India – Diwali Festival - Medical & Dental Relief

India – Diwali Festival

October 19, 2019 - October 27, 2019

Join For As Little As: 3,000*

  • 3,000 - * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship ( Bag Scholarship Info »)

  • $3,300 - No discounts or rebates

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

About The Mission Trip

International Medical Relief will bring much needed aid to the world’s second most populous country, India. The team will care for those with the greatest need for medical attention. Our clinics are nestled among the throwback of centuries old traditions in southern India. Engage this culture first hand as you provide greatly needed medical care to the densely inhabited communities. Those left out of the medical system will not only get medical attention, but will also be given needed education to help them survive in places where healthcare is difficult to access.

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated around the harvest by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world with fireworks, dancing, and prayer.  It also marks the Hindu New Year and therefore celebrates new beginnings. The triumph of light over darkness is the central theme which frequently expands to knowledge over ignorance and good over evil.  Houses and businesses are decorated with candles and bright lights for the 5 days of the festival. You will see traditional earthen diyas (candle holders) and many beautiful rangolis, tradition patterns created out of colored rice flour outside the homes and on the floors inside.  Clean homes and new clothes are traditional at this time of year. Many of you will love to hear that Indian sweets of many flavors and colors are the traditional food!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicAccording to the World Health Organization, India is recording very high infant mortality and a high death rate due to malaria from improper diagnosis, treatment and care. It is imperative for IMR to continue to help the people in India and overcome these health conditions.

You can expect to see many respiratory conditions - including lower respiratory infections. Diarrheal diseases and accompanying dehydration are common and the 4th most common cause of death. Chronic diseases including hypertension, diabetes, COPD, and asthma will be common. Many patients are undiagnosed and your diagnosis will be of great importance to their future health; education is the first line of treatment for many of these patients.

From a public health perspective, unsafe drinking water in urban and rural areas is the primary concern. Tobacco, alcohol, accidental and self-inflicted injury, and nutritional problems are also significant public health issues.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYour hotel will be safe, clean, comfortable, and homey and the best that this rural area has to offer.  The food is wonderful, with a choice of two restaurants on site for dinner and a traditional breakfast served each morning.  Transportation to and from Bangalore and to the clinic locations will be by bus with professional drivers and new buses. This is a fantastic trip made easy with a great location.  

Trip Highlights

There are too many highlights on this trip to list but Diwali is definitely center stage. You will participate fully in the ceremonies and dancing, with some special surprises from IMR! Your time in the villages will give you an opportunity to see the local culture and participate in their excitement while hosting your IMR team. A visit to a public hospital and visiting an Ashram will be amazing cultural experiences during your time in India! Join the IMR team as we take part in some of these local celebrations!  

Extend Your Stay

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

Choose between an adventurous safari through Ranthambhore National Park or visit the classics like the Taj Mahal & the winding streets of Old & New Delhi.

Click here to view the Taste of India itinerary! 

Click here to view the Northern India Safari 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.  Thank you.

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.

 

October 20, 2020 - Arrivals

You will fly into Bengaluru, India, arriving October 20th before noon. You will immediately transfer by bus to Puttaparthi, with a sightseeing stop at Lepakshi Temple, an ancient temple still in use today.  There will be an orientation meeting in the evening to prepare you for your first day of clinic!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

October 21 - 25, 2020 -  Clinics and Diwali Celebration

Clinics will be held in remote tribal villages - you can expect a warm welcome from the villagers!  We’ll treat everyone from tiny babies to the most elderly with help from some local medical students who have worked with IMR since they were in High School!   Our translators will all speak excellent English, enhancing your ability ensure that your patients understand their conditions and how to take their medications and preventative actions.  

After clinic, your team will debrief about the day at your hotel, followed by an excellent supper and some fun and downtime.  

The night of the 25th is Dhan Teras, celebrating the first night of Diwali!  This festival “symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.”  It is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. In addition to dancing, fireworks, and candlelight, temples, shops and homes are brightly lit for the next 5 days.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

October 26, 2020 - Diwali Celebrations and Free Time

This day will remain unplanned so that we can attend the various Diwali festivals and celebrate with new friends and family. You’ll have some time to shop, explore, and rest in between all the celebratory dancing, music, and sparklers!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

October 27, 2020 - Departures from Bangalore

We will transfer to Bangalore in the morning and you are free to depart in the evening for more amazing travel or to head home.  Thank you for joining us to care for patients and celebrate Diwali in 2019!

Contact Worldwide Navigators to Extend your Stay!

See the Taj Mahal, tour Mother Teresa's hospital in Mumbai, see the tigers at Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradeshin!!

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,900 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

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

Before Jul 13th, 2019: 2,800

  • Pay 1,900 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 Sep 28th, 2019

After Jul 13th, 2019: 3,000

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,900 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 Sep 28th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Jul 13th, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to India – Diwali Festival!
    • 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 Jul 13th, 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 1,900 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 Jul 13th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,900 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Jul 13th, 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 Jul 13th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Jul 13th, 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