Myanmar - Medical & Dental Relief

Myanmar

April 26, 2019 - May 5, 2019

Join For As Little As: 2,850*

  • * 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.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutMyanmar, with a population of close to 48 million people, sits at the crossroads of Asia’s great civilizations of India and China, bordering the vast Indian Ocean and nestled next to Thailand. One of Southeast Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar stretches from the sparkling islands of the Andaman Sea in the south right up into the Eastern Himalayan mountain range. To this day, Myanmar remains one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. It is a land of breathtaking beauty and charm with a history that spans more than two thousand years. Myanmar is rich in its heritage, much of it yet untouched by tourism. You will have the unique opportunity to work in many small villages rarely visited by foreigners, where you will be greeted with calls of "Mingalaba!" ("Welcome!") by patients eager for your care.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicIMR is honored to return to Myanmar for the ninth time. We began work in Myanmar after the major cyclone in 2004, where a small IMR team provided disaster relief to hundreds of patients. Since then, we have worked in many villages, towns, and cities in the areas around Yangon (formerly Rangoon) and the Irrawaddy River Delta. IMR was invited to return to provide disaster relief in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. On this trip, the IMR team will venture to small city communities and remote villages around Yangon.  Our transportation will be left on the road as we hike in through beautiful paths to the communities we will work in each day.  You will be amazed as you turn the cover to discover our clinic location and the children who will be waiting for you.  Find the village swing and give one or two of them a push!  You will hold clinic in small Buddhist temples, under tarps in the middle of the village, in orphanages, or in the simple homes of the people you will treat. Your patients will be in great need of medical and dental care and health education; their appreciation is unending and beautiful to receive.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou will stay in a Yangon hotel with beds provided for everyone. The accommodations, while not luxurious, are safe, clean, and friendly. Breakfasts of fragrant fish and noodle soups (mohinga) will start your day off right before heading out to clinic. You'll experience many new fruits and spices while learning about the healing powers of heating and cooling foods. Ngapi and a variety of savory, sweet, and salty condiments are a mainstay of every meal.

Your transportation each day will be by van and you will travel 1 to 2 hours to the beautiful villages in the countryside around Yangon. As you walk into the villages through amazingly green and thick vegetation, often on raised stones to keep the villagers dry in the wet season, you will find many children waiting on the path to take your hand. This is one of the friendliest places you will ever go and although shy at first, the children will warm up quickly and, if you are lucky, will take you to play for a few minutes after lunch or at the end of the day.

Keep your eyes open and your camera handy. The villages you pass through will have beautiful temples and the countryside around you will be magnificent.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsFamilies are the highlights of this trip!  You will be drawn to the families and their kind and loving ways with their children and each other; laughter is sweetest sound in Myanmar.  Don't think that all is well though - there is a great deal of medical care that needs to happen here.  From wound care to ear infections to pregnant women and the very old, Myanmar has something for every provider and IMR volunteer to care for. World-famous gilded Buddhist pagodas draw thousands of pilgrims every year. You will tour the notable religious sites that house Buddhist relics. The most famous, Shwedagon Pagoda, will surely be a highlight as your barefoot soles stroll the immaculate white marble structure. Enjoy a bag of freshly fried grasshoppers while the local chefs cheer you on. Pour water on the symbols representing the day you were born to avoid misfortune while visiting a Buddhist temple. Enjoy the amazing traditional markets for an authentic experience of culture and shopping. Contribute to their economy by supporting the local sand painting artists or bring back your own jars of thanaka paste for a cooling, skin-clearing face mask.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayTake advantage of several excursions through an extended stay, which IMR can help arrange for you. Feel as though you have truly time-traveled as you arrive in the northern city of Bagan, greeted by a horse and cart to bring you to your guesthouse down desolate dirt roads. Rise early and rent bicycles to journey through the sprawl of pagodas; find your favorite one to climb, and wait as the sun emerges to expose the wonderland of temples populating the skyline. Glide through the mountain-nestled Inle Lake as you pass fishermen, floating villages of schools and homes, and hardworking villagers weaving silk scarves and hand-rolling cigars. Stop at a market filled with genuine silver, and savor lunch on a floating restaurant where you can sample the fermented tea leaf salad. Mountain fans can catch a break from Myanmar’s heat by heading to the town of Kalaw to join a guided trek.

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. 

April 27, 2019 - Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Yangon International Airport in Myanmar on April 27th and transfer to your hotel in Yangon. The required arrival to your hotel is 5:00pm on April 27th with a team dinner at 7:00pm. If you have the time - take a walk and explore Yangon!  If you are flying on an IMR group flight your airport transportation will be provided for you.  If you are traveling independently, please contact the IMR office to arrange a transport or take a taxi from the airport.  Your hotel information will be provided to you after you join the team.

Meals: Dinner .    Hotel: 3 star, Yangon

April 28, 2019 - Team Orientation and Free Day

Wake up to breakfast provided to you at the hotel and prepare for your team orientation! 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 Myanmar.

After orientation, you will be free to go into the city to explore the city and stunning temples around town. Get a good night's rest as you prepare for your first day of clinic the following day!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner    Hotel: 3 star, Yangon

April 29 - May 3, 2019 - Clinics

Wake up to breakfast at your hotel and depart early each day for the clinic sites! You and the team will venture to small city communities and remote villages around Yangon. Each patient's thanaka-painted cheeks and reserved smiles will bring a warm welcome. You will see many acute illnesses among your patients on this trip - skin infections and wounds are prevalent every year. You will also see the common illnesses of children: ear infections, eye infections, rashes, scabies, and mosquito-borne diseases are all common, as is diarrhea. You'll also see, treat, and educate about the chronic issues of today. HIV/AIDS, endemic leprosy, high infant and maternal mortality rates, malnutrition, malaria, and tuberculosis are all significant public health issues in Myanmar. Alcoholism also takes its toll on your patients. Dental disease is also prevalent with few dentists in the country and limited access and money to spend. You will hold clinic in small Buddhist temples, under tarps in the middle of the village, in orphanages, or in the simple homes of the people you will treat. Your patients will be in great need of medical and dental care and health education; their appreciation is unending and beautiful to receive.

After you close clinic, depart back for your hotel and continue to take in the incredible experience of serving those in Myanmar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner    Hotel: 3 star, Yangon

May 4, 2019 -  Sightseeing and Free Time

Enjoy breakfast in the morning with your team and then drive to the iconic Shwedagon Paya, Buddhist Temple. You will have the entire day to plan other tours in Yangon. All transportation to and from your desired tour will be provided. You can go as a team or on your own - your team will decide before the end of the week!  Meet the team back at your hotel for your last meal all together!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  Hotel: 3 star, Yangon

May 5, 2019 - Departures

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then bid farewell to beautiful Myanmar as you head to the airport for your international flight home.

Meals: Breakfast  Hotel: 3 star, Yangon

Contact Worldwide Navigators to Extend your Stay!

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,575 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Jan 28th, 2019: 2,650

  • Pay 1,575 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 Apr 5th, 2019

After Jan 28th, 2019: 2,850

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,575 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 Apr 5th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Jan 28th, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Jan 28th, 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 1,575 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 Jan 28th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,575 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Jan 28th, 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.

$300 Bag Scholarship

Doesn’t IMR need to send supply bags for my trip? Can I save some $$$?

YES!

  • 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 Myanmar!
      • 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!  
      • REQUIREMENTS:
        • Take 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Myanmar.  
        • 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?

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 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 Jan 28th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Jan 28th, 2019.
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?  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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