Missions at Church Eleven32
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
Simply complete the online application
What kind of preparation is provided before the trip?
The class-times are set in place to provide all the preparation needed pertaining to the trip you've decided to participate in.
What does the cost of the trip include?
The trip cost includes flights, checked baggage, lodging, food, and any activities done as a team. However, personal souvenirs, snacks, etc. will not be covered.
What happens if I can't make it to a class?
We highly encourage you to attend every class time so you will not miss out on any pertinent information. However, if a situation arises of which you cannot make it, please inform Whitney Bates as soon as possible.
Must I attend all classes to go on the trip?
Yes. It is very important that you attend all classes so you do not miss any important information!
Are my payments refundable?
Unfortunately, once a payment is made there will be no refunds issued unless it’s due to a trip cancellation on our end.
Will my personal payments be tax-deductible?
Yes, they will.
If an individual want to donate towards my mission balance will their donation be tax-deductible?
Yes, as long as it is over $100 and made through our online giving page or noted when the donation is turned in.
If I earn money from a fundraiser and turn it in all together will I personally receive the tax-deduction?
The name in which is noted at the time of payment submission will be the one who receives the tax credit. As the recipient of the funds you are responsible for noting the name and address of the giver in order for them to receive proper tax credit.
Do I need a passport and visa to travel out of the country?
You DO need a passport to travel internationally. If you do not already have one, please begin applying for that straight away so we will be able to secure your plane ticket in a timely manner. As for visas, unless otherwise stated by leadership, you will not need a visa. If you do, the team will complete the paperwork together.
Will parents receive a copy of all travel information?
For some of the trips, we will have parent meetings where they will receive copies of documents and important information. However, most information is expected to be passed on to the parent from the student who is going on the trip. If parents would like copies of any information or if they have any questions, they are more than welcome to contact the missions staff directly.
What happens if I become ill or get injured on the trip?
Our staff will do the best they can to make sure every single team member is well looked after. However, if a team member becomes very ill (fever, etc) or injured, the staff will immediately connect with the emergency contact of which will be assigned to each trip. They will then determine what action needs to be made to ensure the individual in need is fully taken care of. Each group is covered by travel insurance as well and will be able to find medical treatment as needed.
Are there emergency contact numbers?
Team leaders will have contact numbers that parents will be able to make use of if needed.
Do I need any vaccinations?
You do not legally need any vaccinations to enter the countries we are traveling to but if you are concerned about this, we recommend consulting your doctor to see what they advise.
Which vaccines are suggested for each trip?
Here is a list of suggested vaccines when visiting countries outside of the US: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list
Are these trips open to individuals who are not members of Church Eleven32?
The trip is open to anyone who can commit to the training prior to it. It is not required to be a member of Church Eleven32, however it is encouraged that during the training weeks you attend one of our Sunday services.
Will family be able to contact me while I’m overseas?
Although wifi is not promised at every location, you are more than welcome to obtain a roaming plan on your mobile device, which is a great option for those wanting secure communication. However, when wifi is available there are options such as Skype, Face-time, multiple texting apps and Imessage all of which can be utilized at that time.
How much spending money should I bring?
Spending money is a personal option. It is not required. But for those who do wish to buy souvenirs or snacks while abroad, a good amount to bring is between $100-$300.
Do I need to speak the language of the country I am going to?
No. We will have translators as needed. However, we will do some training during our trip preparation in order to learn some important phrases in the native language pertinent to the location in which we will be traveling to.
Am I allowed to deviate from the team at any point of the trip?
It is encouraged that the team stays together during the trip to ensure that the whole team is safe and accounted for at all times.
What safety precautions are taken?
The staff is trained to make sure you and/or your child is properly looked after at all times. All the ministries and locations in which we travel to are trusted locations. Additionally, our staff has emergency contact numbers, travel insurance, and the local staff at each location to ensure safety.
Are their chaperons on the trip?
Yes! Each trip will be fully staffed with trusted members of Church Eleven32.
Do I need to have any previous missions experience?
No you don't. Whether you’ve traveled the world or have never left your hometown, we will make sure you are ready for whatever trip you choose to participate in.
Can I arrange my own transportation to the airport?
No, we actually travel to the airport as a team to help ensure that the process goes smoothly. However, if you know someone that wants to take you to the airport they are more than welcome to volunteer as a part of the carpool!
What is my luggage allowance?
Unless otherwise stated, you are allowed to check one 50lb bag, an additional carry on item and one small personal item such as a purse or backpack.
Will luggage be an additional cost to what I am already responsible of paying towards my mission?
No, it is covered in the cost of which you are already contributing.