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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Nursing Home Care


About The Mission Trip Located in Eastern Africa, Ethiopia is a long-standing symbol of African independence. Ethiopia has never been colonized by a western force has thus retained much...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


About The Mission Trip Cambodia, home to nearly 15 million is perhaps one of the most charming countries in all of Asia. From an outsider’s first glance, its pristine golden beaches, tra...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


About The Mission Trip Situated on the southern tip of the continent of Africa, 'Sunny South Africa' as it is known provides you with not only a love for the people and culture but als...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


About The Mission Trip International Medical Relief is excited to return to some of the 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines. IMR has visited dozens of locations during more than ten tri...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


About The Mission Trip Our Haitian friends will welcome you proudly with their bright Caribbean spirit. Laughter and music resonate on the busy streets as shopkeepers, eager to sell, line the ...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


About The Mission Trip Rwanda, in east-central Africa, is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. Steep mountains and deep valleys cover most of the c...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


About The Mission Trip Experience the real "Land of Smiles" in a serene town of Northern Thailand where you will stay in a small forest compound surrounded by mango trees. Nes...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


About The Mission Trip IMR will return to Peru and work with tribes and small villages along the Amazon tributaries. These people are considered one of the world’s great and ancient civil...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


About The Mission Trip Our Haitian friends will welcome you proudly with their bright Caribbean spirit. Laughter and music resonate on the busy streets as shopkeepers, eager to sell, line the s...

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  CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant), Student Nurse, LPN/LVN (Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse), RN (Registered Nurse), BSN (Bachelors Prepared Nurse)

Medical-Surgical Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Maternal Health Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Home Health Nursing/Visiting Nurses, Intensive Care Unit Nursing (ICU, MICU, CCU, ext), Primary Care Nursing, Urgent Care Nursing, Geriatric Nursing, Hospice Nursing


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 Rhodesi...

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Ethiopia June 29, 2017 - July 9, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutLocated in Eastern Africa, Ethiopia is a long-standing symbol of African independence. Ethiopia has never been colonized by a western force has thus retained much of its extraordinary culture, with its own alphabet and calendar. With more than eighty different ethnic groups comprising this beautiful country, the people of Ethiopia are renowned for their warmth and hospitality. Working in the famed Northern territory, IMR medical volunteers will work in local hospitals to provide acute dental and medical care and community health education. This experience will be in collaboration with Valor Christian High School, and it will be a special opportunity for their students to gain firsthand knowledge of the medical field while serving alongside you, in a volunteer role. We are seeking medical professionals who look forward to training tomorrow's medical leaders through this unique experience and who also share Valor's values and beliefs. Please check out Valor's website to learn more about this cutting edge school http://govalor.com/.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicInfant mortality is an unfortunate and prevalent problem in this community, caused by illnesses such as pneumonia, malaria, roseola, and diarrhea. Communicable diseases remain the heaviest burden for the people of Ethiopia, with respiratory infections, diarrhea and dehydration, HIV, and malaria among the top concerns. You will care for patients presenting with critical levels of dehydration, diarrhea, malaria, respiratory infections, fungal infections, and significant wounds. Acute dental care, including extractions, deep cleanings, and abscesses are in high demand. You will also provide care and health education for patients with chronic conditions, including leprosy, TB, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and diabetes. Your patients wait all year for the return of their friends from IMR. We have been serving this area for almost a decade and have many strong relationships with local healthcare providers, affording you with a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with local healthcare professionals. You will also be an integral part of a new IMR project in Ethiopia -- the training of nurses in more advanced patient care. Our 2015 IMR team identified this need. This is one of IMR's 2017 surgical trips. Through a long-standing partnership, we have the opportunity to place qualified surgeons in a local hospital. Patients will be specifically identified based on the capabiliies of our volunteer staff. You will have the opportunity to teach local medical residents and students and to share techniques with your fellow surgeons in Ethiopia. Anesthesiologists, surgical technicians, and other trained personnel are all welcome to join this remarkable effort. Your participation on this team will make a vital difference in the ability of our patients to sustain a higher level of good health in the long term. Please join us on this trip!

Lodging

The IMR medical team will stay at a local orphanage. This will lend itself to endless opportunities for bonding with the children over games, cultural exchanges, and teaching moments. Your presence and attention alone will bring smiles to these great kids. A short commute to the local hospital for clinic will maximize your impact with your patients.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsIncluded in this medical mission is a trip to a rock-hewn church, one of the world’s most astounding sacred sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will also have the opportunity to peruse a local market. Your team will participate in several traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies, an integral part of the social and cultural life of the country. Staying with the children in the orphanage (many of whom will translate for your team) is a highlight in and of itself.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayExtend your stay to take advantage of several excursions that IMR can help arrange. Travel through panoramic mountains carved 600 million years ago, displaying the dramatic effects of years of erosion. This journey leads to the most historically significant regions of Ethiopia’s world heritage sites. The traditional comfort foods definitive of Ethiopian cuisine will prove a memorable sensory experience, especially when paired with some of the world’s best coffee. Embrace the beauty of eating with your hands as you soak up all the hot and spicy stew known as wat with a large spongy pancake called injera, made from teff. In Addis Ababa, tour the Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum and Haile Selassie's tomb. One of the largest fistula hospitals and the largest leprosy hospital in Africa is also located in Addis Ababa. If you are looking to go farther afield, Kenya is home to renowned conservation communities of well-protected and abundant wildlife. Plan a trip to Kenya to be a guest in a world that subsisted long before our modern society. Nairobi’s National Park is one of the only safaris so accessible from the capital city, giving you the opportunity to conveniently explore two wildly different settings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cambodia June 22, 2017 - July 2, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutCambodia, home to nearly 15 million is perhaps 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 vibrant sunsets over the world’s largest religious structure are the allure of this country. Take a deeper look and learn that 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. As a visitor, it is a powerful experience to feel the serenity emitted by Cambodia’s paradisiacal 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.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicInternational Medical Relief is partnering with Cambodia on a major goal of the country: to improve access to healthcare and preventative education to health conditions. This is no easy task - during the bloody regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, the health care system as a whole was decimated, with virtually no doctors left in the country at the end of the regime. Even today, more than forty years after the end of the Khmer Rouge, the United Nations Millennium Project proclaimed that only 13 percent of the country visited health facilities last year, and 22.9 percent of children die before the age of five. Treatable diseases like malaria, intestinal parasites, cholera, diarrhea, tuberculosis, and yaws, as well as vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles are endemic and claim lives everyday. The situation is improving as a whole but among the populations that IMR serves, the poor, migrant workers, unregistered population, and ethnic minorities, healthcare is almost nonexistent.

Lodging

We will be staying in clean and friendly hotels throughout our stay. You will love the bustle of the city and the wonderful food. Please join us!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will visit many sites on this trip, some beautiful and inspiring, and others deeply sobering as you learn about the recent history of Cambodia. Understanding the country's history will remind you that many of your patients will not have read about it, but instead, lived it. Your ability to care for these patients will be deeply meaningful.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayThere are so many important sites in Cambodia! Extend your stay and travel by bus to Siem Reap and spend as many days as you can marveling at the temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm, and Bayon. Then return to Phnom Penh by ferry on the Tonle Sap Lake, watching the fishing families work near the floating villages that they call home. While you are in Phnom Penh, savor its busy markets and restaurants and pay respects to those lost to genocide at Tuol Sleng prison. Visit Wat Phnom and the bustling Central Market! If you love backpacking, head to the Cardamoms. If you love beaches, head down to Kampong Som (Sihanoukville).
South Africa June 15, 2017 - June 25, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutSituated on the southern tip of the continent of Africa, 'Sunny South Africa' as it is known provides you with not only a love for the people and culture but also the amazing world class safaris, and this trip includes all of this and more. The trip will occur in a province in the heartland of Zulu culture and known for its outdoor lifestyle due to year-round warm weather. This area is famous for its splendid beaches and sprawling promenades which can be enjoyed after an arduous day of clinic. Culturally, the area exhibits a mix of, Zulu, Indian, and post-colonial influences which is reflected in the architecture and cuisine. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants. The surrounding valleys offer a taste of African culture, with art-and-craft outlets and homemade fare. The trip will occur in a province in the heartland of Zulu culture and known for its outdoor lifestyle due to year-round warm weather. This area is famous for its splendid beaches and sprawling promenades. Culturally, the area exhibits a mix of, Zulu, Indian, and post-colonial influences which is reflected in the architecture and cuisine. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants. The surrounding valleys offer a taste of African culture, with art-and-craft outlets and homemade fare. Previous teams have enjoyed the tribal Zulu cultural dance performances native to the area.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicTwenty years into South Africa's democracy public health issues remain a challenge in epic proportions. While the public health system serves a large part of the country it is largely underfunded and under constant strain. The system is largely a two-tiered system where in large portions of communities people have no access to healthcare. Cultural views on health and varying levels of wealth and education influence access to and acceptance of public health services. The team will be working is several wonderful communities varying from refugees, to tribal communities to rural areas without access to health care. Almost everyone who lives in these areas is poor, and some live in abject poverty. Children sometimes come to clinic as the head of their household because parents may have passed away or are otherwise ill. Healthcare is a main concern and the communities the team will be visiting are certainly part of the challenge faced by this country. Reflections about our medical clinic from previous team members: It's been great making a difference in the small communities here. The major problems that we have seen in patients are rooted in lifestyle issues and HIV. It seems the local health structures are doing good deal of work when it comes to HIV, which is reassuring. The experience here has been awesome so far! --Alvin, MD The South African communities have been very welcoming and appreciative of the care they are receiving. The team had the opportunity to provide health education in regards to diabetes, hypertension, respiratory illness, and safe sex practices. We are excited about what the upcoming clinic days will encompass, too! --Megan, Nurse Practitioner As a pediatric provider, the kids here have been happy and wonderful as always! Other than common ear infections, rashes, and upper respiratory infections, I had one little three-year-old girl who would only drink sugar water and wouldn't eat anything else--but after some simple nutrition education, hopefully there will be some good change for her. It always amazes me how health education really does make all the difference, especially for long-term change. Definitely one of my favorite parts! --Michelle, Nurse Practitioner

Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingLodging in this popular beachside city offers a great opportunity for the team to enjoy not only their hotel but also the culture after clinic. The quaint hotel is nestled in the shopping district and near a golf club is the perfect home for our IMR. After clinic, rest in one of the lounge areas or out at the hotel swimming pool. The hotel includes free wifi and refreshment station in your room. Comfortable rooms with private bathrooms offer private space for personal time after hours to rejuvenate. Near a lot of activities and being a popular tourist town there is so much to take in for those wanting to take in more of the culture. Rooms for families and couples are also available, and we will match your rooming requests if you are traveling with friends. The team will eat breakfast and dinner in the hotel restaurant while lunch will be served at the clinic sites. Enjoy this beautiful accommodation on this special IMR Signature Trip.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsSAFARI & ZULU DANCING! The team also had a fantastic excursion day to the most reknown safari game reserve of this region! Last year IMR spotted rhinos, giraffes, monkeys, ostriches, gnu (wildebeests), hippos, and African buffalos (which look similar to Asian water buffalos, but are not directly related)! Upon returning to the city on their excursion day, the team happened upon a Zulu dance performance and had a great meal in a cafe by the Indian Ocean. They had time to relax and explore the area, do some shopping, and see lots of local artwork. We've included some photos from the team on the link to IMR's South Africa album on Facebook here, https://www.facebook.com/pg/InternationalMedicalRelief/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1200728993292014! Enjoy!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStaySAFARIS, WINELANDS, GREAT WHITE SHARKS 7 MORE! South Africa is a country as culturally and geographically diverse as its eleven national languages, which represent a societal melting pot of indigenous Africans, Indian immigrants, English, and Afrikaners. Situated at the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa borders the Atlantic and Indian oceans with its vast plains and desert mountains stretching inland. From the big game viewing in numerous tented safari camps at Kruger National Park, the pretty Winelands and cosmopolitan Cape Town, getting up close and personal with a great white shark on the southern tip, to the dramatic Garden Route and the atmospheric battlefields, South Africa’s variety is thoroughly captivating.
Philippines June 8, 2017 - June 18, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutInternational Medical Relief is excited to return to some of the 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines. IMR has visited dozens of locations during more than ten trips over the last four years, and we continue to reach villages and people that are in great need of medical care and health education. With special invitations from our in-country hosts and partners, IMR is committed to reaching more and more patients in need as we support the Philippines.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicIMR has received a special invitation from the government of the Republic of the Philippines to travel high into the mountains to care for the Dumagat tribe. These indigenous people live in medium-sized groups of extended family. Originally nomadic hunters and farmers, the Dumagat now subsist primarily as unskilled laborers and live in permanent settlements. Many have been reduced to extreme poverty. Common health problems include malnutrition, infected wounds, parasites, and the use of maman, a betel nut derivative that acts as a stimulant and causes significant issues during withdrawal. You will provide acute medical and dental care to many families while teaching them how to stay healthy in their environment. Classes will include basic hygiene, first aid, water purification and storage, CPR and choking prevention, and sanitation, plus additional classes on sustainable good health. Previous IMR teams to many different countries have said that caring for indigenous tribes is one of the most rewarding experiences they have ever had. https://www.facebook.com/pg/InternationalMedicalRelief/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1323724240992488

Lodging

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will stay in modest, comfortable accommodations. The primary hotel compound is safe and secure, a wonderful restaurant, and air conditioning. Your team will be staying in beautiful quaint lodging. Team members have individual beds in shared rooms with bathrooms in each room. This team has a unique opportunity to visit the Sierra Madres Mountains for a rare opportunity to experience the life and culture of tribal Philippines. Past teams have enjoyed archery, making fire and more rustic adventures on this special time away from the hustle of the communities.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsYou will have the rare opportunity to travel to a remote mountaintop to treat the Dumagat tribe and to live among them for a few days. You will experience one of the most beautiful areas in all of the Philippines during our medical clinics. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Manila, with her Malay, Spanish, American, Chinese, and Arabic influences, wonderful architecture, and outstanding food. Enjoy the Jeepneys that are seen throughout the city, providing fun transportation for all.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayThe Philippines is an amazing place to extend your stay! While most visitors to Asia go to Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos, the Philippines offers something for every traveler, from hiking to surfing, malls to handicrafts, volcanoes to blue lagoons. An added bonus is that almost everyone speaks English, and the people are known to be some of the friendliest in the world. The Philippines has beautiful beaches, wonderful food, and some of the best surfing in the world. White Beach, in Boracay, is consistently rated as one of the top ten beaches, and the Archipelago of El Nido is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you prefer land, there are more than thirty-seven volcanoes to climb, beautiful caves to explore, and lovely hiking along terraced rice fields. IMR can help you plan a new adventure after your amazing adventure caring for the Dumagat people.
Haiti June 3, 2017 - June 10, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutOur Haitian friends will welcome you proudly with their bright Caribbean spirit. Laughter and music resonate on the busy streets as shopkeepers, eager to sell, line the sidewalks. Haitian art, famous for its brilliant colors depicting Haitian life, flowers, and fields, come to life as you immerse yourself in their equally vibrant culture. Enjoy authentic cuisine that is comparable to the Creole taste palate, but with bold spices unique to Haiti; the staple stews and rice plates are always delicious! Take in the seascape as you travel along the shore to remote villages. Teach the children a new song or walk down the street with one of your new Haitian friends and listen to the stories of their lives. The Haitian culture is incredible and diverse, with much strength and resolve. Come join IMR as we return to work with our Haitian partners and further build our bond with this beautiful population.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicIMR has traveled to Haiti for medical camps more than twenty times since the 2010 earthquake. Haiti has made a remarkable move toward recovery in the last two years, but health care for the poor is still an overwhelming need. Although there has been an international effort to lend support since the earthquake, Haiti still remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This trip is one of the few where IMR holds clinics in an urban environment. Cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, acute illnesses, infectious disease, and diarrheal disease continue to plague the regions we work in and the new communities we add to each visit. We always have a high patient load in Haiti, and this trip will not be an exception. You will work in Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities, including some of the mountain villages. Our teams average more than 2,000 patients on each trip and see many tropical diseases including leishmaniasis, leptospirosis, lymphatic filariasis, and many large acute and chronic wounds. We also treat many acute illnesses, infections, and motor vehicle accidents. Women are particularly at risk in Haiti, with sexually transmitted diseases, personal violence, and pre-eclampsia common. Children are often malnourished, covered with scabies, and infected with parasites. Dental care is one of the greatest needs in our patients. We frequently partner with local medical and dental students and recent graduates to share knowledge and provide follow-up for our patients.

Lodging

The team will stay in modest, comfortable accommodations. The primary hotel compound is gated, has private security, a wonderful restaurant, air conditioning, and a pool. Haiti is an excellent trip choice for families with younger children because of the accommodations. Modern buses or vans will transport the team to clinics each day. Small, open Jeeps will occasionally transport the team to smaller villages.

Trip Highlights

The highlight of your time in Haiti is in clinic! You will talk about the vibrant and boisterous crowds, significant needs of your patients, and the opportunity to make a difference upon your return home. There is ample shopping — hammered tin, beautiful paintings, edgy paper mâché vases, and lovely small carvings — from all over Haiti and the Caribbean. The shopping itself is exciting with rapid-fire bargaining and friendly competition among the sellers. Join IMR for a remarkable experience, a mere two and a half hours from the coast of Florida.

Extend Your Stay

Take advantage of several convenient and affordable excursions in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and surrounding areas. Beautiful white sand beaches and sunsets over the Caribbean will create the perfect ending to your trip. Delve further into the spirit of this region of the world by tasting the diverse foods that are distinctive to each culture. The Dominican Republic boasts beaches, a fertile inland scattered with waterfalls, mountains, jungles, and even remote deserts. The Caribbean offers an amplitude of geographical diversity, great for travelers with wide eyes and short on time!
Rwanda May 27, 2017 - June 5, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

Rwanda, in east-central Africa, is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. Steep mountains and deep valleys cover most of the country. Join IMR as we return to Rwanda to provide lifesaving care and extensive health education in small villages. Your team will participate in an ongoing effort to decrease certain health concerns in the in which villages we work. Rwanda’s history contains a mixture of tragedy and triumph, and you will find the locals resilient, bright, and warm-hearted.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicRwanda’s principal health problems are infectious hepatitis, dysentery, malaria and tuberculosis. Rwanda is a country greatly in need of the community health education and acute medical and dental care provided by IMR. In 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/fecal borne illnesses.

Lodging

Your team will have the opportunity to explore many small villages while providing care. You will have basic, comfortable lodging throughout this journey.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThis trip includes a historical tour of Kigali and a safari at Akagera National Park! Your historical tour includes a museum and memorial to the Rwandan genocide, where you will be able to pay respects to those lost. The museum sets out the history leading up to the genocide and brings the somber realities of the atrocities to life. In understanding the roots of this history, you will appreciate just how far the country has moved on together in the last two decades. It also plays a vital role in educating Rwanda’s new and future generations about the genocide. While on safari, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with elephants, African buffalos, zebras, antelopes, impala, primates, and some of the 500 species of birds in the park! You may have the breathtaking experience of seeing leopards and lions there!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayAfter venturing so far, continue your trip by staying and taking advantage of several excursions, which IMR can help arrange. Some of your colorful and adventurous options include a gorilla trek package available for you to add-on through our travel agent! Take a visit to Bujagali Falls and wonder at the powerful and historical source of the Nile River. If you’d like to travel further afield, another site not to be missed is Victoria Falls along the Zambia and Zimbabwe border, the world’s largest waterfall!
Thailand – Water Festival April 6, 2017 - April 16, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutExperience the real "Land of Smiles" in a serene town of Northern Thailand where you will stay in a small forest compound surrounded by mango trees. Nestled among rice fields and the quiet hum of daily life, this town neighbors the bustling Chiang Mai night market. Stroll through lines of vendors for a total sensory experience; immerse yourself in the appetite-inducing smells, regional fruits, stunning silk tapestries, and sizzling fried insects; then break for a traditional Thai massage. With our advantageous location, remove yourself from the bustle with a short walk up the mountain to take in spectacular views of the valley below. Travel on an open-aired tuk-tuk through the city where the juxtaposition of historic temples and modern establishments is sure to inspire a deep love of the country's magnetism.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicThis unique trip offers a training partnership with International Medical Relief and the Barefoot Doctors, who hail from the Golden Triangle of Laos, Myanmar, and Northern Thailand. The Barefoot Doctors will conclude three years of medical training with a graduation ceremony in February and will join your IMR team to gain valuable hands-on experience in patient care. They will receive training and tools for their continued success and share their knowledge of local illness with our team. Our shared goal is to help them provide sustainable care for their patients in their home villages. Your team, with the Barefoot Doctors, will treat remote indigenous family groups from the Akha hill tribes, high in the Chiang Rai Mountains. These gentle people give respect based on age and experience and will treasure the care you take with them. Your team will also care for local migrant workers, many working under difficult conditions on the construction sites, refugees from Myanmar without access to the Thai health care system, and sadly, children, many under 5, who have already suffered personal abuse and violence due in part to their unprotected status.

Lodging

The team will be staying with host families for the majority of the trip's duration. This is a special opportunity to live in the villages where your patients will have the honor of preparing meals for your team. You will find it surprisingly comfortable, with soft mattresses provided for you by IMR. There might be occasional evenings in which the team will stay in the IMR compound, a two-story, dorm-style accommodation with private rooms and bathrooms. Each room is complete with sheets and towels, and the compound is equipped with AC and Wi-Fi. There is a chance that we will spend one night in a more remote location as we finalize our logistics. Regardless of where you sleep, you will be enchanted by the opportunity to care for patients in so much need.

Water Festival

trip_InfoHighlightsThis medical trip coincides with Thailand's Songkran water festival, the most popular festival in the country that marks the beginning of the new solar year on April 13th! The word “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word that means “astrological passage,” meaning transformation or change. People celebrate Songkran by splashing water on each other, symbolizing the washing away of bad luck and a wish for a year filled with blessings. Major streets close and are instead used for exciting water fights! Celebrants young and old participate, and if you’re lucky, you may even get splashed by a painted elephant! The Songkran celebration is rich in traditions. For many locals, mornings usually begin with a visit to a temple, offering food to the Buddhist monks and pouring water on the Buddha statues. As a festival of unity, people who have moved away usually return home to their loved ones and elders. Younger people often practice water pouring over the palms of elders’ hands as a sign of respect. Paying reverence to the ancestors is an important part of Songkran tradition. We hope to have you join us as the IMR team embraces Thai cultural traditions and gets a little soaked!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsExperience the night market frenzy of shopping and bartering for local trinkets. Northern Thailand is famous for their renowned assembly of domesticated elephants, which you can admire as they go through their daily activities. Enjoy a Thai meal of many shared dishes and conversation over lunch at a serene orchid farm. Take a peek into the spiritual history and culture of Thailand when you step inside numerous Wats and temples sprinkled throughout the land.

Extend Your Stay

Have some extra days? Explore Bangkok, and pay a visit to the ornate Grand Palace and famous Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho. Visit Wat Arun, an icon so revered that you will find it on the 10-baht coin. See one of the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statues, worth millions of dollars, at Wat Traimit. Spend an evening sampling delectable, yet wildly affordable street food for the authentic Thai experience, and cap it off with a cocktail from a rooftop bar overlooking the commotion of this famous city. Take a day trip from the center of the city to a nearby waterfall or the lesser-known Rod VI vintage market, where you can score gently used clothing, retro propaganda, and modern fashions. If you love the beaches, head south to the famous beaches of Phuket, where you can enjoy a boat trip, snorkel, or dive experience, catch a Muay Thai fight, and even participate in a training! Paradisiacal island adventures are easily accessible from Phuket.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peru April 1, 2017 - April 9, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

IMR will return to Peru and work with tribes and small villages along the Amazon tributaries. These people are considered one of the world’s great and ancient civilisations These communities rarely reach the public news other than their extreme poverty, illiteracy, high mortality and morbidity rates, even though their architectural, cultural, agricultural and linguistics are global legacies. It is difficult for these remote Amazonian tribes to reach medical care. In urgent situations it would take an entire day for them to reach medical aid via a small hand paddled river canoe. Even if they can reach the clinics most do not have any funds for medicine or medical care.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicWorld Bank and the World Health Organization stated in a 2009 study that these indigenous peoples are viewed as needing full assistance to solve their health problems that are massive. There are too few programs focusing on improving the health status of the people. IMR is working in collaboration with partners including the Peruvian government in this unique partnership to help those suffering from life threatening diseases. We will provide medical care and vaccinations to these otherwise untouched people groups. These people suffer greatly from a lack of knowledge about how to manage their healthcare, resulting in needless deaths among this already diminishing population. IMR will work in at the gateway to the Peruvian Amazonian rainforest or Amazon basin. Travelling up river you will witness notable wildlife including fish, pink dolphin, giant river turtles, the manatee, black caiman, giant otters, black spider monkeys, common wooly monkeys and many species of Amazon birds can also be observed.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayVisit Machu Picchu or the Galapagos Islands After an arduous week of clinics with the IMR team, extend your stay for a trip to Machu Picchu or the neighbouring Galápagos Islands – both just a short flight away. If you are one of many our volunteers wanting to extend their stay to take advantages of the remarkable tourist destinations in the area, please select the option without team airfare. IMR recommends working with our knowledgeable IMR-approved travel agent to arrange lodging, excursions, and airfare.
Haiti March 25, 2017 - April 1, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

Our Haitian friends will welcome you proudly with their bright Caribbean spirit. Laughter and music resonate on the busy streets as shopkeepers, eager to sell, line the sidewalks. Haitian art, famous for its brilliant colors depicting Haitian life, flowers, and fields, come to life as you immerse yourself in their equally vibrant culture. Enjoy authentic cuisine that is comparable to the Creole flavor palate, but with bold spices unique to Haiti; the staple stews and rice plates are always delicious! Take in the seascape as you travel along the shore to remote villages. Teach the children a new song or walk down the street with one of your new Haitian friends and listen to the stories of their lives. The Haitian culture is incredible and diverse, with much strength and resolve. Come join IMR as we return to work with our Haitian partners and further build our bond with this beautiful population.

About Clinic

IMR has traveled to Haiti for medical camps more than twenty times since the 2010 earthquake. Haiti has made a remarkable move toward recovery in the last several years, but health care for the poor is still an overwhelming need. Although there has been an international effort to lend support since the earthquake, Haiti still remains the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. This trip is one of the few where IMR holds clinics in an urban environment. Cholera, tuberculosis, malaria, acute illnesses, infectious disease, and diarrheal disease continue to plague the regions we work in and the new communities we add to each visit. We always have a high patient load in Haiti, and this trip will not be an exception. You will work in Port-au- Prince and surrounding communities, including some of the mountain villages. Our teams average more than 2,000 patients on each trip and see many tropical diseases including leishmaniasis, leptospirosis, lymphatic filariasis, and many large acute and chronic wounds. We also treat many acute illnesses, infections, and motor vehicle accidents. Women are particularly at risk in Haiti, with sexually transmitted diseases, personal violence, and pre-eclampsia common. Children are often malnourished, covered with scabies, and infected with parasites. Dental care is one of the greatest needs in our patients. We frequently partner with local medical and dental students and recent graduates to share knowledge and provide follow-up for our patients.

Lodging

The team will stay in modest, comfortable accommodations. The primary hotel compound is gated, has private security, a wonderful restaurant, air conditioning, and a pool. Haiti is an excellent trip choice for families with younger children because of the accommodations. Modern buses or vans will transport the team to clinics each day. Small, open Jeeps will occasionally transport the team to smaller villages.

Trip Highlights

The highlight of your time in Haiti is in clinic! You will talk about the vibrant and boisterous crowds, significant needs of your patients, and the opportunity to make a difference upon your return home. There is ample shopping — hammered tin, beautiful paintings, edgy paper mâché vases, and lovely small carvings — from all over Haiti and the Caribbean. The shopping itself is exciting with rapid-fire bargaining and friendly competition among the sellers. Join IMR for a remarkable experience, a mere two and a half hours from the coast of Florida.

Extend Your Stay

Take advantage of several convenient and affordable excursions in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and surrounding areas. Beautiful white sand beaches and sunsets over the Caribbean will create the perfect ending to your trip. Delve further into the spirit of this region of the world by tasting the diverse foods that are distinctive to each culture. The Dominican Republic boasts beaches, a fertile inland scattered with waterfalls, mountains, jungles, and even remote deserts. The Caribbean offers an amplitude of geographical diversity, great for travelers with wide eyes and short on time!
Zambia March 18, 2017 - March 26, 2017 ,
18-01-2017

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutZambia 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

trip_InfoClinicFrom a tourist's perspective, Zambia is wonderful; from a public health perspective, it is not so great. According to UNICEF and the CIA Factbook, the median age in Zambia is seventeen years, life expectancy at birth is forty-nine years, and 46% of the population is under fourteen. 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. In addition to our acute medical and dental camps, we have a wonderful opportunity on this trip to mentor dental students and birth attendants. If you are a Nurse Midwife, OB-Gyn, Dentist, Oral Surgeon, or Dental Hygienist, your ability to make a lasting impact is unparalleled on this trip. Please contact us to find out more. Student groups with preceptors are welcome to partner with us in this effort. In Zambia, most villages have a local healer as the main source of medical care. We hope be able to spend time with local healers in the villages that will host camps.

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!

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsEvery minute of this trip is another highlight: working along the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Home Affairs to care for refugees in terrible conditions and prisoners in the correctional system; teaching opportunities with Zambian dental students and their professors in lectures and in the field; teaching opportunities for nurse midwives to work with traditional birth attendants and community health workers certified by the Ministry of Health; providing health care at an orphanage supported by a famous game resort--and we haven’t even mentioned the tours! Stand in the spray of Victoria Falls. Marvel at a "big five" (leopards, lions, white rhinos, rhinos, and elephants) at a national game park. Stay at a resort with crocodiles and hippos in the river outside our door? Walk with lions or take an elephant-back safari? We haven't decided which one we want to do more. If you are joining on this trip, cast your vote now!

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayExtend your stay for the safari of a lifetime, revisit Victoria Falls, and cross the border to Zimbabwe to add another coveted stamp in your passport and see the artist's village. Take the chance to go ziplining, or take an elephant-back safari! Visit Lake Kariba, an artificial lake so large that people frequently think they are looking at the ocean! Try drinking Shake-Shake chibuku (fermented corn meal) at a local pub (at your own risk!). Visit Nsalu Cave to see 20,000 year old cave paintings. Spend a few days on the beach. We are happy to help you plan an amazing adventure in Zambia!

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