Cambodia – Chinese New Year’s Festival! - Medical & Dental Relief

Cambodia – Chinese New Year’s Festival!

January 18, 2020 - January 26, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,150*

  • 3,150 - * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship ( Bag Scholarship Info »)

  • $3,450 - No discounts or rebates

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

During your stay and to coincide with IMR’s year of festivals, your team will attend Cambodia’s Chinese New Year’s celebration!  This is one of the largest celebrations of the New Year’s festival in the world. This is one of the largest celebrations of the New...
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About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutYour team will celebrate Chinese New Year with the entire city of Phnom Penh!!   The Lion and Dragon Dancers will thrill you as they dance past and the beautiful red and yellow lanterns, flowers, and decorations will make sure that you celebrate in Cambodian style.  This is one of the grandest New Year's celebration in the world - don't miss the chance to join in the fun - and don't forget your camera!

Cambodia, 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 vibrant sunsets over the world’s largest religious structure are the allure of this country. Take a deeper look and learn that 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. As a visitor, it is a powerful experience to feel the serenity from the magnificent Cambodian 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 Cambodia on a major goal of the country: to improve access to healthcare and preventative education to health conditions. This is no easy task - during the bloody regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, the health care system as a whole was decimated, with virtually no doctors left in the country at the end of the regime.

Even today, more than 40 years after the end of the Khmer Rouge, the United Nations Millennium Project proclaimed that only 13 percent of the population visited health facilities last year, and 22.9 percent of children die before the age of 5. Treatable diseases like malaria, intestinal parasites, cholera, diarrhea, tuberculosis, and yaws, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles are endemic and claim lives everyday. The situation is improving as a whole but among the populations that IMR serves, the poor, migrant workers, unregistered population, and ethnic minorities, healthcare is almost nonexistent.  

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYour hotel on this trip is a comfortable and modern with excellent restaurants and a breakfast buffet that can only be described as "WOW!". You will love the bustle of the city and the wide variety of cuisine all around you in this fabulous location. You are walking distance to the Russian Market, the Royal Palace, and more!!  All clinic and sightseeing transportation will be included in your trip, and provided by safe and trustworthy drivers.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will love the variety of clinic locations and the wonderful patients you will meet on this trip.  Listening to their stories and seeing their resiliency is the highlight of this trip but seeing the smiles on their faces as you care for them through the medical and dental care, health education, and reading glasses will make your heart full.

The highlight of this trip is your ability to immerse yourself in the culture of Phnom Penh.  You will learn so much through your patients about what they lived through during the years of the Khmer Rouge, including the loss of their families and traditions.  Your ability to care for these patients will be deeply meaningful.  You will also visit the most historical sites in the city, learning much about the past, the Royal Family (maybe you will even see the new King!), and life in the city.  Finally, you'll celebrate with the city during Chinese New Year - wear red to ward off evil and celebrate like a local!!  

Festival

trip_InfoFestivalDuring your stay and to coincide with IMR’s year of festivals, your team will attend Cambodia’s Chinese New Year’s celebration!  This is one of the largest celebrations of the New Year’s festival in the world. This is one of the largest celebrations of the New Year’s festival in the world. You will see scarlet and gold lanterns everywhere and all houses will be decorated with yellow flowers, which are supposed to bring good fortune. Lion and Dragon dancers can be seen performing on the streets.  The longer the creature is dancing the more luck it brings to the ​audience, so people usually give small donations to keep them dancing as long as possible. The color red is everywhere you look: the decorations are red, firecrackers are red, the costumes are red, and even people’s clothes are red!    

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStay

You’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Cambodia’s top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

Visit the ruins of Angkor Wat — a funerary temple built to house Suryavarman II
Explore Neak Pean, the ruins of a Buddhist temple sitting in the center of a man-made island
Experience the popular show, Phare — The Cambodian Circus featuring high-flying acrobatic performances and live music

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Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Trip Itinerary

This is a festival trip!  

During your stay and to coincide with IMR’s year of festivals, your team will attend Cambodia’s Chinese New Year’s celebration!  This is one of the largest celebrations of the New Year’s festival in the world. You will see scarlet and gold lanterns everywhere and all houses will be decorated with yellow flowers, which are supposed to bring good fortune. Lion and Dragon dancers can be seen performing on the streets.  The longer the creature is dancing the more luck it brings to the ​audience, so people usually give small donations to keep them dancing as long as possible.  The color red is everywhere you look: the decorations are red, firecrackers are red, the costumes are red, and even people’s clothes are red!

 

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note: You will be notified about the group flight option prior to the Early Bird deadline. Domestic flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. 

If you choose to fly independently, transportation between your arrival airport and your IMR accommodation is not included. If you wish to arrange transportation, you can contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com

If you have any questions regarding flights, please contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com. Thank you.

 

January 19, 2020: Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Phnom Penh International Airport on January 19, 2020 and transfer to your hotel in Phnom Penh. The required arrival time at your hotel is 5:00pm on January 19th. If you are flying on an IMR group flight your airport transportation will be provided for you. If you are flying independently and want to include airport transportation, please contact us at travel@imrus.org.

Your team will meet at 5:00pm for a required orientation meeting and team dinner on January 19th at your hotel.  Please meet in the lobby at 5:00pm.
Meals included: Dinner

 

January 20 - 24, 2020: Clinic

At your clinic sites in Cambodia, you will serve communities of migrant workers, unregistered individuals, and ethnic minorities throughout Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu. Breakfast at the hotel is a multicultural experience so plan on eating breakfast early!  Prepare to immerse yourself in the cultures of those you will serve and hear their stories of the Khmer Rouge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

January 25, 2020: CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

After five full days of clinic, you and the team will be able to tour some of the most famous landmarks in Cambodia including The Killing Fields, S21 Prison, the Royal Palace, and a river boat tour.  There will be lots more to see and do during the Chinese New Year’s Celebration for the year of the RAT that evening!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

January 26, 2020: Departure Home

Please plan to depart early in the day for home on January 26 or spend the day on your own to see and do more in Phnom Penh!   Your IMR trip ends after breakfast on January 26th.
Meals included: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,175 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: $3,450

  • * Amounts below INCLUDE a discount for the Bag Scholarship Rebate ($300)

Before Oct 18th, 2019: 2,950

  • Pay 2,175 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 Dec 28th, 2019

After Oct 18th, 2019: 3,150

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,175 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 Dec 28th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Oct 18th, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Cambodia – Chinese New Year’s Festival!!
    • 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.
    • You will receive the funds in the form of a rebate check after your IMR bags have been received at the IMR warehouse following your trip.
    • How It Works...
        • You will be notified via email if you been chosen to receive the IMR bag scholarship!
        • If chosen, you will receive the IMR supply bag(s) to the address provided in your application within a week of departure
        • We will email you prepaid shipping labels to return the bags to us once you're back in the US! All you have to do is drop the bag off at your nearest UPS office!
      • Note:
        • You are responsible for any checked baggage charges on your domestic and international tickets (check your baggage policy with your airline)
        • Bags may weigh up to 50 lbs and are not always on rollers
        • You will receive a rebate check for $300 approx. 4-6 weeks after returning your bag(s) following your trip (using your pre-paid UPS mailer).

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Oct 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 2,175 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 Oct 18th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,175 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Oct 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.

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 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 - flights@worldwidenavigators.com 

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 Oct 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 Oct 18th, 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?  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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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 - flights@worldwidenavigators.com 

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
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