General Trip FAQ:

help Which immunizations should I take prior to my trip?

We strongly suggest you consult your doctor or a travel medicine specialist before your trip and visit for information on recommended immunizations, medical precautions, and how to handle prescriptions on your trip. We do advise all volunteers, at a minimum, to be up to date on routine vaccines. Otherwise, we will not dispense any medical advice.

help Do I need trip insurance?

Bold Hope purchases trip insurance for all trip volunteers. This is included in your trip cost. Additional trip insurance is not required.

help Do I need a passport?

Yes. Your passport should be valid at least 6 months past your dates of travel.

help I am under the age of 18. Am I able to come on a trip?

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian, or must know someone on the trip that would be willing to act as their temporary guardian for the duration of the trip. If you are traveling as part of a youth group, you automatically fall under the temporary guardianship of the youth leaders that are traveling with the group.

help How much money should I bring? Do I need to exchange currency?

U.S. dollars are widely accepted. We recommend bringing small bills. Most volunteers bring between $50 and $250. It is best to separate your money and carry it in different locations, such as your pocket, wallet, and suitcase. If there is a need to exchange currency, our ministry partners on the ground will assist you with that process.

help Can I raise support for my trip? How does it get applied to my trip cost?

While each volunteer is responsible for the cost of their trip, you are welcome to raise support to help cover your cost. Please direct donors to make checks out to “Bold Hope” and to send them directly to you. Send your checks all at once by the due dates specified by your trip leader. As a policy, we DO NOT accept more than one envelope coming to us for your support at each due date, so please ensure the entire payment is in one envelope so that there is not a mistake in the accounting.

help What if I have to back out of a trip after signing up?

All trip prices include a $150 non-refundable deposit. Should you choose to cancel your trip, this money will be retained by Bold Hope. If plane tickets have been purchased, that money is also non-refundable.

help What if Bold Hope cancels a trip?

In the event that Bold Hope has to cancel a trip (e.g. if a hurricane hits the country), the organization will only refund the money that it is able to recover. For example, if the airline does not refund the money paid for plane tickets, Bold Hope will refund everything except for airfare.

If a trip is canceled by Bold Hope, participants have the option to receive a refund or a credit for a future trip. The cost of airline tickets is always non-refundable. If a trip credit is chosen, Bold Hope will try to work with participants to get cheap tickets.For future trip credits, reservations must be made within two calendar years of the original date of departure or funds are forfeited. Refunds will not be issued after a future trip credit has been chosen.

help Do I need to become a monthly donor? Can I just make a one-time payment?

We at Bold Hope desire long-term partnerships that help us to make a sustainable impact over time. Monthly donations and ongoing support help us fund multiple projects and support lasting relationships. Those who choose to become monthly partners are given a significant trip cost discount You can start your monthly donations by following the “Donate” website link.

help If I sponsor a child/youth do I receive the trip discount?

No, trip discounts are only given to monthly donors whose donations go towards admin. Child sponsorship goes entirely towards the care of the child (education, meals, medical care, clothing, shoes, etc…), so allocating a portion of it towards a discount on the trip would take away from the full monies going toward the child.

help Is the trip deposit tax deductible?

We require a deposit of $150 one hundred days prior to a trip to reserve your spot and to indicate to us that you plan to attend. This deposit is non-refundable, and for tax purposes is not a donation. Therefore it is not tax-deductible. When you receive your tax donation paperwork at the end of the year it will not include this deposit as a donation.

Some may wonder why the $150 is not tax deductible: Your initial deposit is not tax deductible in accordance with IRS publication 526 which states "Generally, you can claim a charitable contribution deduction for travel expenses necessarily incurred while you are away from home performing services for a charitable organization only if there is no significant element of personal pleasure, recreation, or vacation in the travel." We have chosen to set aside $150 to be used for purposes that are not in accordance with our mission. During your trip you may stay at a nicer hotel, visit a museum, spend a day at the beach, visit a waterfall, or etc. These "excursions" are not tax deductible and therefore we require $150 from each person for these purposes