Philippines - Medical & Dental Relief


November 21, 2019 - December 1, 2019

Join For As Little As: 2,250*

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship. Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See More Info below.
  • * Includes $200 Early Bird Special savings. After Aug 25th, 2019, Minimum Donation increases to 2,450
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutInternational Medical Relief is excited to return to Leyte - one of the most beautiful islands in the chain of 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines. IMR has visited dozens of locations during more than twelve trips over the last five years, and we continue to reach villages and people that are in great need of medical care and health education. With special invitations from our in-country hosts and partners, IMR is committed to reaching more and more patients in need as we support the Philippines.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicIMR has received a special invitation from the government of the Republic of the Philippines to travel to the barangay (remote villages) on the island of Leyte. We are so excited to return to the villages - and the drives to the very remote villages are pretty exciting too! You will provide acute medical and dental care to many families while teaching them how to stay healthy in their environment. Classes will include basic hygiene, first aid, water purification and storage, CPR and choking prevention, and sanitation, plus additional classes on sustainable good health. Previous IMR teams to many different countries have said that working in the small villages is one of the best things about IMR! You will also have some opportunities for house calls in the remote areas around the barangays. While these house calls will require some hiking, they are well worth it - for your patients and for you.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will stay in modest, comfortable dormitory-style accommodations right off the town square. You will be welcomed by the Mayor and the town with open arms. Join the community in morning yoga or zumba on the square - they will happily make room for you! Get some ice cream on the dock! Look at the ocean as you breakfast or dine in the evening in your private dining area on the rooftop, with food cooked specially for you! The water is hot in the showers, the beds are comfortable, and your roommates are top notch. You and your team will be very comfortable after clinic and will love every moment of your stay here. Transportation will be very varied on this trip - there are planes, boats, and fun trucks in your future on this trip. There may be some light hiking if you like to make house calls! Each barangay will have some homebound patients for you to see. This is one of the best parts of an IMR trip so don't miss the opportunity!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will work in very special and remote barangays on this trip.  People here rarely get comprehensive care although the nurses of the public health service make a heroic effort to care for the villages.  You will have the opportunity to work alongside these wonderful public health nurses and with one of the top-rated rescue squads in the Philippines.  Your ground host is one of the top physicians in the Philippines with extensive disaster experience.  Working side-by-side with these remarkable health care providers is certainly one of the many highlights of this trip. On this trip, you and the team will have a full day to explore Cebu island, as well as an opportunity to snorkel with Whale Sharks! A day boat tour will be provided to you and your team as you get up close and personal with these magnificent animals. Don't forget your camera!    

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayThe Philippines is an amazing place to extend your stay!  The Philippines offers something for every traveler, from hiking to surfing, malls to handicrafts, volcanoes to blue lagoons. An added bonus is that almost everyone speaks English, and the people are known to be some of the friendliest in the world. The Philippines has beautiful beaches, wonderful food, and some of the best surfing in the world. White Beach, in Boracay, is consistently rated as one of the top ten beaches, and the Archipelago of El Nido is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you prefer land, there are more than thirty-seven volcanoes to climb, beautiful caves to explore, and lovely hiking along terraced rice fields. Contact Worldwide Navigators at for more info!

Trip Itinerary

November 22, 2019 - Arrivals

Plan to arrive at Mactan-Cebu International Airport by 2:00 pm on November 22nd. You will meet your team at International Arrivals by 3:00 pm and will transfer to the ferry port where you will board your ferry to take you to the island of Leyte!  Once you arrive on Leyte, it is about a 1.5 hour drive to get to your home for the week, where dinner will be waiting for your arrival.

Meals: Dinner


November 23, 2019 - Team Orientation and Free Day in Palompon 

Wake up to breakfast and all gather for your team orientation in the afternoon! Your team leader will assign your roles for clinic, go over our clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving in the Philippines.

After orientation, you will be free to go into the city to explore. After an evening of touring Palompon, go back to your accommodation for dinner. Be sure to get a good nights rest as you prepare for your first day of clinic the following day!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


November 24-27, 2019 - Clinics 

Each day, you will have breakfast at your accommodation and then drive out to the remote communities. You will provide acute medical and dental care to many families while teaching them how to stay healthy in their environment. Classes will include basic hygiene, first aid, water purification and storage, CPR and choking prevention, and sanitation, plus additional classes on sustainable good health. Previous IMR teams to many different countries have said that working in the small villages is one of the best things about IMR! You will also have some opportunities for house calls in the remote areas around the barangays. While these house calls will require some hiking, they are well worth it - for your patients and for you.

After clinic, return to your accommodation for a team debrief and dinner!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


November 28, 2019 - Clinic and Transfer to Cebu 

You and the team will have breakfast and pack your things in the morning of November 28th for clinic! After a morning clinic, hop on the bus and transfer to the port for your ferry back to Cebu!

Once you arrive back in Cebu, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the evening to relax and explore.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


November 29, 2019 - Whale Shark Watching 

Wake up early to pack your day bag and drive to the port where you will hop on your boat for the day! Lunch will be provided for you and the team as you are on the water, looking for Whale Sharks. If you would like, jump in the water with your guide and venture off for a 30 minute snorkeling session.

After your day of whale watching, you will arrive back at your hotel by 5:00 pm and enjoy your last dinner with the team.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


November 30, 2019 - Departures

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then bid farewell to the beautiful Philippines as you head to the airport for your international flight home. If you are a group flyer, airport transfers will be included in your trip.

Contact Worldwide Navigators to Extend your Stay!

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,375 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Aug 25th, 2019: 2,250

  • Pay 1,375 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 Nov 7th, 2019

After Aug 25th, 2019: 2,450

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,375 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 Nov 7th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Aug 25th, 2019.

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Aug 25th, 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 1,375 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 Aug 25th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,375 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Aug 25th, 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 $$$?


  • 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 Philippines!
      • 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!  
        • Take 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Philippines.  
        • 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?


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 covers the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation while after joining the IMR team at the designated starting location, and clinic supplies/medications for our patients.  You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased, if you donate 50% of the total donation by the Early Bird date. 

Costs that are not included in the donation amount are your passport, travel visas (if applicable),  and if you choose the group flight, your domestic airfare to the group departure city, vaccinations, and insurance. If you choose to fly independently, the cost of your international flight and all other costs in transit are not included in your donation to IMR.  This option gives you the opportunity to extend your stay to do some sightseeing after the trip, choose a routing that best meets your need and your budget, and/or fly directly from your home city to your final destination.  

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 Aug 25th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Aug 25th, 2019.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • If flying on a group flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel or during the international portion of your travel.  Your all-inclusive trip starts and ends at a designated location in country.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight and any costs associated with this portion of your travel until joining the team at the designated starting point and after you separate from the team at the designated ending point of the trip.  If you wish to join the group ground transportation from the final airport to the designated starting point and/or back to the airport at the end of the trip, you may do so for a small fee.  
  • 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 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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