Preparing For Your Trip
Preparing for your Global Builders Trip
You’ve taken that step of faith and just signed up to lead or join a Global Builders trip, now what do you do? How do you prepare for such an experience? The good news is you are not alone, we are here to help!
We want you to have the time of your life as well as provide a meaningful experience of service and impact. This is why we try our best to provide you with everything you need to help prepare, guide, and assist you and your group.
Scroll on to review the resources available to you as a Global Builders volunteer.
We’re here for you!
Whether this is your first trip or your tenth, we’re here to help however we can. We want you to feel welcomed as a part of the Global Builders family and know that your involvement is essential to this work. Our goal is to develop long-term relationships with individuals and groups to help give them service trips they can trust and know will provide meaningful work.
To help you out, we try to make the registration process as simple as we can, only asking for what’s really needed. We have a simple online form that you fill out followed by an online waiver; that’s it! You can then submit your payment or start your fundraising. Click here to learn more about our registration process.
After signing up, your team leader and the Global Builders staff will be here to help you make sure you feel prepared and ready for the exciting adventure you are about to take! If you have any questions or concerns never hesitate to contact us, we are here for you!
The international travel landscape is constantly adjusting in level and extent of restrictions due to COVID-19. Our staff remains vigilant in monitoring the situation for all our Covenant Partner countries to ensure volunteers can be as safe as possible given the global situation. If you have questions about the risk of COVID-19 in the country you’re traveling to, or about related travel restrictions, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
We recommend that all volunteers do their own independent research into travel and visa restrictions. Some countries require negative PCR results for both entry and exit, so being informed is essential.
When you register for a GB trip, you’ll receive a confirmation email with links to your Country Guidebook. In these you will find the essential things you need to know about the country, program, and local area, including:
- Country background information
- Packing list
- Emergency contact information
- Information about accommodations
- Food safety tips
- R&R activities
- Safe travel tips
- Travel insurance benefit guide
- Language guide
If you have signed up for a trip and still haven’t read the guidebook, we highly recommend that you do! If you lost the link to it please ask your team leader or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Safety
The world’s needy communities are often not the safest. We make safety our top priority, but Global Builders trips, like all travel, include some element of risk. That said, preparation makes a difference and we have some excellent resources to help you!
Pre-trip Training – We have created our own extensive pre-trip training that includes extensive advice regarding health and safety preparation. It also will help you better understand how your trip will make a difference. Like the Guidebook, you receive access to this resource in your confirmation email after you register.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – The CDC are experts about staying healthy throughout your trip including important vaccinations you may need. Get this expect advice on the travel section of the CDC website. We recommend following all CDC recommended health and safety guidelines.
U.S. State Department – The U.S. State Department provides three helpful resources for travelers prior to their trip.
- The Travelers Checklist is a short list to promote safe travel.
- Their travel alerts and warnings often cover the troubled parts of the world where we work. You should become aware of the warnings before you make the decision to travel to any location.
- The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) improves your communication with the embassy by letting them know you are there. The good news: we already take care of this one for you by registering all of our participants! (Non-U.S. citizens may wish to alert their own embassy.)
We want you to look and feel like a team, so we provide you with an awesome hat and t-shirt delivered by your team leader, and a custom country patch mailed to you after your trip.
Every volunteer is provided with emergency traveler’s insurance which covers things like emergency medical and dental, medical evacuation, 24-hour assistance services, and much more.
All non-Puerto Rico volunteers are enrolled in our insurance program through Berkley Accident and Health, with customer service provided by Generali Global Assistance. We’re in the process of transitioning to this policy now, so if you have questions in the meantime, contact us at email@example.com.
We don’t want the trip cost to hold anyone back from joining, so we allow every participant to cover their trip fee through fundraising. New to fundraising? No problem! We created a Fundraising Guide to assist you in raising what you need.
We offer personalized fundraising pages that you can use to cover your trip fee or just raise extra for the community you’ll be building. Share your page with your friends via email and social networking sites. Click here to start creating your own page!
Note: we ask that volunteers NOT use third party fundraising platforms, as they are incompatible with our system.
Find it hard to picture? Get a glimpse of where you will be traveling in our extensive photo collection!
Most importantly, we take care of the slew of short- and long-term arrangements needed to ensure you have food, housing, and local transportation within the country as well as sustainable, community-led work in which to participate. You probably won’t see this while you’re preparing, but you’ll be glad we did when you get there!
Every trip has one or more designated Team Leaders (TLs) who coordinate the specifics for each trip. Closed teams like churches and schools choose their own leader, while open teams are led by experienced travelers. When you have questions, start by asking your Team Leader.
If you are interested in becoming a Team Leader, or if you are already leading teams, we encourage you to join our periodical Team Leader gatherings. TL’s from around the country meet up to learn more about who we are, sharpen leadership skills, share travel stories, and find out what it takes to lead a Global Builders trip. These gatherings are great for both experienced and new Team Leaders alike. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you’re a current or prospective TL and want to sharpen your leadership skills, we recommend you check out the resources below. These are presentations from past TL gatherings that give advice from some of our most accomplished leaders.
- The Nuts and Bolts of Team Leadership, 2019 (Ian Burkes, Fuller Center)
- Pre-trip communications with your team members (Andy Rivinus, Team Leader)
- Phone calls with new participants (Bob and Leslie Bell, Team Leaders)
- Cultural Competency (Ashley Murray, Mercer University)
- Crossing Cultural Barriers (Hailey Dady, Purdue University)
- Herding Those Cats – Team Management (Gohar Palyan, Fuller Center of Armenia)
- Team Dynamics and its handout (Wanda Smith, Team Leader)
- Team Dynamics (Amanda Shenk and Charles Buracker, Team Leaders)