What is an Individual Trip versus a Group Trip?
Individual Trips are designed for individuals from all over the country to join a team of like-minded people to serve on designated trip dates. These trips are scheduled in advance and have specific projects and activities assigned to them.
Group Trips are for churches, organizations, or other groups that would like to customize a mission trip according to their skills, experiences and interests to accomplish specific projects and activities. Many of our group trips center around a specific orphan care project that the team has worked to fundraise and support in the months leading up to their trip.
How large are the groups you send?
Group size varies by country, but the minimum for an Individual Trip or Group Trip is 10 people. For most countries, 12 or 15 people is the maximum. Please contact us if you have questions about a specific country.
What if the trip I want to go on is full?
If you sign up for a trip that is full, you will be notified and put on the waiting list for that trip.
Is there an age limit for trip participants?
Yes. AGCI recommends children be at least 8 years old to travel on an Embrace Mission trip. For trips to Haiti, children must be at least 13 years old. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. For families with younger children wishing to serve together, please contact our Embrace Mission staff to learn about other options. Parents should be aware that traveling into certain areas of the world can be difficult for children and can possibly hinder the ministry or effectiveness of the mission trip.
All participants, including children, must fill out a separate application to be considered for a mission trip.
What types of activities will we do on a mission trip?
Activities vary based on the location of the trip, but teams will spend their time building relationships with the children at Hannah’s Hope and/or Hannah’s Hope Partner homes by playing sports, games, and doing arts and crafts. Trip participants will also participate in one or more work projects at an orphanage or in the surrounding community.
We also seek to send teams with professional skills that can be utilized in serving orphaned or vulnerable children. In the past, AGCI has been blessed to send medical practitioners, occupational therapists, construction workers, etc. in order to meet specific needs in some of the countries that we serve. If you have a specific professional skill and a heart for serving orphaned children, we would love to talk with you more!
What preparation is provided for trip participants?
AGCI provides an extensive Trip Preparation Packet for each team member which you can find here. This includes lessons and exercises to prepare for cross-cultural ministry. Embrace Missions staff will work with each group leader to equip them to prepare their team, as well as provide encouragement and support before and after the trip. Embrace Missions staff have leadership experience in cross-cultural settings.
What is included in the cost of the trip? *
- Trip preparation materials and support
- In-country lodging
- In-country transportation
- Three meals a day
- In-country trip leadership/translator
- Travel insurance
- Up to 15% of your trip fees will also be used for Orphan Care projects and donations during, or in conjunction with, your trip.
* If any of these services are not included in the trip you sign up for, you will be notified in advance.
What is not included in the cost of the trip?
The only extra money you will need while in-country is for souvenirs, offerings and personal spending money.
Does All God’s Children International help with funding my trip?
Registered applicants are responsible for raising support, but AGCI will supply verification letters and accounting for applicants.
Can I raise support for my mission trip?
Yes! Embrace Missions provides an extensive fundraising manual as a part of your Trip Preparation Packet. We encourage all our participants to raise funds from friends and family members. AGCI is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and donations given on your behalf are tax deductible.
How do I make a payment?
Payments can be made online on our website under the PAYMENTS AND DONATIONS link. Indicate the payment you are making (Application, 1st, 2nd, Airfare) and the trip country. If you are paying for more than one participant, be sure to list each mission trip participant’s name in the comments section. Payments can also be made by check or money order made out to “All God’s Children International” and sent to our address. Please indicate on the check that it is for your Embrace Mission trip, along with the name of the trip participant.
How can I donate to support a trip participant?
Donations can be made online on our website under the PAYMENTS AND DONATIONS link. Specify the name of the trip participant, the payment you are making (Application, 1st, 2nd, Airfare), and the trip country. If you are paying for more than one participant, be sure to list each mission trip participant’s name in the comments section. Donations can also be made by check or money order made out to “AGCI MISSIONS” and sent to our address. Please indicate on the check the name of the trip participant you are supporting.
Can donations be refunded?
Due to IRS tax laws for 501c3 non-profit organizations, AGCI cannot refund any donation made by a trip participant or their supporters. This means if a trip participant has raised funds for their trip and cancels, AGCI cannot legally refund any of these donations. All funds will be used by AGCI for our ongoing orphan care ministry.
AGCI retains the express right to direct all accepted donations as it deems in the best interest of the organization to fulfill its recognized tax exempt purpose.
What are the room arrangements on the mission field?
In most instances on Embrace Mission trips, participants will be sharing a room with one or more persons of the same gender. We plan our trips to be the most cost effective to the team and so you should expect to be sharing a room with one or more persons on the team at all times. When possible, we will try to place husbands and wives in a room together, but please be aware that in some locations this will not be possible as some of our lodging is set up more dormitory style where women may be in one room and men in another. As with any mission trip, please be flexible. We do not allow team members of the opposite sex to share rooms together unless they are married or a parent with minor children.
Does AGCI purchase insurance for trips?
Yes. AGCI purchases travel insurance for all trip participants, and this cost is included in each trip participant’s total trip cost. Please be informed that if there is an interruption to any Embrace Mission trip such as a natural disaster or political interruption and the travel insurance does not cover all expenses incurred, AGCI is not responsible for the payment of these additional expenses. AGCI will work with each team member to get them home safely.
Will I need to get vaccinations to travel on an AGCI trip?
We encourage all Embrace Mission trip participants to read the U.S. Department of State background notes on its website. Travelers can also check the latest health information with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov to get the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations/requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. We also encourage trip participants to consult with their physician before traveling internationally.
Is there a commitment of time required to be part of an Embrace Mission team?
Yes. We ask trip participants to commit to being available for conference calls leading up to the trip and to reading all emails and materials pertaining to the trip, and responding when necessary. These communications are needed to maximize the effectiveness of the team on the mission field, to prepare each person for the trip, and to build team unity. For some teams, this may include one to three conference calls leading up to the trip.
I’m currently in the adoption process; can I participate in an Embrace Mission trip?
Yes. Adoptive families currently in the adoption process can participate in an AGCI Embrace Missions trip. However, there may be additional considerations depending on what stage of the adoption process you are in. For more details please see our Adoptive Family and Adoptive Child Mission Policy.
Can I volunteer in an orphanage without joining a pre-planned trip?
There may be situations that allow individuals to volunteer in one of AGCI’s partner orphanages without attending a pre-planned trip. However, we are not able to coordinate these types of experiences and generally recommend working with organizations that specialize in this type of mission experience. Please contact AGCI’s missions manager to obtain a list of referrals.
How many bags am I allowed to take?
Always check the luggage restrictions section online for the airline you are traveling on to our group travel point. Baggage allowances vary depending on the airline and are subject to change, so always check this information online in advance. AGCI is not responsible for any baggage fees incurred by any trip participants, including team leaders. When you pack, account for the possibility of a lost checked bag. Keep essentials, at least one change of clothes, and copies of important documents in your carry-on.
How can I help if I can’t go on the trip?
If you are unable to participate by traveling to a foreign country, you may serve in the following manner:
- Prayer support – Support our teams in prayer or joint the AGCI Prayer Team
- Provide financial support for a trip participant or a team
- Donate to a team project, an orphanage, and/or AGCI
How do I apply?
Fill out an online application or print and mail/e-mail/fax the application to All God’s Children International. A $250 non-refundable application fee is due when you submit your application.
Mail application to:
All God’s Children International
Attn: Missions Department
3308 NE Peerless Place
Portland, OR 97232
Fax: (503) 282-2582