Zambia Refugee Trip - Medical & Dental Relief

Zambia Refugee Trip

November 30, 2019 - December 8, 2019

Join For As Little As: $3,400

  • 3,100 - * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship ( Bag Scholarship Info ») - No Bag Scholarship for Disaster Relief

  • $3,400 - No discounts or rebates for disaster relief trips

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

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAbout**We have extended the Early Bird for this trip to September 28th, 2019!

Refugee camps, primarily for those escaping the Congo, have been established in Zambia for many years.  Some of the largest camps in Africa are located there and Zambia welcomes these refugees and asylum-seekers.  As with many large refugee camps, they tend to become permanent settlements of the very poor, without many services.  This is especially true for those refugees who don't gain a permanent place in the camp itself but instead live on the outside in what can only be described as shantytowns.

We need your help.  This is a trip to care for the uncared for, the unthought of, and the desperately ill.  Dental care is non-existent.   IMR has worked in the transit centers, where new arrivals are held and processed, and this will be our first trip to the camp at the invitation of the government of Zambia.

This will be the trip that you will talk about forever.  Please join us in the field - we know that the dates are close - but we ask that you join us.  Humanitarian effort is cherished by those who receive it. Please help IMR make this amazing trip happen​ for the first trip in our new division of caring for refugees around the world.

This Signature option offers volunteers the option to stay at upgraded accommodation in Safari Lodges nearby and includes a complete African safari! You will also be invited to participate in some special activities such as a visit to a local village to meet the chief and experience life in Zambia as the locals do. A stop at a market to shop for some local goodies and even a visit to a local hospital!

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicYour impact will go beyond your expectations within the borders of this refugee camp!  Clinics are always filled with families, the elderly, pregnant women, and the very sick in Zambia.  This is one of the busiest places we go! The need for dental care and eye care is very high, as is the need for general practice dermatology, and more.  You will also have a chance to see firsthand what life is like inside Zambia's largest refugee camp and can provide to the thousands of people under their care.  Your translators are dental students, personally selected for service by our ground team leader, a professor at the dental school.

Transportation & Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingYou will be staying in a comfortable and well-equipped hotel during the duration of your stay in Solwezi Zambia where you will be able to relax and unwind after clinic days. All meals aside from clinic lunches will be served at your hotel.  All transportation to and from clinic sites will be included and provided by safe, trustworthy drivers. Travel times to clinics are very reasonable and you will see much of how the people of Zambia live in the rural areas during your drives to the refugee camp each day.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsZambia 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.

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!

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.

Does all this sound like a tall order? It gets bigger as you embark on a safari to seek out some of the most majestic animals in the world at a beautiful park right outside of Solwezi. Your safari will take place at a private game ranch in Kalumbila where you will have the opportunity to spot some of Africa's native wildlife! You will also have the opportunity to witness one of our favorite activities in Zambia - a cultural dance! Zambian Traditional Dances The 78 different tribes that make up the fabric of traditional Zambia society provide a rich tapestry of traditional music and dance.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayYour 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: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/zambia-3-day-teaser/
Contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

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. 

 

You are required to fly into Solwezi Airport (SLI) and depart from Solwezi Airport (SLI).

 

November 30th, 2019 - ARRIVALS

You will arrive at Solwezi Airport (SLI) November 30th and be transferred to your accommodation at a comfortable safari lodge in Solwezi. In the evening you will meet the rest of your team members for a group dinner and introduction to your weeks work in Zambia.

Meals: Dinner

December 1st, 2019 - Team Orientation

After breakfast, you will meet with your team leader for a team briefing and orientation meeting to help prepare you for the amazing work you will be doing during your trip. Later in the day, you will have the chance to explore the nearby town and discover some local goodies, traditional attire, and local delicacies.

December 2st, 2019 - December 6th, 2019 - CLINICS

Clinics will be held inside Zambia's largest refugee camp filled with both refugee camps and asylum-seekers. In the morning you will be transferred from your accommodation to the camp where you will spend your day providing care for the individuals who call the camp home. In the evening,  you will be bused back to your hotel for dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

 

December 7th, 2019 - Safari Day

Today you will depart for your African safari at a private game ranch located right outside of Solwezi. Here you will have the opportunity to view some of Africa's famed "Big 5"! You will also spend some time learning about the customs and culture of the community you visiting through some lively and exciting cultural dance shows!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

December 8th, 2019 - Departures

Enjoy a final breakfast with your fellow team members and bid farewell to Solowezi as you depart for your flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Interested in extending your stay to visit Zambia's top spots? Contact Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com for exclusive extension options today!

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,300 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: $3,400

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

Before Sep 28th, 2019: 2,900

  • Pay 2,300 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 Oct 30th, 2019

After Sep 28th, 2019: 3,100

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,300 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 Oct 30th, 2019
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Sep 28th, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Zambia Refugee Trip!
    • 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 Sep 28th, 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 2,300 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 28th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,300 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Sep 28th, 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 Sep 28th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Sep 28th, 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