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Trinidad & Tobago


March 27, 2021 — April 3, 2021

Starting at: $2,700

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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.

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

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is a twin island sovereign state that is the southernmost nation in the Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago has one of the highest non-communicable disease rates. This is why education plays a key part in elevating the overall health and wellbeing of the population in Trinidad and Tobago. Also, although water resources in Trinidad and Tobago are relatively abundant, there are several challenges that raise high concerns related to the status of water security in this country. Water quality deterioration in source water including rivers, groundwater and coastal waters are due to pollutants from industrial wastes, leaches from landfills, or direct discharge of domestic sewages and farms. Not only is water security an issue, but also Trinidad and Tobago is located in an area where frequent natural disasters strike. These natural disasters, such as cyclones and floods also disrupt the already stressed water supply and causes other factors that decrease the overall health of the population.

In Trinidad and Tobago, there are not enough healthcare providers or facilities to serve the population. While the island does have health centers, many are understaffed and undersupplied and although most of the existing healthcare services are free, patients are frequently unable to obtain care, even on an emergency basis. To help provide quality medical care to all citizens, International Medical Relief sends volunteers to remote areas of the country to provide quality health care and medical services. Our mobile clinics offer assistance to children, women, families, the elderly, and other in-need populations. Come and join the IMR team as we continue our work with our Trinidadian and Tobagonian partners to help improve the quality of life for this incredible nation.

Our Work

International Medical Relief started to partner with Trinidad and Tobago in 2018. We have run two medical missions so far, working with a total of 71 volunteers and staff that served over 1,300 patients. IMR plans to continue our preventative efforts by providing medical relief and to continue the efforts to provide sustainable health services to the community. IMR will continue to provide community health training, medical treatments, medical supplies and equipment, and clinic operations.

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

Come and join the IMR team as we continue our work with our partners in Trinidad and Tobago partners to help improve the quality of life for this incredible nation. Upon arrival, the locals will proudly welcome you with their bright, Caribbean spirit. During your visit, you will enjoy authentic cuisine that is comparable to Creole, but made with local, bold spices.

Trinidad is home to boisterous carnivals and calypso music, the Caroni Swamp where you can view the rare Scarlet Ibis in the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, a 40-acre mangrove island located inside a 15,000-acre swamp! The birds are most active during the last two hours of daylight, so we’ll be sure to go and catch the golden sunset at the sanctuary.  You will also have time to visit the Hanuman Temple during your stay.

Lodging/Transportation

The accommodation offers wifi, an exercise gym, air conditioning, and a hearty continental breakfast offered each morning. You will be very comfortable here after a long day of work!

The team will fly into Piarco International Airport, just a few minutes from your hotel.  Clinic locations are already set in a variety of locations on the island, all serving patients with the greatest need. Transportation will be by private coach with safe, professional drivers. We can’t wait to have you with the IMR T and T Team!!

Highlights

While the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be caring for the people of Trinidad, your team will also have the opportunity to visit some of the country’s top destinations.

Since this is one of the most beautiful places in the world, you will experience mouth-watering cuisine, be amazed by the sheer volume of the beautiful Scarlet Ibis and white Herons during your visit to the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, visit Hindu temples, and view local marine and beach life.  The music will give you a calypso beat as you mix island life, steal drum bands, and loud local music from the cars going by with the excitement and satisfaction of caring for people and improving their health for the future.

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 Trinidad and Tobago’s top tourist destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers?

Trinidad and Tobago is the birthplace of calypso, soca, chutney, and parang music, as well as the Steelpan. The diverse cultural and religious backgrounds of the locals will enchant you, but the beaches will take your breath away. Here you can watch a cricket game or, if you prefer, American Football! If you are adventurous at heart, you can zipline, explore the rainforest, or snorkel in the country’s crystal-clear waters. No matter what you choose to do, the bands will delight you and the calypso-style dancing will get your feet tapping!

For more 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


March 27, 2021

Arrivals

1
March 28, 2021

Training Day

2
March 29, 2021

Clinic

3
March 30, 2021

Clinic

4
March 31, 2021

Clinic

5
April 1, 2021

Clinic

6
April 2, 2021

Cultural Day

7
April 3, 2021

Departure Home

8

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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. 

27 March 2021

Arrivals

You and the team will fly into Piarco International Airport (POS). The required arrival time to land in Piarco is 2:00pm on March 27th.  Upon arrival, your team will transfer to your nearby hotel where you can check-in and freshen up. The evening will be spent meeting your fellow team members and participating in a team orientation. Your team leader will assign roles for clinic, address IMR’s clinic protocols, and discuss the communities you will be serving. Rest up before an exciting week ahead!

1
28 March 2021

Training Day

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
29 March 2021

Clinic

Rise early for clinic each morning. You’ll work hard, long, and very rewarding days!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
30 March 2021

Clinic

You will have the opportunity to work in some of the poorest communities on the island.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
31 March 2021

Clinic

In the evenings, you will have a chance to soak in the rich culture of this incredible island. Steelpan drums and Calypso dancing await!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
1 April 2021

Clinic

You will also have the opportunity to help teach the community about hygiene and how to stay healthy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
2 April 2021

Cultural Day

Today is your day to indulge in the local Caribbean spirit! You will have time to lounge on some of the most picturesque beaches, browse local markets and craft stands for treasures to take home! In the evening you will come together for your farewell dinner where you will enjoy authentic Caribbean cuisine!

The Caroni Swamp is home to the Scarlet Ibis, the national bird of Trinidad and Tobago.  Join IMR as a thank you for your service to see the incredible nesting area of the Ibis, Herons, and more at dusk as you travel by small boats with knowledge guides who were responsible for saving these birds from habitat loss in the last 25 years.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

7
3 April 2021

Departure Home

Sadly, the time has come to say goodbye. Enjoy a final breakfast with your team and one last dip in the hotel pool. Airport transportation is provided for all group flyers.

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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, have you considered extending your stay by a few days to see Trinidad and Tobago’s top tourist destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive three-day extension to its volunteers?

Trinidad and Tobago is the birthplace of calypso, soca, chutney, and parang music, as well as the Steelpan. The diverse cultural and religious backgrounds of the locals will enchant you, but the beaches will take your breath away. Here you can watch a cricket game or, if you prefer, American Football! If you are adventurous at heart, you can zipline, explore the rainforest, or snorkel in the country’s crystal-clear waters. No matter what you choose to do, the bands will delight you and the calypso-style dancing will get your feet tapping!

For more 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 $2700 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

$2500 due by December 27, 2020

$2700 due by February 27, 2021

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by December 27, 2020

Flexible Flight Options

Volunteer with Airfare

You may choose to book a flight with us for a rate of $900. Details on the available flight routing and US departure city will be announced on December 27, 2020. 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
$700
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
$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.

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