Turks & Caicos FAQs

ORGANIZING A TRIP:

How do I organize a trip to Mission of Hope?

To place your reservation, Click Here.

You will then receive a confirmation email that confirms your spots and provides you with a reservation number that you will use to pay the reservation fee online.

When deciding how many spots you would like to reserve, be as strategic as possible, so that we are able to accurately project the number of volunteers each week. There is a required reservation fee of $25 per spot reserved in order to confirm your reservation.

Can I come serve as an individual?

Yes, absolutely!

What is your minimum age?

Mission Trips:

The minimum age for a minor traveling with his/her guardian is 12 years old. If any minors are going on a trip, a team member at least 25 years old must be accompanying the child as a chaperone, with signed parental to take responsibility of the minor(s) while traveling.

Medical Mission Trips:
Minimum age to serve on mobile clinic teams is 13.

What are the trip costs and is airfare included?

Mission Trip Cost ($995 + $25 reservation fee)

Price Includes:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation in Turks & Caicos
  • Mission of Hope expenses
  • Beach day
  • Partial meals (will be given required food list)

Medical Mission Trip Cost ($995 + $25 reservation fee)

Price Includes:

  • Lodging
  • Transportation in Turks & Caicos
  • Medical Translators
  • Mission of Hope expenses
  • Beach day
  • Meals

In an effort to be good stewards of our resources, we have initiated a required reservation fee and payment system for all mission trips. Please see the below guidelines regarding trip payments.

  • $25 fee per spot reserved
  • 50% of total team payment due 90 days out from trip departure date
  • 100% of total team payment due 30 days out from trip departure date

Note: Team payments should come in collectively as one payment, not individually.

Airfare is not included in the cost of the trip.

What flights should I book?

Missions Trips & Medical Trips:
Teams and individuals are responsible for their own airfare. We ask that all flights arrive on Sundays and depart the following Saturday from the Providenciales International Airport(PLS). This allows us to be good stewards of transportation expenses and ensure your team is met by one of our staff members. If you are unable to find a flight that meets our request, call the stateside office before booking for approval.

When at all possible, and the cost is reasonable, we ask that you purchase flights arriving into PLS before 6:30PM. However, when the savings are significant, we do permit teams to purchase flights arriving later.

Do I need a passport and visa to travel?

All North Americans traveling to Turks & Caicos must have a passport. You will not be allowed into Turks & Caicos without one. Check with your post office for a passport application, go to the U.S. Department of State web page: http://travel.state.gov/passport or the Passport Canada website. If you are applying for a new passport, please allow 4 to 8 weeks for this process. All travelers should bring a photocopy of the first two pages of their passport in their carry-on luggage. A visa is not required.

Where do we stay?

Mission Trips and Medical Mission Trips:
Team members will stay on our “floating campus,” True North. It is docked just a short drive from the PLS airport. The ship has separate men’s and women’s bunk rooms. You may want to bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. There is air conditioning and standard US three-pronged electrical outlets in the sleeping quarters. We will provide a pillow and a pair of clean sheets for you. You will need to bring your own towels.

How long do we stay?

Mission Trips:
Our trips are one week long and span from Sunday to Saturday

Medical Mission Trips:
Our trips are one week long and span from Sunday to Saturday.

What will I do when I get there?

Mission Trips:
Your week will include intentional ministry opportunities and evangelism outreach led by local leadership. You can also choose to fund and participate in Church Advancement projects. Church Advancement projects are specific projects that represent the highest priorities of the physical needs of the communities.

Medical Mission Trips:
Mission of Hope operates mobile medical clinics year-round to bring exceptional care to those who do not have regular access to medical care. These clinics are organized and operated through local churches in villages and communities where we have cultivated meaningful relationships. As a licensed professional, you will participate in four full workdays of medical care. You will serve according to your area of expertise. Non-medical support staff is also welcome to come and help with patient registrations, to pray with people in line, and to assist as non-medical support staff.

HEALTH CONCERNS:

What immunizations do I need to get?

Immunization and General Health Information

All groups are encouraged to have the following vaccinations prior to traveling to Turks & Caicos:

  • Required: Tetanus toxoid (DT or Td)
  • Typhoid immunization
  • Hepatitis A
What about the Zika Virus?

As a precaution, we recommend that any women who are pregnant or think they might be pregnant NOT come on a trip until further notice due to the potential risk of the Zika virus. Zika virus is a single stranded RNA virus that can be spread to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. In healthy adults and children symptoms are generally mild and include headache, rash, fever, malaise, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes). While the infection is generally mild, it can be very dangerous to a developing fetus and has been linked to microcephaly in babies when the mother is infected with the virus during the first trimester.

What if I have a physical condition or required medication?

Our Medical team will be available to assist you with team healthcare needs. Team leaders, we strongly suggest that either you or your team members carry some of these basic health supplies for use in the event of common conditions seen while working in Turks & Caicos:

  • Gatorade and/or electrolyte replacement tablets
  • Ciprofloxin 500 mg tablets (prescription; for diarrhea)
  • Azithromycin 250 mg tablets (prescription; for illness)
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tylenol, Advil
  • Bendryl 25 mg tabs (allergic reaction)
  • Bandaids & Neosporin
  • Hydrocortisone cream/ “itch relief” cream
  • ACE compression wraps
  • Chemical cold pack(s)

PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP:

What should I pack?

A suggested packing list can be found in the Turks & Caicos Mission Trip Guide which is provided upon trip confirmation. We will provide fresh bedding and pillows for you. You will need to bring a refillable water bottle. We also ask each trip participant to bring items from our Required Materials List, which will be sent to you after you reserve your trip. This list includes items that are expensive in-country, and having participants bring these items helps keep trip costs down.

Do I need to bring my own food?

Mission Trips:
Meals are provided throughout the week for your team. We do suggest you bring snacks for yourself such as protein bars, nuts, crackers, etc.

Medical Mission Trips:
Meals are provided throughout the week for your team. You will be asked to bring a list of medications and supplies. These medications and supplies are what enable us to provide the mobile clinics at no cost to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

What is the dress code?

T-shirts and modest shorts are acceptable during the week during ministry as well as on board the ship. Modest one piece swimwear is requested for your beach day.

Do I need to bring money with me?

Optional Additional Costs

  • Tips for PLS airport crew that help with luggage, $1-$2 USD per bag
  • Personal Souvenir money (suggested $50-$100)
  • Optional lunch out at a restaurant on the Friday beach day

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