Nicaragua Rama Island - Medical & Dental Relief

Nicaragua Rama Island

February 29, 2020 - March 7, 2020

Join For As Little As: 2,800*

  • $2,800 - No discounts or rebates

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutInternational Medical Relief will return to treat the indigenous Rama Indian Tribe on a beautiful and remote island chain that rarely receives medical care other than when the IMR team arrives. You will travel by boat from Bluefields, Nicaragua to Rama Island - also known as Rama Cay.  You will stay on Rama Island during your trip but each day will bring a new adventure, sometimes on Rama Island and other days traveling even further by boat to smaller islands with great need for health care.  This is a very unique opportunity to work with an indigenous tribe and make a huge impact on the lives of many.

The team will be welcomed for a rare opportunity to work with the ancient Rama people and be a part of their tribal day-to-day life. Enjoy the culture of this blue jungle lagoon, once a famous hiding spot for pirates. The beautiful indigenous people are warm and friendly. Typically shy, they spend their time growing bananas, white cacao, hunting and fishing.

Extend your stay for a boat trip to the famous Cays and lagoons or world class fishing trip.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicIMR’s focus on health education and acute medical and dental care will serve your patients well: you will see many patients for wound care, respiratory infections, and fungal infections. Rotavirus, giardiasis, ascariasis, and other infectious diseases are common, much of which can be prevented through your team’s focus on preventing disease with education.  You will also see the encroachment of society upon this tribe and will learn about their fight to keep commercialization and industrialization out of one of the most beautiful rainforests in the world.      

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe first night the team will sleep on the largest island in the quaint Inn. For the remainder of the trip, team will be hosted on Rama Island  in a local home with new mattresses provided.  These mattresses are donated annually to the Rama families who are in the most precarious situations and where food is more important than comfort.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThe Rama Indians are in a fight for their lives. Known as the “Guardians of the Forest”, they fiercely protect the surrounding rainforest from harm.  Many of the Rama who come to clinic will travel in a traditional dugout canoe, hand-carved from a single log.  Whole families will walk or ride horses to clinic - after all, they have been waiting a year to see the IMR team return!   If you watch closely, you may see a small wooden canoes tied up to a larger barge for a tow against the current; look closer and you may see a sloth or two observing you from the trees.  The highlight of this trip is caring for the Rama.  The children will delight you and will be delighted by you as you are welcomed by the community into their lives.  

Extend Your Stay


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

Big Corn Island, a lush, rustic and still mostly unsettled paradise
The endless beaches and neighborhood trails lined with fresh fruit trees on Little Corn Island
A charming bungalow stay on the virgin shorelines of the Corn Islands

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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 on flying independently and want to book your flight in advance, please contact Worldwide Navigators at for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight.


February 29, 2020 - Arrivals and Transportation to Rama

You will fly into Managua, Nicaragua on February 29, arriving by 5:00pm.  After a good night's rest, you and the team will transport on March 1 to the Caribbean town of Bluefields on Nicaragua's east coast. Make sure you're awake for the ride - you won't want to miss the sights as you pass active volcanoes and vibrant beaches. After arriving in Bluefields, you and the team will take a boat to Rama Island and settle in for the night after your day of traveling. Dinner will be provided to you at your accommodation and you'll have a team orientation meeting in the evening. 

March 1 - March 5 , 2020 - Clinics and Sightseeing

You and the team will wake up in the morning to fresh fruit and traditional Nicaraguan cuisine as you all gear up for your clinic! After enjoying breakfast as a team, you will pack your bags and go out to surrounding communities to set up clinics. Lunch will be provided to you in clinic. In the evening, you will depart back to your hotel and have a thorough debrief with your team and team leader. While in Rama, you'll have opportunities to walk around and see the island and immerse yourself in the loving and nurturing culture of the Rama Indians.

March 6 - March 7, 2020  - Transportation to Managua and Departures

You will sadly depart for home on March 6, returning to Managua by boat and road.  A celebration dinner with your team is the perfect place to share your photos and talk about the amazing adventure you just had and the wonderful care you provided to the Rama.  You will stay overnight near the airport and fly out of Managua on March 7 for your departure home. 

If you would like to extend your stay and travel to the gorgeous Corn Islands or explore the Cays, contact World Wide Navigators!


Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,650 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: $2,800

Before Nov 23rd, 2019: 2,600

  • Pay 1,650 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 8th, 2020

After Nov 23rd, 2019: 2,800

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,650 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 8th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Nov 23rd, 2019.

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Nov 23rd, 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 1,650 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 23rd, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,650 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Nov 23rd, 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?


Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose to book my own tickets?


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?


  • 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.


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 - 

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 Nov 23rd, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Nov 23rd, 2019.
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? 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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