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How long are the mission trips?

Typically they are 7 days long. Most trips leave from home on a Saturday and return from the mission field on a Saturday

Do I need a passport?

Yes, you do need a passport to travel overseas with FCA. Effective as of January 1, 2006, the U. S. government requires all citizens from the USA to have a passport to travel overseas.  For more information on passports, click here.

Where do groups stay while overseas?

Depending on the country, your Trip Leader will provide you with the lodging information based upon the ministry organization we are partnering with in that country. 

What types of ministry can our group do?

Foundationally of all our short term trips are rooted in sports ministry, however the specifics will vary based upon country and specific sport. Some examples are: Head to head team competition, coaches camps/clinics, athlete camps/clinics, evangelism in villages, light construction work, visiting schools and orphanages.

Are there age limits to go on an FCA trip?

Most individuals that take FCA mission trips are at least 13 years old. People under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult family member.

Will my child be allowed to leave the group?

NO! The groups are always supervised by FCA staff or certified FCA volunteers. No one is ever allowed to leave the group or the facilities un-accompanied.

How can I contact my child?

Your Trip Leader will provide you with contact information you need in case of emergency to leave with your family when you travel.

For additional emergency help, please contact sriordan@fca.org.

Will my child be able to call home?

On most trips, and from most facilities, you child will have access to call home via internet phone.  However, do not be alarmed if they don’t call. They will be very busy and typically will leave early in the morning and arrive back late at night.

What is included in the cost of the trip?

All trips for individuals include lodging, meals, ground transportation and one-the ground missionary support.  

  • If your FCA mission trip is in partnership with SCORE International, trip insurance is included in the cost.
  • If your trip is an FCA only mission trip, trip insurance must be purchased separately.  Click Here for more details and information about purchasing travel insurance.
  • International airfare is NOT included in the cost of any FCA mission trip.

How do I raise money for the trip?

The most effective way to raise funds for your trip is to mail out 75-100 support letters to family, friends, church members, doctors, dentists, teachers, etc. Car washes, bake sales, babysitting and other fundraisers are effective in raising financial support for your trip. Be sure to let your church know what your needs are. Click here for further information regarding support raising and for a sample letter.

$150 in small denominations is sufficient, with nothing larger than a $20 bill.

When does the cost of my trip have to be paid?

Each participant will not be able to purchase his/her airline ticket until the cost of his/her trip has been paid in full.  Due to limited size of trips, it is highly recommended that each participant raise their initial cost of the trip as quickly as possible, so they can secure their travel arrangements.

How will I know who gave donations?

FCA will provide you with a financial update each month showing your account balance along with the names of donors and the amount that they gave.

No. Due to IRS guidelines, we are not permitted to issue tax deductible donations for personal use. 

Do I need shots?

The necessity of shots varies from country to country, however shots are rarely needed for most of our trips. You will be notified as to what shots (if any) will be necessary upon registration for your trip.

Is insurance included?

A supplemental Medical/Accident insurance is included in the cost of your trip.