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Belize Mini Mission


July 24, 2024 — July 27, 2024

Starting at: $1,300

Save $200! Sign up before April 25, 2024 and pay the Early Bird price of only $1,300!

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.

Overview


The Need

Join International Medical Relief on this medical mission and health education tour in Belize. San Ignacio, located in western Belize, sits just across from the Macal River. The town is predominantly recognized for its agriculture. 

Our volunteer team will partner with a small community hospital and their leadership to offer care to the community. Some of the more common diseases in this area include malaria, Chikungunya, dengue fever, and TB. Other chronic conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases.

The team will consult in the hospital, provide sustainable education based on need as identified by the hospital leadership, and partner with community health agents to educate local community members on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental and eye care will be high.

Our Work

Two IMR providers with a provider from BelizeClinics for this mission will take place in San Ignacio, Belize. We will locate our clinics within the small health posts in surrounding towns. The Belizean health care workers will be present and available for consult. If and when the need arises for advanced care or wraparound services, the local staff will take the lead. You will have the opportunity to provide community health education with medical care, dental care, and health and hygiene education to countless patients during the week.

 

This Mission

Belizean patients at an IMR clinicJoin International Medical Relief (IMR) on this medical mission and health education tour in Belize. Visit many beautiful towns throughout Belize that are in need of partnership to elevate healthcare throughout this country. The focus of this mission is extending sustainable education alongside medical and dental relief efforts. Although demand for care will be high, we will be managing clinic participation with heightened protocols to manage the flow and protect volunteers as well as clinic participants.

 

Lodging/Transportation

On this IMR Clinical Trip, you and your fellow team members will be staying at a 2-star accommodation with safe, clean, comfortable rooms. The lodging is simple, basic, safe, comfortable, and affordable.

All transportation to and from the clinic has been arranged for you. Professional drivers, safe vehicles, and security are some of the many reasons to join IMR on a trip.  Don’t nap – there’s a lot to see in the valleys and hills surrounding your home away from home this week!

 

Highlights

From the moment you arrive in Belize, the people and culture make you feel welcome and comfortable like no place you’ve ever visited. The natural beauty of the country and the inviting culture of the Belizean people are the highlights for this mission!

A unique aspect of Belize is the fact that its undeveloped areas have allowed for nature to live on in a way that draws biologists and environmentalists. With a laid-back ambiance of swinging hammocks, large swaths of impenetrable jungle, and an underwater world of twisted corals, neon fish, and gentle manatees, Belize is a tropical treasure.

Belize is home to many different ethnic groups, including Creole, East Indian, Mayan, and Mestizo, each with its own cultural and linguistic traditions. As a result, many languages are spoken here, but English is the official language. Belizeans of all cultures broadly welcome visitors as they are warmly greeted with large smiles.

When you’re not exploring the natural beauty of Belize, be sure to experience the local cuisine. Famous dishes from the local Garifuna people include a cassava bread called ereba and various rice dishes. Many of our volunteers find that the best part of their mission is the chance to experience some of the different cultures of Belize. With countless opportunities to do so, this will be a trip you never forget.

For additional information, please contact our preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators. Their team of experienced agents and travelers is available via email at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

You’re journeying across the globe. Have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Guatemala’s top spots not far from Belize? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators! Click here to browse their portfolio of trips. You can reach them at (970) 633-3033 or travel@worldwidenavigators.com to learn more about what they can do for you!

 

Itinerary at a Glance


Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Arrivals & Optional Training Day

1
Thursday, July 25, 2024

Clinic

2
Friday, July 26, 2024

Clinic

3
Saturday, July 27, 2024

Departures

4

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Your Journey


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Full Itinerary


This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

You will need to arrange your flight destination to be Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize. If you need assistance booking flights, please contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agency, at travel@worldwidenavigators.com. You may also choose to arrange transportation from the airport to your accommodation, which you may purchase from within your portal under Trip Add-Ons.

24 July 2024

Arrivals & Optional Training Day

Day 1

You need to fly into Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport and arrive by 2:00pm. You will transfer to your accommodation to check in, then join the team for orientation.

You may also choose to arrive early to participate in our training day where you and the team will provide training for local healthcare providers to continue IMR’s long-term, sustainable education efforts. 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.

 

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25 July 2024

Clinic

Day 2

After enjoying a group breakfast full of native, Belizean flavors, your team will transfer to the location for your clinic days ahead. Clinics begin in the morning and run into the evenings. Your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding. After the clinic, regroup with your team at your lodging facility for a clinical debrief and team dinner.

Although all your meals are all included, you are welcome to go into town with your fellow team members to enjoy the excellent cuisine that Belize has to offer.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

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26 July 2024

Clinic

Day 3

Your clinic venues are small, rural health centers. You will be joined by local physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who can consult on difficult cases or on those who need a higher level of care. Some of the more common diseases in this area include malaria, Chikungunya, dengue fever, and TB. Other chronic conditions you may see include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases.

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
27 July 2024

Departures

Day 4

On your last day in the country, enjoy a complimentary breakfast with your team. Take one final walk around town and say goodbye to beautiful Belize before heading to the airport for your flight home.

If you’re interested in extending your stay, our partner Worldwide Navigators offers exclusive trip extensions just for IMR volunteers! See the extensions tab on this page for details.

 

Meals: Breakfast,

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Your Journey




This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


You’re journeying across the globe. Have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Guatemala’s top spots not far from Belize? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators! Click here to browse their portfolio of trips. You can reach them at (970) 633-3033 or travel@worldwidenavigators.com to learn more about what they can do for you!

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $1500 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

$1300 due by April 25, 2024

$1500 due by June 26, 2024

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, the participant must upload ALL your required documents and forms, sign their liability form and make your 50% donation including your $35 application fee by April 25, 2024. This savings opportunity does not apply to disaster relief missions.

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
$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.
  • 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.