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Zambia – Victoria Falls Signature


December 11, 2021 — December 18, 2021

Starting at: $4,700

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

***Note: Full COVID-19 Vaccination is Required for Participation***

Formerly a part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Zambia is now a democratic republic located in the heart of Africa. While the tourism economy in Zambia is thriving, the quality of living for the country’s native ethnic groups is suffering. Life expectancy at birth is <50 years and 1.2 million children are orphans, primarily due to parental death from AIDS. Zambia has the nineteenth highest death rate in the world, due as much to dismal sanitation as infectious disease and autoimmune disorders. In the rural areas, less than 50% of the population has access to safe drinking water, and only 3.2% of rural families have electricity. Children average seven years of school, much of it missed due to diarrhea and other common illnesses.

In our experience, clinic in Zambia is one of the busiest trips that our volunteers work. At clinic, you will treat entire family units, elderly patients, expectant mothers, and orphans. Because Zambia has the nineteenth highest death rate in the world, you can expect to care for many ailing patients. Common diseases that you will treat include conditions related to AIDS, infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, and diarrhea. 

You and the rest of the volunteer team will also educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. One of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because dental pain is common here and because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. We will have many local dental students and a professor at the dental school available to help translate and provide oral care.

Our Work

International Medical Relief first served Zambia in 2016. Since then, IMR has served approximately 6,000 patients through nearly 200 staff and volunteers. IMR plans to continue to provide community health training, medical treatments, medical supplies and equipment, and clinic operations in order to provide sustainable health care to Zambia. 

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

Internal Medical Relief has organized several trips to Zambia in the past. In our experience, clinic in Zambia is one of the busiest trips that our volunteers work. At clinic, you will treat entire family units, elderly patients, expectant mothers, and orphans. On your special clinic day, you will have the opportunity to work with prison or elderly populations. Because Zambia has the nineteenth highest death rate in the world, you can expect to care for many ailing patients. Common diseases that you will treat include conditions related to AIDS, infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, and diarrhea. 

You and the rest of the volunteer team will also educate locals on how to stay healthy and how to care for their loved ones. One of the main focuses of this mission is dentistry. Because dental pain is common here and because all community members are encouraged to attend, the demand for dental care will be high. We will have many local dental students and a professor at the dental school available to help translate and provide oral care.

Lodging/Transportation

Two IMR volunteers traveling to clinic on a bus in Zambia | Short-term medical mission missions for undergraduate students from IMR offer the opportunity to participate in patient care in a clinic settingYour accommodations for this trip will be at a pleasant waterfront lodge. The site is fully equipped with a pool, walking trails, and an upscale restaurant. Since this is a signature trip, you also have the option to update to a waterfront lodge in a nature park that houses both elephants and hippopotamuses. IMR will arrange safe and reliable transportation for the team to and from the airport and clinic. Although your car rides will be short, there will be ample scenery for you to enjoy!

Highlights

The highlight of this trip is serving patients who, without you and your team, would not have access to healthcare. In this humbling but rewarding service opportunity, you will work with isolated communities who will be eager to connect with you. Aside from clinic, you will love boating underneath Victoria Falls, horseback riding along the Zambia River, spotting the Big Five on a safari, and walking alongside lions and cheetahs. For the safari and walk, be sure you pack binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and an area guidebook!

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 Zambia’s most intriguing destinations? Did you know IMR offers an exclusive trip extension to its volunteers? By extending your trip for three additional days, you can visit Chobe National Park! This incredible park is Botswana’s most biologically diverse national park. It is home to one of the largest concentrations of big game animals in all of Africa and is particularly well known for its herds of elephants and buffalos, and its large lion prides! 

More trip inspiration can be found here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/zambia-3-day-teaser/

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


Saturday, December 11, 2021

Arrivals

1
Sunday, December 12, 2021

Orientation & Training Day

2
Monday, December 13, 2021

Clinic & Victoria Falls

3
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Clinic & Horseback Riding

4
Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Clinic & African Queen Cruise

5
Thursday, December 16, 2021

Safari Day!

6
Friday, December 17, 2021

Clinic & Mukuni Village

7
Saturday, December 18, 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.

11 December 2021

Arrivals

Day 1

You and the rest of your volunteer team will land at the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone, Zambia. 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 to check-in by 5 PM for a team dinner. After dinner, your team leader will provide a general overview of the incredible days you have ahead!

1
12 December 2021

Orientation & Training Day

Day 2

Once you have socialized and dined with your team during breakfast, your team leader will dive right into orientation. During orientation, your leader will assign roles for the clinic, present IMR’s clinic protocols, and provide an overview of the many communities your team will serve. You will also review the supplies, laboratory-testing protocols, and educational materials that you will need to understand for clinic.

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.

After training, you will have the rest of the day to explore Livingstone Falls, shop or walk with the lions!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
13 December 2021

Clinic and Victoria Falls

Day 3

Once you have indulged in a tasty and nutritious breakfast at your hotel, you will meet with the other volunteers assigned to your clinic. Today, you will travel for about one hour to reach the rural communities of Zambia. After a long but rewarding morning, your team will regroup for a transfer to the famous Victoria Falls! Here, you will pay witness to the Zambezi River’s raging waters as they crash down into the beautiful Batoka Gorge. After walking through the rainforest, you will arrive at cliffs that overlook the truly stunning cascade. A professional guide will take you on a boat ride to enjoy an up-close encounter with this spectacular wonder.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
14 December 2021

Clinic & Horseback Riding

Day 4

For your second day of clinic, you will return to the outskirts of Livingstone to treat even more patients than you did yesterday. By now, word of your team’s great work will have spread and villagers will have traveled a long way to receive your medical treatment. After this incredibly rewarding morning, your team will travel to the stables of Minor Hotels Resort to saddle up for a scenic, guided trail ride. While on your outdoor adventure, you will enjoy breathtaking views of Zambia’s landscape. At the end of the day, your team will regroup at the hotel for a traditional meal called Nsima.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
15 December 2021

Clinic & African Queen Cruise

Day 5

After your fourth day of clinic work, your team will be treated to a cruise down the mighty Zambezi River. The African Queen is a luxury boat with fine amenities that will make your cruise relaxing, and the stunning sunset views along the river will be memorable.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
16 December 2021

Safari!

Day 6

As a reward for your dedication to humanitarian aid, your sixth day in Zambia has been reserved for a fantastic, guided safari in Chobe National Park! Since the park lies across the border in Botswana, you will need to have a visa ready. While on safari, keep your eyes peeled for buffalo herds, hippos, elephants, leopards, giraffes, and more! The park features a wonderful on-site restaurant, which will be the perfect spot to stop for lunch during your expedition through the park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

6
17 December 2021

Clinic & Mukuni Village

Day 7

For the last day of clinic work, you will have the incredible honor of meeting the Chief of Mukuni Village. After you have finished your work for his people, the villagers will perform a traditional dance to thank you for your dedication to their health. You will also tour their humble village in an ox-drawn cart and pop into the homes of villagers who want to share their culture with you.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

7
18 December 2021

Departures

You will enjoy one final meal with your volunteer team before departing home. Return flights are available throughout the day, so you will want to budget your time accordingly.

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Your Journey


Clinic Photos



This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Extensions


You’re venturing halfway across the globe. Have you considered extending your stay a few days to visit some of Zambia’s top spots?

Join IMR on an exclusive extension Chobe National Park and have the opportunity to spend additional time “where the smoke thunders” – Victoria Falls! . Stand in awe of your surroundings while you experience the wonderland sculpted by Earth’s natural elements. Victoria Falls is classified as the largest sheet of falling water in the world and is roughly twice the height and width of Niagara Falls. Livingstone also cites the older name of Seongo, which translates to “the place of the rainbow” as a result of the immense and constant spray. If you’re lucky you may spot one of the many hippopotamus or crocodile that call the river home.

Since you’re already halfway around the world it would be a shame to miss on neighboring Botswana’s first and most biologically diverse national park. Chobe National Park has one the the greatest concentrations of game in all of Africa. Keep your eyes peeled on your private safari in search for the park’s noted population of lions and African elephants!

For more information on extending your trip, 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 $4700 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

$4500 due by September 12, 2021

$4700 due by November 13, 2021

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by September 12, 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 September 12, 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
$1200
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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