Vietnam Da Nang Signature - Medical & Dental Relief

Vietnam Da Nang Signature

December 26, 2020 - January 3, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,700*

  — Including Airfare: 4,600**

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

  • ** International Airfare cost guaranteed until Sep 29th, 2020.

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Sep 29th, 2020

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

IMR Signature Trips
This trip offers special features or exclusive opportunities unique from standard IMR experiences.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutThe southeast Asian country of Vietnam is famous for its ancient history, Buddhist pagodas, diverse culture, and stunning beaches. This land of staggering beauty is proud to have multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Nina Binh Province, Halong Bay, My Son Sanctuary, and the Complex of Hue Monuments. Vietnam also boasts over 2,000 miles of beaches, over 2,000 rivers, and over 12 million hectares of forest. There is certainly no shortage of fantastic panoramas, especially along the coast where the spectacular seascape stretches as far as the eye can see. There are also stunning natural features as you move inland, including one of the top caving destinations in the world. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park has dramatic mountains, huge caverns that extend 19 miles underground, and swimmable wet caves! The big cities of Vietnam are just as beautiful and are bustling with life. Not unlike the land, the architecture in Vietnam is beautiful and varied. In some regions, you will find traditional wooden roofs, but in others you will see castles, citadels, temples, French Colonial-era villas, and European stages. Inspired by the country’s Chinese, Indian, and Khmer roots and the regions colonial history, the buildings here are spectacular. And, any visit to Vietnam warrants a stop at The Temple of Literature, a great example of traditional Vietnamese architecture, which was dedicated to Confucius when it was built in 1070. Although still developing, the country has made impressive strides towards improving their national economy. However, the healthcare system here is still not adequate and doctors are disproportionately located in inner cities. Consequently, thousands of Vietnamese people die annually from preventable illnesses due to preventable illnesses. Please join our IMR teams as we provide quality medical assistance to citizens who would otherwise be unable to access it!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicFor clinic, your team will travel to many small villages on the plains and in the mountains to provide medical aid to communities that are left out of the heath care system. You will help provide expert medical care, including lab work, and will help educate locals about the importance of hand washing, oral hygiene, purification and storage of drinking water, family planning, safe sex, and pain management. You will treat entire families, the elderly, war victims, and vibrant young people. You will fall in love with your patients who will greet you shyly with their warm smiles, a gentle rub on your arm and cheek, and plenty of hugs!

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYour team will work on the Central Coast of Vietnam. You will have the opportunity to begin to understand two distinct Vietnamese cultures within this beautiful country as you travel out each day to small villages on the plains and in the mountains. Your team will stay in a 4 or 5-star hotel in Da Nang and in comfortable accommodations while in the mountains. You will enjoy amenities commensurate of a 4 to 5-star hotel. To make your stay as stress-free as possible, IMR will pre-arrange all of the transportation to and from clinic and excursions noted in the itinerary. For airport transportation, please opt to join the group flight or book your own transportation with Worldwide Navigators here.  

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsOne of the many highlights of this trip is the opportunity to serve patients who, without you and your team, would not have access to healthcare. The life-changing impact that you have on community members will be something that you take home with you, and your sense of accomplishment will leave you wanting to return for another relief trip. Outside of clinic, your most fond memory will be your trip to the ancient but stunning port city of Hoi An. Here, you will bargain in one of the oldest markets in Vietnam, so come prepared to haggle with vendors offer delicious dried fruits and fish, coffee, wine, handmade jewelry, silk, and flowers!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayYou're journeying halfway across the globe, why not extend your stay in Vietnam to experience some of its top tourist attractions? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive 4-Day , 3-Night trip extension provided by their partner, Worldwide Navigators! Some of the trip highlights include:

- Exploration of Thein Canh Son cave, covered in stalactites and stalagmites
- A luxury boat cruise in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Kayaking Tour around Vung Vieng, a floating fishing village

Click here to learn more about this trip extension!

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. 

December 26, 2020:  Departures for Vietnam

December 27, 2020: Arrivals in Da Nang

****An authorized e-visa, obtained prior to travel, is required to enter Vietnam.  This is an easy process! Please contact office@imrus.org to obtain necessary information prior to applying for your visa. 

Welcome to Vietnam, IMR!  The required arrival time to land in Da Nang is 2:00pm on December 27th.  We will have a required orientation meeting and time for team preparation at 4:00pm.  Following our team meeting, enjoy a hearty dinner and get a good night’s sleep. Rest up before an exciting day tomorrow. 

Meals included: Dinner

December 28, 2020: Clinic in Que Son 

For the next two days your team will hold clinics in a village not far from Da Nang. Many elderly will attend the clinic, as well as those who have been severely impacted by wars and loss. Your medical and dental skills will be of great comfort to these people. Before leaving clinic on March 9, take a short walk to the beautiful rice paddies nearby clinic.  

December 29, 2020: Clinic in Que Son

After a hearty, local breakfast, you will meet with the other volunteers assigned to your clinic. Today’s clinic will be setup in Que Son, a small community in the countryside that was a site of heavy fighting during the Vietnam War.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

December 30, 2020 - January 1, 2021: Travel and Clinics in Tra My 

Get ready for a magnificent ride through mountains on December 30th, followed by a 1/2 day of clinic. 
December 31st and January 1st will be full clinic days and we’ll be BUSY!

Tra My, the Ginseng capital of Vietnam, is said to grow the finest ginseng in all the world, valued at more than $6,000 USD per kilo.  However, this rural agricultural area is in desperate need of medical and dental care - so be ready to work. 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

January 2, 2021:  Return to Da Nang and Tour of My Son Sanctuary

Following our last day of clinic we’ll have an amazing stop to spend time in My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Here is what UNESCO has to say:

Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.

The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia.

The monuments are unique and without equal in Southeast Asia.  

After a thorough exploration of this remarkable UNESCO site we’ll take the short ride back to Da Nang, your hotel, and dinner with your team.   

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  

January 3, 2021:  Departures

Today is you departure day!  Thank you for your hard work and volunteer spirit.  Depending on your flight time, take a few minutes to explore Da Nang or head to the beach.  The day is yours. If you are flying on the IMR group flight, your airport transportation has been arranged for you.  If you are flying independently and want to arrange for transportation, please contact travel@worldwidenavigators.com. 

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

Before Sep 29th, 2020: 3,700

  • 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 Nov 28th, 2020

After Sep 29th, 2020: 3,900

  • 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 Nov 28th, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Sep 29th, 2020.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Sep 29th, 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 2,400 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 Sep 29th, 2020: 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 Sep 29th, 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 Sep 29th, 2020.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Sep 29th, 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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