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India Internship


Deadlines

Application Fee
$200 APPLICATION FEE (Due as soon as you apply and is applied to the cost of the trip)

Apr 6
Trip Applications Due (Apply Online)

Upon Approval
$300 Non-Refundable Deposit Due
within one week of approval (deposit is applied to the cost of the trip)

May 1
Airfare Due

Jun 15
Balance Due

Team Leader

Amy Norton, Orphan Outreach
Amy has a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University and has 14 years experience in domestic and international adoptions. She worked for two years as a Guardian ad Litem for children and a court appointed special advocate for abused children. She has managed international orphan ministry programs for 18 years. She and her husband are adoptive parents having adopted a child from Russia and have two biological children too. She has led multiple mission teams to Russia, Latvia, Guatemala and many other countries over the past 15 years.


India Trip with WCSG and WaYfm

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to Saturday, July 20, 2013
$2,000.00 per person land cost* + Estimated $1,750.00 per person for International and In-Country Airfare**

[Mission Code: IN13-07CR]

About India

The needs in India are overwhelming. India has approximately three times the population of the United States living in one third of the space. Introduce intense poverty, famine, drought, natural disasters, and AIDS, and you have a recipe for tragedy and most significantly, vulnerable children. India has the largest number of estimated orphans and vulnerable children in the world — 31 million. In addition, 60,000 children a year are born with HIV in India and that number continues to significantly increase. Orphan Outreach makes it a priority to come alongside Indian nationals and work with them as they serve their own people.

About This Trip

On this mission trip the team will be traveling together to Delhi, India and then divide into two smaller teams that will visit two different mission sites (the GanSabra HIV home in Aizawl and the Dar-Ul-Fazl Children's Home [House of Grace] and Rainbow School in Shuuru, near Manali). The team will then come back together for ministry in Delhi. Finally, the team experience Indian culture and visit the Taj Mahal before traveling back to Michigan.

Shuuru, India (near Manali)
Dar-Ul-Fazl (DUF) Children's Home (House of Grace) and Rainbow School

The House of Grace Children’s Home and Rainbow School was founded in 1982 in Srinagar, Kashmir by Mawitei (called Auntie). In 1995, in order to escape the war in Kashmir, the home moved to the Manali area in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Currently the orphanage is home to 76 children including 11 who are enrolled in college. Located on the same property, the Rainbow School has 164 children in grades preschool through seventh grade. Twenty-two children in eighth through twelfth grade must attend school in the local community since the school does not have the resources to provide for those grades. This home and school provide a unique, Christian refuge in an area of India where less than 1% are Christian.

Orphan Outreach is partnering with House of Grace to help manage, fund and provide resources for the Rainbow School to serve children at the orphanage and impoverished children in the community. Our goal is to construct a new school building and renovate the existing school building, which is in poor condition. We are in the process of developing a sponsorship program to provide ongoing funding for the school. We also plan to develop resources for children who are in college for future graduates.

GanSabra HIV Home, [Aizawl]

The GanSabra HIV Home was founded in 2006 by Lucy, a caseworker for an emergency shelter serving sex workers. Her story began when a prostitute came into the shelter ready to give birth after multiple failed abortion attempts. She gave birth to a baby girl and soon after the child was born, she abandoned her. Lucy tried diligently to find a family for the little girl but to no avail. No one wanted to care for a baby with HIV. Finally, after much prayer she felt the Lord wanted her to adopt this baby. Because she now had a child, she lost her position with the emergency shelter and began to pray for guidance as to what the Lord wanted her to do. Many social workers, having heard she adopted an HIV baby, called her to consider adopting other children. Realizing that there were so many children with HIV, Lucy felt led to develop a home for HIV children with the purpose of providing permanent families for them. She also developed a non-residential program for families who had children with HIV so that they would not have to abandon them or place them in residential programs. Lucy currently has a day care center and after-school program that serves approximately 60 families in the community of Aizawl.Orphan Outreach is partnering with the GanSabra HIV Home to provide financial resources and operational support. Short-term mission teams provide evangelical outreach and humanitarian aid to the children.

Accommodations

The team will have double-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms.

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Trip Itinerary

Wed, July 10 — Depart Grand Rapids, MI (GRR)

Thu, July 11 — Arrive in Delhi, India in the evening

Fri, July 12 — Team splits into two teams. Departure to Manali or Aizawl

Sat, July 13 through Tue, July 16 — Ministry and projects

Wed, July 17 — Departure back to Delhi

Thu, July 18 — Full day Tour of Taj Mahal in Agra

Fri, July 19 — Visit a ministry in Delhi and shop in Delhi; Late night departure to Grand Rapids, MI

Sat, July 20 — Arrive Grand Rapids, MI

This is a general tentative itinerary that is subject to change.

Trip Cost

$2,000.00 per person* + International and In-Country Airfare**

Total trip cost includes an estimated land cost of $2,000* plus approximately $1,750** for international and domestic airfare between the USA and India. Land cost of $2,000 is all-inclusive: all meals, lodging, in-country transportation, insurance, interpreters, bottled water, sightseeing, etc.

* The estimated land cost is subject to change based on changes in the total number of trip participants, trip itinerary or length of trip.
**Orphan Outreach arranges all air travel. Costs confirmed at time of booking.


Orphan Outreach Mission Trip Baggage Policies

Please note that starting in 2013, 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- $75, 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. Otherwise, you will have to pay for your 2nd bag. Utilizing your 1st checked bag for personal use and your 2nd bag for humanitarian aid and supplies will ensure an empty bag that can be left behind or stowed inside your 1st bag for the return flight.

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

If you have any questions regarding Orphan Outreach baggage policies, please email missions@orphanoutreach.org.