China October 2018

Friday, October 12, 2018 - Monday, October 22, 2018

China

October 12 - 22, 2018

Trip Details

Trip Cost: $1800-$2000 + airfare + visa

See Cost & Payment Tab Below for Details

Dates

October 12-22, 2018

Team Size

14 people max

Team Leader(s)

Julie Richards

Our roots in China run deep. Our very first trips as a mission organization were “visiting orphans” trips to China in 2005 and we have sent teams to China every year since. Our teams in China have visited and loved orphans in government run Social Welfare Institutions, they have come alongside foster families and they have partnered with private children’s homes.

A trip to China could include playing with children with special needs, serving foster parents, trips to the park, arts and crafts, music, laughter and lots of time immersed in a unique and wonderful culture. Our teams love on children so they can know they have worth and we come alongside the staffs to build friendships and to encourage them in their day to day work. When appropriate our teams also advocate for children in need of families.

Space fills up on our China trips fast. Sign up today!

Trip Type
For more specific details about this trip, please contact Frank Pass at frank.pass@gobeloveinternational.org

Ideal Demographic
This trip is appropriate for individuals, groups, and families who are able to handle long travel times. If you are pregnant or think you might be during this trip, please check with your doctor before planning to travel.

Age Requirements
9 and over with a parent, 15 and over without. Ask for our Considerations for Children document if you’re not sure about bringing children.

Total Trip Cost
$1800-$2000 + airfare + visa
*Final total varies depending on team size and flight costs which will vary depending on your departing airport. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked. Flights to China in October can range from $1,000-$1500. Visa costs are separate and can be up to $200 and a 10-year visa can be purchased if needed. Your exact total trip cost will be given to you after flights are booked.

Estimated at $2800 – $3300 total including flights.

Trip Payment Schedule
DUE AT SIGN-UP – $250 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
DUE JUN 12, 2018 – $500 FIRST PAYMENT
DUE JUL 12, 2018 – $2000 PAYMENT DUE (for booking flights)
DUE AUG 12, 2018 – FINAL BALANCE DUE
*If you sign up for the trip past any of the above payment due dates, you will need to fundraise to catch up on those deadlines quickly.

The following items are included in the trip cost:
✓ International airfare plus domestic connections from your home airport (see flight info below for more details on flights)
✓ 3 meals a day on the international portion of the trip
✓ Accommodations based on sharing rooms with other team members (see FAQ page for more info on room arrangements)
✓ In-country transportation
✓ Translator/Guide (if needed)
✓ Trained leader for the team
✓ ACE Travel Insurance Coverage (medical, liability, travel and security assistance services)
✓ Tipping for guides, meals out, etc.
✓ Administrative costs
✓ Excursion costs (if any)

Costs not included in the trip price are: visa costs, meals on airport travel days when traveling to and from the US, any additional costs due to deviations, any fees associated with baggage or immunizations, passport, personal shopping money and incidentals such as snacks, additional beverages, laundry, phone calls, film and other personal items. Costs for arts & crafts and other items needed for activities your team takes to do with the children are also not included in the trip cost.

Required Documentation
1. Submitted trip application (with deposit)
2. Current passport that will not expire within 6 months of travel date (we do not need a copy of it)

Documents Needed (2 weeks from registration)
1. Signed Release, Hold Harmless & Consent Form
2. Signed Cancellation Policy
3. Signed Background Check Consent Form
4. Signed Statement of Faith
5. Signed and notarized copy of Code of Conduct for GBLI and the ministries we visit on the trip
6. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #1
7. Spiritual Leader Reference Form #2

*A background check will be run
*All documents should be turned in to us within two weeks from the time you sign up for the trip.

Team Member Commitment
I understand that the mission trip starts the day I apply for the trip and agree that, as a part of a Go Be Love mission team, I am committing to being available for conference calls leading up to the trip and reading all emails and materials pertaining to the trip, and responding when necessary. I understand that these communications are needed to maximize the effectiveness of my team on the mission field, to prepare each person for the trip and to build team unity. For some teams, this may include 4 to 8 conference calls leading up to the trip. I understand that a large part of these conference calls will focus on a spiritual preparation and will include doing a pre-trip discipleship study together.

Vaccinations
Go Be Love advises all travelers to read the US Department of State background notes on their website. Travelers can also check the latest health information with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov to get the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations/requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries. We also suggest that all participants consult their physician before traveling abroad.

Paying for Your Trip
Go Be Love encourages our team members to raise support. Once you are signed up for a trip, you can fundraise with all items on the team member fundraising section of our online store, you can send out support letters or come up with your own creative ideas. We use a team member database called Managed Missions that allows you to create your own custom fundraising page. Unlike other online fundraising pages, those donations will go directly into your trip account and will also be tax deductible for your donors. This feature is called Public Profile and we encourage all team members to create one and send the link to your donors who would like to give online. You and your donors can also make tax deductible payments toward your trip total by mailing checks to Go Be Love.

Flight and Travel Info
One thing that sets Go Be Love mission trips apart is that we book ALL flights for all of our team members, including your domestic connections from your home airport. Please list your home airport on your application. For smaller airports, please give several options for airports you could fly from as sometimes our international airline partners may not have options in and out of smaller airports. Please note: because we will be booking all of your flights and connections and because we do so at the best possible price – this does not always mean the best possible schedule. Many times, the international airlines we use are able to offer us domestic flight connections at a very low cost (usually only $75-$100) and therefore, we are offered a very limited class of service. This might mean longer layover times so please be prepared for this in advance. You may find a better schedule online but that doesn’t mean that it was an option within the price range and class of service we were going for. If you have specific limitations on arrival and departure times, you will need to let us know in writing 90 days or more in advance and you will need to be prepared to incur additional costs if your preferences do not fall within the class of service we are offered at the lowest cost.

About Your Leader

Julie Richards

China Team Leader

You never know where God will lead when He plants seeds in your heart and you step out to trust Him. Looking back, Julie began her connection with Go Be Love in the summer of 2005 when she took her first mission trip to China to serve in the orphanage where her daughter was found. A passion for the nations and a call to adoption later grew into a heart for missions and four years on staff with Go Be Love coordinating teams to China and Ukraine. She has continued to take teams back to several different orphanages and cities in China, learning bits of Mandarin and feeling much at home in her heart when she is there. Julie has a deep love for discipleship and coming alongside others to nurture them in the faith and personal growth. Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who focuses on helping people heal from trauma. Julie is also a trained practitioner in Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) and supports adoptive and foster families. Julie is a pastor’s wife with four children, ranging in age from young adulthood to adolescence.

Julie sees the mission field as a classroom where God teaches us more about who we are, who He is, and how to love each other. Saying yes to God’s call on a GBLI trip is like a pilgrimage of faith, being stretched at times and challenged to grow deeper. It is a journey that can change your life, your worldview, your passion for God, and for those who the world has sometimes forgotten. We have an incredible opportunity to be a part of bringing God’s kingdom here on earth, and through reaching out to others with God’s love, we can change the world.

I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.

I’m ready to Go. Be. Love.

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