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Argentina – Mendoza Signature


September 3, 2022 — September 10, 2022

Starting at: $4,200

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Your generous donation helps to save and change lives every day.

Your charitable investment will go toward ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need.

A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Overview


The Need

***Note: Full COVID-19 Vaccination is Required for Participation***

During this trip, you will work in small villages, also called “squatter camps,” to treat the indigenous people who otherwise would be unable to access medical care. Our visits to a garbage dumpsite and a women’s prison will be especially impactful because the people who work or live at those locations face incredibly dangerous day-to-day working and living conditions.

Our primary goal of this trip is to care for locals with treatable and often preventable conditions. As such, much of the relief you provide at clinic will be for people who would have benefited from access to preventable care. At clinic, you will treat conditions related to malaria, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, and the more serious Zika virus.

You and the rest of the volunteer team will also educate locals on basic health and hygiene for themselves and their loved ones. One of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. Another focus of this mission is women’s healthcare. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of the local midwives.

Our Work

Photo of dental hygienist Dana working on a young patient's teethInternational Medical Relief first served Argentina in 2008. In 2009, Lavalle and Mendoza were hit hard with a swine flu outbreak, which led to IMR quickly sending emergency disaster response teams. During this time, we partnered with Youth With A Mission under the administration of Robert Victorio Vighi, Major of Lavalle. After the outbreak, IMR has continued to return to Argentina and has since served approximately 3,000 patients with more than 100 volunteers and staff.

This Mission

Argentina is the world’s eighth-largest country and the second largest on the South American continent. Also, Argentina has laid claim to several small islands in the Atlantic and a portion of Antarctica. The main territory, however, boasts magnificent plains, vast desert, tundra, thousands of miles of shoreline, and mighty mountains. Argentina’s geographic regions can be broken down into the Andes, the North, the Pampas, and Patagonia. The destination for this particular medical relief trip is located in the Andes region and is Argentina’s wine country. Known for its Malbec and red blends, sunny days, bustling streets, and irresistible cuisine, Mendoza is one of the best regions to visit! Here visitors can enjoy unparalleled views of wineries, olive groves, and fruit orchards, but the most commanding view lies to the east. Not too far from Mendoza proper is the 22,841 foot Aconcagua. This magnificent mountain is the highest summit outside of Asia and is the second tallest peak of the Seven Summits. For the causal adventurer, only photographing this mountain is awe-inspiring! Back in Mendoza, adventurers can book white water rafting trips, horseback ride through the Andes during sunrise, bike through the vineyards, and fly fish for trout. More casual visitors love to spend leisurely days walking around town and tasting local food in the many cafes around the plazas. While there is certainly plenty to see and do in this region, your volunteer clinic days will be spent serving the at-need villages in and around Mendoza. Each day, you will treat hundreds of patients who do not have reliable access to healthcare and usually do not see outside visitors.

Lodging/Transportation

This is a SIGNATURE trip, so you and your team will be set up in 4 to 5-star accommodations that are comfortable, clean, and safe. Please stay tuned for details on the accommodations for this mission! IMR will arrange safe and reliable transportation to get your team to and from clinic.

Highlights

The Mendoza region, known for its world-famous wines and the distinctive micro-climates that provide the necessary diversity, is also known for its olive groves, fruit orchards, and horsemanship. The Mayor is waiting for your arrival to have you taste and admire the wines produced here! Some of the best polo players train in the region and you can tour the grounds and spend some time with these beautiful animals. Want to join in a game? You’re on!

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

You’re journeying across the globe. Why not extend your stay in Argentina to experience some of its top tourist attractions? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators! Contact Worldwide Navigators to book an extension or get more information.

Worldwide Navigators offers two opportunities to extend your time in Argentina to create an amazing vacation following your humanitarian work. Contact Worldwide Navigators to book one of these extensions or get more information.

Highlights:

  • Explore Buenos Aires, which starts off with a Mendoza winery tour
  • Walk with penguins in Puerto Madryn in the northern Patagonia region of Argentina

See the Extensions tab on this page for details on these amazing experiences!

Itinerary at a Glance


Saturday, September 3, 2022

Arrivals

1
Sunday, September 4, 2022

Orientation

2
Monday, September 5, 2022

Training Day

3
Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Clinic

4
Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Clinic

5
Thursday, September 8, 2022

Clinic

6
Friday, September 9, 2022

Clinic

7
Saturday, September 10, 2022

Departures

8

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Sustainable Impact

Your Journey



Full Itinerary


This itinerary is subject to change without notice. 

Please note: Independent flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. You will be notified about the group flight at the Early Bird deadline. If you are planning to fly independently and want to book your flight in advance, please contact Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight. Thank you. 

If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension but wish to arrange transportation from the airport to clinic, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org.

Please note that additional travel days will be required to travel to and from Mendoza from the United States. Please plan accordingly and call our office should you have any questions at (970) 635-0110

3 September 2022

Arrivals

Day 1

You will arrive in beautiful Mendoza with the rest of your volunteer team this evening. If you are traveling on the group flight or are purchasing airport transportation a la carte, you will board the transportation that will take you to your accommodation for a team dinner.

1
4 September 2022

Orientation

Day 2

After a delicious and hearty team breakfast, your team leader will assign roles for the clinic, present IMR’s clinic protocols, and provide an overview of the communities your team will serve over the next few days in different villages in and around Mendoza. After orientation, we encourage you to take a short walk into town to experience the local lifestyle and culture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
5 September 2022

Training Day

Day 3

Education is as important as medical and dental care for our patients. Each clinic includes basic health education according to the specialties and skills of the IMR volunteers, as well as the needs of the local people. When communities become empowered to take health and wellness issues into their own hands, they become self-sufficient. IMR provides learning opportunities for the local communities through classes and hands-on learning to sustain their well-being beyond our visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
6 September 2022

Clinic

Day 4

You will serve and explore a different village on each day of clinic. Some clinics will be set up in a garbage dump, and one clinic will be established in an indigenous Huerpa village. Clinics begin early in the morning and run into the evenings. Your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
7 September 2022

Clinic

Day 5

Whether you serve in a poor village or in the indigenous Huerpa village, you will continue to make a profound impact on Argentina.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
8 September 2022

Clinic

Day 6

Today will begin your last day working in the clinic and serving the people of villages in and around Mendoza, Argentina. We encourage you to take a short walk into town following clinic to experience the different lifestyles of Argentinan culture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
9 September 2022

Clinic

Day 7

On your last day in the country, enjoy one final morning with your team. If you finish early enough, you will have extra time to spend exploring Mendoza before arriving at the airport at least three hours before your return flight departs.

7
10 September 2022

Departures

Day 8

On your last day in the country, enjoy one final morning with your team. If you finish early enough, you will have extra time to spend exploring Mendoza before arriving at the airport at least three hours before your return flight departs.

8

Your Journey




This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


You’re journeying across the globe. Why not extend your stay in Argentina to experience some of its top tourist attractions? Join us on an exclusive trip extension visiting some of the area’s highlights. Join us on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner Worldwide Navigators and some visit of the area’s highlights.

Worldwide Navigators offers two opportunities to extend your time in Argentina to create an amazing vacation following your humanitarian work. Contact Worldwide Navigators to book one of these extensions or get more information.

Argentina Extension: Buenos Aires

Highlights:

  • Winery tour in Mendoza, the epicenter for world-class wine
  • The brightly painted zinc shacks and street artists of La Boca, Buenos Aires
  • Riverboat excursion through the Rio de la Plata to El Tigre

Itinerary:

Day 1: Wine Tour | Transport from Mendoza to Buenos Aires

Before leaving Mendoza, enjoy a full day wine tour to 3 different wineries in Valle De Uco. Feast your tastebuds on different varietals or blends of the traditional lines in the tasting rooms of the wineries. A gourmet lunch will be served in the winery’s restaurant paired with different wine lines.

En route to the Mendoza Airport, you’ll stop at Uco Valley for a quick visit. Then, board your flight to Buenos Aires — the lively capital city of Argentina!

*Please note: Your flight to Buenos Aires is NOT included in this tour. If you would like to add your flight from Mendoza to this tour, please let Worldwide Navigators know when you book your trip.

Day 2: Buenos Aires City Tour

Today, you’ll enjoy a half-day private tour of Buenos Aires, visiting the main highlights of the Argentinean capital, such as Plaza de Mayo (Pink House), Congresso, San Telmo, La Boca, Av. de Mayo, Café Tortoni, Puerto Madero, Av. 9 de Julio, the Obelisk, the Colon Theater, Recoleta Cemetery, and more!

Day 3: El Tigre by Riverboat

Awake to a morning breakfast, then grab your ticket for a river boat excursion through the Rio de la Plata to El Tigre — an Argentinean town just north of Buenos Aires. El Tigre is a gateway to the rivers and wetlands of the vast Paraná Delta. Spend the day sailing along the river, catching wonderful views of the city and the many islands of the delta.

Disembark to experience some of El Tigre’s highlights such as Puerto de Frutos, Paseo Victorica, and Museo del Mate. Spend some free time walking around to explore the craft market, many restaurants featuring local cuisine, and museums before taking the train back to Buenos Aires.

Day 4: Departure Home

During your final day in Buenos Aires, spend your time leading up to departure visiting the botanical gardens or San Telmo Market. Say your goodbyes and head to the airport for your departure home and onward journey.

What’s Included:

  • 4-Day, 3-Night Tour
  • Ground Transportation
  • 2.5 to 3-Star Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service

You Will Need to Provide:

  • Flight from Mendoza to Buenos Aires
  • Customary Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Souvenirs/Gifts
  • Currency Exchange Fees

4-Day, 3-Night All-Inclusive Tour Starting at $810. Contact Worldwide Navigators to Book or Get More Information.

Walk with Penguins, Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Highlights:

  • Whale-watching excursion where (fingers crossed!) you’ll get to see orca whales up close.
  • Walk among penguins at the Penguin Rookery Estancia San Lorenzo
  • Ecocentro clifftop museum with exhibits on Patagonian nature and a lighthouse-style tower to catch expansive ocean views.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Puerto Madryn

Welcome to Puerto Madryn, an Argentine city on the coast of northern Patagonia. Its sandy beaches and restaurant-lined promenade face Golfo Nuevo bay, where southern right whales breed from May to December. Ecocentro is a clifftop museum with exhibits on Patagonian nature, and a lighthouse-style tower for ocean views. Across the bay, rocky Peninsula Valdés is home to penguins and elephant seals, which are preyed on by orcas.

Upon arrival, settle in at your accommodation and gear up for an exciting two days!

Day 2: Peninsula Valdés | Penguins & Whale Watching

Rise and shine to a beautiful day in northern Patagonia! Here’s what’s on the agenda for the day:

Peninsula Valdés
Begin with a 1-hour whale watching excursion in Puerto Pirámides. If you’re lucky, you might see orca whales up close and personal! Next up is a visit to the Penguin Rookery Estancia San Lorenzo, where you will walk among the penguins for an hour! You’ll also see some of the areas highlights before heading back to Puerto Madryn like sea birds, foxes, rheas, ostriches, armadillos, guanacos and more!

San Lorenzo Ranch
Enjoy lunch with a delicious barbecue at the San Lorenzo Ranch. Your meal will feature Patagonian Roasted Lamb cooked over a wood fire. The lamb served is raised on the property here grazing on natural pastures and water from the mill. Apart from lamb, the restaurant also offers other options, including a vegetarian menu.

Day 3: Departure Home

Enjoy an early morning breakfast at your accommodation before beginning your departure home and onward journey. We home you enjoy your time in Puerto Madryn!

What’s Included:

  • 3-Day, 2-Night Tour
  • Ground Transportation
  • 2.5 to 3-Star Accommodations
  • Daily Activities & Excursions
  • 2 Meals Per Day
  • Tours & Entrance Fees
  • 24-Hour Emergency Service

You Will Need to Provide:

  • Flight from Mendoza to Puerto Madryn
  • Customary Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Souvenirs/Gifts
  • Currency Exchange Fees

3-Day, 2-Night All-Inclusive Tour Starting at $1,600. Contact Worldwide Navigators to Book or Get More Information.

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $4200 will go toward the ongoing global relief to care for the underserved and vulnerable people of this community. As a member of this medical mission team, you will elevate the long-term impact of sustainable, capacity-building efforts that improve the health, wellness, and quality of life of those most in need. A small portion of your donation includes:

  • Clinic supplies and medications for patients
  • Clinic participation
  • Transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary

Donation Payment Deadlines

$4000 due by June 5, 2022

$4200 due by August 6, 2022

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by June 5, 2022

Flexible Flight Options

Volunteer with Airfare

You may choose to book a flight with us for an additional fee. Details on the available flight routing and US departure city will be announced on June 5, 2022. Airport transportation to and from the team’s accommodations are also included with this option. Depending on your departure city, you may still need to purchase another flight in addition to this one. After this flight has been booked, you may contact our travel agent, Worldwide Navigators, for assistance booking any necessary additional flights.

Benefits of Flying at a Group Rate

  • Travel with other members of your team on select routing
  • Fly on a group ticket at a guaranteed rate
  • Transport to and from the airport included

Volunteer without Airfare

Many team members choose to book their flight(s) to and from the mission location independent of IMR. This is a great option if would like to extend your stay in the area to tour and explore, or if the routing from you home airport is more feasible for you. If you choose to fly independently, please note that your transportation in between the airport and the team’s accommodations will not be provided. This will need to be arranged separately. Our partner for travel, Worldwide Navigators, would be happy to assist you in coordinating flights and/or transportation. You can contact them at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Benefits of Flying Independently

  • Extend your stay and customize your dates of travel
  • Choose your departure location
  • Customize your class of service

Featured Enhancements

Airfare & Airport Transfer
Starting at $50+ each way plus airfare that is subject to availability at the time of booking.
Single Supplement
$100+ per night subject to availability at the time of booking
Airport Transfers (for independent flyers)
$50 each way
Malpractice Insurance
$129.50 to $279.50
Continuing Education (CE/CME) Credits
$350
Personalized Scrubs (2 sets)
$50
IMR T-Shirt
$25
Partner Program
Starting at $25 per month

**To purchase any of the above Featured Enhancements for your mission, please contact our office at office@imrus.org or call at (970) 635-0110.

Your Donation to IMR for Your Mission Cost Includes:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Costs associated with the clinic
  • Food
  • Tips for services provided to the IMR team
  • All logistics, including translation services and security as needed

Additional Costs That You Are Responsible For:

All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team or when the team arrives at the departure airport, including:

  • International and Domestic flights to the country. You have the option to fly independently, or on a group flight with IMR.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Required or recommended insurance
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Required or desired mission supplies, personal equipment, or small gifts for the special people you meet
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team mission, payable at the time of service to the local vendor
  • COVID-related fees such as testing, vaccinations, and quarantines as required by in-country arrival/departure or USA arrival/departure
  • Each team member is responsible for carrying medical supplies for the deployment. All fees associated with transport are the responsibility of the volunteer.
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