Your Trip Costs HOW MUCH?!?
It’s true- international travel is not cheap! Costs for airline tickets, passports, visas, vaccinations, and a super-sized container of hand sanitizer can add up--and that’s all before you even get to the airport! It’s important to us that you understand what you are paying for and where your money goes. Each trip has its own budget, but they all have similarities.
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- Administrative Fee. This fee ($100 for trips that last one month or less; 5% of total incoming funds for trips longer than one month) helps to cover the costs here in the office of running your trips. This includes receipting your donors for their tax-deductible donations, processing your application, researching which tickets to buy; which guest house to stay in; etc., transferring money as needed, and supporting this website! We also deduct the cost of your background check from this amount.
- Airline Tickets. This is usually the most costly part of any trip. Ticket prices fluctuate vastly according to location, season, date, and apparently the whim of someone at a desk in a high-rise office building somewhere! We use a travel agent who can generally get us the best prices and also provides 24 hour emergency help in the event that your flight is delayed or cancelled.
- In-Country Costs. This covers things like food, lodging, transportation while you’re in the destination country, and airport entry or exit fees. Most trips involve one day of tourism. In that case, those costs are included in this area.
- Supplies. This includes costs such a building materials for a construction team; curriculum, crafts, and snacks for a VBS or kid’s camp; or sports equipment and team t-shirts for a sports team. Some trips (for example, a prayer walk team) may not have supply costs.
- Training. Perhaps the most-overlooked part of a short-term trip is the preparation beforehand- physical, emotional, and spiritual. We encourage our teams to use a fantastic resource called CultureLink as they prepare for their trip. Additionally, a representative from World Partners will schedule a pre-trip meeting with your team (when geographically possible) to go over last minute questions and general tips and suggestions for international travel.