Mission Trip FAQs
Where will we stay?
You will stay in secure, modern facilities. Depending on the site, it will either be in a gated, Back2Back facility or in an Airbnb. At most sites, you will have air conditioning in your bedroom at night.
Do we need passports and visas?
Yes, a passport is needed to travel to all Back2Back sites. Additionally, tourist visas are necessary for travel to India and Nigeria.
What will we eat?
Healthy, balanced meals are provided, and authentic meals prepared by in-country staff are also available. In some instances, teams will have opportunities to enjoy local, or American, cuisine at restaurants. We also provide safe drinking water at all times.
How will we travel once we arrive in country?
To ensure safety, and for your convenience, we always travel by chartered buses or vans/staff vehicles.
What will a typical day be like?
During the day, teams serve in local communities, or in area children’s homes. We strive to create a balance of work projects and intentional play-time with the children.
What kind of projects will we work on?
Work projects are determined by the needs of a particular home or community, and may not be able to be predicted in a given week. Site staff works closely with in-country, national partners to determine the projects most important to meet the children’s needs. Projects will vary in terms of demand and skill level, and will be assigned to teams based on their abilities. There is something for everyone.
Will we get to play with the children? And how many children are at the homes?
Absolutely! We intentionally include opportunities for teams to connect with the children through play. The children range in age from infant to early twenties, depending on where you are serving. Some children’s homes have dozens of children, some only have ten. The villages we serve have between 100-300 families.
How much does a mission trip cost, and what is included?
The cost of a trip depends on your destination and the length of your trip. Six-day Mexico and Haiti trips are $720. India seven-day in-country trips are $1143 and Nigeria eight-day in-country trips are $1181. Your Back2Back fees include all in-country expenses: your housing, food, projects, ground transportation, and emergency medical insurance. Back2Back fees are tax-deductible contributions.
Additionally, you will need to purchase your flights and, if going to India or Nigeria, a tourist visa.
How long is a mission trip?
Most trips to Mexico and Haiti are six days. India and Nigeria trips are generally ten days due to the longer travel time.
What is the age requirement?
Visitors to Mexico must be eight years old. Nigeria and Haiti visitors must be 12 years old. And India visitors must be 15 years old. All sites require any visitor under the age of eighteen to be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or another responsible adult over the age of 25.
What size of team can I bring?
Team sizes vary between our sites and are dependent on the size of the children’s homes and communities we serve, housing, and transportation. Our team sizes are:
Cancun 10-17 people
Haiti 10-24 people
India 4-6 people
Mazatlan 10-20 people
Monterrey 10-30 people
Nigeria 4-10 people
Teams smaller than the minimum will be joined with an existing team.
Will we evangelize?
Back2Back is a ministry centered on relationship by serving the “least of these.” We desire and pray each child and family we serve comes to know Jesus as their personal Savior. As we focus on serving and building lasting relationships, we use this as a platform to share God’s love and His desire for us to know, and be known by, Him. We do not withhold services from any child or home based on religion. We serve all children alike regardless of their faith or creed and do not require any child to adhere to Christian faith to receive our services.
Do we need to speak the language?
Although those who speak the language are at an advantage, it’s been said only 7% of communication is verbal, so you can “say” a lot without words! We also have staff who are fluent in the local language and can translate for teams when necessary. English is becoming more prevalent in all of the countries in which we serve, too.