With over 300 million Hindu gods, idol worship is a way of life. Over 100,000 villages have never heard of Jesus and poverty is everywhere: Orphans beg in the slums, the sick are discarded in the streets, and the lowest of society are rejected and called ‘untouchable.’ Going to India is like going to another world where what you see, smell, hear, and taste is unbelievably different! Visiting Hindu temples you’ll see people bow to carved idols. People are everywhere and want to talk to you, look at you, and find out what you are doing. Most have never heard of Jesus, but you can change that! Be in a drama about the power of redemption and proclaim there is one true God. Missionaries have seen incredible things happen here and you will too! The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the good news will go out and thousands will turn to God!
Mission Trips & Dates
Trip B Jul 6 – Aug 1 | $3950
Ministry Rating: 4 of 5
Physical Rating: 4 of 5
Must be 13 years old by trip start date
These Mission Trips start and end in Garden Valley, Texas
This schedule will provide a general idea of what you’ll be doing each day on this trip.
- • Day 1 – Arrive to our campus, register and meet your team! We will focus this night on understanding our goals for the mission trip and asking God to prepare us for ministry!
- • Day 2-3 – Train for your mission trip on our campus. You will learn about the outreaches you’ll be leading and how to interact with the people of India. You will also learn how to share your testimony effectively.
- • Day 4-5 – Travel to India. After arriving, you will get a chance to meet your ministry partner and they will help you get orientated to your surroundings when you arrive.
- • Day 6-22 – Experience India and share your life and faith among the people there!
- • Day 23 – Take a break and check out the tourist hot spots!
- • Day 24-25 – Travel back to Garden Valley, Texas and attempt to reset your internal time zone clock!
- • Day 26 – Spend time celebrating with your new friends all God has done! You will also get critical “debriefing” training that will help prepare you to adapt successfully back into your own community and know how to share the story of your mission trip with your friends and family.
- • Day 27 – Travel back home and continue making a difference in your community!
*Project Directors and Team Leaders are required to arrive to begin their mission trip with a Leadership Training Camp 3 days before the normal start date of the trip.
*Missionary Advisor Candidates, Country Assistants and Health Coaches are required to arrive to begin their mission trip with a Leadership Training Camp 2 days before the start date of the trip.
*This schedule is subject to change.
We will be working very hard on this trip as we are serving the people of India, so at the end of our time we will take a well-deserved break and experience our surroundings in a fun way!
Spend some time sightseeing and shopping around and pick up souvenirs to bring home to family and remember your adventure forever! There will also be opportunities to visit local temples to understand more of the Hindu culture (for no extra charge).
Participants will be asked to call home after they complete registration on the first day they arrive for their mission trip. After that, we will encourage everyone to refrain from making excessive phone calls during the training process, so we can focus on preparing for the mission ahead. There will not be very much time to call home during training.
The next time participants will be specifically asked to call home will be when they arrive in India at their final destination.
Once ministry begins in India, leadership will set aside specific times when participants will be allowed to utilize personal cell phones at their own discretion (no phones will be provided by Global Expeditions). These times will be very limited and may only occur every 3-4 days as the schedule allows. Please note that personal cell phones may be collected and held by leadership until designated talk times and that using a cell phone (even one with an international plan) is very expensive in India.
It’s very important to understand we have found students are better able to engage in effective ministry when they are able to ‘unplug’ from texting and the technology around them, so we will request everyone to limit their communication to their parents only during their mission trip.
Of course our leadership (Team Leaders and Project Directors) will have cell phones to keep in contact with our offices and provide verbal updates to our staff at headquarters. The office will then keep your trip’s Facebook Page updated with information on how everyone is doing! Click here to become part of the India B 2013 Facebook Group!
The training in Garden Valley, Texas will start by introducing you more deeply to our core values and expectations and you will participate in sessions designed to prepare you spiritually and emotionally for this adventure. It will include team building activities and a chance to get to know your leadership.
Since we will be leading several community outreaches, you will learn your role in this and begin practicing with your team. You will also learn how to communicate your faith effectively and practice sharing your own personal story of how you became a follower of Christ.
All participants will be responsible to travel to the trip’s starting point: Garden Valley, TX.
Once you are accepted for this trip, you will have a Representative from Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions work with you to help you book a flight from your home airport to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport (DFW) through our travel partner (Skypass Travel) or provide you with the necessary information to be able to arrange for yourself to be dropped off directly at our headquarters in Garden Valley, Texas between 1pm-4pm. The costs associated with arriving at your trip’s starting location are not included in the trip cost and will depend on how you choose to travel.
IF YOU ARE FLYING: We recommend booking your flight through Skypass Travel Agency, because it will allow you to have your domestic flight cost added to the cost of your trip and then you can include it in your fundraising! Skypass will also communicate directly with our office to let us know when you are arriving, so we are ready for you! You should know that if you decide you would like to take the $69 Shuttle Service Global Expeditions provides, then your flight must arrive to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport on your arrival day no later than 2pm.
IF YOU ARE DRIVING: Please let your representative know you will be arriving to the headquarters directly, so we can be prepared for your arrival. You will want to be dropped off between 1pm-4pm on your arrival day and you can have a friend or family member drop you off.
Once you have registered for your project on our campus, the round-trip flight to India and all other travel will be secured by Global Expeditions.
The flight itinerary to India is password protected for security purposes and only students confirmed on this project will be given the code to view this flight. Click here if you have the code.
On your arrival day, please wear the t-shirt mailed to you from Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions, so you can be identified easily by our welcome team!
AT CAMPUS IN TEXAS: When on the campus of Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions, you will be housed in dome style bunk huts that are cooled with industrial fans. There are lockers available for personal items and community shower centers are a short walk away from the sleeping quarters.
IN INDIA: The housing accommodations will be in secure community facilities in the villages organized by our ministry partners and we’ll be sleeping on the floors so bring a mat!
Breakfast and dinner will be provided by our ministry partner and served at the housing facility. For lunch we’ll also dine on Peanut Butter and Jelly lunches daily (better known around Global Expeditions as “PB&J!”) – This meal staple has actually become one of our well-loved traditions!
Ministry tools are practical devices we use to communicate the Gospel and the message of Jesus.
On this trip we will be doing community events involving skits/drama and children’s programs, so in order to be effective we will be equipping teams with training to help bring these presentations to life!
As well, everyone should have the opportunity to share their testimony. We call this “Personal Evangelism” and it will be our greatest ‘ministry tool’ of all!
We are currently looking for someone to lead worship during the evening sessions we’ll be doing with the teams in India. If you’re 16+ and have experience leading groups in worship (Playing guitar and singing), please click here and find out more about this opportunity and how you can apply.
Background: The Indus Valley civilization, one of the world’s oldest, flourished during the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. and extended into northwestern India. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated onto the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. – which reached its zenith under Ashoka – united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Islam spread across the subcontinent over a period of 700 years. In the 10th and 11th centuries, Turks and Afghans invaded India and established the Delhi Sultanate. In the early 16th century, the Emperor Babur established the Mughal Dynasty which ruled India for more than three centuries. European explorers began establishing footholds in India during the 16th century. By the 19th century, Great Britain had become the dominant political power on the subcontinent. The British Indian Army played a vital role in both World Wars. Nonviolent resistance to British rule, led by Mohandas Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, eventually brought about independence in 1947. Communal violence led to the subcontinent’s bloody partition, which resulted in the creation of two separate states, India and Pakistan. The two countries have fought three wars since independence, the last of which in 1971 resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. India’s nuclear weapons tests in 1998 caused Pakistan to conduct its own tests that same year. In November 2008, terrorists allegedly originating from Pakistan conducted a series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India’s financial capital. Despite pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespread corruption, rapid economic development is fueling India’s rise on the world stage.
Climate: varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate in north
Population: 1,156,897,766 (July 2010 est.)
0-14 years: 30.5% (male 187,197,389/female 165,285,592)
15-64 years: 64.3% (male 384,131,994/female 359,795,835)
65 years and over: 5.2% (male 28,816,115/female 31,670,841) (2010 est.)
Religions: Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other 1.8%, unspecified 0.1% (2001 census)
Languages: Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9%
Note: English enjoys the status of subsidiary official language but is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication; Hindi is the most widely spoken language and primary tongue of 41% of the people; there are 14 other official languages: Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Malayalam, Kannada, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri, Sindhi, and Sanskrit; Hindustani is a popular variant of Hindi/Urdu spoken widely throughout northern India but is not an official language (2001 census)
Challenges for Prayer: India has more (and larger) people groups with no Christians, churches or workers than any other part of the world. Pray that the Church world-wide might rise to complete this task.
Hinduism is the world’s third largest religious system. At its widest, a Hindu is one who lives in or identifies with India and its culture. As a religion, it is a pluralistic network of religious beliefs and systems ranging from the philosophical (self-realization), to Vedic (rituals and good works) to village Hinduism (idolatry, occultism, animism). It absorbs elements of any religion it encounters, and is widely perceived as a religion of tolerance and peace. Its global influence is significant through such movements as Hare Krishna, New Age, etc. Many concepts of Hinduism have become part of 21st century post-modern culture – yoga, gurus, karma, reincarnation and transcendental meditation.
Pray the people caught in Hinduism see that life is not about pleasing God through rituals, and they clearly understand the message of the Gospel.
Basic Phrases ‐ Tamil
English – Tamil
Hello – Vanakam
My name is – En pairu
What is your name? - Unga Pairu Enathu?
Pleased to meet you – Ungalai paarpathu santhosham
Good Bye – Vanakam
Thank you – Nandri
Excuse me – Manikavum
Good Morning – Kalai Vanakam
Good evening – Malai Vanakam
Yes – Aama
No – Illai
How old are you? – Unga Vayasu Ethanai
I am __ years old – Enaku _____ vayasu
I’m sorry – Manikavum
Where is the bathroom? – Bathroom enga irruku
Jesus loves you – Yesu ungalai nesikirar
God Bless you – Yesu Ungalai Aasirvathipaaraha
Do you go to church? ‐ neenga koviliku povingala?
Come see our drama in __ minutes – Naadakathai ____nimidathil vanthu paarungal
Do you want to follow Christ today? – Yesusvukku Pin sella viruppama?
Can I pray for you? – Naan ungalukaga jebam seyalaama
Your country is beautiful – Ungal Naadu mighavum alagai irikurathu
I am enjoying my visit here – Inga vanthathil yengaluku santhosham
How are you? – Neega yepadi irikinga?
I am well – Naa nalla irkiaen
Do you have children? – Ungalukku pillaigal irukutha
Mother – Amma
Father ‐ Appa
Elder brother – Annan
Younger brother – Thambi
Elder sister ‐ Akka,
Younger sister – thangachi
Friend – nanban (just friend)
Sir – Aiya
Madam – amma
See You Tomorrow – Naalaikku paakalam
What is that called? - athu enathu
What is this called - Ithu ennathu
Say it again – Marupadi sollun‐gal
Do you speak English? – English paesuvingala?
How much is this? – Ithu evvala‐vu
How much is that? – Athu evvala‐vu
One – Ondru
Two ‐ Rendu
Three – moondru
Five ‐ anju
Six ‐ aaru
Seven ‐ yelu
Eight ‐ yetu
Nine ‐ onnbadu
Ten ‐ pathu
*Due to the sensitive nature of this mission trip and for the security of our Ministry Partners, we will not be sharing their information online.*
- One carry on (a backpack is recommended – must weigh 20lbs or less)
- One sleeping bag, pillow, and air mattress or mat (we’ll be sleeping on floors)
- One large duffle bag (you probably want it to have wheels), it must be less than 50 lbs.
- Bible, notebook, and pen
- Mini flashlight and batteries
- Nalgene or Wide mouth water bottle
- Comfortable shoes (tennis shoes, vans or converse will work fine)
- TEVA sandals (or similar outdoor hiking sandals)
- Cheap plastic flip flops or shower shoes
- 1-2 towel(s), wet wipes, and washcloth
- Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen (at least SPF 30)
- Bug Spray (with high % of DEET) – (Including any outdoor citronellas)
- Money Belt
- Anti-diarrhea medicine (preferably tablets), Kaopectate or pill equivalent
- Anti-bacterial hand wipes and antibacterial hand sanitizer
- Personal Items, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, etc.
- Powdered drink mix to put in your water (Gatorade or similar product with electrolytes) – we recommend bringing enough drink mix to flavor a total of 500-600 ounces over the course of your trip.
- 2 Plastic Jar of Peanut butter (28oz or larger)
- 2 Plastic squeeze bottles of jelly (22oz or larger)
- Due to airline regulations, your PB & J must be packed in your checked baggage, but make sure it’s easily accessible.
- Dramamine if you get easily car or sea sick
- Trash bag for dirty clothes
- Travel soap and toilet paper travel pack (public bathrooms do not have soap or toilet paper, so this will be what you carry with you to use)
Clothing required for Women
- 5-6 shirts (remember no band shirts or anything with pictures that could be misunderstood as secular. No political or secular movie messaging).
- 2-3 pairs of pants, capris or jeans (must be very loose fitting – you may wear these at the lodging complex in India)
- 2-3 pairs of shorts (must be knee length) – you’ll want these for training in Texas!
- 1 swimsuit – Must be a one-piece that is modest in cut – this will also be for your time in Texa
- Pajamas, undergarments, and socks (enough for entire trip is recommended or at least for 10 days)
- 2-4 Salwar-kameez – Girls’ clothing is very specific and it’s very important to their village culture, so plan to wear traditional Indian outfits. You can check out Salwar-kameez on Google images to see what they look like and can purchase these online or go to an Indian shop. Though there is an opportunity to buy these in India upon arriving, it will be much easier and save your team a lot of time if you already have your outfits. If you purchase in India, the outfits could range around $15-$25 depending on fabric and design. The more fabric needed, the more expensive it will be. Make sure you have at least 2 outfits, so that you can rotate them.
- Note: All the women you see in the villages will have traditional dress on so your outfits are just one way to breakdown the cultural wall. At the lodging complex girls can wear loose capris or pants. No tight clothes.
Clothing required for Men
- 8-10 shirts (remember no band shirts or anything with pictures that could be misunderstood as secular. No political or secular movie messaging). Indians tend to dress their best at all times, so please make sure the majority of your shirts have collars. They can be short sleeved polos, so you can stay cool. You will want to have at least a few t-shirts for your time training in Texas.
- 4-5 pairs of pants or jeans (we recommend lightweight material, because it’s very hot in India)
- 2-3 pairs of shorts – you’ll want these for training in Texas!
- 1 swimsuit – Must be a trunks (no Speedo style bottoms)
- 1 church outfit (kakis and nice collared shirt with a tie)
- Pajamas, undergarments, and socks (enough for entire trip is recommended or at least for 10 days)
Recommended Optional Items
- Chap stick, vitamins, anti-itch cream etc.
- Band aids, cold medicine, Aspirin/Tylenol
- Ear plugs if you are a light sleeper
- Spending money (suggested $150-$200) Small bills are a must (nothing larger than $20 bills)
- $10 CASH for professional team photo
- Laundry detergent and rope and pins for clothesline
- Raincoat or poncho
- Battery operated alarm clock
- Handheld fan, a couple of bandanas, and/or baby powder to help with sweating
- Bring pictures of family or other things to represent your life in America – this may open up opportunities to share your testimony)
- Universal Power Adapter suitable for India
More Important Information
- Theft is always a possibility when you travel. Please don’t bring anything you can’t afford to lose. We recommend you label items with your full name.
- Make sure all your luggage meets standard flight check in codes (No more than 50 lbs., and within size regulations) and that it can be easily carried by yourself!
- You will be training in Texas for 3 days before you leave on your flight to India and the weather will be VERY HOT, so please be prepared (t-shirts and shorts)!
- When deciding which clothes to pack, please keep in mind that Indians dress their best at all times. Men will want to pack nice plain shirts, collared shirts, or polos and nice jeans or khakis for doing street evangelism and Women will wear the traditional Salwar-kameez.
- To view your country’s electrical voltage: go to www.kropla.com/electric2.htm and for additional weather Information go to www.myforecast.com
- On your arrival day, please wear the t-shirt mailed to you from Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions, so you can be identified easily by our welcome team!
The lifestyle expectations Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions has are designed to ensure the safety and well-being of each team member and also to give everyone a chance to be in an environment where spiritual and personal growth are a priority. For this reason, all the participants on this India mission trip will commit to maintain the highest standard of honesty and morality.
With this in mind, it’s important to understand that all the rules and expectations have at least one of the following purposes:
- Christianity – to reflect the attitude and lifestyle of Jesus
- Safety – to ensure against bodily harm and other abuse
- Ministry – to set an environment for missionaries to encounter God
- Cultural sensitivity – to win the favor and respect of nationals
Because we expect full cooperation in any disciplinary decisions made, we also reserve the right to send any team member home who shows blatant disregard for the lifestyle expectations. We may also assist in holding the team accountable through the following methods (not in any specific order):
- Warning – This can be a verbal or written warning.
- Campus – While the project has free time, missionary will be relegated to their quarters
- Loss of Fun Day – Missionary will not have the opportunity to participate
- Bon Voyage (return home: also called a “BV”) – Missionary will be sent home at their own expense
- No use or possession of illegal drugs or tobacco products – BV
- No abuse or distribution of prescription drugs – BV
- No use or possession of alcohol (includes Virgin drinks) – BV
- No use or possession of weapons – BV
- No viewing or possession of pornography – BV
- No physical fighting (includes boxing, wrestling etc) – BV
- No theft or long-term borrowing – BV
- No profanity, gossip, slander, or dark humor (i.e. sarcasm)
- No secular music (including music on mp3/iPOD)
- No movies or TV (unless permission is given by your Project Director)
- Never be outside the defined/designated lodging complex alone – BV
- In the lodging complex, stay in a same gender group of two at all times
- Your small group leader (called a Missionary Advisor) must know where you are at all times
- When outside the country’s lodging complex, you must be in an approved group (all groups must consist of 4 members with one Missionary Advisor and one male 16 years or older)*
- Groups must stay together at all times regardless of time of day/night or if they are in ministry or on a Fun Day excursion.
- During ministry events, everyone should know and be aware of the team’s planned departure time/location.
*Some variations may occur if specifically announced by your Project Director
- No short skirts (slit or length may not end above the knee)
- All shirts must cover stomach completely (with hands raised) and have a modest neckline (no cleavage should be visible). Please plan to not wear spaghetti straps unless it’s as an undershirt.
- No short shorts (must reach down to at least 3 inches above the knee – we recommend “Bermudas”)
- Modest one-piece bathing suits; you must wear a cover-up to and from the Teen Mania pool or other designated swimming area(s) on or off campus.
- No nose, tongue or lip rings anytime during trip
- Must wear shirts at all times, including to and from the Teen Mania pool or other designated swimming area(s) on or off campus.
- No ear, tongue, nose or lip rings anytime during trip
Overall Appearance (Male and Female)
- No bizarre head-shaving or dying hair during trip
- No sleeveless shirts outside of the lodging complex
- No clothing that advertises alcohol, tobacco products, secular bands, or has images that may offend (i.e. skulls, violent images etc).
- No new body piercing during trip
- No jewelry during ministry or ministry training
- Shoes must be worn at all times for safety
Phone Calls & Cells
- Every missionary will be required to call home upon arrival in their base city.
- Personal cell phones may not be taken out or used during ministry
- Personal cell phones can only be used during designated times set by Project Directors to call family members. Use outside of the designated time will result in forfeiture of the cell phone until the conclusion of the trip. Project Directors may elect to collect/keep cell phones when not in use.
- Excessive use of personal phones during a trip may result in that phone being confiscated. Please remember that we want all participants to focus on “unplugging” from life back home and focusing on the trip’s mission!
- No guys in girls’ room areas; no girls in guys’ room areas – BV
- Room areas must be clean and orderly
- Room areas should be kept locked, if possible
- No romantic dating relationships or pairing off at any time (pairing off is spending excessive time exclusively with 1 person). This includes, but is not limited to holding hands, kissing, extended hugs, or communicating any intent for a romantic relationship (even in jest) – BV
- No lap sitting or back rubs (includes of the same gender)
- Everyone must sleep in their own bed/hammock – no pairing up (includes same gender)
- Note: The most effective ministry is guys ministering to guys and girls ministering to girls
Attitude & Health
- Commit to maintaining a positive attitude regardless of circumstances -possible BV
- Have responsible eating habits – possible BV
- Do not share personal hygiene items
- Report any illnesses to your Missionary Advisor or Team Leader
- Activities such as jet skiing, bungee jumping, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, para-sailing, white water rafting, rock climbing, water skiing, riding motorcycles, etc, are completely restricted for everyone regardless of leadership status, age, or personal insurance provider
- Any hikes/walks should be weather condition permitting with the permission of a project director and the group must return before dark
All rules will be in effect throughout the duration of the trip, beginning upon registration and culminating when the participant returns home. Rules that have a BV (Bon Voyage) next to them indicate that the participant can, and in most instances will, be sent home for breaking these rules.
Project Directors have worked with the staff of Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions throughout the year on specific trip details. They receive specialized training on the processes, procedures, and international contact relations. They are directly involved with areas of teaching, training, discipline, accountability, scheduling, logistics, and ministry. They will hold participants accountable to the rules and safety measures outlined by Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions and help in providing a safe environment for everyone.
Chris Biddix currently serves on staff as the Recruitment Manager for Teen Mania’s Internship Contact Center. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Intercultural Studies and a minor in Linguistics. His long-term goal is permanent overseas missions, and he has already served with Global Expeditions on trips to Peru, Thailand, Honduras, Uganda, Nepal, India, Atlanta and Baja Mexico. This fall, Chris will be joining Teach for America as a Secondary Math teacher on an Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He has a passion to see students embrace their potential, push aside passiveness, and actively pursue the dreams that the Lord has created them to be a part of. Chris brings a wealth of experience on the mission field and he will be a phenomenal leader for this trip.
Emily Barnes has a degree in Human Development and Family Science from Ohio State University, and then continued on to get her Master’s in Education. She has been to Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, Ecuador and China with Global Expeditions. Outside of Global Expeditions she lived in Thailand for four years teaching at an International Christian School and loved every minute of it. Her heart is to see students grab a hold of God’s heart for the world and begin meeting the practical needs of the hurting both around the world and in their own communities. Emily can’t wait to get out on the field and help those who join her truly understand what it means to be the hands and feet of Christ.
Missionary Advisors are normally 18-30 years of age and oversee 4-6 students of the same gender, providing one-on-one mentorship similar to a camp counselor. Their primary responsibility is the oversight and development of their small group.
Each team will usually be comprised of 25-30 students and is led by two Team Leaders that are 21+ years old, one male and one female. Team Leaders work together to build a strong sense of family and positive morale and are responsible for providing direction and oversight at ministry sites and ensuring effective ministry is happening. Team Leaders are responsible for developing their teams spiritually and holding them accountable to growth opportunities.
It’s possible this project will have a Country Assistant who will provide leadership support to the Project Directors by assisting with the many logistics of the project. Country Assistants keep communication to parents alive by updating the group’s Facebook page, posting pictures while the trip is out on the field, and fielding incoming messages from parents. They keep documentation organized, run errands onsite, and serve as logistics support.
It is our desire to have a volunteer Health Coach for this project. Health Coaches assist the project’s leadership by navigating through first aid needs. They monitor the students as they travel and serve on the mission field to ensure safety is always a priority. Health Coaches are required to have experience in the medical field and can be medics, nurses, doctors etc. When they are not advising the team on health issues, they have the opportunity to join in on the outreach opportunities.
You may ask, “what is the right time to apply for this trip?”
The answer is today!
As soon as you have applied for this mission trip our team of interns will review your information and notify you of your acceptance as quickly as possible and we will send you a package in the mail with fundraising materials and a Step-by-Step Guidebook that will make planning for this trip much easier than you think!
There are several important deadlines associated with this trip and your representative will help you to meet the goals associated with each one. The two most important are the following:
Ticketing Deadline: Half of the base cost of your trip must be turned in by the ticketing deadline to secure your spot on the trip.
- • The ticketing deadline for India B is Friday May 24, 2013.
100% Deadline: You’ll need to raise the full amount of your trip cost prior to your trip start date. Any outstanding funds must be turned in at registration on the first day of your trip. This includes any fees related to your project.
One of the best benefits of going on a mission trip with Teen Mania’s Global Expeditions is being able to get help and guidance from people who have been doing this for 25 years and have sent more than 70,000 people like you on the mission field.
Here are some of the details they will help you remember as you are fundraising and planning for your mission trip:
• Background check ($25) for everyone who will be 18+ at the time of the trip’s start
• Leadership Training Camp ($89) for anyone who wants to be considered for a Missionary Advisor or who will serve as a Team Leader, Health Coach or Country Assistant.
• Getting to your trip’s starting point. If you are flying into DFW and need a ride to campus you can fundraise for the cost of your flight (using Skypass Travel) and sign up for the shuttle ($69). Also, you’ll need to find out what your airline charges for baggage and, if you are considered a minor, they might charge you to fly by yourself. If someone is driving you, make sure you plan to chip in for gas!
• Remember your flight to the final destination is included in your trip price, but you’ll need to plan on covering a fuel surcharge. This is a cost will be confirmed after your 50% ticketing deadline, because it comes directly from the airline. It won’t be more than $495 (if it is, then Global Expeditions will pay the difference). Click here for more information about this cost.
• You will need to get a passport for this trip, so you will want to apply for that right away and make sure you factor in how much it will cost to get a new passport. If you already have a passport, check to make sure it doesn’t expire within 6 months of this trip –if it does, you will need to get it renewed.
• Insurance! It is important you have insurance that will cover you for any medical and health emergencies while you are on your trip as well as trip interruption and delays. All participants on this trip are required to pick up special insurance through our partner: Mission Trip Insurance. The average cost is $1/day and you can get this at www.globalexpeditions.com/insurance. If you would like to purchase travel/health insurance through a provider other than “Mission Trip Insurance” then you will need to submit a request in writing to email@example.com with a copy of the policy showing that it has Emergency Medical Transportation/Repatriation, $25,000 Non-Medical Emergency Evacuation and $750 Travel Delay ($150 per day).