FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES
What do you do on an Unbound Awareness Trip?
Whether it’s to meet sponsored friends or simply experience the beauty of another culture, awareness trips offer an adventure like no other. Awareness trip travelers describe the experience as rewarding, eye-opening, energizing, impactful and humbling. They say they’ve grown in awareness and that their perception of poverty has changed.
Download the trip information packets at Unbound.org/Trips for more trip-specific details.
Will I meet my sponsored friend, and how much time will we spend together?
Please note, not all trips to a country will visit all Unbound programs in that country. Check the trip information to confirm which program areas the trip will visit and consult with a trip coordinator for assistance if you need help identifying which Unbound program site serves your friend.
How much do the trips cost, and is airfare included?
Additional costs to travelers include passport fees, immunizations, travel medical insurance, and visa, entrance and/or departure fees for some countries. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the trip fee, but they may be available for purchase.
How do I sign up for a trip?
You can also print and mail the completed forms along with a check made payable to Unbound for the $100 non-refundable deposit to:
Attn: Trip Coordinators
1 Elmwood Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66103
Apply as soon as possible, as some trips fill up quickly. Check Unbound.org/Trips or call us regarding the availability of your desired trip.
When do I schedule my flight?
Who can go on an Unbound Awareness Trip?
What are the accommodations and food like?
Accommodations are clean and often simple, such as a retreat center or a modest hotel. Couples and/or families will be assigned a private room.
Meals are eaten with the group and will be simple fare from the local cuisine. We provide ample bottled water throughout the trip.
What if I don't speak the language?
Should I bring my friend a gift?
Do I need a passport and visa to travel?
How strenuous are the trips?
Do I need immunizations?
For health recommendations based on your health history, please consult your medical doctor or local health department. We recommend speaking with a medical professional as soon as possible, as some immunizations are time sensitive.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov/travel has country-specific recommendations. You can also contact them by phone at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636). CDC recommendations may reference a specific area of a country or vary depending on the style of travel. An Unbound trip coordinator can answer questions about the areas of the country that might be visited, lodging and other factors that you and a medical professional may need to know. Unbound staff are not qualified to offer advice on immunizations.
What happens if a traveler tests positive for COVID-19 during the trip?
Note: Travelers cannot lodge at Unbound dormitories after testing positive for COVID-19. This is relevant for trips to Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. Unbound will transport the individual to a hotel near the airport that accepts guests diagnosed with COVID-19.
What does Unbound do to help keep travelers safe?
No one can guarantee safety. International travel carries inherent risks, and we understand the realities in the countries where we work. We monitor current events, weather conditions, political situations, guidance offered by the U.S. State Department and other available resources and stay in regular communication with our local staff members on security matters. We’ve canceled trips when we’ve deemed it prudent.
To assist in keeping everyone safe, all Unbound travelers are expected to adhere to the rules outlined in the Travel Agreement found in the registration materials.
Unbound is proud of our history of safe and enjoyable trips, and we look forward to having you join us.
Will my health insurance cover me in another country?
Unbound strongly urges travelers to have trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance to help cover the costs associated with isolation due to a COVID-19 diagnosis.