VIETNAM FULL MOON FESTIVAL

Company : International Medical Relief
Location : Vietnam
Duration: 1 week to 2 weeks
Approx Costs: 2500 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)


Many ancient cultures worship the moon in some form, including Buddhism.   There was a full moon, it is believed, on the day of Buddha’s birth and on the day of his enlightenment. This is why you will see, during the Full Moon Festival, the people of Hoi An honoring their ancestors by burning fake...

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.  

 
Your team will focus on acute medical and dental needs and health education. As with every IMR team, your team will provide expert medical care (including labs, wound care, respiratory treatments, hydration, and medications) and classes on hand washing, oral hygiene, purification and storage of drinking water, family planning, safe sexual practices, stretching/pain management and more. You will see families, the elderly, war victims, and vibrant young people. You will fall in love with your patients who will greet you shyly with their warm smiles, a gentle rubbing on your arm and cheek, and hugs and kisses to thank you for caring for them. There is beauty on every corner and in every face you see. The lined faces of the elderly will tell you a story and the hope in the young people will send you home ready to come back to Vietnam to share their passion once again.
 
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!  
 
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.    
 
You have the option to extend your stay to explore more of Vietnam’s culture, wildlife, and scenery.  There are caves, ancient cities, cooking classes and home visits, not to mention the amazing beaches and beach resorts that await your exploration.  All of this can be yours for a few days if you wish! Please contact our preferred travel agency at travel@worldwidenavigators.com to learn more about your options for an extension.  To see a sample extension, click here for a fabulous eco-adventure!!  

Start Dates

March 21-29,2020

Costs / Benefits

$2,400-$3,300

Requirements

Medical mission trips with IMR provide short-term volunteer opportunities abroad for medical professionals and dental professionals, students, and non-medical volunteers with any level of experience. Our medical and dental clinics provide free healthcare and health education in more than 70 countries in areas where care is limited or difficult to obtain.

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