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Zambia


February 27, 2022 — March 5, 2022

Starting at: $3,900

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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

Formerly a part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Zambia is now a democratic republic located in the heart of Arica. 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

Zambia is the only country in the world to have entered the Olympic Games as one country and left as another, after declaring independence from the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland on the last day of the Summer Olympics in 1964. Formerly Northern Rhodesia until its declaration of independence, Zambia is now a democratic republic, an English-speaking country in the heart of Africa, with more than seventy diverse tribes. Its culture manages to blend many disparate values and spiritual beliefs into a single country.

Poverty, however, is rampant in Zambia, healthcare almost non-existent, and education ends at the primary level for almost 75% of children in the country. Zambia is unlike any of the African countries you may have visited. With a strong Asian influence and a diverse population of young people, Zambia is one of the most vibrant cultures on the continent. People are amicable, warm, and present themselves as you see them. This simplicity of life is unforgettable.

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 settingYou will stay in a modern, comfortable hotel in Livingstone for the entire trip.  In the evenings you and the team will be able to explore the city and take part in many cultural events. All transportation to and from clinic sites will be included and provided by safe, trustworthy drivers. Travel times to clinics are very reasonable and you will see much of how the people of Zambia live in the rural areas during your drives.

Highlights

In one word, the highlight of this trip is “sustainability.” Training local health educators, health center nurses, and young dental students – and seeing the immediate results of your efforts – is a true and meaningful joy. Working with people left out of the health care system in some of the most impoverished places on earth and making a huge impact on the lives of many will sustain you as much as it does them. You will have the chance to care for the most under-served of all populations; this day may well be one of the most thought-provoking days of your life, challenging your assumptions and your skills while meaning more to your patients than you will ever be able to imagine.

Does all this sound like a tall order? It gets bigger as you embark on a safari to seek out some of the most majestic animals in the world at a beautiful national park right outside of Livingstone.  Don’t forget to watch out for crocodiles! They are fast! Are you faster? Don’t miss this trip!

Extend Your Stay

Extend Your Stay

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.

 

Itinerary at a Glance


Sunday, February 27, 2022

Arrivals

1
Monday, February 28, 2022

Team Preparation

2
Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Clinics

3
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Clinics

4
Thursday, March 3, 2022

Clinics

5
Friday, March 4, 2022

Clinics

6
Saturday, March 5, 2022

SAFARI and departures (late night)

7

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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.

27 February 2022

Arrivals

Day 1

You and the team will fly into the Livingstone, Zambia international airport. If you are flying on an IMR group flight your airport transportation will be provided for you. If you are flying independently and want to be included on the scheduled airport transfer, please contact us at travel@worldwidenavigators.com.  Upon arrival, you will meet with your team and team leader for dinner and some team time.

1
28 February 2022

Team Preparation

Day 2

Today is all about getting ready for our mission!  There will be a required team orientation to discuss clinic roles, review protocols and gain insight into the communities and populations you will be serving. You will also review all of the supplies, laboratory testing, community health education materials, and more.

Following your team orientation, you and the rest of your team will head into the community to provide community health education with topics depending on the greatest need(s) of the residents here.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

2
1 March 2022

Clinics

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning and get ready to depart for clinic!  Clinics are always filled with families, the elderly, pregnant women, dental patients, and the very sick in Zambia.  This is one of the busiest places we go! Your drive to clinics will be relatively short and you will have the opportunity to experience tribal government as you meet the Chief and members of the Council for this area.  You will also have a chance to see what the local health centers can provide to the thousands of people under their care. Your translators are dental students, personally selected for service by our host, a professor at the dental school.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

3
2 March 2022

Clinics

Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning and get ready to depart for clinic!  Clinics are always filled with families, the elderly, pregnant women, dental patients, and the very sick in Zambia.  This is one of the busiest places we go! Your drive to clinics will be relatively short and you will have the opportunity to experience tribal government as you meet the Chief and members of the Council for this area.  You will also have a chance to see what the local health centers can provide to the thousands of people under their care. Your translators are dental students, personally selected for service by our host, a professor at the dental school.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

4
3 March 2022

Clinics

Day 5

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in the morning and get ready to depart for clinic!  Clinics are always filled with families, the elderly, pregnant women, dental patients, and the very sick in Zambia.  This is one of the busiest places we go! Your drive to clinics will be relatively short and you will have the opportunity to experience tribal government as you meet the Chief and members of the Council for this area.  You will also have a chance to see what the local health centers can provide to the thousands of people under their care. Your translators are dental students, personally selected for service by our host, a professor at the dental school.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,

5
4 March 2022

Day 6

Your last day in clinic will be bittersweet as you look back on your busy week.

6
5 March 2022

SAFARI and departures (late night)

Day 7

Today is your safari day!!  Our departure time will be determined by our morning game drive.  After the safari, we will have lunch and depending on your flight time, you can shop, have another adventure, or head to the airport.  We are sorry to see this trip end!!  

Tips for an AMAZING SAFARI: 

Ask questions and ask your guides to stop if you want to take a photo or observe for a few minutes

  • Be flexible and be prepared to get up early!
  • Even if you are a shutterbug, bring a pair of binoculars!
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, and Deet!  – put them in your backpack along with a bottle of water and a snack 
  • Wear layers – it can start cold and get HOT; wear sneakers or boots (required), wear neutral colors (no camouflage, please), and be comfortable

After our safari, we will have a celebration lunch and head to the airport for flights home.

7

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 $3900 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

$3700 due by November 29, 2021

$3900 due by January 30, 2022

Early Bird Savings Opportunity

To be eligible, upload all your required documents and forms, and make your 50% donation by November 29, 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 November 29, 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
$1000
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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