Do I need a valid U.k. passport?
Passports typically take six weeks to process. If you have an EU passport, it is much easier to get around Europe. Non-EU passports apart from US and Canadian passports are much more likely to be scrutinised and require special visas. Ensuring your passports and visas are in good order for any trip are your responsibility.
Photocopy all important documents and keep them with you in a hidden place separate from the originals. Leave another copy at home with someone you can easily get in contact with while you are abroad. You will also need to leave specific info or documentation with our admin staff in the UK, which we will notify you of in our trip induction.
What does the cost of the trip include?
The first cost that you must pay is a non-refundable deposit of £100 is required for a longer haul trip and a short haul trip requires a deposit of about £20, both due immediately you sign up for a trip with Missions to Europe. Once you pay this deposit, you will receive instructions about how to fundraise for your trip and the details of our orientation day etc.
The cost of the trip will includes accommodations, ground transportation, meals during the trip and flights (if we said we would book your flight). Domestic and international airfare may be additional if we are travelling abroad. Travel to and from your home to your local airport is also an additional cost, if it’s a trip that requires flying. Travel to and from our designated meeting point is also your responsibility (if we are traveling by coach or mini-bus).
Where will we stay?
Missions to Europe has pre-arranged special accommodation in the countries or locations we visit. Depending upon your destination, your quarters will be either a comfortable self-catering center or a clean, comfortable hotel. The cost of the trip includes sharing a room. If you desire private accommodations, there is an additional cost.
Where will we eat?
Meals include breakfast and dinners in your accommodation or at a restaurant nearby. Lunch is typically a packed lunch in the country you are visiting. A special menu may be arranged for those with dietary restrictions. The teams are responsible for cooking their meals.
What kind of transportation is provided?
Throughout your trip, you will travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned mini-bus, driven by an experienced volunteer driver.
What should I pack?
We strongly suggest packing one carry-on bag plus one small drag along bag/back pack to avoid any delays at the airports. Please make sure to follow the bag rules for liquids and sharp objects.
What kind of clothing should I bring?
Out of respect for the local culture, we dress modestly on our trips. Shorts and sleeveless tops (tank tops) are NOT allowed on trips, but may be worn later in the evening under a jacket. The key word is, “Modesty”. Since most of the countries may have a climate, it’s advisable to wear lightweight shirts and trousers and closed-toe shoes during the day. We would prefer that men dress in trousers and women in skirts or dresses. Especially at evening services.
What about my safety?
You will be visiting the churches of missionaries we support and geographic areas around city we are visiting. A representative from our Charity will accompany the group. A team coordinator and translator will be responsible for overseeing the trip and keeping abreast of any news that could affect your visit. Should any developments warrant concern, every precaution will be taken to ensure your safety. Our first priority will always be your well-being.
What about physicals, prescriptions and vaccinations?
You should consult your doctor or go to the NHS website for what (if any) vaccinations might be needed while abroad. Note that our itinerary does not include any overnight stays in rural areas except where it is a part of our trip. The group is not out before dawn or after dark except in prayer meetings or service .
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring along an extra pair. If you have prescription medication, make sure you bring enough to last during your time away from home or abroad. Be sure to label your containers correctly so that they won't be mistaken for illegal drugs.
Is insurance provided?
You are responsible for your own health and accident insurance while traveling overseas. Missions to Europe does NOT provide this coverage. Missions to Europe does not provide emergency evacuation for medical, natural disasters and civil unrest. We therefore recommend the following: Please personally purchase travel insurance, medical and evacuation insurance. Be sure to apply early for a “European health insurance” card if you are from a country in the EU. Visit www.nhs.uk/ehic and fill out the form.
How much money should I bring?
British pounds (GBP) currency is acceptable at most places across Europe, but the currency of Europe is the Euro. You can change your money at hotels and airports. You will get the best exchange rates in your local post office.
You will obtain a good rate of exchange by using a Visa/MasterCard for any purchase in the local country you are visiting. You should also bring some cash in small denominations, for any local tipping or small purchases. If you pay in cash, you will receive change in the local currency.
WHAT IF I DON’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE?
Your group leader or in-country representative will translate for you. Don't be shy about asking the translator to teach you a few basic phrases. Do find out something about the culture and language of the country you are visiting in advance.
Are there emergency contact numbers?
Yes, emergency contact numbers and the hotel/Self-catering center phone number will be provided to you 1-2 weeks before the departure date.
Will there be prayer during the trip?
Prayer and reflection are an important part of the mission experience. During your visits, you may participate in prayers, devotionals and training with local people