Why go on a mission trip?
• Serve others
• Put God's love into action
• Get closer to God and the world outside your comfort zone
• Reflect and share with other believers
• Explore what you are passionate about
• Find ways to use your voice for others
What is the goal of a mission trip?
Meet the physical and spiritual needs of vulnerable children, youth and families. This way, we carry each other’s burdens and fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2). Trips may focus on medical services, fun camps for children, construction or distributing shoes. Spiritual activities are an integral part of our missions. Volunteers share their life experiences and faith with their team and local people.
How are mission trip locations chosen?
We work year-round in many of the countries where we serve through mission trips. Our local staff work with vulnerable children, youth and families daily to help them achieve independence and thrive. When an issue is identified that can be addressed with the help of volunteers, we create a mission trip opportunity.
What is the typical schedule of a mission trip?
7 to 10 days of serving together with a team of volunteers. Mission trips include 2 – 3 days of travel, 5 – 7 days of hard work and, typically, 1 day of sightseeing, shopping and learning about the local culture. Team size ranges from 5 to 35 individuals.
How are mission trips funded?
Trips are funded by individual volunteers. Average costs include $1,500 for airfare and $1,200 for ground (in-country) costs. Volunteers can purchase their own airfare with miles or through a preferred airline. The ground cost is paid to CERI and includes all lodging, meals, transportation, insurance and translation expenses in the country of destination.
How are volunteers chosen?
Volunteers are welcome to apply for the mission trip(s) they feel they can contribute most to. Although there are mission trips that may be a better fit for some individuals (e.g. medical professionals and a medical mission trip), our trips offer opportunities for everyone, regardless of skillset or occupation. The only requirements to join a trip are good health and a clean background check.
What does CERI do to plan for a mission trip?
We do all the behind the scenes planning and preparation, so you can focus on serving. We choose locations, groups of people to be served, identify what help is needed, recruit teams, arrange all logistics (airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, etc.), provide support and help with any contingencies. Our local staff and/or partner organizations prepare for our arrival in advance and lead the efforts on the ground during the mission.
Will I receive any training?
We provide web-based training to first-time volunteers. Topics include international travel, language, history, the country’s political situation and questions about the group of people we serve. We also provide you with additional resources one month before the trip so you are informed and ready. We are also always available by phone or email to answer additional questions.
What will I do on a mission trip?
Every volunteer is assigned a specific role that he or she feels comfortable carrying out throughout the trip. Roles include team leader, photographer, nurse, and many more. Roles differ based on the type of trip you are on. All volunteers are expected to share at least one morning devotional with the rest of the team.
Who are our translators?
Our translators are local young people, fluent in English, who facilitate the communication between our volunteers and the population we serve. Translators engage in the same activities, eat the same meals and serve people, just like our volunteers, thus becoming an integral part of the team.
What happens after a mission trip?
Our last day in country can be emotional. We gather for one last meal and share about our experiences, as well as reflect on what can we do to continue helping the people we served. The best volunteers:
• Continue learning about the people you serve (John 14:26).
• Educate and inspire your own community to help (Proverbs 31:8-9).
• Partner with CERI to continue serving those you came to love. Sponsor a child, serve on another mission trip, share with your church and pray (James 1:27).
There is unlimited power in the body of Christ to address the needs of people around us!