Argentina – Mendoza - Medical & Dental Relief

Argentina – Mendoza

January 24, 2021 - January 30, 2021

Join For As Little As: 3,700*

  — Including Airfare: 4,750**

  • * Includes $200 Earlybird discount. ( Earlybird Info »)

  • ** International Airfare cost guaranteed until Oct 14th, 2020.

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Oct 14th, 2020

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutArgentina is the world’s eighth-largest country and the second largest on the South American continent. Also, Argentina has laid claim to several small islands in the Atlantic and a portion of Antarctica. The main territory, however, boasts magnificent plains, vast desert, tundra, thousands of miles of shoreline, and mighty mountains. Argentina’s geographic regions can be broken down into the Andes, the North, the Pampas, and Patagonia. The destination for this particular medical relief trip is located in the Andes region and is Argentina’s wine country. Known for its Malbec and red blends, sunny days, bustling streets, and irresistible cuisine, Mendoza is one of the best regions to visit! Here visitors can enjoy unparalleled views of wineries, olive groves, and fruit orchards, but the most commanding view lies to the east. Not too far from Mendoza proper is the 22,841 foot Aconcagua. This magnificent mountain is the highest summit outside of Asia and is the second tallest peak of the Seven Summits. For the causal adventurer, only photographing this mountain is awe-inspiring! Back in Mendoza, adventurers can book white water rafting trips, horseback ride through the Andes during sunrise, bike through the vineyards, and fly fish for trout. More casual visitors love to spend leisurely days walking around town and tasting local food in the many cafes around the plazas. While there is certainly plenty to see and do in this region, your volunteer clinic days will be spent serving the at-need villages in and around Mendoza. Each day, you will treat hundreds of patients who do not have reliable access to healthcare and usually do not see outside visitors.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicSince this will not be IMR’s inaugural trip to Argentina, the indigenous Huarpe people will be eager to meet and greet you. During this trip, you will work in small villages, also called “squatter camps,” to treat the indigenous people who otherwise would be unable to access medical care. Our visits to a garbage dumpsite and a women’s prison will be especially impactful because the people who work or live at those locations face incredibly dangerous day-to-day working and living conditions. Our primary goal of this trip is to care for locals with treatable and often preventable conditions. As such, much of the relief you provide at clinic will be for people who would have benefited from access to preventable care. At clinic, you will treat conditions related to malaria, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, and the more serious zika virus. You and the rest of the volunteer team will also educate locals on basic health and hygiene for themselves and their loved ones. One of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. Another focus of this mission is women’s healthcare. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of the local midwives.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingDuring your time in Argentina, you and your team will stay in a modest but cozy hotel that is located near many of Mendoza’s plazas and vineyards. IMR will arrange safe and reliable transportation to get your team to and from clinic.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThe highlight of this trip is serving indigenous people who, without you and your team, would not have access to healthcare. Each morning when you arrive, you will be greeted by enthusiastic crowds and curious children, so do not be shy and make sure you bring plenty of hugs to share! While the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be the honor of caring for the Indigenous Huarpe people, you will also have the opportunity to meet the mayor and other local, elected officials!  

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySince you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see Argentina’s most stunning destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers? By continuing your trip by just a few days, you will give yourself the opportunity to visit the beautiful, blue waters of Lakes Fagnanao and Escondido, which are located at the foot of Garibaldi mountain pass. While here, you can visit the penguin colony that resides in the Tierra del Fuego National Park area! You can also hike around the Beagle Channel and take a boat ride to the many surrounding islands.  For additional information, please contact our preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators. Their team of experienced agents and travelers is available via email at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

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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 to fly 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. If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension but wish to arrange transportation from the airport to clinic, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org.

Please note that additional travel days will be required to travel to and from Mendoza from the United States. Please plan accordingly and call our office should you have any questions at (970) 635-0110. 

 

January 24 - Arrivals

You will arrive in beautiful Mendoza with the rest of your volunteer team this evening. If you are traveling on the group flight or are purchasing airport transportation a la carte, you will board the transportation that will take you to your accommodation for a team dinner.

Meals Included: Dinner

 

January 25 - Orientation

After a delicious and hearty team breakfast, your team leader will assign roles for the clinic, present IMR’s clinic protocols, and provide an overview of the communities your team will serve over the next few days in different villages in and around Mendoza. After orientation, we encourage you to take a short walk into town to experience the local lifestyle and culture.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

January 26-29 - Clinic 

You will serve and explore a different village on each day of clinic. Some clinics will be set up in a garbage dump, and one clinic will be established in an indigenous Huerpa village. Clinics begin early in the morning and run into the evenings. Your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

January 30 – Departures 

On your last day in the country, enjoy one final breakfast with your team. If you finish early enough, you will have extra time to spend exploring Mendoza before arriving at the airport at least three hours before your return flight departs.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,475 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: $3,900

Before Oct 14th, 2020: 3,700

  • Pay 2,475 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 12th, 2020

After Oct 14th, 2020: 3,900

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,475 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 12th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Oct 14th, 2020.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Oct 14th, 2020:  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 2,475 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 Oct 14th, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,475 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Oct 14th, 2020
    • 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 Oct 14th, 2020.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Oct 14th, 2020.
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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