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Cambodia


July 30, 2023 — August 5, 2023

Starting at: $3,100

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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.

The majority of your donation goes toward clinic supplies, medications for patients, and caring for the community, but a small portion goes toward your clinic participation, transportation, accommodations, and meals as outlined in the itinerary.

Overview


The Need

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

Our primary goal of this trip is to continue to help improve residents’ access to preventative care. Even today, more than 40 years after the end of the Khmer Rouge, the United Nations Millennium Project proclaimed that only 13 percent of the population visited health facilities last year, and 22.9 percent of children die before the age of 5. Since the Pol Pot and Khmer Rouge regimes completely decimated Cambodia’s health care system, this goal is not easy to meet. Many of the local doctors have received education in Western countries, but they still need IMR’s help to service all in-need populations. According to the World Health Organization, in 2013, there were only seven hospital beds for every 10,000 residents. As such, much of the care 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, intestinal parasites, cholera, diarrhea, tuberculosis, yaws, and measles. You will also help treat conditions of more severe diseases, including tuberculosis and the avian flu.

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 Cambodia in 2012 and has since completed medical projects involving more than 750 volunteers and staff to serve over 25,000 patients. Our goal is to complete three projects annually in different areas and communities in Cambodia providing community health training, medical treatments, medical supplies and equipment, and clinic operations. Provinces we have worked in include Phnom Penh, Pursat, Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Kampong Cham. 

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

Cambodia, home to nearly 15 million people, is 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 from the magnificent Cambodian 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.

International 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 40 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 5. 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 healthcare is almost nonexistent among the populations that IMR serves including the poor, migrant workers, unregistered population, and ethnic minorities.

Lodging/Transportation

Your accommodation offers everything you need to help you have a comfortable, safe stay. IMR will provide daily, private transportation to and from the clinic location your team serves.

Highlights

The highlight of this trip is serving patients who, without you and your team, would not have access to healthcare. On your free day in Siem Reap, you and the team will have opportunities to visit some of Cambodia’s most treasured sites. Book a visit to the World Heritage site of Angkor Wat– the ultimate expression of Khmer genius in the form of awe-inspiring temples known for their grand scale and incredible detail. In the afternoon, you will venture to the Tonle Sap Floating Villages to get a first-hand look at the lives of those who quite literally – live on top of the water!

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 Cambodia’s top tourist destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers? By continuing your trip and exploring off the beaten path, you will give yourself more time to visit Cambodia’s beaches, mountains, waterfalls, temples, and markets.

Of all the incredible little trips you can take, our top recommendation is a sunset visit to Angkor Wat. While you are out, be sure you venture over to a beach bar to appreciate local nightlife and the glow-in-the-dark plankton. Moreover, if you are an adventurer at heart, you can take a nighttime snorkeling trip along the shores.

If you are more of a foodie and less of a wanderer, Cambodia is home to many local chefs who offer cooking classes. Alternatively, you can order “a-ping,” which is a local favorite. Though undoubtedly unique, you can find these deep-fried tarantulas in sit-down restaurants or the marketplace.

You can view the exclusive IMR extensions here! 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 or phone at (970) 633-3033.

Itinerary at a Glance


Sunday, July 30, 2023

Arrivals & Orientation

1
Monday, July 31, 2023

Training Day

2
Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023

Clinics

3
Wednesday, Aug 2, 2023

Clinics

4
Thursday, Aug 3, 2023

Clinics

5
Friday, Aug 4, 2023

Free Day

6
Saturday, Aug 5, 2023

Departures

7

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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. 

*You will fly into and out of Siem Reap on this mission. Please expect travel days if coming from the United States*

30 July 2023

Arrivals

Day 1

You need to fly into Siem Reap International Airport (REP) and be able to arrive at your hotel by 2:00pm. 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 located to check-in for a team dinner and team 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.

Meals: Dinner,

1
31 July 2023

Training Day

Day 2

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,

2
1 August 2023

Clinics

Day 3

At your clinic sites in Cambodia, you will serve communities of migrant workers, unregistered individuals, and ethnic minorities throughout Siem Reap.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
2 August 2023

Clinics

Day 4

Prepare to immerse yourself in the cultures of those you will serve and hear their stories of the Khmer Rouge.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
3 August 2023

Clinics

Day 5

Clinics begin early in the morning and run into the evenings. Your days will be long but rewarding!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
4 August 2023

Free Day

Day 6

The day is yours to further explore the many sights of Siem Reap! You can choose to relax at your hotel, shop and explore many local markets, or venture to Angkor Wat. For help arranging activities for this day, please contact Worldwide Navigators. Note: Today is a free day and no activities are included.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

6
5 August 2023

Departures

Day 7

Enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before bidding farewell to beautiful Cambodia as you head to the airport for your international flight home. Departures are from Siem Reap on this day. Please arrange your travel accordingly.

Contact Worldwide Navigators to Extend your Stay!

7

Your Journey




This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


Since you are already venturing across the globe, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see Cambodia’s top tourist destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers? By continuing your trip and exploring off the beaten path, you will give yourself more time to visit Cambodia’s beaches, mountains, waterfalls, temples, and markets.

Of all the incredible little trips you can take, our top recommendation is a sunset visit to Angkor Wat. While you are out, be sure you venture over to a beach bar to appreciate local nightlife and the glow-in-the-dark plankton. Moreover, if you are an adventurer at heart, you can take a nighttime snorkeling trip along the shores.

If you are more of a foodie and less of a wanderer, Cambodia is home to many local chefs who offer cooking classes. Alternatively, you can order “a-ping,” which is a local favorite. Though undoubtedly unique, you can find these deep-fried tarantulas in sit-down restaurants or the marketplace.

You can view the exclusive IMR extensions here! 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 or phone at (970) 633-3033.

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 May 1, 2023

$3300 due by July 2, 2023

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 May 1, 2023. This savings opportunity does not apply to disaster relief missions.

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 May 1, 2023. 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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