Tanzania Refugee Camp Relief - Medical & Dental Relief

Tanzania Refugee Camp Relief

September 19, 2020 - September 26, 2020

Join For As Little As: 2,500*

  — Including Airfare: 3,400**

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

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

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Jun 12th, 2020

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutRefugee camps, primarily for those escaping from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, have been established in Tanzania for many years.  Some of the largest camps in Africa are located there and Tanzania welcomes these refugees and asylum-seekers.  As with many large refugee camps, they tend to become permanent settlements of the very poor, without many services.  This is especially true for those refugees who don't gain a permanent place in the camp itself but instead live on the outside in what can only be described as shantytowns. We need your help.  This is a trip to care for the uncared for, the unthought of, and the desperately ill.  Dental care is non-existent.   IMR has worked in Tanzania for many years and our host has been working in the refugee camps for many more.  It is with their partnership that IMR (a registered non-profit organization in Tanzania) has received permission to work in the camps, something very few organizations are allowed to do. This will be the trip that you will talk about forever.  Please join us in the field!  Humanitarian effort is cherished by those who receive it. Please help IMR make our new division of caring for refugees around the world into a spectacular change in the lives of many.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicYour impact will go beyond your expectations within the borders of this refugee camp! Clinic days will be long but rewarding. Clinics are always filled with families, the elderly, pregnant women, and the very sick in Tanzania.  This is one of the busiest places we go! The need for dental care and eye care is very high, as is the need for general practice, dermatology, OBGYN services, and more.  You will see firsthand what life is like inside one of Tanzania's largest refugee camps and to provide the care they need when they need it most.  Your patients will be from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  This camp was established in 1972 and for many of your patients, this will be the only life they have ever known.  Be prepared for everything on this remarkable trip.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingLodging is simple in this part of Tanzania.  The team will stay in simple and safe accommodations - a church dormitory or a small guest lodge.  You will be close to the people you are serving, giving you a chance to understand their culture and see daily life as you relax and prepare for another day of caring for people who are in desperate need of care.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsTanzania is home to some of the largest refugee camps in the world.  After a solid week of providing medical and dental care and extensive health education, you will be ready for a day to recharge and get ready for your return home.  

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayYour venturing halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few days to visit some of Tanzania's top spots?

Contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note: You will be notified about the group flight option prior to the Early Bird deadline. Domestic flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. 

If you choose to fly independently, transportation between your arrival airport and your IMR accommodation is not included. If you wish to arrange transportation, you can contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com

If you have any questions regarding flights, please contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com. Thank you. 


You are required to fly into Kigoma Airport (TKQ) and depart from Kigoma Airport (TKQ).  If you are flying independently, please do not purchase your tickets until IMR has confirmed our flights and locations.  Thank you.  

These dates include anticipated travel time.

September 19, 2020 - Travel day

September 20, 2020 - Arrivals in Kigoma, Tanzania

You will need to arrive in Kigoma, Tanzania (TKQ) on September 20. If you are flying on the group flight, all airport transfers and accommodations will be arranged for you. If you are flying independently, you will need to arrive in Kigoma (TKQ) on the same flight or before the group flight on September 20 (these times are to be determined). The drive to the camp where we will be working is about 6 hours. We will have a group dinner upon arrival and get a good night's rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  |  Hotel: Comfortable and safe, modest hotel or dormitory-style housing

September 21, 2020 - Morning Orientation & Tour of the Camp, Afternoon Clinic

You will have an orientation and tour of the camp in the morning to help you better understand the populations you are serving (primarily refugees from Barundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). You will receive your scrubs, get an overview of clinic, see and help organize clinic supplies and donations you may have brought, and have lunch prior to clinic beginning in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  | Hotel: Comfortable and safe, modest hotel 

September 22 - September 25, 2020 - Clinics

Clinics will be held inside one of Tanzania's largest refugee camps, filled with both refugees and asylum-seekers. In the morning, you will join your fellow team members for a group breakfast and briefing before your clinic day begins. Lunch will be held at clinic and dinner will be at your accommodation in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  |  Hotel: Comfortable and safe, modest hotel 

September 26, 2020 - Departures 

Enjoy a final breakfast with your fellow team members and bid farewell to Tanzania as you depart for your international flight home. Those on the group flight will be due home on September 27, 2020.

Meals: Breakfast

Interested in extending your stay to visit Tanzania's top spots? Contact Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com for exclusive extension options in either Tanzania or Zanzibar today!

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,800 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: $2,700

Before Jun 12th, 2020: 2,500

  • Pay 1,800 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 Aug 21st, 2020

After Jun 12th, 2020: 2,700

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,800 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 Aug 21st, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Jun 12th, 2020.

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Jun 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 1,800 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 Jun 12th, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,800 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Jun 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?


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 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 Jun 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 Jun 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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