Nepal and Bhutan Signature Trip - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Nepal and Bhutan Signature Trip

February 22, 2020 - March 1, 2020


IMR Signature Trip
  MR Signature Trips always have something special! The Nepal Signature Trip includes a 3 day guided tour of Bhutan, often considered to be the happiest land on earth.      

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.

After the medical mission, you will travel to stunning Bhutan for two days of touring, including a hike to Tiger's Nest! Tiger's Nest is a 17th Century Monastery complex with 9 temples. As you hike through the low hanging clouds the world will open you will see Tiger's Nest, sitting on the top of a steep cliff Along the way, you will see Buddhist temples, waterfalls, and hundreds of prayer flags along the trail. This is one of the most sacred sites in the world for Buddhists, As you hike, watch for the Monks as they practice the rituals of Buddhism.

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 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. You'll stay in a comfortable guest house in the communities 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. Join us to help care for these resilient people!

Transportation & Lodging

In Nepal, you will stay in simple accommodations with beds provided for everyone. The accommodations, while not luxurious, are safe, clean, and the best of what this community has to offer. Local foods will be served in Nepal, including the community staple, dal bhat, consisting of rice and lentils with a variety of spices.

During your time in Bhutan, you will be staying at comfortable accommodations in the city of Paro, surrounded by colorful buildings lining the streets and many temples to tour.

Trip Highlights

You will see patients through the entire age spectrum in Nepal but it is the elderly who will capture your heart.  Their resilience, strong backs, sense of family, and quiet good humor will cheer you on throughout the clinic day.

There are too many highlights during this trip to mention them all. You will visit 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. A trip to the famous Buddhist temple, Swayambhunath, another UNESCO site, lends itself a great vantage point for viewing the city.

  In Bhutan, you will stay in Paro City, a sacred city with many temples to explore and will visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest),  a sacred site for Himalayan Bhuddists built in 1692.  While you won’t get there on the back of a tigress, you will hike one of the most famous hikes in the world!  This temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. Your stay will include many local foods and the opportunity to learn about the culture of this fiercely independent country where tradition and happiness are prized more than urban development and the GDP.  This will truly be a special way to end your IMR trip! Weather permitting, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Mt. Everest from an aerial perspective as a passenger on a private plane. This sightseeing tour is not pre-included in your IMR program fee, but can be added while you're in Nepal! Get up close and personal as you glide around the awe-inspiring Himalayas. This excursion merits a certificate of honor for your journey after landing. Preceding your trip, plan for an even grander tour of Everest by extending your stay for a trek. Expeditions can range from an exhilarating hike outside of the valley to more adventurous treks up the numerous trailheads accessible to tourists. Even take on the challenge of conquering the journey to Everest's base camp! Not up for a base camp trek but want to do something a little easier? No problem! Contact Worldwide Navigators today at travel@worldwidenavigators.com for all your extension options!

Extend Your Stay

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You’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Nepal’s top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

Trek guided by sherpa company, home to the first Nepalese woman to summit Annapurna IV!
Breathtaking views of multiple peaks towering over 8,000 meters
Participate in conservation efforts to keep trails pristine & sustainable

Click here to view the itinerary!

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Trip Donation & Travel Options

Pay 2,450 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 Nov 26th, 2019: 3,700

  • Pay 2,450 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 Jan 31st, 2020

After Nov 26th, 2019: 3,900

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,450 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 Jan 31st, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Nov 26th, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Nov 26th, 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 2,450 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 Nov 26th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,450 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Nov 26th, 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 Nov 26th, 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 Nov 26th, 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!