|East Africa||South America|
|Every Extra Week||$300||$300||$300||$300||$300||$300||$300||$300||$300||$300||$300|
|Along with the unforgettable village clinic experience, all trips through IMA will include:||– Travel & Accident Insurance|
– Access to Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
– All Hospital Fees
|– Unlimited Wi-Fi Access At Residence|
– Unlimited Private Transportations (Weekdays)
– 24/7 U.S. based Support & In-Country Support
Unlike most elective companies, IMA is a non-profit that reinvests earnings into the communities in which we operate.
24/7 U.S. Based Support
IMA’s U.S.-based support staff assure that volunteers’ relatives have a single point of contact for added peace of mind.
Priority Hospital Placement
Through special arrangements with hospitals around the world, IMA’s volunteers enjoy the highest priority access to all medical departments across a variety of specialties.
Unlimited Weekday Transportation
IMA provides unlimited, private transportation to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all volunteers.
*East Africa Only
Program Mentors guide volunteers through the entire elective experience. IMA’s structured programs include extensive training on infection control, region specific orientations, and continuous support from in country and U.S.-based staff.
Travel and Accident Insurance
IMA provides every volunteer with travel and accident insurance at no additional cost to the participant
No Hidden or Registration Fees
Unlike many for-profit companies, IMA’s program fee is inclusive of all hospital fees, insurance, and transportation. We even include unlimited Wi-Fi access for all our volunteers!
Q: Are international aid organizations taking care of their volunteers?
A: By and enlarge, established and reputable NGOs and medical aid organizations go to great lengths to ensure the safety and well-being of their volunteers and in-country staff. Unfortunately, this is not always the case with companies that organize healthcare electives abroad. These elective companies are profit-driven organizations that care little for the safety of their volunteers or their impact on local communities. Students and doctors are often dropped into large public hospitals in foreign countries with very little structure or training. Surrounded by infectious diseases and unfamiliar customs, this arrangement creates a very dangerous environment for both elective participants and the patients in these hospitals.
Recognizing this reality, IMA Electives has developed a non-profit model for the elective business. Built on International Medical Aid’s core values of integrity, mutual respect and commitment, our elective programs are tailored to the needs of students and healthcare providers. These structured programs include extensive training on infection control and region specific orientations in addition to continuous support from experienced local mentors and our staff back in the United States.
Q: How should volunteers decide which organization to work with?
A: With an ever-increasing number of NGOs, it is important for volunteers to select organizations whose values and mission align with their own goals. For students and doctors seeking to work abroad, distinguishing between reputable non-profit organizations and less scrupulous elective organizers is often difficult.
Q: What is the structure of your programs? Will there be in-country support? Will my family back home have a single point of contact in case of emergencies?
A: Volunteering in a foreign country can be a rewarding and life-changing experience but it can also be quite challenging. It is important for volunteers to assure their chosen organization provides structured experiences with ample local support. For families and loved ones back home, it is equally important that such organizations provide a single-point of contact that can be reached in case of an emergency. IMA’s programs balance structure with ample local guidance and 24-hour, U.S.-based support for volunteers and their loved ones.
Q: What does your program fee include? Will there be additional registration fees? What other expenses should I plan for?
A: Often elective organizers’ program fees are not inclusive of all charges. Students arrive in country and are forced to pay additional registration fees to local hospitals, fees for cell phone use, food and transportation. IMA’s elective fees are inclusive of all in-country expenses; allowing volunteers to more confidently travel abroad and enjoy their experience.
Q: Will there be designated transportation available?
A: Transportation in developing countries can be very dangerous so it is important to assure that designated transportation will be available. Many elective companies save costs by advising their volunteers to use public transportation. The use of public transpiration in developing countries should be avoided. IMA provides all volunteers with unlimited, private transportation, which ensures their experience will be both safe and enjoyable.
Q: What is your post-exposure protocol? Will there be post-exposure prophylaxis kits readily available? Are these kits included in the program fee?
A: The risk of exposure to infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS is often greater when working in parts of the developing world. Volunteers must assure that prospective organizations have established protocols in place in the event of exposure. IMA is committed to the safety of our volunteers and has developed stringent protocols and training programs, which work to minimize the risk of exposure. In the case of exposure, IMA has physicians on-call 24 hours a day to provide timely PEP at no expense to our volunteers.
Q: Do you provide accident and medical evacuation insurance for volunteers?
A: In the case of an accident or a life-threatening illness, it is important for volunteers to have proper insurance coverage. A medical evacuation from a developing country could cost upwards of $100,000. IMA provides each of our volunteers with top rated accident and medical evacuation insurance at no additional cost.
International Medical Aid takes the safety of our volunteers, employees and other stakeholders very seriously. In each of our programs, IMA develops and enforces comprehensive protocols that ensure the safety of our volunteers. All of our elective participants are housed in gated compounds with 24-hour security personnel. If you have any safety concerns before your trip, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Unlike any other elective group, IMA provides each of our volunteers with top rated accident and medical evacuation insurance. This insurance is included in our elective fees and provides added peace of mind for our volunteers and their families.
Program Dates / Cost
Program Dates / Cost
IMA’s large network of hospitals and dedicated staff allows us to tailor elective programs to any desired dates and duration. Our elective fees are competitive and are all-inclusive. Most elective organizations will nickel and dime for you the “hospital fee”, transportation expenses, and even additional costs for food. At IMA, our elective fee is entirely inclusive of any hospital elective fees and we include unlimited, dedicated transportation to and from elective sites.
International Medical Aid specializes in developing programs for large groups of students or healthcare professionals. With extensive resources and personnel on the ground, IMA is able to coordinate multi-specialty electives while seamlessly integrating travel and sightseeing excursions. For students, our experienced staff will work directly with your school to ensure programs will meet academic requirements.
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