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Brazil – Amazon


September 24, 2022 — October 1, 2022

Starting at: $3,300

Save $200! Sign up before June 26, 2022 and pay the Early Bird price of only $3,100!

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***

In the Amazon the World Health Organization recently reported a rise in health issues related to basic hygiene, water storage, sanitation, and insect control. Several health disparities exist within this region that illuminate different social determinants of health. For example, incidents of malaria, leishmaniasis, tuberculosis, and leprosy are disproportionately affecting those in lower socioeconomic classes and those who have no access to formal education. International Medical Relief (IMR) works with the community to provide health services and also education in order to help sustain the well-being of the community for the future.

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 more serious tuberculosis. You will also help treat conditions of non-communicable diseases, including personal violence, alcoholism, hypertension, diabetes, and smoking-related illness. In addition, our IMR volunteer veterans report treating snake and piranha bites, fungal infections, and ear infections.

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 dentistry. 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. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of the local midwives.

Our Work

International Medical Relief began serving Brazil in 2010 providing community health training, medical treatments, medical supplies and equipment, and clinic operations. Since then, we have served more than 7,000 patients with nearly 350 staff and volunteers. IMR is able to provide house calls, which allows the IMR team to understand their patients and the community they are serving. Being part of the IMR team means gaining an understanding of the specific lifestyles their patients have, which allows for better health education that fits the communities specific needs. IMR continues to provide sustainable health care and education to communities in Brazil.

With diligent planning and preparation, IMR is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, and 17.

IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association to UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing.

Our medical mission teams also work toward UNSDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation by supporting and strengthening the participation of local communities in improving their water quality, and installing water filtration systems that supply communities with clean drinking water and providing education on hydration and hygiene.

In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, our organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR never goes into a country without a formal invitation where there is a great community need for medical or dental care, and health education.

This Mission

During your time in Brazil, you will become intimately familiar with all the Amazon region has to offer.

Your team will live and work on the Amazon River, which means every day will bring breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and exposure to biodiversity. The demographic density in the Amazon region of Brazil is quite low, which means that many areas lack access to basic health care services and facilities.

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 dentistry. 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. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as strengthen the knowledge and skills of the local midwives.

You will be provided with extensive public health information to help you provide the best care possible for your patients, including statistics from past IMR teams. The remote river communities will welcome your team with open arms, a plea for care, and a friendly “obrigado” (Portuguese for “thank you”) upon your departure.

Lodging/Transportation

Photo of North Dakota State University students who were on the IMR team on the Brazil mission.You and your team will live on a five star, world-class boat and set up a full medical and dental clinic in remote villages along the water’s edge. Without IMR, these villages have no other means of healthcare. Upon returning to your private riverboat each night, you will be welcomed with a feast of local cuisine and opportunities for stargazing, crocodile hunting, hammock swinging, and much, much more. After a dinner of local delicacies and remarkable desserts, the boat will make ready for your departure to the next clinic site while you take a hot shower under the stars and prepare for a wonderful night’s sleep without bugs or cares. Enthusiastic crowds will gather at every stop, and children will peer through every crack as they anxiously wait their turn for care and hugs from the IMR team. Enthusiastic crowds will gather at every stop, and children will peer through every crack as they anxiously wait their turn for care and hugs from the IMR team.

Highlights

Simply being in the Amazon, living on a riverboat, and caring for people with very limited access to care may be enough, but there is still more to see! Your team will have some time to discover Manaus, including the renowned opera house, Teatro Amazonas (the #1 rated place to visit in Manaus according to TripAdvisor!), the handicrafts market, and the Rio Negro Palace. You may also have the opportunity to explore the rainforest and “hunt” for caimans, explore the villages where you will work, and experience life aboard, steaming up and down the Amazon. Every IMR team member who has “taken the boat” will tell you – this trip is best!!

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

Since you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see Brazil’s most intriguing destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers?

By continuing your trip by three additional days, you will allow yourself to visit the world-renowned Ipanema. This is a neighborhood located in the famous city of Rio de Janeiro and is known for its namesake beach, incredible surfing, hiking trails, and spectacular sunsets. While exploring the beach, you can enjoy a sunset cruise or snorkeling trip. And, since you will already be in vibrant Rio de Janeiro, be sure you embark on a quest to summit Sugarloaf Mountain and appreciate the panoramic view of Guanabara Bay.

More trip inspiration can be found here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/extensions/

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.

Itinerary at a Glance


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Arrivals

1
Sunday, September 25, 2022

Team Orientation

2
Monday, September 26, 2022

Training Day

3
Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Clinic

4
Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Clinic

5
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Clinic

6
Friday, September 30, 2022

Clinic

7
Saturday, October 1, 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 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.

24 September 2022

Arrivals

Day 1

You need to arrive in beautiful Manaus, Brazil  by 5:00pm to meet your team at the airport for your pre-arranged transportation to the boat, but you will want to come earlier! Take a taxi to the central square and see the famous Teatro Amazonas.  While you are there, stop in at one of the coffee shops and then stroll through the art galleries – don’t forget to do some people watching!  Arrive back at the airport by 5:00pm for your pick up and short drive to your home for the week.

When you get there, check out your hammock and get your sea-legs (or river)!   This is also your departure evening from Manaus – join everyone on deck for the ride under the bridge and take some photos of the lights!

Meals: Dinner,

1
25 September 2022

Team Orientation

Day 2

You will be steaming on the Amazon or one of her many tributaries today.  Your team will gather in the bow to get to know one another and have a training session that will prepare you for the clinic days ahead!  Try out the outdoor shower on the stern – bathing suit required!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
26 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
27 September 2022

Clinic

Day 4

Each day you will steam to a new village, either arriving in the morning or docking overnight nearby.  Some villages are close to the water’s edge and some that may require you may walk on the boardwalks (there is lots of flooding in the Amazon) into the village.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
28 September 2022

Clinic

Day 5

You may set up clinic in a church, a school, or even in the village square.  Some villages will be small, others big.  This is truly a trip where you will see it all!   If you are lucky enough to catch a festival in a village, you will be sure to be right in the middle of the action!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
29 September 2022

Clinic

Day 6

Many clinic days will be spent helping those with malaria, dengue fever, tinea and scabies, chagas disease, leishmaniasis, tuberculosis, leprosy, and other common conditions throughout the Amazon Region of Brazil.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
30 September 2022

Clinic

Day 7

Volunteers will also have the opportunity to provide education on hypertension, diabetes, smoking, and sexually transmitted diseases in addition to basic hygiene, water storage, sanitation, and mosquito/insect control. Your last clinic day will be spent helping patients and appreciating their rich culture.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

7
1 October 2022

Departures

Day 8

This is your departure day – plan to depart in the late afternoon or evening to have time to get your land-legs back and see more of beautiful Manaus.  Your time in the villages is complete and you’ll take home great memories.

Don’t leave your camera home on this trip – there is a beautiful photo in your future – sunrises and sunsets on the Amazon, pink dolphins (watch the river for smooth shiny water and you’ll be sure to find them), wonderful riverfront stores and homes, and beautiful, laughing children and families!!

Meals: Breakfast,

8

Your Journey


Clinic Photos



This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


You’re venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to visit some of Brazil’s top spots? Join IMR on an exclusive three-day extension! On this 3-day tour, visit the world-renowned Ipanama known for its namesake beach, surfing, trails and sunset views. Set out for snorkeling, hiking and sunset cruises on this exciting adventure in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. Summit Sugarloaf Mountain to catch the iconic panoramic view of Guanabara Bay and the city of Rio.

Take a look at the trip itinerary here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/a-taste-of-brazil/

For more information contact Worldwide Navigators, our preferred travel agency, at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $3300 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

$3100 due by June 26, 2022

$3300 due by August 27, 2022

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by June 26, 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 26, 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
$600
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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