Guatemala Mini Mission - Medical & Dental Relief

Guatemala Mini Mission

December 28, 2019 - December 31, 2019

Join For As Little As: 1,400*

  • 1,400 - * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship ( Bag Scholarship Info »)

  • $1,700 - No discounts or rebates

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutImagine waking up surrounded by 3 volcanoes with the smell of pan (bread) baking in old ovens and the songs of local birds as they welcome the sunrise.  If that's what you are imagining, you must be in La Antigua, a small city in south central Guatemala known for its colonial and Spanish baroque architecture, active and dormant volcanoes, multi-colored buildings, secret doorways and warm people. It has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is where you will be based during the week as you travel out to areas where medical care is scarce and dental care is almost non-existent.  Please join us as we care for the people of Antigua, many of whom suffered greatly during the 2018 volcanic eruptions that left many families without their loved ones and villages covered in ash.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicClinics will take place in the beautiful valleys around La Antigua and in schools and orphanages near the city.  Many of your patients will come from the indigenous tribes in the areas; others will have been greatly affected by the most volcano and those in the not so distant past.  This area has seen great hardship and great loss and your team will make a tremendous difference in your patient's life. You will have the opportunity to provide medical care, dental care, and health and hygiene education to hundreds of patients during the week - are you up for the challenge?  Your reward will be the hugs and laughter of the children and the shy smiles of their parents as they thank you for caring enough to help their families.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will be staying in a simple, safe, clean and friendly hotel located in this beautiful city where you can enjoy the local food, music, and an array of shops.   Tour the Chocolate Museum, where you will learn how to make chocolate from the bean! Everything is within walking distance and the city is full of color, wonderful smells, and amazing food. . The culture of Guatemala will come alive as you explore the city after clinic and during your day off.

Upon your arrival in Antigua, all  transportation to clinic has been arranged for you.  Professional drivers, safe vehicles, and security are some of the many reasons to join IMR on a trip.  Don't nap - there's a lot to see in the valleys and hills surrounding your home away from home this week!  

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.

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

Discover the villages of San Juan La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna, Santiago Atitlan and Maximon
Experience the vibrant center of culture and artistic creations of Chichicastenango Market
Enjoy a private walking tour of the ancient ruins of Tikal

Click here to view the itinerary!

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!  
 

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.  

If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org if you wish to arrange transportation between your arrival airport and your clinic location.

December 28, 2019 - Arrivals

You will fly into Guatemala City and travel to the vibrant city of Antigua, about 45 minutes by taxi, commercial shuttle, or IMR arranged transportation.  You and your team will be staying in Antigua for the week in a beautiful hotel. Antigua is a beautiful Colonial city with cobblestone streets and an old-world feel that will help you recharge after a busy day in clinic.    Plan to arrive in Antigua by 5:00 pm to join your team for dinner and an orientation meeting to help prepare you for the amazing work you will be doing during your trip.

Meals: Dinner

 

December 29 - 30, 2019 - Clinics

A buffet of fresh fruit and traditional Guatemalan breakfast cuisine will help you start the day out right.. After enjoying breakfast as a team and the cool morning air in Antigua, you and the team will go out to surrounding communities 30 minutes to 1.5 hours outside of town to the areas with the highest needs and  set up clinics.  Lunch will be provided to you in clinic. In the evening, you will 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, on your own, into town with your fellow team members and enjoy the many restaurants and cuisines Antigua has to offer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

December 31, 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 elsewhere and continue to travel throughout Central America.  Your journey doesn't have to end here! If you haven't arranged for transportation with IMR, you can email the office at office@imrus.org or arrange for transportation on your own.  We hope to see you back soon!

Meals: Breakfast

 

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,025 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: $1,700

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

Before Oct 1st, 2019: 1,200

  • Pay 1,025 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 7th, 2019

After Oct 1st, 2019: 1,400

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,025 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 7th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Oct 1st, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • 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.
    • 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 1st, 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 1,025 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 1st, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,025 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Oct 1st, 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 1st, 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 1st, 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