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Honduras


October 23, 2021 — October 30, 2021

Starting at: $2,600

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***

Honduras is a country known for its natural beauty and extreme poverty, with more than 50% of the population destitute. Major risk factors include high unemployment and inadequate public education. Many schools have up to 80 children in a classroom with one teacher. Of all the children entering 1st grade, only 30% are still in school by 6th grade and only 8% continue to the university level. For this trip, your team will travel to remote communities that do not have access to the limited, small hospitals scattered across the country. Health care is almost nonexistent in these rural areas.

The towns where we will care for patients have a high prevalence of diseases transferred by mosquitoes such as malaria, dengue, and recently chikungunya, especially during the months right after the rainy season, which is when we will be there. Due to the lack of clean water and sanitation methods, diseases such as skin rashes/ infections, ear, eyes, nose and throat infections, respiratory infections, influenza, heartworm, and diarrhea are seen daily in adults and children. Oral hygiene is nonexistent and dental care is of critical importance. These are health issues you can significantly impact through excellent patient care and health education. Please join us!

Our Work

International Medical Relief first served Honduras in 2018 and has since served more than 2,000 patients through nearly 50 staff and volunteers. IMR continues to strive for the goal of providing sustainable health care by contributing medical services, medicine, supplies, training and education to the community.

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

One of the most exciting things about this trip is the indigenous communities you will serve in.  You can expect hundreds of patients each day – most families will have five to six children – who get no care due to the remote locations of their communities and their own desire to live simply.  In addition to working with the indigenous communities, we will also work in small remote towns, again making a tremendous difference to the health of the community with dental care, medical care, and education.

We will also work with local Honduran doctors, dentists, nurses, and public health experts on this trip and the learning exchanges will be a true highlight of your time in Honduras.

Lodging/Transportation

The IMR team will be based in two distinct areas:  the indigenous communities approximately 5 hours from the capital, Tegucigalpa, and a small town about 3 hours away. You will fly into Tegucigalpa where you will meet your team at the airport and drive to the indigenous communities that have been waiting for more than a year to welcome you. The rainy season will have ended prior to your visit, and temperatures in the low 80s will make your working conditions perfect! Your hotel lodging will be comfortable, clean, and safe.

Honduran cuisine is a cocktail of multiple ancient cultures like Maya, Lenca, and Garifuna. Besides African and Caribbean influences, Spanish flavors also play an important part in making the local cuisine a favorite around the world. Carne asada, pastelitos de carne (meat pies – yum!), baleadas (traditional flour tortilla with a sumptuous filling of cheese, avocados, beans, and sometimes with scrambled eggs and ground beef), Yojoa fish, corncakes wrapped in banana leaves, arroz con leche, and the famous Honduran Horchata (a simple drink of rice, water, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and milk added afterward) will make you wishing you never never have to leave.

Want to learn more?  See the itinerary for more details about one of our favorite trips!!

Highlights

The highlight of this trip is certainly the indigenous communities and the townspeople, who can not wait to open their doors and hearts to your IMR team. But of course, there is more! Parque Nacional Sierra de Agalta, owned by the town itself, will be a highlight of your visit. There are eight famous waterfalls that combine for a drop of over 150 feet! Cuevas de Talgua caves – the “cave of the glowing skulls” – is one of the most important sites for cave burials in the Mayan world. A guided tour to see the wonderful formations in this cave will leave you absolutely amazed! And have no fear, there’s the shopping! Wonderful local crafts and markets abound!

In the evenings, will visit restaurants, sing some karaoke, and join the people of Honduras in some family time.  You’ll love this trip!

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

Since you’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Honduras’ top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

  • Explore the quarters of the royal family at Las Sepulturas in the famous Coban ruins
  • Discover the Pulhapanzak Waterfall and zip-line through the rainforest canopy

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Itinerary at a Glance


October 23, 2021

Arrivals

1
October 24, 2021

Training Day and Clinic - Indigenous Communities

2
October 25, 2021

Clinic - Indigenous Communities

3
October 26, 2021

Transfer to Santa Maria del Real and sightseeing

4
October 27, 2021

Clinic - Rural Small Town

5
October 28, 2021

Clinic - Rural Small Town

6
October 29, 2021

Clinic - Rural Small Town

7
October 30, 2021

Departures

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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.

23 October 2021

Arrivals

You will arrive and meet your team the morning  in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Please arrive by early afternoon (no later than 1PM) so that we can depart for the indigenous area of Montana la Flor.  We will transfer to our accommodations in the indigenous communities and will meet as a team in the early evening to prepare you for clinic and the patients you will see.  We can’t wait to get started!

1
24 October 2021

Training and Clinic - Indigenous Communities

Day 2

Your first clinic and training day!  The bus rides will be amazing  and the people of these indigenous communities will welcome you with open arms and a display of their traditional crafts.  There will be many families of multi-generations and more children than you can count.  You’ll get to meet everyone the community before the day is over!  There will be many acute cases presenting to you.  Hypertension and diabetes are not the major concerns in these communities but malnutrition is a deadly and very real concern for the children and the elderly.

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
25 October 2021

Clinic - Indigenous Communities

Day 3

Another busy day serving the community and learning the stories and history of the people. Today you will keep growing your connections with the entire community.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
26 October 2021

Transfer to Santa Maria del Real and sightseeing

Day 4

You will transfer to Santa Maria del Real today by bus in the morning and upon arrival will have the chance to stretch your legs with a nice hike to explore the town’s jewel – an amazing cave that is wet, young and growing.  You’ll learn how the cave was discovered and much more about “tites” and “mites” and “flows” and “bows.”  Don’t forget to look up – otherwise you might miss the faces looking back at you!!  There is also an amazing museum of mesozoic art from the area.  Following a bit of caving, we’ll take the trucks up the mountain to take a short hike – the beauty of this place is astounding.  And after all that?  Well, we haven’t mentioned the food yet, have we?  Dinners throughout the week will be a culinary treat. Your clinic days will be rewarded with homemade ice cream by a famous ice cream maker in town and lots of fun at dinner and beyond.

Lodging is at a friendly resort, complete with a pool, restaurant, and bar.  It is family owned and that’s how you will be treated – like family!  Don’t forget to say hi to the turtles (las tortugas!) every morning as you enter the restaurant and get ready for some karaoke in the evenings!  Bring your suit – the pool has a slide!!

Meals: Dinner,

4
27 October 2021

Clinic - Rural Small Town

Day 5

The last three days of clinic will be held in small, remote towns around the very small town, Santa Maria del Real.  Many volunteers from the town’s government will join us in clinic to provide support with registration and more. You can expect hundred more patients for our last three days. You’ll see smaller families, more elderly patients, some hypertension and diabetes, and more during these busy clinic days.

Food is quite varied in this area – you’ll find meats, cheeses, yuca, and many varieties of sweets and homemade ice cream.  The carne asada is considered to be the best in the country and there are many varieties of tacos, baleada (filled flour tortillas), chicharrónes, and more.  If you like wine, give the local Coyol wine, made from a local alcoholic palm tree, a try.  Local beers are also great.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
28 October 2021

Clinic - Rural Small Town

Day 6

Your second day of clinic! Our work does not go unnoticed here and the town wants to do everything they can to ensure the success of our clinics and our stay. Today you will continue to see small families and more elderly patients. This gives you the perfect opportunity to keep engaging in their stories of the area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
29 October 2021

Clinic - Rural Small Town

Day 7

Your last day of clinic will be bittersweet as you say goodbye to the community that has embraced you over the past several days.

After clinic, the team will transfer to Tegucigalpa for your flights home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,

7
30 October 2021

Departures

This morning you will say goodbye to your new family and many new friends you shared your week with.  It will be hard to leave – the beauty of Honduras and the soul of her people will stay with you. We hope to see you again next year!!

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Your Journey


Clinic Photos



This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


Since you’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Honduras’ top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

  • Explore the quarters of the royal family at Las Sepulturas in the famous Coban ruins
  • Discover the Pulhapanzak Waterfall and zip-line through the rainforest canopy

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $2600 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

$2400 due by July 25, 2021

$2600 due by September 25, 2021

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by July 25, 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 July 25, 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
$500
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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