Zambia - Medical & Dental Relief


March 22, 2019 - March 31, 2019

Join For As Little As: 2,950*

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship. Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See More Info below.
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

About The Mission Trip

Zambia is the only country in the world to have entered the Olympic Games as one country and left as another, after declaring independence from the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland on the last day of the Summer Olympics in 1964. Formerly Northern Rhodesia until its declaration of independence, Zambia is now a democratic republic, an English-speaking country in the heart of Africa, with more than seventy diverse tribes. Its culture manages to blend many disparate values and spiritual beliefs into a single country. Poverty, however, is rampant in Zambia, healthcare almost non-existent, and education ends at the primary level for almost 75% of children in the country. Zambia is unlike any of the African countries you may have visited. With a strong Asian influence and a diverse population of young people, Zambia is one of the most vibrant cultures on the continent. People are amicable, warm, and present themselves as you see them. This simplicity of life is unforgettable.

About Clinic

Do you want to make a sustainable difference in the world? Zambia isn’t the whole world but it is a place where prenatal women in the area where you will work have never had a pelvic exam or heard their baby’s heartbeat - and where you can help train the local nurses in good technique and provide speculums for their use. It’s a region where you can participate in the training of young dental students, helping to improve the dental care of the entire country. It’s a country that will welcome your participation and long-term value to empower her people to be healthier.

From a tourist's perspective, Zambia is wonderful; from a public health perspective, it is not so great. Life expectancy at birth is <50 years and 1.2 million children are orphans, primarily due to parental death from AIDS. Zambia has the nineteenth highest death rate in the world, due as much to dismal sanitation as infectious disease and autoimmune disorders. In the rural areas, less than 50% of the population has access to safe drinking water, and only 3.2% of rural families have electricity. Children average seven years of school, much of it missed due to diarrhea and other common illness. That’s why we are going to Zambia. IMR’s focus on health education and prevention side-by-side with acute medical and dental care means that you will make a difference to our patients. Please join us as we partner with the Ministry of Health to change this picture.

We will also continue to partner with the dental school to make a sustainable difference in oral health and hygiene in Zambia.

Visit our Facebook album to see photos of last year's trip!

Transportation & Lodging

Your IMR team will stay in a variety of locations throughout Zambia. This trip is hotel-based. The team will be transported by large vans. This is a very easy trip in many ways--great accommodations, great transport, and great interpreters. English is the official language of Zambia, and many people we meet and care for will speak English. However, 52% of the population speaks Bemba and 37% speak Nyanja as a primary or secondary language, so having excellent translators is paramount to our success. This trip will truly introduce you to Zambia! In Zambia, most villages have a local healer as the main source of medical care and 2 nurses running a small health center for more than 2000 patients. Please join us to work in these remote areas right next store to one of the finest game parks in the world, where the Big 5 can observe you as you go about your day!

Trip Highlights

In one word, the highlight of this trip is "sustainability." Training local health educators, health center nurses, and young dental students - and seeing the immediate results of your efforts - is a true and meaningful joy. Working with people left out of the health care system in some of the most impoverished places on earth and making a huge impact on the lives of many will sustain you as much as it does them. You will have the chance to care for the most under-served of all populations; this day may well be one of the most thought-provoking days of your life, challenging your assumptions and your skills while meaning more to your patients than you will ever be able to imagine. Does all this sound like a tall order? It gets bigger as you embark on a safari to seek out the "big five" (leopards, lions, white rhinos, rhinos, and elephants) at one of the finest national game parks in Africa. You’ll be staying at a famous resort on the river in beautiful accommodations  - but don’t forget to watch out for crocodiles! They are fast! Are you faster? Don’t miss this trip!

Extend Your Stay

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

Join IMR on an exclusive extension to Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park. Stand in awe of your surroundings while you experience the wonderland sculpted by Earth’s natural elements. Victoria Falls is classified as the largest sheet of falling water in the world and is roughly twice the height and width of Niagara Falls. Livingstone also cites the older name of Seongo, which translates to “the place of the rainbow” as a result of the immense and constant spray. If you’re lucky you may spot one of the many hippopotamus or crocodile that call the river home.

Since you’re already halfway around the world it would be a shame to miss on neighboring Botswana’s first and most biologically diverse national park. Chobe National Park has one the the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa. Keep your eyes peeled on your private safari in search for the park’s noted population of lions and African elephants!

Check out a detailed itinerary here:
Contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators at

Trip Itinerary

March 23, 2019 -  Arrivals

Your team will meet during the day on March 23.  The meeting location will be the host hotel.  The first official meeting of the team will be dinner followed by an orientation meeting to prepare for our clinics this week!  Please let our office know if you need transportation from the airport for a small fee (group fliers already have their transportation included).

Meals Included: Dinner    Overnight in Lusaka

March 24, - March 28, 2019 -  CLINICS

The Medical and Dental teams will be busy this week!  Clinics will be held in the Lusaka area (including working in a large prison and for the dental team, teaching at the Dental School) and in the Chibomba region about 3 hours from Lusaka by bus.  A day at a wonderful school and orphanage will be one of the highlights of this trip.

On the night of March 28 you will prepare for your SAFARI!!

Here are some tips!

Ask questions and ask your guides to stop if you want to take a photo or observe for a few minutes

  • Be flexible and be prepared to get up early!
  • Even if you are a shutterbug, bring a pair of binoculars!
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, and Deet!  - put them in your backpack along with a bottle of water and a snack 🙂
  • Wear layers - it can start cold and get HOT; wear sneakers or boots (required), wear neutral colors (no camouflage, please), and be comfortable

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner     

March 29, 2019 -  Travel and Free Day

Travel to your amazing safari resort location by bus and boat.  There will be time in the afternoon for a variety of activities including fishing.  You will receive options shortly before departure.  Make sure you have Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, and Deet  - put them in your backpack along with a bottle of water and a snack 🙂 This ride is a safari by itself so don't forget your camera!  Your hotel is a famous resort - so be prepared for an amazing experience!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner     Overnight in Lower Zambezi Region

March 30, 2019 -  Safari 

You and the team will have a morning game drive  followed by a return to Lusaka to prepare for departures to the IMR Extension and home.  Zambia is home to the big 5 - lions, rhinos, elephants, buffalo, and LEOPARDS!  While you never know what you will see, we'll be making a long list!! Your departure home follows the same route - boat to bus and back to our Lusaka home away from home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner    Overnight in Lusaka 

March 31, 2019 -  Free Day until your flight time; Flights home or to your IMR Extension!!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner depending on flight times   




Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 1,625 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Jan 31st, 2019: 2,750

  • Pay 1,625 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 Mar 1st, 2019

After Jan 31st, 2019: 2,950

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 1,625 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 Mar 1st, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Jan 31st, 2019.

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Jan 31st, 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 1,625 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 Jan 31st, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 1,625 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Jan 31st, 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 $$$?


  • 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 Zambia!
      • 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!  
        • Take 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Zambia.  
        • 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?


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 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 Jan 31st, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Jan 31st, 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? 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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