HOPE Trips FAQs

Can children attend HOPE Trips?

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.

How much money should I bring?

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.

What do I need to bring?

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.

Can I extend my trip for personal 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.

What should I wear?

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.

Do I need a passport or tourist visa?

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.

Do I need any vaccinations for my 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.

Do I need to arrange pickup from the airport, transportation, or lodging?

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.

How do I book my flights?

Shortly after you register, you will receive information about what dates and times you should arrive and depart in the country you are visiting. With this information, you can book your own flights or work with a travel agent.

If you would like assistance booking your flights, HOPE recommends SafeHarbors Travel Solutions, a ministry travel agency that HOPE uses to book staff travel. If you would like to work with an agent, please call 410.779.0304 or email travel@safeharbors.com.

Once your flights have been booked, please send your itinerary to HOPE in order to arrange your pickup and drop-off at the airport.

Please consult your tax attorney to determine if your flights are tax-deductible.

What does my trip fee cover?

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 will receive a tax receipt for all expenses paid to HOPE, and payments are non-refundable.

*HOPE reserves the right to cancel this trip. In the event that you or HOPE cancels a trip, payments can go toward the cost of a future trip within the next 24 months, but payments cannot be refunded.

How do I pay for my trip?

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.

You will receive a tax receipt for all expenses paid to HOPE, and payments are non-refundable.

*HOPE reserves the right to cancel this trip. In the event that you or HOPE cancels a trip, payments can go toward the cost of a future trip within the next 24 months, but payments cannot be refunded.

What will I do on an Experience HOPE Trip?

Trips to the field are an opportunity for you to see firsthand the impact that Christ-centered economic 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.