HOW LARGE ARE THE GROUPS YOU SEND?
It varies, but the minimum size is 7 and the maximum is 20 people.
WHAT TYPES OF ACTIVITIES WILL WE DO ON THE MISSION TRIPS?
Activities will vary based on the focus and mission of each of the teams. We have teams who go to do specific hands-on projects such as repairing widows’ homes. We partner with indigenous churches for child evangelism and meeting the practical needs of orphans and widows. Each team will likely spend some of their time building relationships with children by playing sports, games and doing arts and crafts. We serve the needs of the communities where YWAM has established programs.
WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN THE COST OF THE TRIPS?
There are many variables in trips and each trip is uniquely priced. Of course, length of stay will determine some of the costs but other factors are team size, transportation and the specific humanitarian or project needs.
IS THERE A REGISTRATION FEE?
A $100 fee is required with all applications in order to hold space on that team. The registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
WHAT IS THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE FOR A MISSION TRIP?
|Non-refundable application fee||With application||$100.00|
|First payment||5 months prior to trip||$1,000.00|
|Second payment||3 months prior to trip||$1,200.00*|
|Third payment||2 months prior to trip||One-half of remaining balance|
|Final payment||1 month prior to trip||Remaining balance|
*1st and 2nd payment is to purchase airline tickets and secure in-country services
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE TRIP?
For most trips, the following items are included in the cost:
- International airfare (from a major U.S. gateway city, excluding Alaska & Hawaii where the cost would increase)
- Travel insurance
- 3 meals a day
- In-country transportation
- Translator/guide for the team
- Mission coordinator from Adoption Ministry
If any of these items are not included in your particular trip, you will be notified in advance.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE TRIP?
Personal items and souvenirs, extra food or drinks outside of the 3 meals a day, tipping for help with personal luggage, and laundry costs.
HOW CAN I HELP IF I CAN’T GO ON THE TRIP?
If you are unable to participate by traveling to Ethiopia, you may serve in the following manner:
- Prayer support
- Financial support for a team leader or member
- Help team with stateside preparations
- Help team with fundraising
- Financially contribute to team humanitarian projects
DOES ADOPTION MINISTRY HELP FUND MY TRIP?
Mission team members are responsible for raising their own support. Adoption Ministry will provide sample fundraising letters. Other fundraising events will be decided upon by the mission team.
CAN I RAISE SUPPORT FOR MY MISSIONS TRIP?
Yes! We encourage all our team members to raise funds from churches, friends and families. Adoption Ministry is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and donations given on your behalf are tax deductible. An individual’s name cannot appear anywhere on the check but must be accompanied with a donation card provided by YWAM.
DOES ADOPTION MINISTRY OF YWAM PURCHASE INSURANCE FOR TEAMS?
Yes. Travel insurance is purchased along with your airline ticket. Please be informed that if there is an interruption to the mission trip due to a natural disaster or political upheaval and the travel insurance does not cover all expenses incurred, Adoption Ministry is not responsible for the payment of these additional costs. Adoption Ministry will work with each team member to get them home safely, but the team member will be expected to pay for all extra expenses.
WILL I NEED TO GET VACCINATIONS TO TRAVEL ON AN ADOPTION MINISTRY MISSION TRIP?
Adoption Ministry of YWAM advises all travelers to read the US Department of State website for Ethiopia-specific information on travel. Travelers can also check the latest health information with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to get the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations/requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety. We also suggest that all participants consult their physician before traveling internationally. Immunizations will depend on where in Ethiopia you will be traveling.
You will need a signed document from your physician for all medications brought into the country. This includes prescription as well as OTC medications.
WHAT DOCUMENTS WILL I NEED TO PROVIDE TO GO ON A MISSION TRIP?
Each team member will need to provide:
1) a completed application form
2) a signed letter of understanding
3) a copy of their passport (passport cannot expire within 6 months of departure)
The necessary forms can be downloaded on the YWAM website Mission Trip Info page.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY FOR ADOPTION MINISTRY MISSION TRIPS?
Application deposits of $100 are non-refundable and non-transferable. If a team member cancels after airline seats have been reserved, there will be a $300 cancellation fee. Once airline tickets have been purchased, those costs cannot be refunded.
In the event that a team member cancels their trip and other costs have been incurred, that person will be responsible for all financial commitments that have been made, including but not limited to: airline tickets, hotel reservations and in-country transportation.
CAN DONATION CHECKS BE REFUNDED?
If a team member cancels or cannot continue on a scheduled mission trip, donations can be applied to a future mission trip within 2 years, to another mission team member or to YWAM Ethiopia missions. Due to IRS regulations, donations cannot be refunded.
HOW CAN I APPLY?
To fill out the online application, click on the link directly above titled ‘Mission Trip Application.’
HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?
Payments can be made by check or money order made out to: Adoption Ministry, P.O. Box 512 Puyallup, WA 98371. Do not write any personal information on the check but indicate your name, trip name and dates on a separate sheet or sticky note. You can also call the Adoption Ministry office at 253-770-2283 to pay via credit card. All payments/donations made to Adoption Ministry are tax deductible.
HOW CAN I DONATE?
Donations can be made the same way payments are made. See answer above.
WHAT IS ADOPTION MINISTRY OF YWAM’S MAILING ADDRESS?
Adoption Ministry of YWAM P.O. Box 512 Puyallup, WA 98371 (253) 770-2283 Mon-Fri (8:30 – 5:30)
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
Mark Wolbert, Missions Director
253-732-5410 or 253-770-2283