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Ecuador Signature Mini Mission


July 20, 2022 — July 23, 2022

Starting at: $2,300

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.

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***

Despite the beautiful scenery, Ecuador’s environment is extremely vulnerable to disasters that impact the community’s overall health and wellbeing. On January 1, 2022, Quito was devastated by rain storms that led to a landslide from the Pichincha Volcano situated on the west side of Quito in an area of low-income families: 28 people died and many were injured. As a result of this natural disaster, the people in this area will need medical attention for several months.

Some of the greatest health problems in Ecuador today include malnutrition, diabetes, and heart disease, which is the leading cause of death. Other common problems include acute respiratory infections and diarrheic diseases, which have risen dramatically since 1990.  The people of Quito, many of whom suffered greatly during the flooding, have faced worsening health conditions such as diarrhea, pneumonia, cholera, and tuberculosis.

IMR’s goal is to help Ecuador achieve global health security and improve access to health care services. Helping countries respond quickly and effectively to public health threats is critical in order to prevent the spread of diseases and to sustain the wellbeing of the community. By joining the IMR team, you will be able to collaborate with the community to improve the overall health of the people in Ecuador.

To help provide quality medical care to all citizens, IMR sends volunteers to remote areas that are in the greatest need for quality health care and medical services. Our mobile clinics offer assistance to children, women, families, the elderly, and other in-need populations.

Ecuador’s health care system is saturated with people seeking care, making it difficult and sometimes impossible for the people with low income to receive the attention they need.  Many do not seek much needed medical attention for reasons such as economical, transportation mobilization, and beliefs.  The people choose to live with illness, pain, and other medical pathologies without the possibility of consulting a physician and instead use nothing or only traditional medicine.

You and the rest of the volunteer team will educate the patients in our clinics on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. Together, we will treat a wide variety of acute and chronic illnesses, including dengue fever, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia, and digestive diseases. 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

Woman, girl patients at clinic in Ecuador

IMR is teaming up with an amazing partner that has more than 10 years of serving rural communities in and around Quito. This key organization has been instrumental in social and community aid programs working in conjunction with both Government Departments and private businesses to bring a helping hand to the people who need it the most.

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 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.

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

When you join the IMR team on our mission to improve the quality of life for the incredible people in Ecuador, you will spend most of your trip in Quito, a city identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quito is the vibrant capital city located in the Andes mountain range. It was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 9,350 feet. Despite a major earthquake that rocked the city in 1917, the city has the best-preserved, least-altered historic center in Latin America.

Quito, the second tallest capital in the world, located on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano, has the largest and best preserved historic center in Latin America, a true heritage treasure that houses churches, museums and cultural centers that will allow you to discover, through a wonderful trip, the history of Ecuador and its richness in terms of cultural and natural diversity.

Surrounded by spectacular mountains and volcanoes, Quito presents wonderful landscapes no matter where you look at it. Old streets surrounded by flowery balconies with a bohemian air, the Church of the Company with its internal treasures, El Panecillo with its spectacular view, the Foch area with its varied offer of nightlife and gastronomy, and the City of the Middle of the World located a few minutes from Quito’s center are just some of the places that await your visit.

Lodging/Transportation

Street scene in Quito, EcuadorOn this Signature trip, you will be staying in a beautiful, safe, clean, comfortable and friendly hotel with upgraded amenities located in this wonderful city. You will be able to enjoy the local food, music, and an array of shops nearby. The culture of Ecuador will come alive as you explore the city after clinic and during your day off.

Upon your arrival in Quito, all  transportation to and from 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

Ecuador patients: mother, daughtersFamilies are the most important patients you will see and in Ecuador, you will see a lot of families.  Everyone wants you to help them keep their children healthy and their elders comfortable.  It is our patients – and there are a lot of them! – that are the highlight of this trip.

You will have a free day to explore Quito with its quaint historic streets and colorful colonial architecture.  Enjoy your day – make it your own!

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

Since you are already venturing across the globe, consider extending your stay by a few days to explore one of the globe’s treasures, the Galápagos Islands! Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

On this extension, you will have the opportunity to explore the enchanted islands of Galápagos.  Share a beach with sea lions, swim with penguins, walk with giant tortoises, stroll through flamingo lagoons, dive under lava tunnels among amazingly colored fish, and step on an active volcano. These islands are a unique place in the world and you will have the opportunity to make the most of each day. Learn more on the extensions tab on this page.

Itinerary at a Glance


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Arrivals and Orientation

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Clinic

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Clinic

3
Saturday, July 23, 2022

Depart for Home or the Galápagos Islands

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Please View Full Itinerary in the Next Tab

Sustainable Impact

Your Journey



Full Itinerary


This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note: You will be notified about the group flight option prior to the Early Bird deadline. Domestic flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked. 

If you choose to fly independently, transportation between your arrival airport and your IMR accommodation is not included. If you wish to arrange transportation, you can contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com

If you have any questions regarding flights, please contact flights@worldwidenavigators.com. Thank you. 

20 July 2022

Arrivals and Orientation

You and the team will fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Upon arrival, your team will transport to your hotel where you can check in and freshen up. You will enjoy a hearty dinner and attend the team orientation to prepare you for the upcoming week of clinic. Your team leader will assign roles for clinic, address IMR’s clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving in and around Quito.

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21 July 2022

Clinic

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast of local cuisine at your hotel, you will head to your first day of clinic! Patients of all ages will be lined up to greet you as the team arrives, excited to receive the medical care that is so difficult for many of them to attain.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

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22 July 2022

Clinic

Day 3

You will likely see many patients living with diabetes and heart disease. Not only can you offer treatment for acute symptoms, you will have the opportunity to provide patients with education on their conditions and the lifestyle changes that can help improve them.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

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23 July 2022

Depart for Home or the Galápagos Islands

You will have one final breakfast with the team before parting ways with your teammates. If you are heading home today, you may schedule your flight for any time you wish. If you are flying independently, you may arrange airport transportation with our travel partner Worldwide Navigators to ensure you arrive at the airport three hours before your flight.

If you will be joining the Galápagos Islands trip extension, we will be heading to the airport for a short flight to the city of Guayaquil where our adventure will begin and end. See the exciting itinerary on the Extensions tab on this page.

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Your Journey


Clinic Photos



This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


Since you are already venturing across the globe, consider extending your stay by a few days to explore one of the globe’s treasures, the Galápagos Islands! Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

On this extension, you will have the opportunity to explore the enchanted islands of Galápagos.  Share a beach with sea lions, swim with penguins, walk with giant tortoises, stroll through flamingo lagoons, dive under lava tunnels among amazingly colored fish, and step on an active volcano. These islands are a unique place in the world and you will have the opportunity to make the most of each day.

Ecotourism Adventure to the Galápagos Islands

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Guayaquil

Fly directly to Guayaquil on Ecuador’s Pacific Coast. Ecuador is an ecotourism champion, with the Galápagos Islands, set 620 miles from its western mainland shores under the country’s care. Here in Guayaquil, you will have your overnight lodgings.  Take a stroll and get a sense of place along Malecon 2000, the riverside promenade along the Guayas River.

Day 2: Guayaquil | Baltra | Sail the Galápagos Islands | Santa Cruz Island

From Guayaquil, you will take a flight to Baltra airport in the Galápagos. Here your ecotourism adventure begins by boarding a boat for a five-day sailing excursion between these incredible islands where Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution after studying different species of Galápagos finches.

Get a preliminary briefing on your boat and your tour itinerary and meet your onboard naturalist guide who will lead your daily excursions. Your first stop this afternoon will be at Santa Cruz Island. Here you will take a short hike to photogenic Dragon Hill, passing a lagoon frequented by flamingos and other bird life. From the hill, you will have rewarding views of the bay and a land iguana nesting site.

Day 3: Galápagos Islands | Isabela Island | Fernandina Island

Rise early for breakfast, then be ready to take in the sights at your first stop, Isabela Island. At Vicente Roca point, the past volcanic action created two sheltered turquoise bays. From your boat’s vantage point below the rocky cliffs, spot masked and blue-footed boobies perched on the cliffsides and flightless cormorants on shore. The cold water currents here attract marine life, and sea lions and penguins frequent the area.

Lunch on board as you sail to Fernandina Island, your afternoon stop. At Espinosa point, hundreds of marine iguanas gather on black lava rock. Pelicans, sea lions, penguins and flightless cormorants are also abundant here. Check out the different types of lava flows with the naturalist.

During your evenings on board, you will enjoy dinner, presentations by the naturalist, relaxation, and socializing with fellow passengers.

Day 4: Galápagos Islands | Santa Cruz Island

You’ll spend the day on Santa Cruz Island, the economic center of the Galápagos Islands. In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, and learn about the resident Galápagos tortoises and the breeding programs the center operates to help preserve the species.

In the afternoon, visit the town of Puerto Ayora, where there are many shops, restaurants, and bars. In the bay, you may spot brown pelicans, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, herons and frigate birds.

Dinner is back on board your boat, where your sail will resume as you head to Floriana Island.

Day 5: Galápagos Islands | Floriana Island

You’ll spend the last full day of sailing on Floriana Island. In the morning, marvel at the breathtaking views while visiting the Baroness’s Observatory, where you will learn about the mysterious disappearance of an Austrian Baroness who lived here with her two lovers. Then on to Post Office Bay, where sailors would leave mail in a barrel to be delivered home by other sailors headed to that same home port. You can continue the tradition today by leaving a card and seeing how long it will take it to arrive home!

In the afternoon, walk the Cormorant Point trail past a flamingo-frequented lagoon to a beautiful white-sand beach where green sea turtles lay their eggs at night. Then, your boat will anchor at Champion Islet, just off Floriana, where you can experience some great snorkeling to admire the coral formations, fish, and perhaps green sea turtles in their element.

This evening, enjoy your last dinner on board, telling stories of your adventures with fellow ecotourism tour students as you head back to Baltra.

Day 6: Baltra | Guayaquil

Arrive back at Baltra where you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil.  Enjoy the rest of the day in this port city. Take a walk to Parque Seminario, also known as Iguana Park for its iguanas who reside in the trees, along the sidewalks or even sprawl on the park benches.  Or visit the colorful neighborhood of Las Penas with its rainbow spectrum of painted homes.

Settle in tonight for a nice dinner to sample local cuisine and enjoy your last evening of Ecuadorian culture.

Day 7: Departure Home

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then head to Guayaquil airport and savor your ecotourism trip memories of the Galápagos Islands on your flight back home.

For more information and to make reservations, contact Worldwide Navigators.

 

 

  • Sea lion on a beach of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

  • Galapagos Tortoise in Ecuador

  • Sea lion in the Galapagos Islands

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $2300 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

$2100 due by April 21, 2022

$2300 due by June 22, 2022

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by April 21, 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 April 21, 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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