Mission Travel

10 Mission Trip Tips

 

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  1.  Determine which organization you wish to travel with

When going on a mission trip you first want to choose an organization to travel with. They should have

experience planning and organizing trips to the location you wish to travel to. This can end up being one of the most important aspects of the trip, so you will want to make sure you spend time researching to find the organization that is best for you.

  1. Give yourself enough time to get your passport

If you are traveling out of the country for a mission trip chances are you are going to need a passport. It can take anywhere from four to six weeks to process your passport and depending on the time of the year can take longer. So make sure you give yourself plenty of time to submit the application. One las tip: make sure if you have one it has not expired.

  1. Make sure you have all required immunizations done in time

Depending on which country you are traveling to, there is a list of required immunizations you must have before going on your mission trip. They also have a list of recommended immunizations too, you will want to make sure you know which ones are required and which ones are recommended. Some immunizations that are required sometimes have to be spread out over a few months so be sure to give yourself enough time to complete these before you leave for your trip.

  1. Compile a list of medicine you could possibly need

When traveling to a place like Africa you will want to make sure you have all required medicines like malaria pills in order to prevent from getting sick. If you are traveling to another county it is wise to speak with your doctor and come up with a list of medicines you should take w

ith you. A few to always have on hand are, fever or pain reliever, remedies for diarrhea or an upset stomach, any prescription medicines, and an anti-nausea medicine.

  1. Learn about their culture

Before traveling to an unfamiliar place, you will want to take some time to do research on the culture you will be entering. It is wise to do your research because then you can know what is appropriate and what isn’t before you go and embarrass yourself or insult the people you are with.

  1. Make sure clothing is appropriate

Like the previous tip, you will want to do research and determine what clothing is appropriate to wear while on your mission trip. In some culture women wear only long skirts and dresses, while others they can wear whatever they wish. This will be something you want to do ahead of time to make sure you respect their culture.

  1. Learn basic word in their language

A suggestion might be to learn how to say a few basic words in their native language. By doing so it not only makes it easier on you, but it gives you the opportunity to draw closer to the culture and the people. Try learning words like “hello”, “goodbye”, and the phrase “thank you”. This w

ill show the people that you are trying and care about communicating with them.

  1. Be cautious of what you eat

Without being rude, be careful of what you eat while on your mission trip. Many times if you say no thank you then your hosts will not be offended. Sometimes it is best to just play it by ear and do what you feel would be respectful. If you end up eating something that makes your stomach upset, well that is why you packed diarrhea remedies.

  1. Ask before you take pictures

The last thing you want to do while on a mission trip is take pictures of people like they aren’t even people. How would you feel if strangers just went around taking pictures of you when you are in public? The respectful thing to do would be to ask first or if the children are dancing around and having fun and requesting that you take their picture then by all means, take one!

  1. Prepare your mind and take time for reflection

Before going on your mission trip take the time to focus on what you wish to get out of this trip. By doing this beforehand you will be more spiritually prepared for all you will take in. Then once you return from your trip give yourself time to reflect on all you experienced. A recommendation would be to take a journal with you and take a few minutes each day to write down your thoughts and feelings. Then a few months later those feelings will still be with you.