Missions FAQs

How is the cost of the trip determined? And what are my payment options?
The cost of each trip covers the plane ticket, food, lodging, and translators while we are in the country. However, it does not cover extra food (such as in airports) or personal purchases.

You are able to either pay out-of-pocket or invite others to partner with you by making donations toward the cost of your trip through a process called “support raising”. If you have any questions about the trip cost or trip payments, please contact the trip leader. Trip leader contact information may be found on the trip’s site under the section “Trip Info”.

Will I be safe?
H2O places a high emphasis on the safety of all individuals involved–trip participants, trip leaders, and the organizations with whom we partner. If you have any questions, or are concerned about your safety or the safety of someone going on the trip, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Malone at mike.malone@h2osu.org.

Do I need a passport or visa?
All overseas trips require a valid U.S. passport. If you do not have a passport, we encourage you to begin the application process today. Applying for a passport is easy, however, it usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to receive your passport after applying.

Go to https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html to begin your passport application now!

Who can go on a trip?
Trips are open to anyone who may be interested!*

We require each person to complete an application due to the fact that going on a mission trip may involve multiple factors, including culture shock, lesson planning, and support raising. In light of these variables, we want to make sure that each person is emotionally, spiritually and physically prepared for the trip in order to help everyone remain safe and thrive during the trip.

*People under the age of 18 are required to have the consent of their parents or legal guardian in order to go on trip. People under the age of 17 are required to have a parent or legal guardian attend the trip with them. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Malone at mike.malone@h2osu.org.

What can I expect if I go?
First and foremost, you can expect to see God move in your life and in the lives of the people around you. Otherwise, each trip is unique regarding the people we interact with, the activities we do , as well as where we stay and what we eat. [To find out more detailed information regarding a trip, see the trip’s website. Links to each trip’s site may be found at www.oh2o.org/missions.]

After applying and being approved to go on a trip, you will also receive an information packet specific to your trip’s location, which includes answers to common questions such as “What should I pack?” and “Where will we be staying?”.

However, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the leader of the trip you are interested in attending. Trip leader contact information may be found on the trip’s website under the section “Trip Info”.