Trips to the field are an opportunity for you to see firsthand the impact that Christ-centered microenterprise development is having around the world.
Experience HOPE Trips are typically three days in length. Unlike traditional missions or work trips, Experience HOPE Trips are designed to be observational, allowing you to visit clients, see their businesses, and meet the staff who serves them. We hope that seeing this transformational work in action will compel you to partner with HOPE in a deeper way.
Individuals of all ages are welcome to attend an Experience HOPE Trip, although younger children might find trip conditions uncomfortable. Visits to the field will be spent standing and walking over rough terrain. It can also be very hot and humid.
You will not need to cover any expenses during your Experience HOPE Trip. However, if you would like to bring money for souvenirs or purchasing something small from clients, we suggest $25-$50. HOPE staff will help you exchange your money at the best rate.
We suggest that you bring bug repellent, sunscreen, a lightweight rain jacket, a camera, a Bible, and a journal. If possible, we also suggest packing only a carry-on for ease of travel.
Yes, you are welcome to extend your trip either on the front or back end for personal travel. The Experience HOPE Trips coordinator will work with you to arrange your flights.
For all Experience HOPE Trips, we suggest modest, business casual dress. When meeting with clients, shirts with sleeves, capris, or skirts and dresses reaching below the knee are best for women, while nicer slacks and polo or dress shirts are preferred for men. However, during downtime or on days not spent with clients or staff, you are welcome to wear jeans and shorts as well. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are ideal for walking and standing during the trip.
All countries of travel require a passport that is valid for at least six months after the date you will return to the United States. To apply for or renew your passport, please visit travel.state.gov, or for urgent requests with additional fees, www.traveldocs.com.
Visas required to enter a country will vary depending on the trip destination. Please consult Travel Document Systems at www.traveldocs.com for more information. The Experience HOPE Trips coordinator will also communicate specific details to you once you have registered for your trip.
Required vaccinations vary depending on the Experience HOPE Trip destination. Please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) for more information about required and suggested vaccinations. The Experience HOPE Trips coordinator will also communicate specific details to you once you have registered for your trip.
HOPE will arrange all of your in-country logistics, including picking you up and dropping you off at the airport. We will communicate specific details for your trip during the pre-trip conference call scheduled the week prior to your trip.
The airport you fly into may vary depending upon the country of travel, as well as the area your group will visit. The Experience HOPE Trips coordinator will confirm the location for your specific trip after you register.
Your Experience HOPE Trip fee will cover the costs of all in-country accommodations, including transportation, lodging, meals, translation, and a program donation. Your fee does not cover the cost of your airfare or any required travel documents and vaccinations.
You can pay for your trip in a few different ways.
You are welcome to pay for your trip expenses directly at www.hopetrips.org; over the phone by calling 717.464.3220; or by mailing cash or a check to HOPE International at 227 Granite Run Drive, Suite 250, Lancaster, PA 17601.
If you would like to raise funds to cover the cost of your trip, you can send individual checks or cash to the HOPE office (address above). Please include a note or memo identifying your name and which trip you plan to attend.
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