Thailand Gulf - Medical & Dental Relief

Thailand Gulf

August 3, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Join For As Little As: 4,200*

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship. Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See More Info below.
  • * Includes $200 Early Bird Special savings. After May 7th, 2019, Minimum Donation increases to 4,400
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

IMR Signature Trip
Being designated as an IMR Signature Trip means that something special is in store for you. Beyond the wonderful experience of working with a highly motivated medical team in one of the most beautiful places on earth, your team will stay at the Song Saa Private Island Resort, rated as one of the top 5 “Trip of a Lifetime” destinations by Fodor’s. Join us as we partner with the Song Saa Foundation to provide acute medical and dental care to the isolated islands of the Koh Rong Archipelago.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutCambodia, home to nearly 15 million people, is one of the most charming countries in all of Asia. From an outsider’s first glance, its pristine golden beaches, tranquil rice paddies, lush jungle landscapes, and perfect sunsets over the world’s largest religious structure are part of the allure of this beautiful country. Take a deeper look and learn it is the Khmer people that ultimately comprise its unique draw. Cambodia’s tragic history, defined by decades of political unrest, violence, and poverty, has shaped an inspiringly optimistic and warm population. It is a powerful experience to feel the serenity emitted by Cambodia’s landscapes in harsh contrast to the magnitude of strife previously endured. This poignant intersection of a painful past and developing present leaves no visitor untouched. Your trip starts in Sihanoukville, a quaint but growing port city in southern Cambodia is the departure point for the Koh Rong Archipelago. Encompassing a number of picturesque islands, the Koh Rong Archipelago delivers the kind of off-the-radar experience that many of South East Asia’s islands offered 30 years ago, prior to a rise in tourism; where white sand beaches, protected reefs, and jungle-covered hills remain untouched. Situated approximately 20 kilometers off the coast of Sihanoukville, cross the waters directly to Song Saa Private Island, an eco-luxe retreat where sleekly designed villas, infinity pools, shaded daybeds on quiet sandy beaches and sunbathing beckons. There's no doubt that you won't be able to sit back and relax following a long day at clinic!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicInternational Medical Relief is partnering with Song Saa Private Island and the Cambodian government to provide health care to islanders living within the Archipelago of the Thailand Gulf. Too small and remote for fully staffed clinics, IMR will be returning once again to provide acute medical and dental care and health education for the approximately 2,000 villagers. After being forced away from the mainland during the brutal regime of the Khmer Rouge, these communities are in desperate need of medical care. One of the most important ways to make these small and isolated communities healthier is to provide education on the prevention of dengue fever and malaria. Training in women’s health, HIV/STD prevention, hygiene, and nutrition are the sustainable ways we can help create a healthier future for the more than 4000 people living in the Koh Rong. In addition to health education, IMR will provide much needed medical services, acute dental care, and supplies. The islands have limited resources, limited job opportunities, and limited services, making the lives of the villagers challenging. Infections and parasites go untreated, wounds fester, and 75% of the villagers are malnourished. These are just some of the reasons for IMR to continue to work in the Archipelago. IMR is honored to be invited back for the fourth year, in partnership with the Song Saa Foundation, to continue our efforts in the Koh Rong.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingOur medical team will be staying in the exclusive luxury villas of Song Saa Private Island. Secluded in one of the world’s most pristine landscapes are the islands of the Koh Rong Archipelago. Your team will travel via private yacht from mainland Cambodia to the resort and will continue to venture out daily to reach the island communities.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsAside from the beautiful people of the Koh Rong, the daily boat rides aboard a private yacht to the islands, and the incredible beauty all around you, is Song Saa. Ranked 4th by Fodor's in the "Trip of a Lifetime" category, you will be enchanted by the view from every window and the island people that live beyond the view. You will have a remarkable experience of truly making a difference in the lives of people living in difficult and desperate circumstance.

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 Thailand's top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension!
With the recent opening of the Siam Piwat shopping mall, a $1.6 billion project to build the biggest commercial complex in the country by the Chao Praya river, Bangkok has shown once again how modern she is. The bustling metropolis is a real concrete jungle, but her subtle polarity might not be visible by simply looking across the city skyline. Rich and poor, fancy malls and small food carts, modernity and tradition, Buddhism and animism, all merging together to create this vivid international city.


Take a look at the trip itinerary here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/restless-in-bangkok/


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.

August 3, 2019 - Arrivals

You and the team will fly direct to Sihanoukville, Cambodia which is on the Thailand Gulf.  From there the team will be transported to your hotel on the mainland. If you are booked on the group flight, transportation will be provided for you. If you are flying independently and want to be included on the group transport, please contact us at travel@imrus.org.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner 

*If you are making independent travel arrangements please ensure that you arrive in Sihanoukville on August 3rd. You will have an early private boat transfer to Song Saa the following morning (August 4th). There are no other scheduled transfers. 

 

August 4, 2019 - Team Orientation and Free Day

Wake up to breakfast provided to you at the hotel on the mainland.  Put on your sea-legs and begin your journey by boat to the incredible Song Saa Private Island for check-in.   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 in the Koh Rong islands.

After orientation, you will be free to explore the island, book spa treatments, enjoy the pool and more.

Special welcome dinner hosted by Yale & Shauna King (President of IMR)

Be sure to get a good nights rest as you prepare for your first day of clinic the following day!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

August 5 - 9, 2019 - Clinics

Clinics in the Koh Rong traveling by boat in collaboration with Song Saa Foundation.

  • Breakfast
  • Brief team meeting/planning
  • Collection of bags and equipment and departure by boat to one or several Koh Rong locations.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

August 10, 2019 - Debrief and Travel Day

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then bid farewell to beautiful Cambodia as you head to the airport for your international flight home.

  • Team Debriefing
  • Organize supplies of IMR bags
  • Organize donations and other supplies
  • Finalize and settle villa bills (additional charges)
  • Transfer luggage to jetty and prepare to depart

Take a few minutes to say goodbye to your fellow team members remaining for an extended stay or traveling elsewhere at different times.

Contact Worldwide Navigators to Extend your Stay!

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,350 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before May 7th, 2019: 4,200

  • Pay 2,350 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 23rd, 2019

After May 7th, 2019: 4,400

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,350 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 23rd, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after May 7th, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before May 7th, 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 2,350 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 7th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,350 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by May 7th, 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 Thailand Gulf!
      • 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 Thailand Gulf.  
        • 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 May 7th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before May 7th, 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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