St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Medical & Dental Relief

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

August 8 - August 15, 2020

Join For As Little As: 2,400*

  — Including Airfare: 2,900**

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

  • ** International Airfare cost guaranteed until May 12th, 2020.

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires May 12th, 2020

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutClose your eyes. Take a deep breath. Exhale. Enjoy the calming smell of salt coming off the turquoise ocean. Feel the breeze upon your face of the Caribbean Sea. Hear the giggling of the local children fishing and playing on the white sand beaches. Taste the local cuisines, flavored with freshly harvested breadfruit and locally caught red snapper. Now, open your eyes. A smile comes upon your face as your feet seep into the warm sandy beach on a beautiful sunny afternoon on a beach in the Grenadine Islands. The Grenadine Island chain consists of 35 small islands and is located in the Caribbean Sea. These islands are situated 120 miles southwest of Barbados and 150 miles south of Trinidad. The islands of Union and Mayreau are governed by St Vincent, the main island. The island has been in possession by both French and English plantation owners which render it’s strong French and English flavors. The islanders are very proud of their African background which influences a number of cultural events held throughout the year. The residents are a very friendly, tight-knit community. On this Caribbean Island experience of a lifetime, you will fly independently into E.T. Joshua Airport on St. Vincent, Grenadine on August 8th. Upon arrival, you will ferry over to Union Island to meet your team. You will spend two days on Union Island and two days on Mayreau Island in clinic. We will travel to areas where medical care is scarce and dental care is almost non-existent. Please join us as we care for the people of the Grenadine Islands. If you would like to enjoy the peace and quiet of island life before or after clinic, you are in for a delight. Explore what the islands have to offer you! This is the inaugural trip to the Grenadine and St Vincent Islands. Be a part of our team!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicClinic will take place amidst the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Seas, nestled in the remote island communities of Union and Mayreau Islands. Our team will provide medical expertise, specializing in optometry, dentistry, health, and hygiene education to hundreds of local men, women, and children. The communities within these remote islands have a population of over 3,000 people, some villages only being accessible via boat are amongst the poorest islands in the Caribbean, and do not have access to specialized healthcare. Your time and energy will be rewarded by smiles, hugs, and kind gestures by the local families of the Grenadine Islands.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will be staying in simple, safe, clean, and friendly accommodations located on the island of Union. You can enjoy the beaches, local cuisine of the islands, and swimming in the turquoise sea. Upon your arrival in St. Vincent, Grenadine, all transportation and ferries to clinic will be arranged for you. Professional drivers, safe vehicles, and security are some of the many reasons to join IMR on a trip. Don't nap - there's a lot to see in the valleys and hills surrounding your home away from home this week!  

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsDiscover Chatham Bay, a lovely thin crescent of white sand backed by steep, forest-covered hills on the western side of the island. The calm turquoise waters are perfect for snorkeling amongst the coral reefs, relaxing with a book, or a sunset sail. Experience the vibrant island rhythm of the steel drums and calypso music performed by locals on the beaches and in the streets, hike the silhouette mountains on Union Island, and browse through the local islands.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStay

You have given your time and energy to the communities within the islands of the Grenadines. Now take a moment to yourself. Continue your experience of a lifetime in the Caribbean, and explore, relax, adventure, and reflect amongst the turquoise waters. Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators! To learn more about this unique opportunity, call us at (970) 635-0110 or send us an email at office@imrus.org.

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.

If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org if you wish to arrange transportation between your arrival airport and your clinic location.

August 8, 2020: Travel & Arrivals

You and the team will fly into Argyle International Airport by noon. Your team will catch a ferry to Union Island, which will be your beautiful home for the next 8 days. Please ensure that even with travel delays, you are in Argyle International Airport by noon to catch the ferry to Union Island.
Meals included: dinner

August 9, 2020: Team Orientation & Free Day

Once you have socialized and dined with your team during breakfast, your team leader will dive right into orientation. During orientation, your leader will assign roles for the clinic, present IMR's clinic protocols, and provide an overview of the many communities your team will serve. This medical mission will be unique because unlike other IMR trips, your team will visit multiple islands during your clinic days.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 10-11, 2020: Clinic

Once you have indulged in a hearty breakfast at the community longhouse, you will meet with the other volunteers assigned to your clinic. Your clinics these days will remain on Union Island. Clinics begin early in the morning and run into the evenings. Your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 12, 2020: Beach Excursion

Enjoy a day of relaxation. Spend the day soaking up the sun while enjoying the white soft sand and swimming in the beautiful water. Don't forget your camera, hat, and sunscreen!
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 13-14, 2020: Clinics

Your final clinic days will be spent on Mayreau Island. Each morning, after breakfast with the team, you will travel by boat to the island. After clinic each day, your team will return back to Union Island for your team dinners, debriefs, and free time.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

August 15, 2020: Departures

This is the last day of your remarkable trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast and get ready to catch the ferry back to St. Vincent for your international departure.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,550 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: $2,600

Before May 12th, 2020: 2,400

  • Pay 1,550 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 Jul 11th, 2020

After May 12th, 2020: 2,600

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,550 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 Jul 11th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after May 12th, 2020.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before May 12th, 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 1,550 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 May 12th, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,550 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by May 12th, 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 May 12th, 2020.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before May 12th, 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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