India – Agra Signature - Medical & Dental Relief

India – Agra Signature

July 4, 2020 - July 12, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,100*

  — Including Airfare: 3,850**

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

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

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Apr 7th, 2020

  • 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_InfoAboutClose your eyes and picture looking to your left to see towering, snow-capped mountains, and then looking to your right to see lush, green foliage. If you concentrate, can you hear the infectious Hindustani music or taste freshly caught fish? As the seventh-largest and second-most populous country in the world, it is not surprising that India offers a wide variety of sightseeing, topography, and cultural experiences. Shaped by the Himalayan Mountains, Northern Plains, the Indian Desert, Peninsular Plateau, coastal plains, and many islands, India is the land of "Unity in Diversity." Among the people, diversity in race, religion, and language exists, but their vast differences in culture do not divide them. Although our clinic locations for this trip will be set up in more remote areas of the country, many city residents cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses associated with subsidized healthcare. During this trip, IMR will help to bring much-needed aid and education to the people in Agra, West Bengal, who have the most challenging time accessing medical treatment.

West Bengal alone homes over 91 million people and your time here will seem to bring you close to all of their hearts. At first glance, West Bengal appears to be thriving. With over ten degree-offering universities, specific schools for medical professionals, an active agricultural economy, two World Heritage sites, and plenty to see and do, this Indian State has a lot to offer to its visitors. However, behind the day-to-day bustling is the daily struggle that many of West Bengal's residents face. Behind the dazzling street light and freshly painted buildings lies a world of abject poverty. The majority of West Bengal's people live in rural villages and must survive off approximately 38 cents per day, which makes high-quality living nearly impossible. Despite their hardships, the Bengali people are both positive and inspirational. Bengali culture is considered one of the richest cultures in India, and the people you meet here will be eager to share their traditions with you.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThe clinics that you volunteer at will be set up in smaller, remote villages. Our primary goal of this trip is to care for locals with treatable and often preventable conditions. As such, much of the relief you provide at clinic will be for people who would have benefited from access to preventable care. At clinic, you will treat conditions related to dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. You can also expect to see problems associated with poor water quality and dehydration.

You will also educate locals on how to stay healthy and care for their loved ones. However, one of the primary focuses of this mission is dentistry. All community members are encouraged to attend; therefore demand for dental care will be high. Because the World Health Organization reports that India is still recovering from a strikingly high infant mortality rate, another focus of this mission is women's healthcare. We will provide general women's and infant care, as well as empower women to seek higher education.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingAll three of your hotels will be safe, clean, comfortable, and homey. IMR will arrange transportation to and from your hotel to your clinic locations. For those on the group flight, your transportation to and from the airport will be arranged on your behalf. If you are flying independently and wish to have airport transportation coordinated for you, please inquire for pricing and availability.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will leave India feeling connected to the people that you help during clinic, and this feeling will undoubtedly be the highlight of your trip. In this humbling but rewarding service opportunity, you will work with isolated communities who will be eager to connect with you. Your time in the villages will allow you to appreciate the local culture and will provide you with a chance to connect with the people you treat on a deeper level.

While the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be caring for the people of India, the team will also have the opportunity to visit some of the country's top attractions. The trip's highlights include exploring the city of Old and New Delhi, watching the sunrise at the Taj Mahal, touring the walled city of Agra's Red Fort, and taking lessons from locals on how to cook authentic Indian cuisine.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySince you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see India's most intriguing destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers? By continuing your stay, you will give yourself an extended opportunity to explore Delhi and to go on a safari in Northern India! While there are over 103 National Parks in India, IMR will arrange for you to go on a highly rated, guided safari that will take you through a tiger reserve. The Ranthambore National Park is the most prominent in India, and is world-famous for its big cat viewing opportunities! While on the multi-day safari, you will spend time viewing these magnificent predators in their natural habitat, and lucky safari-goers will even catch glimpses of the hunting habits of the tigers.

For additional information, please contact our preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators. Their team of experienced agents and travelers is available via email 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 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.

Jul 4 - Depart for India | Travel Day
Today, you'll begin your journey to Agra, India! The journey is long, so be sure to bring snacks! If you're traveling on our group flight, we will be releasing the US departure city and itinerary after the early bird date has passed. If you want to join your team for the flight, be sure to complete your application and meet all early bird requirements on time!

Jul 5 - Arrivals
You and the rest of your volunteer team will land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India. For those on the group flight, you will be provided with transportation to your first hotel together in Delhi. Upon check-in, you will meet with the rest of your team for dinner and a good night's rest.

*If you are flying independently and would like to have transportation from the airport to the hotel coordinated on your behalf, please inquire with our office at (970) 635-0110 or office@imrus.org.

Jul 6 – Old Delhi & New Delhi Tours - Orientation
Your morning will begin with a delicious local breakfast at your hotel. After you are well-fed, your team will head out for a day of cultural learning and sightseeing. The first stop on your tour will be the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Old Delhi. From there, you will head to Qutab Minar to climb the tallest brick minaret in the world and then to the gorgeous, white marble Lotus Temple! Before your tour heads for New Delhi, you will be treated to a fabulous multi-cultural lunch at a small local restaurant. In New Delhi, you will have the opportunity to explore Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India and took over six years to fully construct. Your last stop of the day will be a humbling visit to the India Gate, a famous memorial for the 70,000 Indian soldiers who perished during World War I.

At the end of the day, your team will transfer to a new hotel in Agra. Upon arrival, your team leader will assign roles for clinic, explain IMR's clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving in India.

Jul 7-11 - Clinics
You will be based out of Agra, and your clinics will include travel time each way to reach those most in need. You can expect a high volume of patients, so your day will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding. When you return to your hotel each evening, you can expect to attend a team debrief followed by an excellent team dinner and much-needed downtime. To help ensure seamless communication with your patients, your team will have assigned translators who will communicate your directions and recommendations to your patients.

Jul 7 –Taj Mahal at Sunrise & Clinic
Your fourth day in India will be especially wonderful because you will enjoy a brilliant sunrise at the Taj Mahal. Known as the epitome of love, this monument highlights the most complex Mughal architect work in the country. While at the Taj, you will have the chance to visit the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal. In the late hours of the morning, your team will head out for another day of clinic.

Jul 8 - Red Fort Morning Tour & Clinic
Before heading out for another day of clinic, your team will spend the morning touring Agra's Red Fort. This beautiful and historic building served as the principal place of residence for Mughal Emperors until 1683. After your guided tour, you will be taken to the next clinic location and will spend the rest of your day providing humanitarian aid.

Jul 9 – Clinic & Marble & Embroidery Factories
After hard work in clinic, you will enjoy watching a live demonstration of Inlay Art at Agra's Marble Factory! The highly decorative art form was once practiced at the Taj Mahal. Following, you will go to an embroidery factory to witness the incredible rugs and tapestries.

Jul 10 - Clinic & Curry
After spending another day working in clinic, you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare authentic Indian curry properly. You will learn how to make many different curry dishes and how to marinate chicken, cook in a tandoor, and use a clay oven.

Jul 11 - Delhi & Departures
On your last day in India, enjoy one final breakfast with your team before heading out for Agra back to Delhi. You will begin your departure home and onward journey. Please ensure your international airline flight departs in the late afternoon to give you plenty of time for the Delhi traffic! If you are not extending your stay in India, you can expect to arrive home on July 12.

The Tigers of Ranthambore
For those of you enjoying the very rare Indian Tiger Expedition trip extension, your tour will depart from Agra after breakfast. To join, please see the extension itinerary at www.worldwidenavigators.com/trips/see-the-tigers-in-india/

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,025 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: $3,300

Before Apr 7th, 2020: 3,100

  • Pay 2,025 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 Jun 6th, 2020

After Apr 7th, 2020: 3,300

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,025 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 Jun 6th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Apr 7th, 2020.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Apr 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 2,025 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 Apr 7th, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,025 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Apr 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 Apr 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 Apr 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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