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India – Mumbai Signature


July 10, 2021 — July 17, 2021

Starting at: $4,500

Save $200! Sign up before April 11, 2021 and pay the Early Bird price of only $4,300!

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

India is the world’s second most populous country and in spite of a well trained and functional health care system, India still faces significant public health issues.  Sanitation, overcrowding, and poverty all contribute to illness, especially among the poor. In 2018, India reported about a 29.9% infant mortality rate. India also still faces several gender health disparities, where women are more vulnerable to different health risks. 

Join International Medical Relief (IMR) in providing quality medical care for the communities surrounding Mumbai. The team will care for those with the greatest need for medical attention. Our clinics are nestled among the throwback of centuries old traditions in southern India. Engage with this culture first hand as you provide greatly needed medical care to the densely inhabited communities. Those left out of the medical system will not only get medical attention, but will also be given needed education to help them survive in places where healthcare is difficult to access.

Our Work

International Medical Relief started relief efforts in 2011. IMR has continued to travel to India and since 2020, IMR has held 15 clinics that had a total number of 430 staff and volunteers, who served around 16,000 patients. IMR continues to provide sustainable health care through education initiatives towards the communities we serve. Some of the educational sessions that were provided include the following: clean water, dehydration/rehydration, malnutrition, family planning, oral health, respiratory diseases, malaria prevention and hygiene/ hand washing. IMR continues to collaborate with local health officials and grow our relationships with India. 

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

Close your eyes and picture looking to your left to see towering, snow-capped mountains, and then looking to your right to see lush, green foliage. If you concentrate, can you hear the infectious Hindustani music or taste freshly caught fish? As the seventh-largest and second-most populous country in the World, it is not surprising that India offers a wide variety of sightseeing, topography, and cultural experiences. Shaped by the Himalayan Mountains, Northern Plains, the Indian Desert, Peninsular Plateau, coastal plains, and many islands, India is the land of “Unity in Diversity.” Among the people, diversity in race, religion, and language exists, but their vast differences in culture do not divide them. Mumbai, the capital city of the state of Maharashtra in India and the city you will stay in for this trip, is the most populated city in India so you will interact with folks from many different backgrounds. However, over half of the city practices Hinduism, so you can expect to experience several Hindu traditions, including theatre, festivals, and food.

While visiting, you can tour countless Hindu Temples such as the most famous temple in the city, Mahalakshmi! Your team will also make a point to visit the Muslim quarter to experience the blended culture and purchase fresh produce. Your time in Mumbai will be especially memorable because it will coincide with Holi, a time for Hindus to welcome the spring season and to celebrate love and the triumph of good over evil. Also referred to as the festival of colors, Holi is one of the most brilliant festivals that Hindus celebrate. From rain dances to water guns filled with liquid color to Holi-special restaurant menus, the Holi festivities are a blast! For a colorful and memorable keepsake, wear a white t-shirt during the celebration. During Holi, keep in mind that the people whom you have the opportunity to laugh and dance with may also be some of the people you help during clinic. Because many residents cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses associated with subsidized healthcare, IMR will help to bring much-needed aid and education to the people in India who have more difficulty accessing medical treatment.

Lodging/Transportation

Because this is one of IMR’s Signature Trips, you will be staying at one of the most beautiful and highly rated hotels in all of Mumbai, the Taj Mahal Palace Towers. Constructed in 1903, the Palace has lodged dignitaries (royal guests), so you can expect to be pampered during your stay. This luxury hotel is walking distance to the Colaba Causeway, providing convenient access to incredible food and retail vendors.

Transportation to and from clinic will be provided each day. If you travel on the group flight, all of your airport transportation to and from the hotel will be pre-arranged. For those flying into Mumbai independently, you have the option to include your airport transportation for an additional charge through our partner, here.

Highlights

The lasting connections that you make with the people of Mumbai within and out of clinic will undoubtedly be the highlight of your trip. By celebrating goodness at Holi with some of the same people you may treat at clinic, you will find yourself completely submerged in Indian culture. If you are lucky, some of your newly made friends will teach you a Bollywood Dance that you can, in turn, teach your friends back home.

While the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be caring for the people of Mumbai, your team will also have the opportunity to visit the famous Gateway of India, an iconic, 85-foot arch that is often referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Mumbai.” This architectural wonder may very well be one of your favorite sites to see!

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 India’s most intriguing destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers? By extending your stay, you will give yourself an extended opportunity to take a short flight to Delhi, where you can explore cultural sites, including Agra and the Taj Mahal. Other sites, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and the Lotus Temple, are easy to access and friendly for tourists. While in Delhi, you can also shop the famous Chandni Chowk Market, founded by the fifth Mughal Emperor over five hundred years ago. In Old Delhi, you can visit the Chandni Chowk Market and the Red Fort, tour Jama Masjid, and explore the stunning Lotus Temple.

Check out the IMR volunteer-exclusive extension opportunities available for your mission 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.

Itinerary at a Glance


July 10, 2021

Arrivals

1
July 11, 2021

Orientation & Training

2
July 12, 2021

Clinic

3
July 13, 2021

Clinic

4
July 14, 2021

Clinic

5
July 15, 2021

Clinic

6
July 16, 2021

Clinic

7
July 17, 2021

Departures

8

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Sustainable Impact

Your Journey



Full Itinerary


This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

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 to fly 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 but wish to arrange transportation from the airport to clinic, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org.

*Please note that travel days will be necessary to travel to Mumbai from the United States. Contact our office if you have any questions or concerns.*

 

10 July 2021

Arrivals

Day 1

You and the rest of your volunteer team will land at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Bengaluru in India. 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 hotel in Mumbai, the luxurious Taj Mahal Palace Towers! Upon check-in, you will have time to settle into your room before meeting up for a wonderful team dinner.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel
1
11 July 2021

Orientation & Training

Day 2

Wake up for an early breakfast before your first day begins. After breakfast, your team leader will lead an orientation to assign roles for the clinic, present IMR’s clinic protocols, and provide an overview of the communities your team will serve.

In the afternoon, you and your team will provide training for local healthcare providers to continue IMR’s long-term, sustainable education efforts. 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.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
12 July 2021

Clinic

Day 3

After a hearty local breakfast, you will meet with the other volunteers assigned to your clinic. You will assist and connect with many families that live in and around Mumbai. There will  be some days you will host clinic at a camp about four hours out from your lodging. Other days, you and your team will be serving people in the city of Mumbai. Clinics begin early in the morning and run into the evenings. Your days will be long and hard, but also incredibly rewarding.

After clinic, you will have spare time to keep exploring the vibrant Mumbai. When you return to your hotel each evening, you can expect to attend a team debrief followed by an excellent team dinner and much-needed downtime.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
13 July 2021

Clinic

Day 4

The World Health Organization reports that India is still recovering from a strikingly high infant mortality rate, so one focus of this mission is women’s healthcare. We will provide general women’s and infant care, as well as empower women to seek higher education.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
14 July 2021

Clinic

Day 5

Clinic will begin early in the morning and run into the evening. When you return to your hotel each evening, you can expect to attend a team debrief followed by an excellent team dinner and much-needed downtime.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
15 July 2021

Clinic

Day 6

Because many residents cannot afford the out-of-pocket expenses associated with India’s subsidized healthcare, IMR will help to bring much-needed aid and education to the people in India who have more difficulty accessing medical treatment.

 

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
16 July 2021

Clinic

Day 7

Your last day in clinic will be bittersweet as you look back on the week. Chances are, while you came to make a difference in the lives of others, you’ll discover that it was others who made a difference for you.

 

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

7
17 July 2021

Departures

Day 8

On your last day in India, you and your team will enjoy an incredible farewell breakfast. After breakfast, you will have a short amount of time to explore and purchase gifts for your friends back home. IMR will arrange transportation for you and your team to return safely to the airport.

8

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 India’s most intriguing destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers? By extending your stay, you will give yourself an extended opportunity to take a short flight to Delhi, where you can explore cultural sites, including Agra and the Taj Mahal. Other sites, including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and the Lotus Temple, are easy to access and friendly for tourists. While in Delhi, you can also shop the famous Chandni Chowk Market, founded by the fifth Mughal Emperor over five hundred years ago. In Old Delhi, you can visit the Chandni Chowk Market and the Red Fort, tour Jama Masjid, and explore the stunning Lotus Temple.

Check out the IMR volunteer-exclusive extension opportunities available for your mission 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.

Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $4500 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

$4300 due by April 11, 2021

$4500 due by June 12, 2021

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by April 11, 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 April 11, 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 Subsidized Rate

  • Travel with other members of your team on select routing
  • Fly on a subsidized ticket at a lower 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
$750
Single Supplement
$100 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
$15
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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