Myanmar - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Myanmar

April 26, 2019 - May 5, 2019

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 Donation & Travel Options

Pay 1,575 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: $3,150

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

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.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • 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.
    • 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 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.

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.

Your Donation to IMR Includes:

  • All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team, including transportation, lodging, food, tips for services provided to the IMR team, costs associated with clinic, and all logistics, including translation services and security as needed.

 

Costs that you are responsible for in addition to your donation to IMR:

  • If flying on subsidized team flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight to destination city and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • 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 trip, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.

Fundraising

IMR provides a fundraising packet and personal fundraising page to all registered trip applicants that is full of ideas on how you can raise support for your trip or for supplies to be utilized on this specific mission. When soliciting donations for any of our trips, success is completed through telling your personal story. Why do you want to go? Who will you help? Why their donation can help you achieve the ultimate goal. Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to our website or Facebook page and to your IMR personal fundraising page. You may share your IMR personal fundraising URL on Facebook and other social media sites.

Safety & Security

We take security very seriously at IMR.  It is our job to ensure that security precautions are in place, but please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee your safety on the trip.

  • We continuously review all current activities occurring on the ground, and we work with the State Department and the U.S. Embassy to know the ground situation to the best of our ability. 
  • We have a security training conference call with our volunteers where we detail our security procedures that are in place for the trip. 
  • We take many security precautions such as radios, a buddy system, and security planning. 
  • We provide you with an email address that you can give to the people you meet to protect your privacy until you determine that you want to remain in contact with team.
  • We rely on our teams to be cognizant of their own safety and to be aware of their surroundings. 
  • We have several policies in place that we require the team to adhere to for their safety and that of the team as a whole. 

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 receive a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, and a checklist to keep you on track. You will receive detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising, and access to a personal IMR fundraising page. 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 will be shared with the team. You will also receive a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources. Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure.

IMR applicants and team members will also have access to a series of phone conferences where you will learn about specific aspects of IMR trips and 2 Q and A calls where you can ask questions specific to your trip. There will also be a Q and A call just prior to departure to help ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount covers the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation while you are in the country, and clinic supplies/medications for our patients. If you are eligible for and choose the Subsidized IMR Flight, your donation amount also includes the cost of your international airfare. Costs that are not included in the donation amount are your passport, travel visas (if applicable), domestic airfare to the group departure city, vaccinations, and insurance. You also have the option of flying on your own directly from your hometown and meeting up with the team in country. IMR gives you the option of purchasing your own tickets, which decreases your minimum donation amount. It also gives you the opportunity to extend your stay to do some sightseeing after the trip, and fly directly from your home city to your final destination.

What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, nurses, EMTs, medical/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers. We strive to have a dental team on every trip as well. The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program in each area as well. 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.  Once your references are approved, IMR will send a fundraising packet that contains information on how the personalized fundraising page on the IMR website works.  It also contains some great ideas for fundraising events and other ways to fundraise for the trip.  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 Subsidized Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Subsidized Flight, you will need to reach 50% of theMinimum Donation Amount on or before Jan 28th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the Minimum Donation Amount on or before Jan 28th, 2019.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • If flying on subsidized team flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight to destination city and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • 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 trip, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended say options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  And by extending your stay you also put money into the economies of these developing countries!