FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Getting started can seem like a daunting task. We’ve been doing this for over 35 years and are eager to help get you started! Here are a few of the questions you may have about World Servants trips. If you still have unanswered questions, feel free to contact us for answers.
All World Servants short-term trips have 3 main components:
- Construction: building or repairing homes, churches, community centers, etc
- Outreach: kids club, sports camp, home visits, women’s ministry, etc
- A focus on helping participants process their experiences through reflection, experiential learning exercises and discussion.
The daily schedule will vary by trip type but will allow for quiet time, construction and outreach, 3 meals, evening program, small group break-out time, free time and any possible community events during the week.
You do not need to apply to participate on a World Servants trip. We will ask that each participant fill out an application at a later date for administrative and safety purposes only.
For all Family and Intergenerational trips there are no minimum or maximum age limits.
- Youth trips are designed for youth groups only.
- Jr High trips are for 6th …8th grades.
- Sr High trips are for 9th … 12th grades.
- Adult trips are for anyone 18 years of age or above.
- For Jr. High the ratio of adults to students should be 1:5
- For Sr. High the ratio of adults to students should be 1:7
A registration fee of $150 by credit card or check is due immediately to reserve space. A deposit of $100 per person (minus the registration fee) is due within 45 days. The remaining trip balance will be broken into two payments due 90 and 45 days before the trip start date.
For individuals and families:
A registration fee of $150 by credit card or check is due immediately, to reserve space, and acts as the deposit. The remaining trip balance will be broken into two payments due 90 and 45 days before the trip start date.
All registration fees and deposits are non-refundable, but transferable. After April 1st all trip fees are non-refundable (for Sept-May trips, 45 days before trip start date).
For more details please see the Trip Terms & Policies
Trip fees include: Pre-trip training, all set-up and logistics, food, housing, construction materials, outreach program, t-shirts, reflection journals, evening worship service, translators (where applicable) debriefing and re-entry resources, and trip leadership.
Transportation to and from the mission site is not included in any World Servants trip.
Local ground transportation is included for international trips only. For all domestic and Mexico border trips, participants are responsible for their own transportation between housing, construction and outreach.
All registrations completed after March 1st are considered late and will incur an additional fee of $25 per participant. The final day to register for a trip is 30 days prior to the trip start date, pending availability of space. We highly recommend registering as early as possible for both your convenience and ours!
Sept – May Trips:
Registrations complete after 90 days prior to trip start are considered late and will incur an additional fee of $25 per participant. The final day to register for a trip is 30 days prior to the trip start date, pending availability of space. We highly recommend registering as early as possible for both your convenience and ours!
At the time of registration you will need to know the location where you will serve, the number of participants and be ready to pay the registration fee of $150 for a group, or $150 for an individual or family.
The fee of $150 for a group registration is a portion of the deposit. The fee of $150 for an individual and family registration is the entirety of the deposit. The deposit is part of the overall cost and is included in the per person price.
Yes. Cross Cultural Orientation (CCO) is required for all first time participants. CCO is provided for one (1) person for groups of three (3) or more (additional persons may attend for a small fee). We encourage individuals to attend for a small fee.
Housing will always be safe, clean, and have showers available everyday (the only exception to this is Kenya). Sleeping quarters are divided into men’s and women’s areas. For Family trips we will try to provide rooms for families to sleep together, but this is not possible at all locations. Typically, air mattresses are needed; in some location bunk beds are provided. All food safe to eat and is provided and cooked by locals or with the help of the team. Some locations have air-conditioning.
What if I/my group does not have any construction experience? Are construction projects appropriate for small children?
You do not need any construction experience to participate on a short-term mission trip with us. There will be someone available at each site to teach what is needed to complete the project. This is a great time for adults to teach new skills to their students, or parents to their children. There is always something for small children to do also, such as carrying tools and supplies or other simple tasks; they always take pride in being needed.
The cost of international trips will vary by location and are priced per person.
Most domestic and Mexico border trips are $615 per person plus a $100 per person construction donation.
Children age eight (8) and under at the time of the trip qualify for reduced rates at most locations.