Frequently Asked Questions
What does it cost?
Mission Trip Prices (effective January 1, 2018)
Jamaica — $1,000 land package (domestic and international airfare not included)
Central America — $1,000 land package (domestic and international airfare not included)
Haiti — Port-au-Prince $1,150 land package (domestic and international airfare not included)
Guyana — $1,175 land package (domestic and international airfare not included)
What does the Land Package Include?
- Ground transportation
- Accommodations (double occupancy)
- All meals
- Tour leader accompanying the group from Florida
What will we do?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Cancellation Policy
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.
Where will we stay?
Accommodations will be at a safe and secure hotel or retreat center. The cost of the trip includes sharing a room. If you prefer a single room, there will be an additional charge.
What kind of transportation is provided?
Throughout your trip, you will travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus, driven by an experienced driver.
What kind of clothing should I bring?
Out of respect for the local people, plan to wear lightweight long pants (capri pants are okay) and shirts with sleeves during the day. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are a must. The attire is more casual in the evening.
What about my safety?
You will be visiting projects that are supported by Food For The Poor. 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. Our first priority will always be your safety.
What about prescriptions and vaccinations?
Food For The Poor does not require vaccinations, however, we suggest you go to www.cdc.gov for more information. If you have a personal health concern, be sure to check with your own physician.
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. Depending on your destination, you may be required to pay a tax in cash upon entry or departure.
Is it okay to bring gifts?
Bringing gifts is optional. We recommend school supplies, hygiene items, clothing, small toys, jump ropes, and soccer balls with pumps. These are just a few suggestions. Anything you bring will be gratefully received!
What if I don’t speak the language?
Your group leader or in-country representative will translate for you. Also, remember that a smile and a hug will transcend all language barriers!
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 email@example.com