Senegal - Medical & Dental Relief

Senegal

June 7, 2019 - June 15, 2019

Join For As Little As: 2,100*

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship. Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See More Info below.
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutThis special trip is dear to IMR's heart, as our very first trip was to Senegal in 2002, and we have worked here for more than a 15 years. Join us as we return with great joy to treat the Talibé children, work in villages and holy cities, and travel throughout central Senegal

Senegal is a country of contrasts because in a single view you will see women laughing and dressed in lovely printed traditional dress and boubous riding in pony carts, businessmen and women stepping out of their Lexuses and entering high rise offices, overloaded trucks that are impossibly wide for the street, and the tin shacks that house the poor. Turn your head, and you will see goats tied on top of cars for a quick ride to their new homes, children laughing, running, and twirling wooden hoops, and dogs and ponies everywhere. Much of Senegal remains deeply patriarchal and traditional, but women now form a significant minority in the government, and education is on the rise.

Most of Senegal remains rural, with very limited education, almost no health care outside of the cities, and extreme poverty. One child in eleven dies before the age of five. More than 20% of children are malnourished, and malaria is a common cause of death. Burns are a daily fact of life in the village, where families cook food over open fires. This is where you will make a difference in this remarkable country.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicOn this special trip, IMR will focus our efforts on the Talibé children. In rural Senegal, the accepted way for children to have the honor of attending school is through the Talibé system. In the past, this system developed educated professionals in Senegal; today, the children, living in "daaras" or schools, are found more often on the street, begging, than in the classrooms. The Talibé children live in dire conditions, sleeping on concrete floors with dozens of other boys. Many find refuge in their "daara" or school, with up to 100 boys being cared for by a single teacher. In order to attend school, the boys beg up to ten hours per day and are required to pay their teacher a daily fee. After begging all day, the children learn the Koran by rote; if they make a mistake in recitation, they are often severely beaten. By the time they are fifteen or sixteen years old, they are often abandoned to the streets. Join IMR as we return to treat the Talibé children with acute medical and dental care, health education, vaccinations, wound care, and love.

We will also treat many villagers on this trip. The patients you will see will have conditions ranging from rashes to joint pain, lymphatic filariasis to leptospirosis, schistosomiasis to GERD. Burns are common from the open cooking fires and serious wounds are normal occurrences in clinic each day. Working in the villages is very special and our patients will celebrate your visit. Are you a Dentist? We need you HERE! This is a place of suffering, where chewing sticks have done their damage and created teeth that are barely an exterior shell, with roots that scream with every bite a patient takes.

We see some of our sickest patients in Senegal. On our 2014 trip to Senegal, we treated more than 200 patients acutely ill with malaria in addition to those suffering from tinea, scabies, ear infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, and sexually transmitted diseases. Your patients will be in the greatest need for medical and dental care. In 2018 we cared for more than 700 Talibe children and more than 1500 total patients. Health education will continue to make a difference to the health of the villages and the Talibé children.

Please join us for a very special opportunity to care for the most neglected of patients on this rewarding trip. You will have the opportunity to partner with many local physicians and an outstanding team of translators that have worked side-by-side with IMR for many years.

Photo Gallery of our 2018 Trip to Senegal

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThis is trip set apart by the variety of your experiences in Senegal. You will also spend your nights in small hotels, with beautiful courtyards and excellent food.   Your transportation will be on buses and boats - and you will be staying overnight on an island!  Please bring a sleeping bag and mosquito net;  IMR will provide new mattresses for all which will be donated to families on the island when we leave.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will join your team members on a one day safari  - get ready to have some fun!  Zebras, rhinos, and lions are all possible sightings along with monkeys, giraffes, and many kinds of antelopes.  This will certainly be a highlight of the trip! The real highlight, though, are the local physicians who work with our IMR team year after year after year.  Working with these fine young doctors is the heart of sustainability - for IMR and for Senegal.  We'll also be vaccinating our street children as we have for the past 10 years.  Joining us in the field in Senegal makes a difference.  Be The Good!!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStay

You're venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of Senegal's top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension! Rich with colonial heritage and many natural attractions, Senegal is known for its exciting safaris, nightlife, and historical museums. While in Senegal, experience the wildly unique Lac Rose — a pink saltwater lake, the tiny, car-free island of Gorée and visit the House of Slaves museum.


Take a look at the trip itinerary here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/a-taste-of-senegal/


For more information contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agency, 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. 

June 8, 2019: Plan your arrival in Senegal the afternoon of June 8 for a 5:00pm start!  If you are flying on the IMR group flight, your transportation is included in the ticket cost.  If you are flying independently, please contact our office at office@imrus.org if you wish to arrange transportation to your hotel in Mbour for a small fee.  The hotel is approximately 45 minutes from the airport.  There will be an orientation meeting in the evening to prepare you for the days ahead.

You will see and care for many Talibé children on this amazing trip along with the very elderly, families, and whole villages!  The street children we will care for receive virtually no care and it is our honor to care for them in Senegal.   You will travel by bus or van and work in towns and villages.  Along the way, you will be in some of the holiest cities of Senegal.  Read on to learn more!!

Meals Included: Dinner     Overnight in Mbour

June 9, 2019: Clinic in Mbour

Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner   Overnight: Mbour

 June 10, 2019: Clinic in Thiadiaye.  After an amazing clinic day in a special city, we will drive to Touba where we will overnight and see the Grande Mosque the following morning. This is the holiest city in Africa and is the birthplace of Sufism.  Very few outsiders receive a tour of the Mosque-- but it's our lucky day!   Ladies, covered heads and shoulders and long skirt will be required.  Gentlemen, long pants and a nice shirt will be required.

Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner   Overnight: Touba

June 11,  2019: Clinic in Djiourbel.  You will tour the Grande Mosque early in the morning and then head to Djourbel for clinic during the day. You will see Talibe children and members of the community.  After clinic, your team will travel about 1.5 hours to Thies where we will hold the last 3 days of clinic.

Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner   Overnight: Thies

June 12 - 14, 2019:  Clinic in Thies.  You will work with the Talibe children and in a large, traditional village.  All of these sites are old and good friends of IMR teams - you will have a wonderful time while caring for patients who are quite acutely ill.

Meals Included: Breakfast Lunch, Dinner   Overnight: Thies (june 12 and 13)

Overnight: Mbour (June 14)

June 15, 2019: Get ready to see some animals!  And sadly, your departure from this beautiful country...

Here are some tips!

Ask questions and ask your guides to stop if you want to take a photo or observe for a few minutes

  • Be flexible and be prepared to get up early!
  • Even if you are a shutterbug, bring a pair of binoculars!
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, and Deet!  - put them in your backpack along with a bottle of water and a snack 🙂
  • Wear layers - it can start cold and get HOT; wear sneakers or boots (required), wear neutral colors (no camouflage, please), and be comfortable

After our safari, we will have a celebration lunch and head to the airport for flights home.  Are you joining IMR in The Gambia?  If so, we'll be driving to The Gambia after lunch as our new friends head for the airport!!!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch      

 

 

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,200 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Mar 11th, 2019: 1,900

  • Pay 1,200 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 May 26th, 2019

After Mar 11th, 2019: 2,100

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,200 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 May 26th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Mar 11th, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Mar 11th, 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 1,200 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 Mar 11th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,200 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Mar 11th, 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 $$$?

YES!

  • 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 Senegal!
      • 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!  
      • REQUIREMENTS:
        • Take 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Senegal.  
        • 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?

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 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 Mar 11th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Mar 11th, 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?  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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