Kenya – Kisumu - Medical & Dental Relief

Kenya – Kisumu

March 21, 2020 - March 29, 2020

Join For As Little As: 2,800*

  — Including Airfare: 3,400**

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship & $200 Earlybird discount. ( Earlybird & Bag Scholarship Info »)

  • ** International Airfare cost guaranteed until Dec 24th, 2019.

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Dec 24th, 2019

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutParticipate in a truly ‘Out Of Africa’ experience. You will be working in the small communities surrounding Lake Victoria while staying in Kenya's 3rd largest city, Kisumu.  Returning to a comfortable hotel each night will refresh you for the large number of patients you can expect to see each day. The shining faces of children will fill you with delight upon your arrival as you bring much needed aid to those without access to medical services. You will see every facet of life that Kenya has to offer from the orphanages and informal settlements to the villages and game parks. During this trip you will enjoy a one-day safari - keep your eyes open for the Big 5 - and your camera ready!! IMR has worked in the Kisumu area for more than a decade and we are ready to return and continue to provide premier care for our patients.  

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicInternational Medical Relief continues to make a difference in Kenya thanks to our amazing IMR volunteers!  There is a desperate need for more comprehensive health care that includes education. Diseases spread quickly here and quickly become unmanageable. Our clinic camps will be set up exclusively for the IMR team and the entire community will come out to be a part of the clinic. You can expect to see infections of every type, snake bites and wounds, some chronic, others quite acute, and the hypertension and diabetes that plagues the world today.  Unintended injuries are in the top 10 causes of death in Kenya today and HIV/AIDS still devastates families for generations. .    IMR has worked in Kenya for more than a decade and we never lack for patients. The opportunity to care for the many children will make your heart happy as whole families come to get care from you.  You will have the opportunity to care for some of the youngest and some of the oldest these villages have, Dentists, your services are critically needed!  

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou will find the comforts of our beautiful hotel and grounds to be a warm welcome after a long day of clinics. The facility boasts a beautiful dining area where the team will enjoy breakfast and some dinners.  You will stay in beautiful double occupancy rooms with twin beds and en suite bathrooms. If you are flying independently you will meet the team in Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya. Transportation will be by bus or van to wonderful villages near Lake Victoria each day.

Each day will be a new opportunity to see the beauty that surrounds Lake Victoria.  Keep your eyes open to see the children riding bikes 3 sizes too big, the old women carrying impossibly large loads of straw on their heads, and the small motorcycles, with their riders holding 12' long pieces of wood as they ride in and out of traffic.  You may get lucky and see a zebra or two in this crazy mix!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThe families will stay with you long after this trip ends.  Multi-generational but often missing one entire generation in the middle with HIV/AIDS a common cause of the devastation the missing generation means to the family before you.  Grandmothers will bring their grandchildren for your recommendations and expertise; young girls will bring their babies for you to do the same. You'll see many unforgettable things on this trip.

SAFARI INCLUDED!  On your safari, you will witness the harmony of numerous species of wildlife rarely found in any large quantity anywhere but Kenya. See the abundant wildlife first hand that has made Kenya the leader for adventure wildlife seekers and renowned photographers. In this place like no other, you will have the opportunity to see up close the world’s most amazing animals.  After your safari, use your free time to see the baby giraffes or to explore the modern city of Nairobi!  

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayEXCLUSIVE IMR PROGRAM EXTENSION

Don't miss the chance to explore some of Africa’s most wild places. Join IMR on this three night, four day program extension to adventure to stunning Kenya for an experience of a lifetime!

Ready yourself for a wild African safari in some of the world’s most renowned parks. Spend a day at Lake Nakura National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to spot lions, leopards, buffalo and zebra. Lake Nakura is also home to both white and black rhinoceros. Venture to Maasai Mara, host of the famous Wildebeest Migration each year as 1.7 million wildebeest, more then 500,000 zebra and antelopes cross the swollen Mara River in hopes of finding safety on the Maasai Mara’s sweeping plains. Bare witness to a once-in-a-lifetime Maasai Mara sunrise and early morning game drive while you try to spot Africa’s ‘Big Five’ taking advantage of the cool morning temperatures on the hunt for their breakfast. Also enjoy sunset safaris as you drive in search of big cats, elephants, giraffes, and more.

For further information, please contact travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Want to see more? Check out the trip information here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/kenya-safari/

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 flights@worldwidenavigators.com. 

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

This trip starts in KISUMU, KENYA and ends in NAIROBI, KENYA.

March 22, 2019 - Arrivals

This amazing trip starts in Kisumu, Kenya on the shores of Lake Victoria and ends in Nairobi, the beautiful and modern capital of Kenya.  Volunteers flying on an IMR group flight will have your international tickets into Kisumu and out of Nairobi with your airport transportation provided for you.  If you are flying independently, you will fly into the Kisumu International Airport in Kenya on March 22nd and transfer to the IMR host hotel in Kisumu to arrive by 5:00pm.  IMR will fly you to Nairobi for the last portion of your fantastic adventure! There will be a team orientation and dinner on March 2 for the entire team at the hotel to prepare you for the amazing clinic days and cultural opportunities ahead.

Meals: Dinner

March 23 - 27, 2019 - 5 Days of Clinic!!

Your second day in Kenya will be your first day of clinic! You will have breakfast at your hotel and then head to clinic! Lunch will be provided to you in clinic, allowing you to taste the local food and enjoy a break in your busy day.  You will be seeing hundreds of patients with infections, wounds, stomach issues, headaches, dehydration, and more. The dental and medical needs are never ending in this patient population - and health education plays a major role in sustainability..  After clinic, you will return to your hotel and enjoy dinner as a team at the hotel or perhaps go into town for dinner on your own with a group of your new friends, explore the charming city of Kisumu and the stunning views of Lake Victoria.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 27: Departure for Nairobi and Free Time

After clinic on March 27th you will take the short flight to Nairobi, included in your donation.  The entire team will transfer to a hotel near Nairobi National Park where lions and other Big 5 animals reign.  Don’t forget to charge your camera battery before you go to sleep! You’ll want to be up early for your SAFARI!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 28, 2019 - Safari and Free Afternoon; Late Night Departure   

You and the team will start early with a fantastic safari in Nairobi National Park.  Bring your camera - there might be lions!! After the safari, you will have a little free time to explore Nairobi. See the giraffes at the Giraffe Center, go shopping in town, or relax at the hotel!  If you are on the group flight or are departing late on March 28th, you will enjoy a planned dinner with your team before meeting at the hotel for your airport transfer. We will keep some rooms for you to allow you to shower and prepare for your late-night flight home.

If you are flying on the group flights, your late evening transfer to the airport has been arranged.  For those of you flying independently, please contact our office if you wish to arrange an airport transfer with IMR.  If you are staying over until March 9 or longer, let us know if we can help you make arrangements through our preferred travel agency, WorldWide Navigators.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If you would like to extend your stay for safaris and cultural experiences at Lake Nakura and the famous Maasai Mara, contact Worldwide Navigators!  

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,950 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 Dec 24th, 2019: 2,800

  • Pay 1,950 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, 2020

After Dec 24th, 2019: 3,000

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,950 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, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Dec 24th, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Kenya – Kisumu!
    • 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 Dec 24th, 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 1,950 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 24th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,950 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Dec 24th, 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 Dec 24th, 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 24th, 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