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Vietnam Full Moon Festival


March 20, 2021 — March 28, 2021

Starting at: $2,900

Save $200! Sign up before December 20, 2020 and pay the Early Bird price of only $2,700!

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 Vietnam you see today is steeped in ancient rites and traditions that have survived throughout history. However, the Vietnamese are suffering tremendously due to their poor health care system and lack of resources. Doctors are disproportionately located in inner cities leaving the rural villages without adequate access to care.  Consequently, thousands die every year in Vietnam due to preventable illnesses. Infectious diseases, such as Dengue fever, still remain a big public health concern in Vietnam. Also, non-communicable diseases are having a strong impact in rural communities. International Medical Relief is partnering with Vietnam to achieve a major goal of the country: to improve access to healthcare and preventative education to health conditions. This is why International Medical Relief (IMR) has been invited to the rural areas of Vietnam: to provide quality medical assistance to citizens who would otherwise be unable to access it.  

For clinic, your team will travel to many small villages on the plains and in the mountains to provide medical aid to communities that are left out of the healthcare system. You will help provide expert medical care, including lab work, and will help educate locals about the importance of hand washing, oral hygiene, purification and storage of drinking water, family planning, safe sex, and pain management. You will treat entire families, the elderly, war victims, and vibrant young people.

Our Work

International Medical Relief started collaborating with Vietnam in 2016. IMR continues to grow and strengthen our partnership with the community and since 2019, IMR has conducted four clinics. During the span of the four clinics, we had 131 volunteers and staff working with over 3,000 patients. 

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

The Vietnam you see today is steeped in ancient rites and traditions that have survived throughout history. However, the Vietnamese are suffering tremendously due to their poor health care system and lack of resources. Doctors are disproportionately located in inner cities leaving the rural villages without adequate access to care.  Consequently, thousands die every year in Vietnam due to preventable illnesses. This is why International Medical Relief has been invited to the rural areas of Vietnam: to provide quality medical assistance to citizens who would otherwise be unable to access it.

Lodging/Transportation

Your team will work on the Central Coast of Vietnam. You will have the opportunity to get to know two distinct cultures within this beautiful country as you travel to small villages on the plains and in the mountains. Your team will stay in a modern hotel in Da Nang and in comfortable accommodations in the mountains. You will enjoy the most flavorful foods available in Vietnam, including mì quảng (rice noodles with turmeric and fish or meat), bún chả cá (fish ball noodle soup), bún mắm (seafood gumbo), cánh gà chiên mắm (fried chicken wings in fish sauce), and mít trộn (a salad mixed with jackfruit and pork rind). Don’t miss the Pho – soup for breakfast is the only way to start the day – although the strong Vietnamese coffee, sweetened with thick condensed milk, isn’t a bad way to start things off either!

Highlights

While the most rewarding aspect of this trip will be caring for Vietnam’s rural residents, the team will also have the opportunity to participate in Vietnam’s famous Full Moon Festival in the ancient port city of Hoi An.  You will visit the wondrous caves of the Marble Mountains and spend time in the magnificent UNESCO site of My Son Sanctuary.

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

You’re journeying halfway across the globe, why not extend your stay in Vietnam to experience some of its top tourist attractions? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive 4-Day , 3-Night trip extension provided by their partner, Worldwide Navigators! Some of the trip highlights include:

  • Exploration of Thein Canh Son cave, covered in stalactites and stalagmites
  • A luxury boat cruise in Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Kayaking Tour around Vung Vieng, a floating fishing village

Click here to learn more about this trip extension!

Itinerary at a Glance


March 20, 2021

Departures for Vietnam

1
March 21, 2021

Arrivals in Da Nang

2
March 22, 2021

Training Day

3
March 23, 2021

Travel and Clinics in Tra My

4
March 24, 2021

Clinics in Tra My

5
March 25, 2021

Clinics in Tra My

6
March 26, 2021

Clinic in Que Son and Full Moon Festival Celebration

7
March 27, 2021

Return to Da Nang and a tour of My Son Sanctuary

8
March 28, 2021

Departures

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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 March 2021

Departures for Vietnam

Today you will depart for Vietnam.

1
21 March 2021

Arrivals in Da Nang

Day 2

****An authorized e-visa, obtained prior to travel, is required to enter Vietnam.  This is an easy process! Please contact office@imrus.org to obtain necessary information prior to applying for your visa.

Welcome to Vietnam, IMR!  The required arrival time to land in Da Nang is 2:00pm on March 21st.  We will have a required orientation meeting and time for team preparation at 4:00pm.  Following our team meeting, enjoy a hearty dinner and get a good night’s sleep. Rest up before an exciting day tomorrow.

Meals: Dinner,

2
22 March 2021

Training Day and Clinic

Day 3

Your team will hold clinics in a village not far from Da Nang as well as in the hill country outside the city. Many elderly will attend the clinic, as well as those who have been severely impacted by wars and loss. Your medical and dental skills will be of great comfort to these people. Before leaving clinic, take a short walk to the beautiful rice paddies nearby clinic. 

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,

3
23 March 2021

Travel and Clinics in Tra My

Day 4

Get ready for a magnificent ride through mountains followed by a 1/2 day of clinic.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
24 March 2021

Clinics in Tra My

Day 5

Tra My, the Ginseng capital of Vietnam, is said to grow the finest ginseng in all the world, valued at more than $6,000 USD per kilo.  However, this rural agricultural area is in desperate need of medical and dental care – so be ready to work.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
25 March 2021

Clinics in Tra My

Day 6

Today is the last day of clinic in Tra My.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
26 March 2021

Clinic in Que Son and Full Moon Festival Celebration

Day 7

We will have a ½ day of clinic today followed by a wonderful celebration of the full moon in Hoi An. The full moon holds tremendous significance to the Vietnamese people. After spending a bit of time seeing the town and  as the sun begins to sink, make your way to the river’s edge with your lantern in hand. Warning! It will be dark as all of the town’s lights are shut off. Light your candle and let your lantern run free down the river along with thousands of others. What a magical experience!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

7
27 March 2021

Return to Da Nang and a tour of My Son Sanctuary

Day 8

Following our last day of clinic we’ll have an amazing stop to spend time in My Son Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Here is what UNESCO has to say:

Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence.

The My Son Sanctuary is a remarkable architectural ensemble that developed over a period of ten centuries. It presents a vivid picture of spiritual and political life in an important phase of the history of South-East Asia.

The monuments are unique and without equal in Southeast Asia.  

After a thorough exploration of this remarkable UNESCO site we’ll take the short ride back to Da Nang, your hotel, and dinner with your team.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

8
28 March 2021

Departures

Today is you departure day!  Thank you for your hard work and volunteer spirit.  Depending on your flight time, take a few minutes to explore Da Nang or head to the beach.  The day is yours. If you are flying on the IMR group flight, your airport transportation has been arranged for you.  If you are flying independently and want to arrange for transportation, please contact travel@worldwidenavigators.com.

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Your Journey


Clinic Photos



This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


Minimum Donation

Your generous donation of $2900 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

$2700 due by December 20, 2020

$2900 due by February 20, 2021

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by December 20, 2020

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 December 20, 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
$900
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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