Where do we stay?
Your security is our first priority. Depending on the country, you will either be housed in a Back2Back gated facility in dormitories with bunk beds or in hostels with our area directors.
What do we eat?
We provide healthy and balanced meals that are enjoyable. We also provide authentic meals from our in-country staff. Teams occasionally go to local restaurants that serve either authentic cuisine or American-style meals.
How do we travel once we arrive to country/property?
In order to ensure the safety of our guests, we always travel by chartered bus or staff-operated vehicles.
What kind of projects do we work on?
Work projects are determined by the needs that arise, so it’s difficult to predict projects in the future. However, examples of common projects include painting, construction, remodeling, wiring, cleaning and plumbing. Projects vary in terms of demand and required skill level – all teams will be placed at projects that fit within their skill level and will be assisted by staff. All projects are designed to benefit and improve the physical surroundings of the children’s homes and villages in which we serve.
What is a typical day like?
During the day, teams serve at area orphanages or villages. During the evening, worship and small group time for debriefing are designed to foster spiritual growth.
Do we get to play with children at the orphanages where Back2Back serves? How big are the children’s homes?
Absolutely! We intentionally include opportunities for teams to connect with the children. Time with the kids will either be at their children’s home, the Back2Back campus, or on a field trip. The children range from newborn to 17 years of age, depending on the place you are serving. Some of the children’s homes have 100 children, some only 10, others have over 300. The villages we serve have between 100-300 families and some areas have even more than that.
Is it a problem if we don’t speak the local language?
Although those who do speak the language are at an advantage, it’s been said that only 7% of communication is verbal, so you will be able to “say” a lot without even opening your mouth! We also have local staff that are fluent in the local language and can translate for teams. Additionally, English is becoming more prevalent in all the countries in which we serve.
What does a mission trip cost?
The cost of the trip depends on your destination and the duration of time staying in the country. Back2Back does not handle booking flights for mission teams.
How long is a standard mission trip?
Most trips range from 6 to 10 days, although we can facilitate trips as short as 2-6 days.
Do you have an age requirement for mission trip participation?
Depending on the country, we have had mission trip participants ranging in age from 8 to 80. However, in some locations, we do require guests to be at least 16 with a parent or a legal adult.
Do mission teams evangelize?
Back2Back is a ministry that is centered on relationship by serving the “least of these”. We strongly desire and pray that each child and family we serve come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. As we focus on serving and building lasting relationships, we use that as a platform to share God’s love and His desire for us to know and be known by Him. We share the Gospel to others by sharing our lives. As Paul writes, “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” -1 Thessalonians 2:8 However, we do not withhold help or services from any child or home based on religion. We serve all children alike regardless of their faith or creed and do not require any child to adhere to Christian faith in order to receive our services.
What is the weather like at your sites?
In general, the temperatures are mostly hot year-round in all the sites we serve. The weather does vary a bit based on season and region. All areas have hot and dry seasons, while others experience a rainy season.