Preparing for Mission Trips to AfricaArticle filed under: HCC Medical Insurance Services Blog
You’ve just made a huge decision: You’re interested in pursuing potential mission trips to Africa. You know you want to serve, you know you want to experience what Africa has to offer, but where do you begin? There are plenty of ways to go on mission trips to Africa, but you need to stop and think about what you want out of a trip. Use this handy guide to help you get ready for mission work in Africa.
Decide where you want to go.
Like any trip you have ever taken, the first step is to decide on a destination. Obviously, you’re already planning on going to Africa. However, there are many places in Africa that you can serve. Many programs revolve around specific cities and countries. When searching for the right place for you or your group, think about what type of work you want to do.
Decide on a program you want to travel with.
After you have decided on where you want to serve, it is time to find a program or organization that fits your needs. It is important that you find one that deals with the same issues you want to address, is doing work you want to support, and has trips going to the places you want to work in. If you are having trouble finding a program, check out Experience Mission.
Raise funds to support you and your mission.
Mission trips are not free. In fact, they can cost several thousand dollars per person. Most of the time, people raise the money through donations, raffles, contests and different sales. If you are having trouble coming up with fundraising ideas check out easy-fundraising-ideas.com. Also, if you decide to write letters for donations, check out Fundraiser Help for ideas on how to write effectively in order to get the funds you need.
Pack your bags.
Chances are the place you are going in Africa is going to have significantly different weather than what you are used to. Also, since you are going on a mission trip, you need to pack appropriate clothing (and maybe even some supplies) for the work you will be doing. Going on mission trips to Africa will also mean that you want to pack very lightly. If you can get everything in one bag, you will be happier while traveling.
Do some good.
Don’t forget that you are there to help those in need. There will be time for you to experience the local culture, but above all else, keep in mind your reason for being there.