerly waiting for you to arrive. The team will see patients with malaria and dengue fever, tinea and scabies, chagas disease, and many different wounds. Malaria, Dengue Fever, Leishmaniasis, Tuberculosis, and Leprosy are major public health concerns in the region but there is also an epidemiological shift occurring with the rise of chronic, non-communicable diseases, personal violence, and alcoholism. IMR brings significant value to these patients by providing education on hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and sexually transmitted diseases in addition to basic hygiene, water storage, sanitation, and mosquito/insect control. On past trips, IMR has seen a wide variety of skin conditions and wounds, including snake and piranha bites, cutaneous leishmaniasis, and many types of fungal infections. Ear infections are common in all ages. Dental care is of primary importance along the river and your team will provide oral health education, fluoride, and acute dental care to every patient in your care. You will be provided with extensive public health information to help you provide the best care possible for your patients, including statistics from past IMR teams. The remote river communities will welcome your team with open arms, a plea for care, and a friendly “obrigado” (Portuguese for “thank you”) upon your departure.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou and your team will live on a five star, world-class boat and set up a full medical and dental clinic in remote villages along the water’s edge. Without IMR, these villages have no other means of healthcare. Upon returning to your private riverboat each night, you will be welcomed with a feast of local cuisine and opportunities for stargazing, crocodile hunting, hammock swinging, and much, much more. After a dinner of local delicacies and remarkable desserts, the boat will make ready for your departure to the next clinic site while you take a hot shower under the stars and prepare for a wonderful night’s sleep without bugs or cares. Enthusiastic crowds will gather at every stop, and children will peer through every crack as they anxiously wait their turn for care and hugs from the IMR team. Enthusiastic crowds will gather at every stop, and children will peer through every crack as they anxiously wait their turn for care and hugs from the IMR team.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsSimply being in the Amazon, living on a riverboat, and caring for people with very limited access to care may be enough, but there is still more to see! Your team will spend a day discovering Manaus, including the renowned opera house, Teatro Amazonas (the #1 rated place to visit in Manaus according to TripAdvisor!), the handicrafts market, and the Rio Negro Palace. You will also have the opportunity to explore the rainforest and "hunt" for caimans, explore the villages where you will work, and experience life aboard, steaming up and down the Amazon. Every IMR team member who has "taken the boat" will tell you - this trip is best!!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayYou certainly don't have to leave Brazil to have the vacation of a lifetime.   From waterfalls to beaches, mountains to deserts, from the 15th century to the 21st century, there is something for everyone in Brazil.  Add into the mix 200,000 million of the nicest people you will ever meet, and some of whom you did meet during clinic,and you have the perfect place to extend your stay.  Visit Pelourinho, a 16th century city, climb Sugarloaf Mountain to see Rio de Janeiro from a whole new perspective, learn a little Capoerira, a Brazilian martial art using art and music and requiring tremendous upper body strength (you are IMR, you can do it!!), or the Tujuca Forest in the middle of Rio, or the Museu de Arte in Sao Paulo.  Not matter which direction you go in, there is something amazing to do in Brazil!  The IMR office can help you extend your stay, so give them a call!

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is always subject to change.

June 22, 2019:   You need to arrive in beautiful Manaus, Brazil  by 5:00pm to meet your team at the airport for your pre-arranged transportation to the boat but you will want to come earlier! Take a taxi to the central square and see the famous Teatro Amazonas.  While you are there, stop in at one of the coffee shops and then stroll through the art galleries - don't forget to do some people watching!  Arrive back at the airport by 5:00pm for your pick up and short drive to your home for the week.

When you get there, check out your hammock and get your sea-legs!   This is also your departure evening from Manaus - join everyone on deck for the ride under the bridge and take some photos of the lights!

Meals included: Dinner

June 23, 2019: You will be steaming on the Amazon or one of her many tributaries today.  Your team will gather in the bow to get to know one another and have a training session that will prepare you for the clinic days ahead! Each day you will steam to a new village, either arriving in the morning or docking overnight nearby.  Try out the outdoor shower on stern - bathing suit required!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

June 24 - June 28, 2019:  Clinics!!  You will explore a different village each day, some close to the water's edge and some where you may walk on the boardwalks (there is lots of flooding in the Amazon) into the village.  You may set up clinic in a church, a school, or even in the village square.  Some villages will be small, others big.  This is a trip where you will see it all.   If you are lucky enough to catch a festival in a village, you will be sure to be right in the middle of the action!

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

June 29, 2019: This is your departure day - plan to depart in the late afternoon or evening to have time to get your land-legs back and see more of beautiful Manaus.  Your time in the villages is complete and you'll take home great memories.

Don't leave your camera home on this trip - there is a beautiful photo in your future - sunrises and sunsets on the Amazon, pink dolphins (watch the river for smooth shiny water and you'll be sure to find them), wonderful riverfront stores and homes, and beautiful, laughing children and families!!

Meals included: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,400 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Mar 26th, 2019: 2,300

  • Pay 1,400 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 May 31st, 2019

After Mar 26th, 2019: 2,500

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,400 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 May 31st, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Mar 26th, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Mar 26th, 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 1,400 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 Mar 26th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,400 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Mar 26th, 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 Brazil!
      • 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 Brazil.  
        • 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 Mar 26th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Mar 26th, 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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