Guatemala – Mini Mission - Medical & Dental Relief

Guatemala – Mini Mission

July 3, 2019 - July 6, 2019

Join For As Little As: 1,400*

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship. Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See More Info below.
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutImagine waking up surrounded by 3 volcanoes. The smell of pan baking in old ovens and the song of the local birds as they welcome the sunrise, flying along a mist that the evening rain has created with the brick and mortar landscape. La Antigua is a small city in south central Guatemala known for its colonial and Spanish baroque architecture, active and dormant volcanoes, multicolored buildings, secret doorways and warm people. It has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On this fantastic Mini-Mission, you will fly independently into Guatemala City, and take a commercial shuttle to Antigua, Guatemala, a beautiful and easy 45 minute drive. You will be provided the hotel information when you are a team member! This is a clinic day and if you arrive early, you may be able to go right to clinic on July 3rd. If you prefer to arrive and relax before starting clinic, our beautiful hotel won't disappoint! July 4th and 5th are clinic days where it is time to rock! The 6th is the travel day home for the entire team and there is no clinic. You will check out of your hotel on the morning of the 6th but because you can book your flight home at any time, book it later in the day so you have time to do a little sightseeing in Antigua! You will take one of the many commercial shuttles back to the airport to catch your flight home, sadly saying goodbye to the beautiful families you have cared for over the last few days. Our mini-missions are wildly popular and with limited space, we recommend you don't wait to apply!!

Have an extra day or two from some R and R? Consider extending your stay to see the many volcanoes in the area or to enjoy the Chocolate Factory or one of the fine spas Antigua is known for!!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThe clinic areas IMR will be stationed are far down in the valleys of Guatemala where the underserved medical population resides. We will transport via van or busses and set up in local schools or community centers. Wherever the need takes us we will be there. Largely suffering from GI and respiratory diseases, ear, eye and skin infections and little or no prenatal care. This amazing place of beauty and wonder is filled with people needing IMR to touch their lives.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will be staying in a simple, safe, clean and friendly hotel located in this beautiful city where one can enjoy the local food, music, array of shops and even the Chocolate Museum where you will learn how to make chocolate from the bean! Everything is within walking distance and the city is so full of color and tastes and sites. The culture comes alive with great food, culture, shopping and museum tours for the team to enjoy.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsFamilies are the most important patients you will see and in Guatemala, you will see a lot of families.  Everyone wants you to help them keep their children healthy and their elders comfortable.  It is our patients - and there are a lot of them! - that are the highlight of this trip. Stay an extra day to explore Antigua with its quaint cobblestone streets and colorful colonial architecture.  Salsa dancing on your list?  Try it out!  Always wanted to hike a volcano?  Do it here!  Always wanted to be a chocolatier?  Visit the famous chocolate factory!   Enjoy your day - make it your own!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStay

You're venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of Guatemala's top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive four-day extension! Ready yourself for an adventure of a lifetime as you explore the Panajachel lake region, visit local coffee plantations, and discover one of the most prestigious archeological sites in the world— Tikal. Lose yourself in the wonder of this mystical site located deep in the Guatemalan rainforest!


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


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

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 travel@worldwidenavigators,com for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight.  

July 3, 2019 - Arrivals

Fly into Guatemala City and transport to the vibrant city of Antigua, where you and the team will be staying for the duration of your trip in Guatemala. Plan to arrive in Antigua by 5:00 pm to join your team for dinner and orientation.

Meals: Dinner

July 4-5, 2019 - Clinics

You and the team will wake up in the morning to a buffet of fresh fruit and traditional Guatemalan breakfast cuisine. After enjoying breakfast as a team and the cool morning air in Antigua, you and the team will pack your bags and go out to surrounding communities 30 minutes to 1.5 hours outside of town to set up clinics. Lunch will be provided to you in clinic. In the evening, you will depart back to your hotel and have a thorough debrief with your team and team leader. Your meals are all included at your accommodation, but you are also welcome to go into town with your fellow team members and enjoy the many restaurants and cuisines Antigua has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 6, 2019 - Departures

Breakfast at your hotel in Antigua will be included and then you are free to fly out of Guatemala City at anytime you like! Feel free to enjoy the town of Antigua and walk through the cobblestone streets for one more day, or fly up to Belize and continue to travel throughout Central America.  

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 750 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Apr 6th, 2019: 1,200

  • Pay 750 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 Jun 15th, 2019

After Apr 6th, 2019: 1,400

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 750 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 Jun 15th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Apr 6th, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Apr 6th, 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 750 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 6th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 750 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Apr 6th, 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 Guatemala – Mini Mission!
      • 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 Guatemala – Mini Mission.  
        • 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 6th, 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 6th, 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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