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Frequently Asked Questions

What will we be doing?

As a volunteer with Orphan Outreach, you can become the hands and feet of God’s love to meet the needs of the fatherless and share with them the unconditional love and hope we have through Christ. Each group will work to meet the needs of the children based on their specific skills and calling (such as teaching life skills, doing medical work, youth ministry, construction, Bible camps, etc.) while building relationships, sharing the Good News, discipling and encouraging the children.

How do I sign up or apply?

Click here to view a list of our currently scheduled trips. Upcoming mission trips to the programs we serve will be posted as they are scheduled. You can complete our online missions application by selecting the trip you wish to apply for. Continue to check for updates. Once you submit your completed application, you will receive a confirmation email and should hear from our missions office within 5-7 business days.

How will I know if I am approved and what happens next?

Once your application is received and approved, our missions office will email you to give confirmation and more details about your trip (such as waiver forms, airfare itinerary, items to collect, and other trip details). Acceptance of your application to travel on the mission trip is in the sole discretion of Orphan Outreach and without explanation.

What is travel like in each country?

We encourage you to read the stories and information on our website to learn more about our ministry programs in each country.

If I raise support, will my donors receive tax-deductible receipts? 

People who make financial contributions for volunteers traveling on a mission trip will receive a receipt for their donation. As a volunteer who is paying your own way on a mission trip, a significant portion of your cost may be tax-deductible. Please consult your personal tax advisor with respect to tax deductions.

Are there age requirements for joining an Orphan Outreach mission trip?

  • Short-term Mission Trips: Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age, and minors traveling without a parent or guardian must complete and return Parental Consent forms.
  • Summer Internships: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

When considering if your child is old enough for a mission trip, we suggest you consider several factors:

  • What is your objective for this trip? If you are going to minister to children, will your own children take away from your ministry experience? How will your child react to your focus being on other children?
  • Is your child mature enough to handle seeing and being around poverty situations and rough environments?
  • Is your child able to travel well? Can they endure long days and possibly hours on a bus? Are they able to eat different foods and at different times?
  • Is your child flexible? Can they handle schedule changes?
  • How will your child’s presence affect the other members of the mission team? Will they take away from the experience or add to it?
  • You also need to be aware that the children in the programs we work with come from fragile backgrounds and do not have proper medical care. Are you comfortable with your own children being around possibly sick children?
  • International mission trips can be a great experience when you and your child are ready. Please carefully pray about when your child is ready to experience a mission trip in a way that will be meaningful to them.

What kind of training will I receive before departing on my mission trip?

  • Short-term Mission Trips: Volunteers will receive training preparation prior to their departure, including information on the country, culture, language, the ministry program, what to pack and the details of your trip. Your trip leader will also guide you as you process the mission trip experience while on the trip and when you return.
  • Summer Internships:Volunteers are required to attend a spring training weekend in Dallas, Texas.

Who is my leader?

Your trip will be led by a trained Orphan Outreach volunteer leader or employee.

What does the trip land cost include?

Your trip land cost includes all in-country expenses (all meals, lodging, in-country transportation, bottled water, secondary travel insurance, cultural events, visas, taxes, tips, and fees). The only thing it does not include is personal spending on gifts, souvenirs, and extra snacks or drinks.

How is international airfare arranged?

Our missions office works with a travel agency to help purchase international airfare for each volunteer. Traveling together as a team is logistically easier and provides the opportunity to get to know each other better. However, if you would like to purchase airfare on your own through frequent flyer miles or through the internet, you will be required to arrive on the same flight or earlier as the group and will be required to submit a copy of your airfare itinerary to our missions office. You are responsible for communicating your travel plans with our missions office so that we can ensure you have transportation from the airport if you do not travel with the group.

Orphan Outreach requests that trip participants do not add personal travel days before or after their mission trip.

What is the Orphan Outreach policy on checking a second piece of luggage?

We ask that each of our trip participants carry two pieces of checked luggage. The first piece of luggage, which is typically free, will contain all your personal items. The second piece of luggage will contain humanitarian aid and all items needs for mission projects and ministry in country. All mission trip participants will need to cover the cost of their second checked baggage. When traveling internationally, most airlines allow passengers to carry two checked bags at 50 pounds maximum. Typically, your 1st checked bag is free and your 2nd bag costs approximately $40- $100, one way, depending on where you are traveling. To save the cost of having to pay for the 2nd bag on the return flight home you can stuff a bag inside your other bag, or in some cases leave behind in your country of service. You can purchase an expandable, rollable duffle bag at Walmart for $15.

For more information, view baggage policies on the airline’s website:
• American Airlines http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/baggage/baggageAllowance.jsp
• Continental Airlines https://www.continental.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/default.aspx
• Delta Airlines http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/baggage/index.jsp
• Lufthansa Airlines http://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/Baggage-overview
• British Airways http://www.britishairways.com/travel/baggag/public/en_us

Will I be safe?

Our missions office stays current on safety and political issues through the U.S. Department of State updates (http://travel.state.gov/) and our international Orphan Outreach staff. We are aware of potential warnings and take precautions as we travel in country and make decisions so as not to risk our volunteers’ health or safety. Some amount of risk is inherent with international travel, but we make every effort to stay informed through a variety of sources and continue to pray for each of our volunteers and mission trip groups.

What happens if I get sick on the trip?

The cost of your trip includes secondary insurance that covers emergency medical healthcare. If there were a serious illness or accident, staff would be available to immediately transport you to a safe hospital or clinic for quality health care. Most of the minor discomforts and illnesses that occur during international travel can be taken care of with over-the-counter medicines. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for medicines to help you adjust to potential health issues.
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