Tanzania – Signature - Medical & Dental Relief

Tanzania – Signature

March 7, 2020 - March 15, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,400*

  — Including Airfare: 4,300**

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship & $200 Earlybird discount. ( Earlybird & Bag Scholarship Info »)

  • ** International Airfare cost guaranteed until Dec 10th, 2019.

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Dec 10th, 2019

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

IMR Signature Trip
You have chosen the SIGNATURE TRIP which includes upgraded lodging and dinners. Your lunches are with the team in clinic and your transportation to meet your team in the morning and return to your hotel in the evening will be provided for you.  Your hotel in Arusha will be a 5 STAR hotel with all the comforts that has too offer - impeccable service, beautiful surroundings, and all of the amenities.  Returning here will make the perfect end to your perfect days in clinic!  While you are in the rural countryside, you will stay with your team. This is a beautiful way to travel while using your skills and compassion to care for many patients each day.    

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutThis ‘Home of the Big Five’ and ‘Africa’s Highest Mountain’ make Tanzania one of the worlds most sought after places to visit. Fulfill your bucket list dream by providing medical care to some of the 120 ethnic groups surviving in this culture-rich indigenous country. You will have a first hand opportunity to help those without health care in an amazing East African country. The giggles and laughter of the children will fill you with delight upon your arrival as you care for patients without access to medical attention. Venture into their hearts and experience the rich Tanzanian culture while caring for the people in varying settings. This opportunity will allow volunteers to see every facet of life that Tanzania has to offer, from orphanages to villages to game parks. Tanzania, a land of spectacular beauty, is one of the largest countries of Africa. Here, Zanzibar Isles, The Serengeti, the Great Rift Valley, and Mount Kilimanjaro are just a few reasons why Tanzania claims 25 percent of their land to wildlife protected areas. Tanzania is home to the largest game reserve in Africa, the Selous Game Reserve.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicClinics will take place in the small villages surrounding Arusha, at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro. You can expect a crowd of patients each day, all needing care they can not obtain elsewhere. Lower respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, malaria, STDs, and sepsis are all part of the top 10 causes of death in Tanzania. Patients with chronic illnesses such as HIV, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes will receive education from you and your team to help prevent or stop the worsening of these destructive illnesses. The area is home to many Maasai people. Arusha, with 1.5 million people in the city itself, has extremely high unemployment and many overcrowded slums. Arusha consists mostly of slum dwellings, wooden or earthen shacks with neither running water nor electricity. The area around Esso Road is among the fastest-growing slums in east Africa. Your care for these people will make a true difference in their lives.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou have chosen the SIGNATURE TRIP which includes upgraded lodging. Your hotel will be a 5 STAR RESORT with all the comforts that has too offer - impeccable service, beautiful surroundings, and all of the amenities. Your hotel, located in Arusha, is situated on 15 beautiful acres on the southern slope of Mount Meru.  Returning here will make the perfect end to your perfect days in clinic! Note: accommodation is based on double occupancy. You will be in one of the most beautiful areas in all of Tanzania, surrounded by protected game parks, volcanic craters, and the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. Each day you will travel out to small villages to provide health care. Each evening will be filled with wonderful local food and a beautiful place to call "home"!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsIncluded in your trip will be a traditional Tanzanian Safari. After an arduous clinic schedule, the team will see some of the world’s most amazing animals “up-close” on your exclusive one-day safari. On your safari you will witness the harmony of numerous species of wildlife rarely found in any large quantity anywhere but Tanzania. Get the chance to see the "big 5" - lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, and leopards - and don't forget your camera! The Arusha area is one of the best places in Africa to see these amazing animals!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStay

You’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Tanzania’s top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

Visit Ngorongoro Crater, home to over 120 species of animals
Safari through two National Parks to spot Africa’s “Big Five”
Cultural tour of the vibrant Mto Wa Mbu Market

Click here to view the itinerary!

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

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. 

 

March 7, 2020: Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Kilimanjaro International Airport on March 7th. The required arrival time to land in Kilimanjaro is 5:00pm on March 7th. Upon arrival, your team will travel to your hotel in Arusha, just a short drive away. Check into your hotel rooms & enjoy a welcome dinner with the team.
Meals included: Dinner

 

March 8, 2020: Team Orientation & Free Day

After breakfast at the hotel, attend the team orientation to prepare you for the upcoming week of clinic. Your team leader will assign roles for clinic, address IMR’s clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving in Tanzania. 

After orientation, take the rest of the day to explore Arusha! Be sure to get a full night of sleep as you prepare for your first day of clinic the following day.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

March 9-13, 2020: Clinic

Breakfast will be provided at your hotel each morning. You’ll be providing care in five different locations during your time in Tanzania.  Lower respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, malaria, STDs, and sepsis are all part of the top 10 causes of death in Tanzania. Participate in community health education focusing on chronic illnesses such as HIV, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes - you will screen and find many patients with hypertension and diabetes, giving you a chance to make a real difference in the lives of their families.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

March 14, 2020: Safari 

After a week of long days and hard work, the team will see some of the world’s most incredible animals on your exclusive safari day. Your team will witness the harmony of numerous species of wildlife, rarely found in such large populations outside of Tanzania. You can expect to see Africa’s “big five” - including the African lion, Cape buffalo, African leopard, African elephant, and rhinoceros!

In preparation for your safari day, we recommend wearing layers. The mornings start cold and very quickly get hot. Please wear closed toed shoes and comfortable neutral colored clothing. Of course, don’t forget your sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, and a snack! 


Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

March 15, 2020: Departure Home

After one last breakfast in Tanzania, bit farewell to beautiful Tanzania as you head to the airport for your international flight home. Airport transportation is provided for all group flyers.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,400 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: $3,900

  • * Amounts below INCLUDE a discount for the Bag Scholarship Rebate ($300)

Before Dec 10th, 2019: 3,400

  • Pay 2,400 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 Feb 7th, 2020

After Dec 10th, 2019: 3,600

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,400 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 Feb 7th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Dec 10th, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Tanzania – Signature!
    • 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.
    • You will receive the funds in the form of a rebate check after your IMR bags have been received at the IMR warehouse following your trip.
    • How It Works...
        • You will be notified via email if you been chosen to receive the IMR bag scholarship!
        • If chosen, you will receive the IMR supply bag(s) to the address provided in your application within a week of departure
        • We will email you prepaid shipping labels to return the bags to us once you're back in the US! All you have to do is drop the bag off at your nearest UPS office!
      • Note:
        • You are responsible for any checked baggage charges on your domestic and international tickets (check your baggage policy with your airline)
        • Bags may weigh up to 50 lbs and are not always on rollers
        • You will receive a rebate check for $300 approx. 4-6 weeks after returning your bag(s) following your trip (using your pre-paid UPS mailer).

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Dec 10th, 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 2,400 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 Dec 10th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,400 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Dec 10th, 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.

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 Dec 10th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Dec 10th, 2019.
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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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
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