How is the cost of a mission trip determined?
- Trip costs are determined beforehand and usually include airfare, on the ground transportation, lodging, food, insurance, visas (if required), and ministry expenses.
What is the team member's expected contribution?
- Each member contributes a $250 personal non-refundable deposit. Bethel contributes 30% of your trip costs. The remainder can be fundraised by support letters to friends and family and approved team fundraisers. Team members are responsible for any remaining funds after support raising. Support funds cannot be used for any personal expenses including passports, luggage, souvenirs, immunizations, etc.
- The timeline for funds is the $250 deposit is due at the Initial Team Meeting, 50% is suggested by half-way, and 100% is due before departure.
What if more funding comes in for me than I need?
- Throughout this ministry you will function as part of a team. Your effectiveness is determined not just from an individual standpoint, but also as a team. Each person's ability to raise funds varies depending on who they know, how many people they know, their ability to communicate effectively, etc. Therefore, since the goal is to fund the entire team, any monies given beyond what you need will go to support other team members who are struggling with their funds. If the team as a whole receives more funds than needed those funds will be designated towards a future GO trip usually to the same country in accordance with IRS guidelines.
How are airline tickets purchased?
- We work carefully with experienced mission travel agencies who help us find group rates in accordance to the best price and schedule combination. These costs may differ from when you are looking for an individual ticket on travel search engines. The travel agents are often able to find great group rates with humanitarian fare which allows for extra luggage and are also able to assist us throughout the travel process.
Do I get a refund if I decide to cancel the trip or the trip is cancelled by Bethel?
- If you decide to cancel: The initial $250 deposit is non-refundable. All support monies received stay within Global Outreach.
- If Bethel cancels the trip (i.e. due to civil unrest, security issues, etc.): Deposits can be refunded or held for a rescheduled trip or to join a trip to a different location. Fundraised donations will be held for the rescheduled trip, go towards a different trip, or will support another Global Outreach team.
Are there any meetings before the mission trip?
- There will be a number of meetings before you go on a mission trip depending on the needs of your trip and will be decided by the team leader. These meetings are mandatory and critical for the success of the mission trip.
- In addition, all teams attend a mandatory GO Team Training sometime prior to their departure. It typically occurs on a Saturday within a month before the trip. This training includes multiple teams preparing for their trips.
What is a visa?
- A visa is an entry requirement required by a foreign government in addition to your passport. Not all foreign governments require a visa. A visa may be stamped on your passport, or a paper visa may be affixed to your passport. If a visa is required, we will provide the appropriate visa application form for you to complete. Most visa applications require 2-3 passport-size photos as well. The visa fees for each team member are included in the team budget. (Note: if you are not a U.S. citizen, please make sure that the team leader and the Global Outreach Coordinator know this. It may mean a different visa process for you.)
How soon should I apply for a passport?
- New passports and passport renewal can be a slow process and should be started as soon as possible. Most countries require that travelers' passports not expire within six months of the end of travel. Please check your passport immediately. If it is set to expire within six months of the end of this trip, please begin the process to renew it now.