Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - Medical & Dental Relief

Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

July 11, 2020 - July 18, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,300*

  • $3,300 - No discounts or rebates

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutJoin IMR as we return to Uganda to provide care and extensive health education in small villages within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn how to run a hospital in the jungle as IMR partners with multiple Ugandan organizations to provide healthcare to patients with significant acute medical and dental conditions.

Interested in Training the Medical Leaders of this community? On this trip you will have the opportunity to provide clinical care to communities in need and teach at the Bwindi School of Nursing & Nurse Midwives providing guest teaching, skills training, mentoring, and more.

Bwindi is also home to the famed 'Gorillas in the Mist."  If you wish to extend, at an additional expense, to add on the once in a lifetime experience of seeing families of wild mountain gorillas in their natural environment, you have to book early!!  Uganda is just one of two countries in the world that provides an environment where gorillas can still live freely. Legal gorilla trekking permits are limited as they are mandated by the national government. Advanced booking is required (6+ months in advance - permits are limited to fewer than 12 per day ). Contact the IMR office today for more information - don't wait!

During clinic days, your team will also participate in an ongoing effort to empower communities to take steps for better preventative care through community health education and in training community members to help others in their communities. Please join us in this remarkable country! As Winston Churchill wrote in 1907, 'For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa." The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate on Uganda.” Please join IMR to experience one of Africa’s friendliest, safest, most secure, stable countries, designated as the "best country to visit' by Lonely Planet. Come see for yourself as you care for the people of this beautiful land.  

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicHelp the Forgotten People of Uganda. When the government made this region a national park they displaced the Batwa Pigmys communities. Echuya Batwa, commonly known as pygmies, are an endangered group of people around Echuya Forest Reserve in Kisoro and Kabale Districts of South-Western Uganda.  IMR provides much-needed education on nutrition, basic health needs and mental health issues for this underserved area. Being nomadic forest dwellers it is theorized that their bones did not develop fully due to lack of vitamin D from their shaded forest lifestyles in which sunlight and calcium are necessary for normal bone development.  Because they can no longer access the region's health care system, they often fall victim to malaria, rheumatism, respiratory infections and Hep C. 80 percent of them have yaws, a chronic disfiguring and debilitating childhood bacterial disease, easily cured - if diagnosed - by azithromycin.  Your team will make a real difference here.

In Uganda, 16 women die every day in childbirth. In 2016, there was a doctor to patient ratio of 1 doctor to 24,000 patients. Hygiene in public hospitals is among the worst in Africa. There is no free medical or dental care for the poor, in a country where 20% of the people live below the poverty line and many, especially in the north, live without toilets of any kind. One-third of children under five years old are stunted. Undernutrition is an underlying cause of 60 percent of deaths for children under five and micronutrient deficiencies, including in vitamin A and iron, are highly prevalent in women and children. Uganda's population is the second youngest in the world, with half the country's population younger than fifteen years old. The country has grown by more than 10 million people in the past ten years. Four out of five Ugandan youth (21% of the total population) are unemployed--the highest rate in Africa. For all of these reasons and more, Uganda is a country greatly in need of the acute medical and dental care and community health education provided by IMR. Malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrheal disease are among the most common causes of premature death in Uganda. You will play an important role in the treatment and prevention of these common infections.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYour team will be accommodated at a simple guesthouses with delicious home cooked meals, served family style very close to the clinic and the school of nursing.  This lovely location is highly recommended!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsIn clinic, you will find that your efforts make a tangible difference as you treat many patients with infectious disease, large wounds, and a great deal of mosquito and water-borne illness. You will be welcomed into a unique and rare community of the Batwa Pigmys where you will have the chance to serve community members and learn about their way of life within Uganda's most dense jungle environment. 

If desired, In the evenings, you will have the chance to visit the local women's sewing cooperative, arrange guided hikes through the rainforest to spot monkeys and birds, explore waterfalls, mountain bike, or perhaps enjoy a good book with a fantastic view,  This trip is all about the outdoors.  Extending your trip to trek to see the mountain gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!  

Extend Your Stay


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

Gorilla trekking is the experience of a lifetime!  You will trail a family of gorillas as they feed during the day, working closely with guardian guides to reach them.  You will be able to spend 30 - 60 minutes sitting close to the gorillas, observing them and taking photos if desired.  The family consists of 2 - 3 Silverbacks, females, grandmothers, juveniles, and infants.  Don't miss this special opportunity by waiting too long to get a permit!   You need to obtain permits 6+ months in advance.  Worldwide Navigators can set up a fantastic experience for you and your family.  Don't forget to book early!

Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly the Pearl of Africa - let Worldwide Navigators plan the safari of your dreams in this beautiful park!

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

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

This trip begins and ends in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. IMR recommends you fly in and of Kigali, Rwanda. IMR will have a scheduled transfer service from Rwanda to Bwindi that you can add if you wish.

July 11, 2020: Arrivals

You and the team will fly into Kigali International Airport in Rwanda (KGL). Required arrival time is prior to 2pm to meet your team for an orientation meeting.  Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel in Kigali and meet your team for an orientation meeting and dinner, starting at 4:00pm.  
Meals included: Dinner      Overnight: Kigali

July 12, 2020: Transfer to Bwindi

Depart early for The Impenetrable Forest!  You will have some sightseeing along the way as you make one of the most journeys of your life.  This is not the time to nap!!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        Overnight: Bwindi

July 13-16, 2020: Clinic

Breakfast will be provided at the hotel each morning. After a short briefing you will depart for a busy day at clinic!

At the clinics in Uganda, there is a great need for acute medical and dental care. Malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrheal disease are among the most common causes of premature death in Uganda. IMR clinics play an important role in the treatment and prevention of these common infections. You’ll also participate in community health education, addressing preventative measures & sustainability. 

After clinics, you’ll head back to the hotel for dinner & free time in the evenings.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

July 17th, 2020: 1/2 Teaching Day and Transfer to Rwanda in the Evening 

Your team will have a sustainable impact on future nurses through guest teaching, skills training, mentoring, and more.

In the afternoon, you will transfer to Kigali to be ready for your flights home on July 18.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner        Overnight: Kigali

July 18, 2020: International Departure Home

Depending on your flight time, you may have time to enjoy seeing Kigali on your own - the Genocide Memorial should not be missed.  It is one of the most powerful statements to remembrance and recovery you will see.  Enjoy some local food lunch, do some shopping, the day is yours.

If you are part of the group flight, your airport transfer is arranged. If you are flying independently and wish to arrange transfer, please contact Worldwide Navigators at

Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel (flight time dependent)

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,100 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: $3,300

Before Mar 31st, 2020: 3,100

  • Pay 2,100 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 11th, 2020

After Mar 31st, 2020: 3,300

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,100 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 11th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Mar 31st, 2020.

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Mar 31st, 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 2,100 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 Mar 31st, 2020: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,100 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Mar 31st, 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 - 

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 Mar 31st, 2020.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Mar 31st, 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? 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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