Haiti - Medical & Dental Relief

Haiti

January 17, 2021 - January 23, 2021

Join For As Little As: 2,150*

  — Including Airfare: 2,550**

  • * Includes $200 Earlybird discount. ( Earlybird Info »)

  • ** International Airfare cost guaranteed until Oct 7th, 2020.

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Oct 7th, 2020

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutOur IMR team needs your assistance as we continue to help the Haitian people improve their quality of life and restore a sense of normality. Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, exudes an incredible, diverse culture, where the people are proud. When you arrive, the locals will greet you with their warm smiles and fascinating goods. Throughout your visit, you will sample excellent Creole with influences from French, African, indigenous Taíno, Spanish, and Arabic cuisine.

Port-au-Prince is famous for its colorful buildings and historical sites, so you will find that there is not a shortage of sights to see. Even though the city was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in 2010, many famous structures remain. Some of Haiti’s top tourist attractions involve viewing the ruins and aftermath left by this natural disaster. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption is one of the most frequently visited ruins in the city.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicSince the 2010 earthquake, IMR has served in Haiti more than 25 times to provide medical relief. Although our team has seen the Haitians make remarkable progress in recovery, Haiti remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

You and the rest of the volunteer team will work in a unique urban environment to educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. Together, we will treat a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses, including cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, acute illnesses, infectious disease, and diarrheal disease. Also, you will treat lesser-known tropical diseases, including leishmaniasis, leptospirosis, and lymphatic filariasis. Your team may also treat large wounds from motor vehicle accidents.

In addition to medical care and education, one of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Another focus of this mission is the health of women and children. These at-risk populations battle sexually transmitted diseases, pre-eclampsia, malnourishment, parasitic infections, and domestic violence.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYour accommodation offers everything you need to help you have a comfortable stay. IMR will provide daily, private transportation to and from your clinic location.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsDuring your time in Haiti, clinic work will be your most memorable experience. Since our clinic is set up to treat many illnesses, you will have the opportunity to treat and get to know people from all lifestyles. Then, once you return home, you will find yourself eager to share stories about the big hearts and personalities of your patients!

In addition to the life-changing experience that clinic will provide you and your patients, you will find your free day tailored to your unique interests. If you are a lover of the arts, for example, you will surely remember the hammered tin, colorful paintings, and Caribbean wood carvings (especially since you will want to take a souvenir home with you)!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySince you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to experience Haiti and the Dominican Republic’s top tourist destinations? Did you know IMR offers exclusive extensions to its volunteers?

During your extended stay, you can choose to continue your exploration of Haiti or to venture to the nearby Dominican Republic. If you decide to stay in Haiti, our team encourages you to stay in Port-au-Prince. If you do have the itch to check out a few of Haiti’s other iconic destinations, please return to your accommodations in Port-au-Prince before nightfall. In Port-au-Prince proper, you will find an abundance of garden-to-plate produce, mouthwatering spices, eye-catching clothing, and beauty products all sold by different vendors at the Iron Market. This is a unique marketplace in Haiti, and you could easily spend an entire day meandering between booths.

To learn more and sign up for an extension, please visit our partner’s, Worldwide Navigators, website for more information.

Click here to view their itineraries!

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 to fly 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. Thank you.

If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension but wish to arrange transportation from the airport to clinic, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org.

January 17 - Arrivals
You will land at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Please ensure your arrival at the airport is no later than 12 PM. If you are traveling on the group flight or are purchasing airport transportation a la carte, you will board the transportation that will take you to your hotel located in Port of Spain to check-in for a team dinner and team orientation. During orientation, your team leader will assign roles for the clinic, present IMR’s clinic protocols, and provide an overview of the communities your team will serve.

January 18-19 - Clinic
Clinics begin early in the morning and run into the evenings. Your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding.

Although all your meals are all included, you are welcome to go into town with your fellow team members to enjoy the excellent cuisine that Port-au-Prince has to offer.

January 20 - Free Day & Mini Team Departures & Arrivals
After your first two days of clinic, your fourth day in Haiti is all about relaxation. You will have the opportunity to spend the day at a local beach resort, or you can head into town for a day of shopping. In the evening, your team will regroup to enjoy a well-deserved meal together as you prepare for the next two days of clinic. The first Mini Team will be departing today while the second Mini Team will be arriving.

January 21-22 - Clinic
Days six and seven are your last days for clinical work. If you have not yet gone into town for breakfast or dinner with your fellow team members, you are encouraged to use some of your downtimes to appreciate all that the remarkable food and art the area has to offer.

January 23 - Departures
On your last day in the country, enjoy a final breakfast with your team. Lastly, to make sure your trip ends on a positive note, the airport shuttle will be available for those on the group flight or have arranged transportation a la carte.

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,375 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: $2,350

Before Oct 7th, 2020: 2,150

  • Pay 1,375 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 20th, 2020

After Oct 7th, 2020: 2,350

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,375 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 20th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Oct 7th, 2020.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Oct 7th, 2020:  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 1,375 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 7th, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,375 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Oct 7th, 2020
    • 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 7th, 2020.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Oct 7th, 2020.
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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