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Belize Mini Mission


January 2, 2022 — January 5, 2022

Starting at: $1,500

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

Join International Medical Relief (IMR) on this medical mission and health education tour in Belize. Visit the beautiful town of San Ignacio, near the Guatemalan border and within walking distance of ancient Mayan ruins. 

Our volunteer team will set up clinic inside of a private hospital in San Ignacio, where you will help to treat incoming and existing patients. Some of the more common diseases in this area include malaria, Chagas disease (kissing bug disease), dengue fever, and leishmaniasis. Other more serious conditions include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases.

You and the rest of the volunteer team will also educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. One of the main focuses of this mission is women’s health. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. Another main focus of this mission is women’s healthcare, so you will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as empower women to seek higher education.

Our Work

Clinics will take place in the beautiful area of San Ignacio. You will have the opportunity to provide medical care, dental care, and health and hygiene education to hundreds of patients during the week.

 

This Mission

Join International Medical Relief (IMR) on this medical mission and health education tour in Belize. Visit the beautiful town of San Ignacio, near the Guatemalan border and within walking distance of ancient Mayan ruins. In partnership with IMR, you’ll be bringing much-needed medical and dental care to the town of San Ignacio. The primary focus of this mission is medical and dental relief. Because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for care will be high.

 

Lodging/Transportation

Clinics will take place in the beautiful area of San Ignacio. You will have the opportunity to provide medical care, dental care, and health and hygiene education to hundreds of patients during the week.

 

Highlights

San Ignacio is a town in the Cayo District of western Belize, on the banks of the Macal River. It’s linked to the town of Santa Elena by the metal suspension Hawksworth Bridge. On a hill south of town are the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech, abandoned in the 9th century. There is a small museum amid the plazas and temples. Nearby, the Rainforest Medicine Trail explores the medicinal properties of indigenous plants.

 

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

You’re journeying halfway 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


Sunday, January 2, 2022

Arrivals

1
Monday, January 3, 2022

Facility Tour, Site Orientation & Clinic

2
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Clinic

3
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Optional Training Day & Departures

4

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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 on flying 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, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org if you wish to arrange transportation between your arrival airport and your clinic location.

2 January 2022

Arrivals

Day 1

You will land at Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City with your team. Together, you will take the chartered transportation to your hotel located in San Ignacio to check-in. Your team will gather for dinner and orientation. During orientation, 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.

1
3 January 2022

Facility Tour, Site Orientation & Clinic

Day 2

After enjoying a group breakfast full of native, Belizean flavors, your team will transfer to La Loma Luz Adventist Hospital — the location for your clinic days ahead. Your team will take a tour of the facility, set up for clinic as needed, and have a site orientation. After preparing the site, your team will begin seeing patients this afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
4 January 2022

Clinic

Day 3

Clinics begin in the morning and run into the evenings. Your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding. 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 San Ignacio has to offer.

After clinic, regroup with your team at the hotel for a clinical debrief and team dinner.

Your hotel is located very close to the Guatemalan border and you are invited to explore the area. Many team members may want to wake early in the mornings to walk to see the nearby Mayan ruins.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
5 January 2022

Optional Training Day & Departures

Day 4

On your last day in the country, participate in a final training day or take one final walk around town or visit the ruins of Cahal Pech. 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. Lastly, to make sure your trip ends on a positive note, chartered transportation will take you to the airport to ensure you arrive at least three hours before your return flight departs.

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Your Journey


Clinic Photos



This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


You’re journeying halfway 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 October 4, 2021

$1500 due by December 5, 2021

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by October 4, 2021

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 October 4, 2021. 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
$400
Single Supplement
$50 per night
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
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