Frequently Asked Questions
Mission Trip Prices
Jamaica — $850 land package (domestic and international airfare not included)
Central America — $850 land package (domestic and international airfare not included)
Haiti — Port-au-Prince $1,150 land package (domestic and international airfare not included)
* Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the land package price for our trips to Jamaica and Central America will be $950.
Land Package Includes
- Ground transportation
- Accommodations (double occupancy)
- All meals
- Security (Port-au-Prince, Haiti only)
- Tour leader accompanying the group from Florida
All trips are hands-on experiences (painting a house or a school; planting trees or vegetables). We encourage interaction with the local people you will meet on your journey. In addition, most of our trips to Jamaica include house building.
If you are interested in a summer trip, we strongly recommend that you reserve your space at least 90 days prior to the travel date. This will allow us to take advantage of lower airfares during the busy summer season.
Be aware that we sometimes find it necessary to divert our groups to another destination due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event that this occurs, you will be advised as soon as possible. Space on all trips is subject to availability and dates are subject to change. For additional information call us at (800) 568-8124 or email us at: email@example.com.
A non-refundable $100 deposit is due with your application. The balance of your land package is due 60 days prior to departure, and final payment 30 days prior.
In the rare and unlikely event that Food For The Poor (FFP) has to cancel a Mission Trip, the total amount paid to FFP may be refunded (including the deposit). If the cancellation is at the request of the participant or is a result of non-payment by the due date, any deposit or mission trip fees paid by the participant may be applied to another FFP program to be booked within 12 months from the date the original airfare was ticketed (subject to availability). All flights booked through FFP are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Do I need a valid U.S. passport?
Yes. If you don't already have a current U.S. passport, you may obtain one by picking up the forms at certain branches of the U.S. Post Office or go online to http://travel.state.gov/passport
Passports typically take six weeks to process.
Photocopy all important documents and keep them in a hidden place separate from the originals. Leave another copy at home with someone you can easily get in contact with while you are abroad.
What does the cost of the trip include?
The cost of the land package includes accommodations, ground transportation and meals during the trip. Domestic and international airfare is additional.
Where will we stay?
Food For The Poor has special lodging arrangements in the countries we visit. Depending upon your destination, your quarters will be either a comfortable retreat center or a clean, comfortable hotel. The cost of the trip includes sharing a room. If you desire private accommodations, there is an additional cost.
Where will we eat?
Meals include breakfast and dinners in your hotel or at a restaurant nearby. Lunch is typically served at the Food For The Poor facility in the country you are visiting. A special menu may be arranged for those with dietary restrictions.
What kind of transportation is provided?
Throughout your trip, you will travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus, driven by an experienced Food For The Poor driver.
What should I pack?
We strongly suggest packing one carry-on bag plus one small tote bag/back pack to avoid any delays at the airports. Please make sure to follow the zip lock bag rules for liquids.
What kind of clothing should I bring?
Out of respect for the local culture, we dress modestly on our trips. Shorts and sleeve-less tops (tank tops) are NOT allowed for touring, but may be worn later in the evening. Since most of the countries have a tropical climate, it’s advisable to wear lightweight shirts and pants and closed-toe shoes during the day.
What about my safety?
You will be visiting projects that are operated by Food For The Poor or the missionaries we support. A representative from our U.S. headquarters will accompany the group. A special in-country coordinator and translator will be responsible for overseeing the trip and keeping abreast of any news that could affect your visit. Should any developments warrant concern, every precaution is taken to ensure your safety. Our first priority will always be your well being.
What about physicals, prescriptions and vaccinations?
You can consult with your doctor or go to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov to get advice on what (if any) vaccinations are needed while abroad. Food For The Poor does not require any immunizations.
IMPORTANT NOTICE – ZIKA VIRUS PRECAUTION
You may be aware of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has affected Latin America and several countries in the Caribbean.
Here is what you should know:
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging women who are pregnant, and those who may become pregnant, to postpone travel to those countries.
• For other travelers, there is little risk. Food For The Poor takes every precaution to ensure safe travel for our mission participants, including secure hotel rooms and food and water sources. In light of this outbreak, we urge you to make adequate preparations. Please plan to dress in long sleeves and long pants each day, and bring DEET-based bug repellents for day and night. Our goal is to meet your every need, but additional precautions are advised at this time.
• The most common symptoms of Zika virus are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes, and can last from a few days to about a week. But 80 percent of infected people have no symptoms. Treatment of Zika virus involves getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, and taking acetaminophen or paracetamol to relieve fever and pain. Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen should not be taken.
• To read more about the Zika virus, visit http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring along an extra pair. If you have prescription medication, make sure you bring enough to last during your time abroad. Be sure to label your containers correctly so that they won't be mistaken for illegal drugs.
Is insurance provided?
You are responsible for your own health and accident insurance while traveling overseas. Food For The Poor does NOT provide this coverage. Food For The Poor does provide emergency evacuation for medical, natural disasters and civil unrest.
How much money should I bring?
United States currency is acceptable at most tourist shops, hotels and airports. You will obtain the best rate of exchange by using a Visa/MasterCard for any purchase in the local country you are visiting. You should also bring some cash in small denominations, for any local tipping or small purchases. If you pay in cash, you will receive change in the local currency.
What if I don’t speak the language?
Your group leader or in-country representative will translate for you. Don't be shy about asking the translator to teach you a few basic phrases.
Are there emergency contact numbers?
Yes, emergency contact numbers and the hotel/retreat center phone number will be provided to you 1-2 weeks before the departure date.
Will there be prayer during the trip?
Prayer and reflection are an important part of the mission experience. During your visits, you may participate in prayers with local people.
Is my mission trip payment tax-deductible?
All our mission trips are hands-on experiences. Additionally, your journey may contain a significant amount of work in service to the poor. This service may be realized in the building of houses, the feeding of the hungry, the care of children and other activities that will bring love and hope to those who desperately need it. The expenses paid to attend your mission trip may be tax-deductible under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3). Please consult your accountant or tax advisor for more information.
For more information contact us at (800) 568-8124 or at firstname.lastname@example.org