Nepal - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Nepal

March 22, 2019 - March 30, 2019

About The Mission Trip

Kathmandu is located in a valley surrounded by the Himalayas and has a population of almost 1 million people. Nepal is a developing country with a low life expectancy and a very low per capita income. It continues to struggle with high levels of hunger and poverty. Natural disasters are a significant contributor to mortality. Nepal is a beautiful and exotic country with great need to meet its most recent challenge, the April 2015 earthquake. The nation is highly religious, with more than 80% of the population practicing Hinduism and many people having deep belief in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In addition to being home to eight of the top ten mountains in the world, Nepal also has some of the most beautiful religious sites in the world. Services are extremely limited for anyone outside of the capital of Kathmandu, Your clinics will be outside of the city where the need is greatest.

About Clinic

In April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, killing over 9,000 people. It destroyed national monuments, homes, and villages high in the hillside. As an IMR volunteer, you will join IMR's partnership with local hospitals and medical providers to provide care to patients in the Kathmandu valley and in distant villages who are left out of the health system. Your clinics will give you the opportunity to get to know the people of Nepal outside of the big city.

For the first half of the trip you will work and stay in the community where your patients live, work, go to school, and age in place. You'll care for patients with acute illnesses including respiratory issues, skin rashes and infections, wounds, and common stomach illnesses. You will also care for patients with chronic respiratory issues, hypertension, diabetes, and more. Education is critical for patients with chronic illnesses and very limited access to care.

The 2nd half of the trip will find you in Kathmandu, working in clinics outside of the city. It gets rural very quickly when you leave the Kathmandu so don't expect these clinics to be "citified". The three communities you will be working in will welcome you and thank you for the care you bring.

Join us to help care for the resilient people of Nepal!!

Transportation & Lodging

On the first half of the trip, you will stay in the rural countryside of Nepal in Nuwakot, about 4 hours from Kathmandu. Your beautiful rustic lodge is the showpiece of the region. You'll find a comfortable bed, hot (if temperamental!) showers, and great food! The second half of the trip will find you at a new, modern hotel in Thamel, the tourist area of Kathmandu, which has earned a 4.5 review rating on Expedia, This area is filled with coffee shops, tiny restaurants, and a warren of shopping streets. Your hotel in Kathmandu will be a quiet respite after a busy day, located off the main streets. You will find the beautiful art deco style, excellent breakfast, and friendly staff to be a delight.

Local foods will be served during your trip, including the community staple, dal bhat, consisting of rice and lentils with a variety of spices. Tibetan delicacies will also be accessible to you during your trip! Don't miss the water buffalo momos and the many varieties of rice pudding!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsA highlight of the trip will be visiting the medieval city of Bhaktapur, including Durbar Square, which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. This beautiful and historic city sustained significant damage during the 2015 earthquake, but you will see its resilience as you stroll around centuries-old stupas and temples, many of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Throughout the square, you can peruse authentic cafes nestled next to shops with traditional handicrafts and precious stones, salts, and resources from the Himalayas. A trip to the famous Buddhist temple, Swayambhunath, lends itself a great vantage point for viewing the city. In fact, the Tibetan name for this stupa translates to “sublime trees,” referring to the tree-spotted hills surrounding this elevated site.

Extend Your Stay

EXCLUSIVE IMR EXTENSION

You're venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to do some hiking in the Himalayas or visit neighboring Tibet?

Trekking in Nepal - Mardi Himal

Nestled in the Annapurna region, this exciting route introduces travelers to the beauty of the Himalayas. On this 5-6 day trek you can expect to experience the magnificent sites of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtale), Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. While the Mardi Himal is a relatively moderate trek compared to some others in the region, you will not be short in sites as your trail winds through Gurund and Magar traditional villages with spectacular views, lush forests and a dramatic view with a wide range of snow-capped mountains in the distance. You will be accompanied by professional trekking guides and Sherpa's on a 1:1 ratio. We are proud to say that our in-country partner company is home to the first Nepalese woman to successfully summit Annapurna IV. Cross your fingers, she may just be your guide!

For more information on this opportunity visit: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/mardi-himal-hymalayan-trek/

Venture to Nepal's neighboring Tibet following your Nepal clinical trip where you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most famous monasteries and temples in the world, learning first hand about Buddhism in one of the most beautiful places at the top of the world. Join WWN on this three night, four day program extension to adventure to stunning Tibet for a tour of Lhasa’s world-famous sites. Spend the day at the world- renowned Tibetan Buddhist sites of the Potala Palace and the Summer Palace. Leave one of the highest cities in the world with a rare glimpse of these historically significant sites, some of which date back to the 1600s, the time of the 5th Dalai Lama.

To view the trip itinerary click here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/wonders-of-tibet/ Interested in extending your stay to tour some of India's top spots? Contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators directly at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

Trip Donation & Travel Options

Pay 1,625 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Jan 31st, 2019: 2,750

  • Pay 1,625 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, 2019

After Jan 31st, 2019: 2,950

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,625 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, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Jan 31st, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Jan 31st, 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 1,625 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 31st, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,625 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Jan 31st, 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 Nepal!
      • 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 Nepal.  
        • 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.

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 31st, 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 31st, 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!