South Africa - Medical & Dental Relief

South Africa

June 28, 2019 - July 7, 2019

Join For As Little As: 4,650*

  • * 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.

IMR Signature Trips
This trip offers special features or exclusive opportunities unique from standard IMR experiences.

About The Mission Trip

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If adventure is what you are looking for this is a trip not to be missed! Exciting times await on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This trip includes not one but TWO safaris as there are so many special animals to see including white lions, hippos, lions, elephants, ostriches, giraffes, zebras and much, much more! Enjoy food at a traditional South African Braai where selected barbecue meats and chakalaka sauces tempt any pallet. Walk along the famous boardwalk where the Durban beaches come alive with world-class surfers taking on the giant waves or take a dive or watch the sunrise on this beautiful promenade. The team will also enjoy local Cuban eateries, curry houses, and oceanside dining where the flavor of Durban comes in full swing! The team will visit a local Zulu tribe where homemade handicrafts, dancing and traditional zulu celebrations will take place with your participation. The South African people are so very warm and friendly and oh so appreciative of us for traveling the great distance to their lands. They recognize the great effort that we make and are extremely grateful for your help.

You will have the opportunity to visit the world famous soccer stadium and some team members may choose to do the zipline where they will freefall 80m into the stadium (not included in trip price) - The Big Rush Big Swing has been officially named the world’s tallest swing by the Guinness Book of Records! Whether you want to take in a rugby game or spend some time shopping, this city has everything to offer.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicTwenty years into South Africa's democracy public health issues remain a challenge in epic proportions. While the public health system serves a large part of the country, it is largely underfunded and under constant strain. The system is a two-tiered system wherein large portions of people have no access to healthcare. Cultural views on health and varying levels of wealth and education influence access to and acceptance of public health services. The team will be working is several wonderful communities comprised of refugees, tribal peoples, rural communities and slums with no current access to care. Almost everyone who lives in these areas is poor, and some live in abject poverty. Children sometimes come to clinic as the head of their household because parents may have passed away or are otherwise ill. Healthcare is a main concern and the communities the team will be visiting are certainly part of the challenge faced by this country. While you will see the common respiratory infections, wounds, diabetes and hypertension, you will also see lots of impact from HIV, which continues to be devastating. The rampage has created lots of orphans and single parents. The need for community education is great; with many willing students there is a great likelihood of creating lasting change.
Reflections about our medical clinic from previous team members:
It's been great making a difference in the small communities here. The major problems that we have seen in patients are rooted in lifestyle issues and HIV. It seems the local health structures are doing good deal of work when it comes to HIV, which is reassuring. The experience here has been awesome so far! --Alvin, MD
The South African communities have been very welcoming and appreciative of the care they are receiving. The team had the opportunity to provide health education in regards to diabetes, hypertension, respiratory illness, and safe sex practices. We are excited about what the upcoming clinic days will encompass, too! --Megan, Nurse Practitioner
As a pediatric provider, the kids here have been happy and wonderful as always! Other than common ear infections, rashes, and upper respiratory infections, I had one little three-year-old girl who would only drink sugar water and wouldn't eat anything else--but after some simple nutrition education, hopefully there will be some good change for her. It always amazes me how health education really does make all the difference, especially for long-term change. Definitely one of my favorite parts! --Michelle, Nurse Practitioner

Transportation & Lodging

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Wake up in the stunning Valley of a Thousand Hills at your 4-star hotel nestled in the beautiful Hillcrest region right outside of Durban. This area is renowned for its acclaimed restaurants, cafe bars, shopping centers and golf courses. After clinic, rest in one of the lounge areas or at the hotel swimming pool. The hotel includes a refreshment station in your room. Comfortable rooms with private bathrooms offer private space for personal time after hours to rejuvenate. Rooms for families and couples are also available, and we will match your rooming requests if you are traveling with friends. The team will eat breakfast and some dinners in the hotel restaurant while lunch will be served at the clinic sites. Enjoy this beautiful accommodation on this special IMR Trip.

Trip Highlights

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TWO SAFARIS! ZULU DANCING! MANDELAS CAPTURE SITE! BRAAI AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

The team will have the opportunity to visit two very special safari game reserves in this region! Last year IMR spotted rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, ostriches, gnu (wildebeests), hippos, and African buffalos (which look similar to Asian water buffalos, but are not directly related)! One of the reserves is home to the famous white lions where you can get within feet of these beautiful wild animals.

The team will also be able to visit the very famous Phezulu Zulu village where the world famous Gasa clan has over the last 30 years, allowed visitors to Phezulu the opportunity to savor the taste and feel the rhythm of Africa. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs, and rituals are explained, giving foreigners an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture.

The team will experience the humble site of Nelson Mandela's Capture, where the internationally recognizable sculpture stands. As one of the historically important moments in the struggle against Apartheid, a marking of the site was needed which has now been realized and erected.

The team will get a true taste of South Africa with a traditional Braai, the typical South African barbecue complete with a wide selection of meats and the famous Chakalaka!

Durban itself is a world renown beach town and home to some of the biggest waves and surfing competitions in the world. Take a stroll along the boardwalk for a chance to witness local surfers taking their chance on the big waves.

We've included some photos from the team on the link to IMR's South Africa album on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/pg/InternationalMedicalRelief/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1200728993292014! Enjoy!

Extend Your Stay

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You're venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of South Africa's top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension!



Kruger National Park Safari
Kruger National Park is one of the most sought out sites in South Africa, and one of world’s most diverse Safari destinations. With over 130 mammal species and 500 kinds of birds, a trip to South Africa is not complete without a visit to this beautiful park. Come along with us on this exotic animal adventure!

Take a look at the trip itinerary here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/kruger-national-park-south-africa/



Discover Cape Town, South Africa
This country is as culturally and geographically diverse as its eleven national languages, which represent a societal melting pot of indigenous Africans, Indian immigrants, English, and Afrikaners. On this 3-day adventure, discover the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, panoramic views of the southern tip of Africa and visit with penguins at Boulders Beach Park.
Take a look at the trip itinerary here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/a-taste-cape-town-south-africa/

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.  Thank you.

June 29th, 2019 - Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Durban International Airport in Durban, South Africa on June 29th and transfer to the Valley Lodge - your resort for the duration of your stay. There, you will stay the night and have a team dinner that evening. The required arrival to your hotel is 5:00pm on June 29th. If you are flying on an IMR group flight your airport transportation will be provided for you. If you have booked independently and want to be included in the airport transfer, please contact us.

Meals: Dinner

 

June 30th, 2019 - Team Orientation and Evening Safari

Wake up to breakfast provided to you at the hotel and attend the required team orientation to further prepare you for clinic! Your team leader will assign your roles for clinic, go over our clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving.

After orientation, you and the team will go to a nearby game park for a safari at dusk!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

July 1st-5th, 2019 - Clinics

You and the team will travel to various clinic sites each day. You will be working in several areas - varying from refugee communities to tribal communities, rural areas and slums without little to no access to health care. You may get the chance to participate in a few homes visits serving elderly individuals to provide well care to the members of their family.

After closing clinic, you and the team will go back to your hotel for a team debrief and depart for various tours. You will have opportunities to visit Nelson Mandela’s capture site and enjoy the many cuisines South Africa has to offer.   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Dinner

 

July 6th, 2019 - Safari Day! 

Wake up to breakfast at your hotel in Durban then drive out for another Safari! Both safari days are included in your trip and we can guarantee you will see at least two of the Big 5. Keep an eye out for the albino lions!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

July 7th, 2019 - Departures

Depending on the time your plane leaves Durban, you will be able to enjoy breakfast at the hotel and continue to explore the city on your last day in South Africa!

 

If you would like to extend your stay, contact Worldwide Navigators!

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,475 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Apr 1st, 2019: 4,450

  • Pay 2,475 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 Jun 14th, 2019

After Apr 1st, 2019: 4,650

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,475 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 Jun 14th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Apr 1st, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Apr 1st, 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 2,475 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 Apr 1st, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,475 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Apr 1st, 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 South Africa!
      • 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 South Africa.  
        • 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 Apr 1st, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Apr 1st, 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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