India & Nepal - Medical & Dental Relief

India & Nepal

March 19, 2019 - March 27, 2019

Join For As Little As: 3,300*

  • * 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....
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About The Mission Trip

This trip will combine two different medical teams in India and Nepal. 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. Engage this culture first hand as you provide greatly needed medical care to the densely inhabited communities, while also having the opportunity to be a part of India's famous Holi Festival! After attending the festival, you and the team will fly together to Kathmandu, Nepal! Kathmandu is located in a valley surrounded by the Himalayas and has a population of almost 1 million people. Nepal is a beautiful and exotic country with great need to meet its most recent challenge, the April 2015 earthquake. The nation is highly religious, with more than 80% of the population practicing Hinduism and many people having deep belief in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In addition to being home to eight of the top ten mountains in the world, Nepal also has some of the most beautiful religious sites in the world. Services are extremely limited for anyone outside of the capital of Kathmandu, especially in the areas where your team will be working.

About Clinic

According 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. In Nepal, the team will be working in small communities far outside of Kathmandu that were hit hard during the April 2015 earthquake. Your patients will include the residents of small, remote villages who are in desperate need of medical and dental care and health education. You will be able to provide your patients with the immediate care they need and the education to help them help themselves long after you leave. IMR’s medical and dental teams will provide immediate care medicines, laboratory testing, wound care, and more these villages and you will get to know their community as you will be staying in a beautiful guesthouse for the week near the villages you are working in. You will be able to work side-by-side with the IMR's many local medical partners on this trip, providing education on breast cancer prevention, continuing to provide reading glasses and eye examinations, and giving care and comfort to hundreds of patients in need.

Transportation & Lodging

In India, 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! You will fly as a team to Nepal for the second half of your trip and stay in comfortable and simple accommodations. The accommodations are safe, clean, and the best of what this community has to offer. Local foods will be served, including the community staple, dal bhat, consisting of rice and lentils with a variety of spices. Tibetan delicacies will also be accessible to you during your trip! Don't miss the water buffalo momos and the many varieties of rice pudding!

Trip Highlights

There 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

Many 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.

Venture to Nepal's neighboring Tibet following your Nepal clinical trip where you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most famous monasteries and temples in the world, learning first hand about Buddhism in one of the most beautiful places at the top of the world. Join WWN on this three night, four day program extension to adventure to stunning Tibet for a tour of Lhasa’s world-famous sites. Spend the day at the world- renowned Tibetan Buddhist sites of the Potala Palace and the Summer Palace. Leave one of the highest cities in the world with a rare glimpse of these historically significant sites, some of which date back to the 1600s, the time of the 5th Dalai Lama.

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

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change.

March 20, 2019 - Arrivals

Fly into the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India and meet your fellow team members! Please be sure to arrive by 5:00 pm so you have time for your team orientation and dinner. Get a good nights sleep and prepare to experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the Holi Festival.

Meals: Dinner

March 21, 2019 - Holi Festival and Evening Clinic

Wake up to breakfast at your hotel then drive with your team to the city for the festival. Prepare 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 your first clinic! After treating patients in town, you and the team will arrive back at the hotel and gear up for one more day of clinic in India.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

March 22, 2019 - Clinic

Wake up early with the team in Hyderabad and depart for clinic. This clinic site is a bit of a ride from the city but don't shut your eyes.  There is lots to see along the way.  In clinic, 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.

After closing the clinic in the evening, ride back to Hyderabad and pack your bags for your flight to Kathmandu the next day!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 23, 2019 - Flight to Kathmandu, Nepal

Eat breakfast with your team at the hotel in Hyderabad and bid farewell to the India team. You will fly out of Hyderabad and meet the Nepal team in Kathmandu! It will be the first day in country for the team you meet, so take your time to get well acquainted and share your stories about the clinic sites and Holi Festival! You and the team will stay the night at a hotel in Kathmandu

You will fly from Hyderabad into the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 23rd and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. The required arrival to your hotel is 5:00pm on March 23rd. If you are flying on an IMR group flight your airport transportation will be provided for you.  You will stay the night in a wonderful hotel in the tourist district of Kathmandu (Thamel) and prepare for your ride through the beautiful Nepal countryside to your rural clinics, about 3.5 hours from the city.  You will have 5 wonderful days of clinic and some amazing sightseeing on this journey! 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

March 24, 2019 - Transfer to Nuwakot for rural clinics and orientation meeting

Wake up to breakfast provided to you at the hotel and you're off! You will travel through the mountains to an area hard hit by the 2015 earthquake.  There will be time take a short hike or see some of the sights upon your arrival in this beautiful place!  Your team leader will assign your roles for clinic, go over our clinic protocols, and further prepare you for your week of serving many communities in Nepal during your orientation meeting.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 25-26, 2019 - Clinic

Clinics will be held in the Nuwakot area, close to your lodge.  You will be able to see how your patients live in the area and will have time to enjoy the care you are providing for your patients.  Lunch will be served in clinic while dinner will be at your lodge.  There will be time to explore the town and perhaps take a hike to on of the many stupas!

After clinic on the 26th you will return to Kathmandu by bus to prepare for your clinics there.  The sunset should be amazing as you drive through the mountains and reach the beautiful city of Kathmandu in time for a late supper and perhaps a stroll through Thamel to pick up a souvenir or two.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 27, 2019 - 1/2 Day Clinic and Departures

Wake up early to breakfast at your hotel and depart for your last day of clinic in Nepal! In the afternoon, you and the India-Nepal team will depart for the airport to check in for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

If you would like to extend your stay contact Worldwide Navigators!

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,800 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: 3,100

  • Pay 1,800 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 22nd, 2017

After Dec 31st, 2018: 3,300

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,800 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 22nd, 2017
  • 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 1,800 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 1,800 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 $$$?


  • 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 & Nepal!
      • 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!  
        • Take 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to India & Nepal.  
        • 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?


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 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? 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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