Madagascar - Medical & Dental Relief

Madagascar

July 12, 2019 - July 21, 2019

      Cost Per Volunteer: $3,025

Join For As Little As: 2,725*

  — Including Airfare: 3,425**

  • 2,725 - * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship ( Bag Scholarship Info »)

  • ** International Airfare cost subject to change after Apr 15th, 2019.

  • $3,025 - No discounts or rebates

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutOver 80 million years ago this unique island cut away from Africa’s mainland. Small villages of thatched bungalows nestle into the lush rainforest flanked by white sand beaches. Here marks the final rest of the Vazimba people, the world’s original pygmies. This unique island is home to playful lemurs, neon-colored chameleons, lush ferns, stunning blue coua, crocodiles and more. The national parks are famous for housing numerous endangered wildlife species as well as the thousand-year-old ancient, behemoth Baobab trees that flank the island’s footprint.

IMR has been working with our ground host to make the perfect itinerary and we are excited to return to Madagascar this year. IMR will work with the indigenous Malagasy people, a mix of Malayo-Indonesian and African-Arab ancestry. This tropical island is largely French speaking, and nearly half of the population is under the age of 14 years old.

On this trip you will fly into the capital city of Antananarivo.  You will meet your team and then travel with them to Toamasina (also known as Tamatave) by air.  After 5 wonderful days of clinic, you will travel back to Antananarivo by bus - stopping to see the world-famous LEMURS and spend some time with them, watching their behavior and laughing at their antics.  Did you know that Madagascar has more than 60 "taxa" of lemurs?  Keep your eyes open to see the Pygmy Mouse Lemur - weighing in at only 1.1 ounces.  Many of the lemurs are under the threat of extinction - the time to see them is now!

   

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicPatients wait anxiously for medical and dental care in this remote area of Madagascar. You can expect many patients that are acutely sick and many that have never seen a doctor or nurse before. Clinics will take place in different villages where the entire village will turn out to see our team. It is a great honor to have you there! Education is one key element of this trip. Basic and oral hygiene and information on sanitation, water purification, and hydration will be of critical importance. Dental care is almost non-existent in this part of Madagascar. We need all of the skills the IMR medical and dental team can provide!

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou will stay in simple accommodations with beds provided for everyone. The accommodations are safe, clean, and the best of what this community has to offer. You will stay for a night or two in one of the villages where you will care for patients - a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and mosquito net will be needed! Local foods will be served with great care, love, and thanks by the people you cared for during the day (all cooked to American standards). A village stay is one of the true hallmarks of this IMR experience and something not to be missed!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsStaying and working in the villages are the highlights of this trip but the famous Madagascar lemurs run a close second. Madagascar is world-famous for its lemurs—primates that look something like a cat crossed with a squirrel and a dog. These animals are unique to the island and display a range of interesting behaviors from singing like a whale (the indri) to sashaying across the sand like a ballet dancer (the sifaka). In fact, the only reason lemurs exist today is because of Madagascar's isolation in both an evolutionary and geographical sense.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStay

You're venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of Madagascar's top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension! Madagascar — home of the lemur — is a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. It’s not only home to lemurs, but to thousands of animal species found nowhere else on the planet. The country also features lush rainforests, beaches and coral reefs. Near the busy capital, Antananarivo, is Ambohimanga, a hillside complex of royal palaces and burial grounds. There’s also the Botanical and Zoological Garden of Tsimbazaza where travelers can get acquainted with the natural flora and fauna of the area.


Take a look at the trip itinerary here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/a-taste-of-madagascar/


Interested in adding a safari to your trip? Join us in Tanzania for an extension packed full of safaris!

For more information contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agency, at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

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.

July 12, 2019:  You will need to arrive in Antananarivo anytime before  10:30pm of July 12 for an overnight stay.  In the morning you will be catching a short 45 minute flight with your team to Tamatave (also known as Toamasina), your beautiful home for the next 8 days.  Please ensure that even with travel delays, you are in Antananarivo to catch your flight to Tamatave on July 13!  Your hotels and in-country flight will be provided for you.

Meals Included: none

July 13, 2019: This is the official start date of your trip!  You'll be up early today!  Your flight for Toamasina departs at 06:20AM and arrives in Toamasina at 07:05AM. After breakfast you will transfer by bus and truck to the region we will host our clinic.  This is the day to prepare for clinic and your team leader will work along side you to get you ready to do great work!

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 14, 2019 - July 17, 2019 - Clinic:  You'll travel by truck and raft to reach remote villages where you will focus on the Malagasy people.  Be prepared with a sleeping bag and mosquito net but you will be very comfortable, well-fed, and secure while sleeping in the villages where your patients live and work.  This is one of those once-in-a lifetime experiences that you will want to come back to next year!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 18, 2019:  Today will be a 3/4 day of clinic.  Saying goodbye to the lovely people you have been treating will not be easy but lemurs await!  You will travel by bus to your hotel/lodge in the heart of Lemur country.  It is time for the Lemurs to shine!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 19, 2019: This is the last day of your remarkable trip to Madagascar.  You will spend time today on your Lemur Safari!!  Don't forget your camera, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellent.  After the safari and a wonderful lunch, you will drive the rest of the way to Antananarivo - about 5 more hours.  You will share a sumptuous team dinner with your new friends and then have a hotel room to shower and change before catching your flight home.  The group flight will depart at 12:55am on July 20.  If you are flying independently, please book your own hotel on the night of July 19th that fits your upcoming plans. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 20, 2019:  If you are flying independently, you may depart any time for home or parts unknown.

We can't wait to hear your stories and see your photos!  Please share them on your team's cluster photo site and on your team's facebook page!!

Meals Included: None

 

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,863 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: $3,025

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

Before Apr 15th, 2019: 2,525

  • Pay 1,863 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 Jun 14th, 2019

After Apr 15th, 2019: 2,725

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,863 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 Jun 14th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Apr 15th, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Madagascar!
    • 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 Apr 15th, 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 1,863 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 Apr 15th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,863 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Apr 15th, 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 Apr 15th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Apr 15th, 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!

Know where you need to go? Here are some quick links below:

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