Puerto Rico Mini Mission - Medical & Dental Relief

Puerto Rico Mini Mission

January 13, 2021 - January 16, 2021

Join For As Little As: 800*

  — Including Airfare: 1,050**

  • * Includes $200 Earlybird discount. ( Earlybird Info »)

  • ** International Airfare cost guaranteed until Oct 7th, 2020.

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Oct 7th, 2020

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutThe island of Puerto Rico is an archipelago in the Greater Antilles, located in the northeastern Caribbean Sea. The US territory is organized into eight senatorial districts and 78 municipalities. A commonwealth of the United States, Puerto Rico has a total land area of 9,105 square kilometers. The estimated population in 2015 was 3,474,182, a 6.6% decline from 2010. In 1990, the population pyramid had an expansive structure, but it has since become regressive with population aging (14.6% of the population was over 65 in 2015). In addition, the population’s age structure has also been affected by lower fertility and premature mortality, as well as emigration. Life expectancy at birth in 2013 was 79.5 years (75.8 in men and 83.1 in women).

In January of 2020, Puerto Rico and other islands in the Caribbean were struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake and several aftershocks. Hitting the southern region of Puerto Rico the hardest, the earthquake knocked out power in over two-thirds of the island. The earthquake largely affected Puerto Rico, plummeting buildings, uprooting trees, destroying houses, and neighborhoods. In the wake of the earthquake, families and children are surviving amid massive complications that have stricken the health care structure of the communities. IMR initially responded to the disaster in February 2020, sending several teams to provide relief to those affected.

Puerto Rico is rapidly recovering and now has 99% of the island’s power restored. In IMR’s continued effort to provide medical education and relief to those underserved, we have been invited to return to Puerto Rico. Your help is needed!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicAs a US territory, Puerto Rico’s citizens are guaranteed certain health benefits under the Affordable Care Act, together with the Health Insurance Code. These benefits are outpatient and medical-surgical services; hospitalization; emergency services; maternity and neonatal care; mental health services; diagnostic tests; pediatric services, including vision and dental; medicines; habilitation and rehabilitation; and preventive and wellness services. According to the World Health Organization, areas to be addressed through technical cooperation include chronic diseases, health promotion, nursing, bioethics, healthy aging, communicable diseases, environmental health, information management, disaster management, and humanitarian assistance.

Furthermore, the Department of Health has forged partnerships with several sectors to develop the Chronic Disease Action Plan, the 10-Year Health Plan, the School Health Program, and the Suicide Prevention Commission, and to deliver recovery and treatment services to homeless people with serious mental illness or concurrent substance use disorders.

Though many health regulations and goals are in place, there are still several communities that would greatly benefit from your skills and expertise. The World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization reported that in 2012, 45.4% of the women participating in a reproductive health survey stated that they did not use contraceptives. In 2014, although 83.4% of pregnant women began prenatal care in the first trimester and 35.7% experienced adequate weight gain, 47.2% of them had cesarean deliveries. However, maternal deaths have declined from six in 2010 to three in 2014.

Other health issues you may see include depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, circulatory system diseases, malignant tumors, heart disease, diabetes, Dengue, which is endemic in Puerto Rico, Zika, influenza, vision problems, and hypertension. In addition to medicine, the main focus of this mission is education. You and the rest of your team will educate community members on how to stay healthy in regards to their area’s main issues and health concerns.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThroughout your time in Puerto Rico, you will stay in accommodations that will be centrally located in San Juan and be safe and clean. While here, you will have easy access to many cafes and restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine. 

To help make your trip worry-free, IMR will arrange daily transportation to and from your clinic location.

Transportation to and from the airport is provided for all volunteers on the group flight. If you would like to purchase airport transport as an independent flyer, go here. Transports for independent travelers are arranged at specific times in order to accommodate multiple flight schedules. So, keep in mind that while transport may be waiting for you when you arrive, it could also arrive at a later time in order to accommodate more than one volunteer.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThe gratitude that you receive while working here will be life-changing and may inspire you to continue humanitarian work once you return home. Outside of clinic, your trip highlights will include the exciting ways you decide to spend your free day, the island’s culinary delights, and the serenity of palm trees.

View photos from our last trip here!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySince you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to experience more of Puerto Rico? Although this island is a frequent stop for travelers, the nation’s white and black sand beaches, coral reefs, vast wildlife, and incredible archeology make Puerto Rico a beautiful place to explore. Check out what exciting adventures our partner, Worldwide Navigators, is offering exclusively to IMR volunteers on their webpage here.

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 to fly independently and want to book your flight in advance, please book through Worldwide Navigators here. Thank you.

If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension but wish to arrange transportation from the airport to clinic, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org.

 

January 13, 2021: Arrivals

You and the rest of your volunteer team will fly into Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. 

If you are traveling on the group flight, you will board the transportation that will take you to your lodging for check-in. If you are traveling independently, please ensure your arrival is no later than 5pm. For those who are traveling independently and would also like to purchase airport transport, please see Lodging & Transportation for more information.

Upon everyone’s arrival, you will have your first team dinner, then orientation. During orientation, your leader will assign roles for the clinic, present IMR’s clinic protocols, and provide an overview of the remote villages your team will serve.

Meals Included: Dinner

 

January 14-15, 2021: Clinic

After a delicious and hearty team breakfast on your first day of clinic, your team will depart for your first and second days of clinic! Please come prepared for long transportation times as you will be serving in several communities across the island, typically within a 2-hour radius of San Juan. Clinics begin early in the morning and may run into the evenings. Your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding.

We’ll spend our evenings exploring the island, sampling the delicious Puerto Rican cuisine, and enjoying breathtaking ocean views. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

January 16, 2021: Departures 

To help wrap-up your time, IMR will arrange a final team breakfast for you and your team. Departures and onward journeys are throughout the day today. If you are on the group flight or have purchased airport transport a la carte, your transport will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the airport with plenty of time to check-in.

Interested in extending your stay to explore Puerto Rico? Our partner, Worldwide Navigators, offers exclusive trip extensions just for IMR volunteers! Go here to see what extensions they have available for this mission.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 625 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: $1,000

Before Oct 7th, 2020: 800

  • Pay 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 Dec 16th, 2020

After Oct 7th, 2020: 1,000

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 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 Dec 16th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Oct 7th, 2020.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Oct 7th, 2020:  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 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 Oct 7th, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 625 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Oct 7th, 2020
    • 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 Oct 7th, 2020.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Oct 7th, 2020.
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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