India – Holi Signature - Medical & Dental Relief

India – Holi Signature

March 3, 2020 - March 10, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,400*

  • $3,400 - No discounts or rebates

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

IMR Signature Trip
IMR Signature trips mean added luxury on IMR trips.  Iconic hotels with exquisite service and amenities await your arrival.  If where you stay and how you live are important to you, IMR Signature trips will meet and exceed your expectations every night.  You will join your team for all activities and most meals but the nights are yours for the luxury you want after a good day's work.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutIndia has significant public health issues in spite of well trained and functional health care system.  Sanitation, overcrowding, and poverty all contribute to illness, especially among the poor.  Join International Medical Relief in providing quality medical care for the communities surrounding Mumbai.

This is a festival trip! Holi, the festival of colors, is truly one of the most magnificent sites to see! In Mumbai you’ll see music, rain dances, and the classic colored powder thrown all throughout the streets to celebrate the coming of spring. Some of the colors are tricky to wash out of clothes, so be sure to bring clothes that you don’t mind staining. Bring a white shirt for a colorful memorable keepsake!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicYou can expect to see a high patient load with a variety of chronic & acute illnesses. The most common include dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. Skin infections and parasites are extremely common and very detrimental to healthy communities. Children are especially at risk for developing acute illnesses in this area of India. In addition to medical care, dental care and eye care are two highly sought-after specialities in this region.

After clinic, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the vibrant city of Mumbai! One afternoon, your team will enjoy a boat ride to the Elephanta Island to visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  You will see awe-inspiring carvings in the cave temples created over 3,000 years ago

No adventure to Mumbai is complete without a visit to the Gateway of India. This iconic arch is often referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai”. Towering at 85 feet high and located on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder, it’s easy to see why this is a top attraction.

Sample some of the most exquisite cuisine in the world. Enjoy several cups of classic Indian chai throughout your week. Your team will also visit the Muslim quarter to walk through hundreds of stalls of fresh produce. And of course, explore the colorful sites of Bollywood while learning a Bollywood dance! There’s so much to be seen in Mumbai!

In the evening, reconvene for dinners & a debriefing after your day at clinic.  You will have some time to socialize with new friends and enjoy knowing that your clinic day was a success.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou’ve selected the Signature trip! The team will be staying in The Towers at one of Mumbai’s most beautiful and top-rated hotels, the Taj Mahal Palace! This luxury hotel is walking distance from the Colaba Causeway, where you can find shopping and delicious restaurants. Since 1903 when the hotel was built, numerous royalty and dignitaries have been guests here. This is truly a Mumbai landmark! You will fly into Mumbai and be transported to your accommodation. If you fly on the group ticket, all transportation will be arranged.

Meals are together with the Standard team at their accommodation.  Individual meals can be purchased at the hotel or otherwise at your own expense.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsWhile 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 participating in India’s free-for-all color festival, visiting the famous Gateway of India, exploring the Elephanta Caves, and learning a traditional Bollywood dance.  

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayYou’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 learn more!

Ready for the adventure?
Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note: You will be notified about the group flight option prior to the Early Bird deadline. Domestic flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. 

If you choose to fly independently, transportation between your arrival airport and your IMR accommodation is not included. If you wish to arrange transportation, you can contact

If you have any questions regarding flights, please contact Thank you. 


March 4, 2020: Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on March 4th. The required arrival time to land in Mumbai is 2:00pm on March 4thUpon arrival, your team will be transferred to your hotel, where you can check into your rooms and enjoy a welcome dinner and team orientation at the hotel. At this point, you’ll likely be ready to get a good night's sleep. Get some rest before an extraordinary day of clinic tomorrow!
Meals included: Dinner


March 5-8, 2020: Clinic

Wake up for an early breakfast before your first day of clinic. You can expect to see a high patient load with a variety of chronic & acute illnesses. The most common include dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. Children are especially at risk for developing acute illnesses in this area of India, so prenatal care will be necessary.

In the evening, reconvene for dinners & a debriefing of your day at clinic.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 


March 9, 2020: Mumbai I Holi Festival

Today is a free-for-all festival of colors, Holi festival, in India. Across the country, citizens celebrate the victory of good over evil, as well as the demolishment of the demon, Holika. Be prepared to get messy as you smear and drench crowds with colors in the lively downtown Mumbai. Water-filled balloons and water guns will be accessible to spread more color - anyone is fair game.  In the afternoon, enjoy Holi delicacies, food, and drinks. Enjoy the sounds of musical streets, singing, and dancing. In the evening, you will regroup with your team in the hotel for your final debriefing.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

March 10, 2020: Departure Home

After one last tasty Indian breakfast, you will have the day to explore before returning to the airport for your international flight home. Airport transportation is provided for all group flyers.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,150 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: $3,400

Before Dec 3rd, 2019: 3,200

  • Pay 2,150 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 7th, 2020

After Dec 3rd, 2019: 3,400

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,150 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 7th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Dec 3rd, 2019.

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Dec 3rd, 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 2,150 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 3rd, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,150 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Dec 3rd, 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?


Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose to book my own tickets?


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?


  • 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.


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 - 

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 Dec 3rd, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Dec 3rd, 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? 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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