Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
What will we be doing?
As a volunteer with Orphan Outreach, you can become the hands and feet of God’s love to meet the needs of the fatherless and share with them the unconditional love and hope we have through Christ.  Each group will work to meet the needs of the children based on their specific skills and calling (such as teaching life skills, doing medical work, youth ministry, construction, Bible camps, etc.) while building relationships, sharing the Good News, discipling and encouraging the children.  


How do I sign up or apply?
You can either (a) complete our online pre-application and mail in the $250 non-refundable deposit, or (b) download, complete, and mail in your pre-application and $250 non-refundable deposit.  Checks should be made payable to:

“Orphan Outreach” and mailed to our office:
Orphan Outreach
2001 West Plano Parkway
Suite 3700
Plano, TX 75075


How will I know if I am approved and what happens next?
Once your pre-application is received and approved, our Missions office will contact you to give confirmation and more details about your trip (such as medical forms, airfare itinerary, and items to collect).  Acceptance of your application to travel on the mission trip is in the sole discretion of Orphan Outreach and without explanation.


What is travel like in each country?
We encourage you to read the stories and information on our website to learn more about our ministry programs in each country. 


If I raise support, will my donors receive tax-deductible receipts? 
People who make financial contributions for volunteers traveling on a mission trip will receive a receipt for their donation.  As a volunteer who is paying your own way on a mission trip, a significant portion of your cost may be tax-deductible. Please consult your personal tax advisor with respect to tax deductions.


Are there age requirements for joining an Orphan Outreach mission trip?
• Short-term Mission Trips: Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age, and minors must complete and return a “Consent for Travel” form.

• Intermediate Mission Trips: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

• Long-term Mission Trips:  Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.


What kind of training will I receive before departing on my mission trip?
• Short-term Mission Trips: Volunteers will receive training preparation and materials prior to their departure, including information on the country culture and language, the ministry program, what to pack and the details of your trip.  Your trip leader will also guide you as you process the mission trip experience while on the trip and when you return. 

• Intermediate and Long-term Mission Trips: Volunteers traveling on mission trips that are 3 months – 2 years long must attend one of our 2-day in depth training sessions in Dallas, TX before departure.  Training includes details for your specific trip assignment, cultural information about your country and ministry program, policies and procedures, and health information. 


How is airfare arranged?
• Short-term Mission Trips:  Our Missions office works with a travel agency to help purchase international airfare for each volunteer through a group contract.  Traveling together as a team is logistically easier and provides the opportunity to get to know each other better.  However, if you would like to purchase airfare on your own through frequent flyer miles or through the internet, you will be required to arrive on the same flight or earlier as the group and will be required to submit a copy of your airfare itinerary to our Missions office.  You will also be responsible for your own transportation from the airport if you do not travel with the group and/or do not wish to wait at the airport for the group’s arrival. 

• Intermediate and Long-term Mission Trips:  Volunteers on Intermediate or Long-term mission trips may either purchase airfare through our travel agent or on their own.


Will I be safe?
Our Missions office stays current on safety and political issues through the US Department of State updates (http://travel.state.gov/) and our international Orphan Outreach staff.  We are aware of potential warnings and take precautions as we travel in-country and make decisions so as not to risk our volunteers’ health or safety.  Some amount of risk is inherent with international travel, but we make every effort to stay informed through a variety of sources and continue to pray for each of our volunteers and mission trip groups.   


Who is my leader?
Your trip will be led by a trained Orphan Outreach leader or employee.


What does the trip cost include?
Your trip cost includes everything except for international airfare (all meals, lodging, in-country transportation, bottled water, secondary insurance, cultural events, visas, taxes, tips, and fees).


What happens if I get sick on the trip?
The cost of your trip includes secondary insurance that covers emergency medical healthcare.  If there were a serious illness or accident, staff would be available to immediately transport you to a safe hospital or clinic for quality health care.  Most of the minor discomforts and illnesses that occur during international travel can be taken care of with over-the-counter medicines.  Consult your doctor or pharmacist for medicines to help you adjust to potential health issues.
Orphan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization
Orphan Outreach • 2001 West Plano Parkway, Suite 3700 • Plano, TX 75075 • 972.941.4440