India – Holi - Medical & Dental Relief

India – Holi

March 16, 2019 - March 24, 2019

Join For As Little As: 3,075*

  • * 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.

Take part in the Holi Festival, also widely known as the Festival of Color, in Hyderabad, India to come together with locals and tourists from all over the world to celebrate color and love. Holi Festival will take your breath away....
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About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutInternational 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 among the populous.

Being in Hyderabad during the Holi Festival will take your breath away. The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi being the festival of colors is actually a day worth rejoicing. The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colors with their friends and families and in evening they show love and respect to their close ones with Abeer. Come and join IMR to celebrate the triumph of good over bad - and good health over bad health!

Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country, but Hyderabad is home to one of the finest celebrations. It is also sometimes called the “festival of love” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other. The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun. It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on first evening of the festival and the following day is called Holi. You will have a chance to celebrate the locals in one of the most fun places!

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.

Your team will work in high-density urban clinics and small villages - you will get the best of both worlds and see a good representative view of the areas around Hyderabad. There will be some great cultural experiences along the way!

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThis is a signature trip with upscale hotels in the city and the best available near the villages. You will find the lodging to be more than comfortable and a great respite after working hard all day. The food will be wonderful and filled with local flavors and textures. Hyderabad is known for Hyderabadi Biryani, Keema Samosa, amazing soups, and amazing Kkatti Dal, where tamarind gives the lentils zest! You'll travel by coach bus and although the traffic is legendary, we'll try to avoid the worst spots or at least keep you laughing on the bus...our ground team knows the routes to get us where we need to go!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThere are too many highlights on this trip to list but Holi is definitely center stage. You will participate fully in the ceremonies, sharing of the colors by spraying colorful powders and water on friends and strangers alike, 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 (with some volunteer time) 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

trip_InfoExtendedStayMany of our volunteers have extended their stays at the back end of the trip to visit amazing world heritage sites and natural wonders including the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, where you can watch the majestic tigers in their natural habitat.  A short flight to Delhi allows you to visit Agra and the Taj Mahal.  In Old Delhi, you can see the Chandni Chowk market area and visit the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and either Humayuns Tomb or the Lotus Temple.

Interested in extending your stay to tour some of India's top spots? Contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators directly at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

Trip Itinerary

MARCH 16: IMR GROUP FLYERS:  You will fly into Bengaluru, India, arriving March 16 in the evening and staying in a hotel near the airportA light supper will be available for you.  Transportation for the trip will start at the airport upon arrival and transfer your team to the hotel.  You will be picked up at your hotel on the morning of March 17 to pick up the rest of your team members and the official start of your trip! 

 

MARCH 17: INDEPENDENT FLYERS: The required arrival in Bengaluru is 12:00pm on March 17th. You will meet your team leader at the Bengaluru International Airport at noon and your entire team will transfer to the remote villages you will be working (about 3 hours by bus).  You will check into beautiful villas for a little rest.  There will be a team meeting in the evening. Transportation from the Bengaluru airport until your departure from the team is included.   

March 16: Meals for group flyers: Light Supper

March 17: Meals for group flyers: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

                   Meals for independent flyers: Lunch, Dinner

 

March 18-19, 2019 - Clinic

Clinic 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. We’ll have some local medical students with us in clinic.  Our translators will speak excellent English!  

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

March 20, 2019 - Clinic and transfer to Hyderabad

We will have clinic until early afternoon when we will depart for Hyderabad (about 5 hours by bus).  This is where you will spend the remainder of your trip .  Upon our arrival, we’ll meet up with some additional team members who are joining our India team and then going on to join the Nepal team.  Get a good night’s sleep tonight - tomorrow is the Holi Festival!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

March 21, 2019 - Holi Festival and Evening Clinic

Wake up to breakfast at your hotel and then head out for the festival. Be prepared to get sprayed with water and covered in vibrant powders. Don’t forget to bring your camera!!

After partaking in the excitement of the Holi Festival, ride back with the team to your hotel and clean up so you can depart for a half day of clinic! After treating patients in town, you and the team will arrive back at the hotel and gear up for more clinic days in India.

 

March 22, 2019 - Clinic

Today you will be outside of Hyderabad working with a wonderful community.  You will have a chance to tour a beautiful Ayurvedic hospital and meet the staff.   This will be a community clinic followed by a stay at a unique location - it's a surprise! 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

March 23, 2019 - Free time for Sightseeing or shopping and Evening Departures

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and and then take a tour of the old city of Hyderabad with your teammates.  You will have time for shopping before heading home.  If you are on the group flight, you will have an evening departure. If you are flying independently, you can choose to stay on in Hyderabad or fly on to all of the amazing places that are India.  Are you on the India/Nepal trip? You will be flying to Kathmandu today!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

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 1,688 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Dec 31st, 2018: 2,875

  • Pay 1,688 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 Feb 21st, 2019

After Dec 31st, 2018: 3,075

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,688 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 Feb 21st, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Dec 31st, 2018.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Dec 31st, 2018:  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 1,688 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 Dec 31st, 2018: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,688 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Dec 31st, 2018
    • 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 India – Holi!
      • 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 India – Holi.  
        • 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 Dec 31st, 2018.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Dec 31st, 2018.
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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