For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve...

Mark 10:45

Short-term volunteer teams will serve for one week to one month. You will participate in missions with a World Partners staff member or national partner and their ministry. Short-term teams can participate in prayer walks, baseball, construction teams, or a variety of other ministries.

Money FAQ

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.

World Partners is a 501c3 federally approved non-profit organization.  We do not make a profit on our Volunteer Service teams.

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.

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.

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.

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

Have Questions?

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.
Let us know! We'd be happy to walk you through what it looks like to volunteer on a short-term trip with World Partners.

Travel

Safety

We live in an ever-changing world.  As borders shrink and people become more globally mobile, knowing what’s happening in the world around us becomes more important. This is especially true if you’re planning an international trip. Your safety is our highest priority.  It is important to understand, however, that any trip involves potential dangers and risks which must be considered and weighed carefully.

Unrest

We at World Partners monitor political situations in the countries where we’re sending teams very carefully.  We use a combination of information from our staff and affiliates on the field, embassy notices, and national government warnings to decide if and when a trip should be postponed or cancelled.  

Passports

A passport is issued by a person’s home country and is required for most travel across international borders. U.S. passports are usually valid for ten years and cost $115.
A valid passport is required for US citizens to travel outside of the country with few exceptions. Most airlines require that a person’s passport be valid for at least six months after a traveler’s return trip.
More About Passports

Cancellations

If it becomes necessary to postpone or cancel your trip because of political unrest or security, you will be contacted as soon as possible by World Partners staff or your team leader.  Whenever possible, the trip will be re-scheduled either at a safer time, or possibly re-located to a safe location.  You will be informed as decisions are made.

Immunization

When planning a trip abroad, health and safety are important issues.  Nothing can ruin a trip more quickly than becoming ill.  Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your journey:
  • Travelers should have all of their “regular” vaccinations and immunizations that are required for public school in the US.  These would include measles, mumps, rubella, etc.
  • Make sure your tetanus shot is up to date!  This one is only good for 10 years, so if you can’t remember your last booster, you’re probably due!
  • If you plan to get your vaccinations at your doctor’s office, be sure to let them know which vaccines you want when you make an appointment.  Some of these vaccines aren’t commonly carried in a doctor’s office, and may need to be pre-ordered.
  • A great way to save money is to arrange to get your vaccines at your local health department.  In addition to avoiding an office visit fee, you can also expect to pay a significantly lower cost for the immunizations themselves.  If you’ve never been to your local health department, you can find it by googling “Department of Health” and your county and state. 
  • Your travel destination will determine what immunizations you will need for safe travel.  To find the latest immunization information for your destination, please visit the CDC website:

Questions about volunteering?

We love to speak with you. Please reach out if you still have questions.