Peru – Cusco and Machu Picchu - Medical & Dental Relief

Peru – Cusco and Machu Picchu

March 7, 2020 - March 14, 2020

      Cost Per Volunteer: $3,150

Join For As Little As: 2,650*

  • 2,650 - * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship & $200 Earlybird discount. ( Earlybird & Bag Scholarship Info »)

  • 2,950 - Includes $200 Earlybird discount

  • $3,150 - No discounts or rebates

  • Total Does NOT include Airfare

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutSituated at 3,400 m (11,150 ft), Cusco is a beautiful city of whitewashed walls, red-tiled roofs, and soaring churches nestled in a fertile mountain basin. If you'd like to explore a bit, you can head to the Plaza de Armas to experience the social heart of this bustling city. As you walk through town, stop in for a visit to Koricancha Temple, the Main Square, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, Puca-Pucara and finally, a visit to the Inka’s Expression Art Workshop where you will see local Andean Artists at work.

Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.

Your IMR team will provide medical care to various communities, many of whom are flood victims who have lost everything. This is an area where traditional medicine dominates and we will have an opportunity to learn about the botanicals used by local healers. You will also have an opportunity to learn about the rich culture of this beautiful and unique area, where the people are passionate about their religion, their crafts, and their beer.

During your trip you will be able to explore Cusco and spend a day sightseeing in Machu Picchu. This is an amazing opportunity for you to see one of the most famous of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is a wonderful family trip, too!  

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicYour clinics will be varied both by location and the people you will serve! You will work in the Cusco area and then travel - by bus and train to Machu Picchu where you will have a day of sightseeing.

The World Bank and the World Health Organization stated in a 2009 study that the indigenous people of Peru are viewed as needing full assistance to solve their multiple health problems . IMR is working in collaboration with local partners in the high country of the Andes to help the indigenous people by providing medical and dental care and health education. Illness in these communities is made much worse from a lack of knowledge about how to manage their healthcare, resulting in needless deaths among this already diminishing population.

The top 10 illnesses in a study done in 2017 found that the most common diagnosis were parasites, headaches, osteoarthritis (20% of the population is > than 60y), gastritis, GERD, UTI, and vaginitis. Dental caries are particularly troublesome. Interestingly, hypertension and diabetes are not.prevalent in this area of the country, regardless of the aging population. What does this mean for you? You will be able to make a significant difference in the health of the people you care for!  

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou will be working in the area around Cusco on this trip and will stay in a lovely 3 star hotel close to the center of Cusco.  Transportation to clinic will be by bus and the rides will be beautiful! At the end of the trip, the train to Machu Picchu will be a wonderful reward for your hard work!

You will love the regional food! If you are adventuresome, you might want to cuy (guinea pig) but lamb, chicken,pork, sausages, and chalona (a dried meat) are easily found if you are not in the mood for cuy. Sweet potatoes, scrumptious stews of assorted vegetables with or without meat are amazing, Corn and cheeses in many varieties will be on all the menus -try the corn fritters! If you are a soup lover, Cusco is famous for Chiaro, a soup made with beef or lamb and vegetables. and for Lawa Soup, a cream soup made with ground corn, cheese, eggs, and potatoes. Did we mention the ice cream? Save room for the regional desserts!  

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsOn this trip you will also be able to spend a day at Machu Picchu! You will travel by bus and train from Cusco to Machu Picchu City where you will overnight after a day of sightseeing and then return to Cusco to catch your flight home.

Have some time before your flight home?  Take a taxi to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, just a short 12 mile ride away.  Visit the Pisac Market, Inca ruins, Ollantaytambo ruins and town, the Maras and Morey salt pans, and get some Inca cola - you are just a sip away from gastronomical soda delight!!  

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayEXTEND YOUR STAY!

You're venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Peru's top spots?

In Peru, your options are truly endless! Spend a few extra days in Cusco as you tumble back into the cosmic realm of ancient Andean culture fused with the colonial splendors of Spanish conquest. Follow in the ancient steps of the Inca's on a 4 day trek to the Machu Picchu as you wind through forests and take in some of the most striking wonders of the Andes!

Follow the link to view a more detailed itinerary of your options:
https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/peru-inca-trail/  
https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/peruvian-adventure/  

For more information contact our preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

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.

This medical/dental mission starts and ends in Cusco, Peru

March 7, 2020 - Arrive in Cusco before 3:00pm (morning is the preferred arrival time) for a day of preparations.   You will meet your team at the host hotel to prepare for clinics and learn more about the areas you will be working in.  Your IMR team leader will meet you in Cusco!

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner       Overnight: Cusco

March 8 - 12, 2020 - Clinics will be held in the Cusco area and there will be some time for sightseeing in the evenings as you walk through town for a wonderful dinner.  The chicken is amazing in Peru but it is the ice cream you will write home about!!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner      Overnight: Cusco

March 13, 2020 - You will take the morning train to Machu Picchu and spend the day sightseeing in Machu Picchu "on your own".  You will return in the late afternoon to Cusco on the train.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner    Overnight: Cusco

March 14, 2020  - This is a free day to shop, explore Cusco, or to extend your stay to see Lima, head to the Peruvian Amazon, or even to the Galapagos!!   Flights home are at your leisure throughout the day and evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Trip Donation & Flight 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 Nov 30th, 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 Feb 22nd, 2020

After Nov 30th, 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 Feb 22nd, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Nov 30th, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Peru – Cusco and Machu Picchu!
    • 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 Nov 30th, 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 Nov 30th, 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 Nov 30th, 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.

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 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 - flights@worldwidenavigators.com 

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 30th, 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 30th, 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?  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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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 - flights@worldwidenavigators.com 

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
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