Summer 2012 Internship in Russia [Mission Code: RU12-07INT]Mon, Jul 2, 2012 to Mon, Jul 23, 2012
$2,500 per person* + International and Domestic Airfare**
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, its shaky orphan-care system also fell. Alcohol consumption increased to 10 times the U.S. level. The instances of divorce also climbed, along with the HIV-infection rate, which is now one of the highest in the world. And, according to a 2007 UNICEF report, the annual number of children without parental care in Russia "has more than doubled over the last 10 years, despite falling birth rates." Currently, there are more than750,000 children in the orphanage system and hundreds of thousands more living in the streets. The goal of Orphan Outreach in Russia is to involve and empower local churches to do the work of orphan care. The ministry focus is on orphan graduates-those orphans who are leaving the orphanage system. Without essential living skills, education, or employment possibilities, many of these young people resort to addictions, prostitution, or suicide. To help prevent such outcomes, Orphan Outreach has begun to support local orphanages and ministries to bridge a child's transition from orphan-care to independent living.
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Interns will serve at Nikolsky orphanage, Crisis Center/Hospital #15 and with our orphan graduates in St. Petersburg.
Mon, Jul 2 — Depart Hometown, USA.
Tue, Jul 3 — Arrive in St. Petersburg, Russia in the evening.
Wed, Jul 4 — Full day of rest and preparation for the upcoming weeks of ministry.
Thu, Jul 5 through Fri, Jul 20 — Ministry with sightseeing and rest in between.
Sat, Jul 21 — Team Debrief
Sun, Jul 22 — Shop and Tour
Mon, Jul 23 — Early Morning Departure from St. Petersburg.
This is a general tentative itinerary that is subject to change.
$2,500.00 per person* + International Airfare**
Total trip cost includes an estimated land cost of $2,500* plus approximately $2,000 for international and domestic airfare between the USA and Russia.
Land cost of $2,500 is all-inclusive: all meals, lodging, in-country transportation, insurance, interpreters, bottled water, sightseeing, etc.
* The estimated land cost is subject to change based on changes in the total number of trip participants, trip itinerary or length of trip.
**Orphan Outreach arranges all air travel. Costs confirmed at time of booking.
Orphan Outreach Mission Trip Baggage Policies
Please note that starting in 2013, all mission trip participants will need to cover the cost of their second checked baggage. When traveling internationally, most airlines allow passengers to carry two checked bags at 50 pounds maximum. Typically, your 1st checked bag is free and your 2nd bag costs approximately $40- $75, one way, depending on where you are traveling.
To save the cost of having to pay for the 2nd bag on the return flight home you can stuff a bag inside your other bag, or in some cases leave behind in your country of service. Otherwise, you will have to pay for your 2nd bag. Utilizing your 1st checked bag for personal use and your 2nd bag for humanitarian aid and supplies will ensure an empty bag that can be left behind or stowed inside your 1st bag for the return flight.
You can purchase an expandable, rollable duffle bag at Walmart for $15.
For more information, view baggage policies on the airline’s website:
• American Airlines http://www.aa.com/i18n/travelInformation/baggage/baggageAllowance.jsp
• Continental Airlines https://www.continental.com/web/en-US/content/travel/baggage/default.aspx
• Delta Airlines http://www.delta.com/traveling_checkin/baggage/index.jsp
• Lufthansa Airlines http://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/Baggage-overview
• British Airways http://www.britishairways.com/travel/baggag/public/en_us
If you have any questions regarding Orphan Outreach baggage policies, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 15, 2012 — Trip Applications Due (Apply Online)
Dec - Jan 2012 — Team Interviews Completed (Team Finalized)
Jan 25, 2012 — Intern Team Announced
Feb 1, 2012 — $250 Non-Refundable Deposit Due
Mar 30, 2012 — Airfare Due
Jun 1, 2012 — Balance Due