Cuba - Medical & Dental Relief

Cuba

July 6, 2019 - July 13, 2019

Join For As Little As: 2,900*

  • * 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 Apr 9th, 2019, Minimum Donation increases to 3,100
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

IMR Signature Trips
This trip offers special features or exclusive opportunities unique from standard IMR experiences.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutBarely 90 miles off of Florida’s US coast, travel to Cuba by US citizens was strictly prohibited for the past five decades. Now, U.S. travel restrictions have been changed to allow Americans to visit Cuba with a licensed tour operator. These new regulations enable people-to-people travel with a cultural and educational focus that which offer a great way to get an authentic look at this fascinating country and the Cuban health care system. Experience an enriching people-to-people health care exchange with IMR through our licensed partner. You will have the rare opportunity to see Cuba much differently than a tourist might. You will engage in enriching meetings, discussions and interactive experiences designed to better inform you about the complicated and intricate health care system that currently exists in this developing country. While regulations have been lifted, you will see that the walk of life for the local Cubans remains intact with its history and heritage of old.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThis treasured past will augment your first hand discovery of the inner-workings of the famous health care system that Cubans are so proud of. IMR will be bringing much needed medical supplies and distributing them for those patients most in need. IMR is also providing extensive supplies to Cuba to enable them to care for more patients. Here you will have the rare opportunity for a medical exchange with engaging conversations about the health care system with local medical providers and officials. Tour healthcare facilities and meet patients one-on-one to learn about the intricacies of Cuban medicine. After distributing needed supplies you will be able to meet with families and learn about their own personal medical experiences. This engaging opportunity not only will leave you more knowledgable about the Cuban health care system but also give you the opportunity to share your expertise and insights as well as make significant contributions of medical supplies to this country in great need. Spend time in the main city of Havana as well as a beautiful beach village, meet the vibrant people of Cuba, and bring home your unique knowledge of the Cuban healthcare system and the people of Cuba to your workplace, community, and your heart.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will have the special privilege to stay in beautiful, rare colonial style bed and breakfast mansions certified by the government. Here you will enjoy quaint private rooms and private bathrooms, air conditioning, and other amenities, including kind and hospitable hosts to attend to your stay. Beautiful rare antiques and authentic food are unique comforts to be enjoyed in this location on the verge of change.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsBecome submersed by the beautiful and pristine beaches of Cuba as noted in the remarkable works of Ernest Hemingway’s writings. Old Man and the Sea and For Whom the Bell Tolls were penned in this renowned region. After learning exchanges focused on medical care for the people, the local health care system, doctors and their training, and touring clinic sites, have the rare opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the local culture. Vintage cars are the standard, farmhouses will expose the architectural charm, local guides will share about life in Cuba, and traditional music will spark the fire within. You will learn about everything from baseball to cigars on this unique and fascinating trip.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayPlease note that this special, people-to-people program will be different from other programs on which you may have previously participated. International Medical Relief operates the people-to-people program to Cuba under a general license issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control and, as dictated by U.S. All participants are required to adhere to a full-time schedule of activities designed to inform, educate and promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba. Deviation from this itinerary, even in part, is not permitted. Per the general license requirements of our partner, this is a full-time program. Extensions are allowed and must be organized with International Medical Relief. If you are interested in extending your stay, please contact our office with the number of days you would like to stay so that we can organize this program for you. Many beautiful and historic locations are worth visiting in Cuba, particularly the UNESCO World Heritage sites, prestine beaches, the home of Ernest Hemingway and much, much more.

Trip Itinerary

July 6, 2019 - Arrivals

Plan to fly into Havana, Cuba. Check-in to the Hotel Nacional de Cuba is available at 4:00 pm. If you are coordinating travel through Worldwide Navigators we will pick you up at the airport and bring you to the hotel. Please inquire with travel@worldwidenavigators.org if you would like to arrange air and ground transportation for your trip. Please arrive at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba attend our team orientation to go over the itinerary for your week in Cuba, and finish the evening with an authentic meal at the hotel. If you and some of your team members still have some energy after your day of travels, feel free to go into town to visit various music venues and discover nightlife in Havana!

Meals: Dinner

OUR IN-COUNTRY HOST HAS PUT TOGETHER AN ITINERARY.  WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THESE ARE MODIFIED REGULARLY AND THAT GUESTS SHOULD EXPECT CHANGES AND PARTICIPATE AS DIRECTED.  YOUR TRIP SCHEDULE IS PRE-APPROVED IN CUBA AND WILL BE REARRANGED AS OTHER MEETINGS OR PRIORITIES ENTER THEIR SCHEDULES.

July 7, 2019 - Vintage Car Tour and Cigar Factory

On your first full day in Cuba, you and the team will wake up to a generous breakfast buffet at Hotel Nacional. Plan to wear comfortable clothes as you will have opportunities to tour Havana in classic vintage cars with your fellow team members. After that, lunch will be provided and you and your team will tour the cigar factory! Learn firsthand about the production and drying processes of tobacco leaves. Dinner will be provided to you and your team.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 8, 2019 - Cuban Healthcare System and Historic Sites

In the morning, you will enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Plan to wear business or resort casual attire. All three meals will be provided for you and the team. Your goals for your second day in Cuba is to meet with a representative of the Ministry of Health. You will also have opportunities to tour military bunkers that were built prior to the Missile Crisis and view displays of newspapers describing the Missile Crisis from around the world.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 9, 2019 - Old Havana

In the morning, plan to have breakfast with your team at the hotel and wear comfortable clothes! Our goals for the first day are to take a walking tour of Old Havana - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tour the Presidential Palace Museum of the Revolution, visit the Squares and markets, and tour the Castillo se la Real Fuerzo, which was built in the 1500's and is the oldest fortress in the Western Hemisphere. In the evening, dinner will be provided.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 10, 2019 - Cuban Healthcare System and Historic Sites

On your fourth day in Cuba, plan to wear business or resort casual attire as you set out to tour a hospital with a representative from the Ministry of Health. You will have opportunities to meet with medical officials and take part in a question and answer session. Your expected tours for the day will include a site visit of Morro Castle Fortress across the harbor. Here, you will be able to see a military display of aircrafts and missiles that were active during the 1962 Missile Crisis.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 11, 2019 - Tour Hemingway's Country Estate

Travel to Finca la Vigia, where Hemingway lived and wrote for over 20 years. At his home, you will be able to look through the windows to gain insight to how Hemingway lived his life and wrote during the years he lived in Cuba. After touring the grounds of the Estates, travel to neighboring fishing town where Ernest Hemingway found inspiration for the famous novel, Old Man and the Sea.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 12, 2019 - Cuban Healthcare System

You and the team will continue your tour of the Cuban Healthcare System.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 13, 2019 - Departures

Enjoy one last breakfast at your iconic hotel and pack up for check out at 11 am. If you are flying out of Havana in the evening, you can enjoy one more day in town independently. You and your team will be free to fly home at anytime on your last day.

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,700 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Apr 9th, 2019: 2,900

  • Pay 1,700 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 Jan 27th, 2018

After Apr 9th, 2019: 3,100

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,700 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 Jan 27th, 2018
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Apr 9th, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Apr 9th, 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 1,700 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 Apr 9th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,700 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Apr 9th, 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 Cuba!
      • 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 Cuba.  
        • 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 Apr 9th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Apr 9th, 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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