Where does BlessBack Worldwide send BlessBack teams?

Currently Bless Back Worldwide is sending overseas teams to Haiti and Nicaragua where we work with local ministry mission partners.  We also have teams of volunteers  who serve locally in Charlotte, as well.   In partnership with Project 658 , Refugee Services and Elevation Church, local opportunities include working at a free medical clinic for a large refugee community in Charlotte, NC.  Our teams are comprised of medical and non-medical volunteers.

What kind of work would I be doing on a BlessBack Worldwide trip?

Our vision is to match your gifts and passions with work that is needed at our destination.  We welcome anyone who wants to help; whether your gift is medicine, leadership, organization, administration, agriculture, construction, or the ability to love people.   Don’t worry, we will find a way for you to maximize whatever you bring to the table.

Do I have to be a member of a specific church to serve with BlessBack Worldwide?

No.  We welcome anyone with a heart to serve.

What do I need to prepare for a BlessBack trip?

You will need a valid Passport, the appropriate immunizations (per the CDC website) and the financial support to cover your expenses.  You will be expected to assist in raising funds for your team and helping to procure and pack supplies for your trip.  Your team will have very important, regularly scheduled meetings which we ask you to attend. 

What kind of transportation and accommodations can I expect?

Overseas travel will be via air from Charlotte, NC.   BlessBack Worldwide has host ministry partners in each country who will provide transportation, house and feed our teams.  Team members should come with a sense of adventure and be flexible as the accommodations might vary based on our location.  For the most part our lodging will have flush toilets and simple showers.  Electricity is sporadic and in some cases the mission house is not equipped with electricity.   You will share a room with other team members of the same sex.   Drinking water and meals are provided by our hosts, and are safe for consumption.  

How much will it cost to go on a BlessBack Worldwide mission trip to Haiti?

 As of summer 2016, $2,200 is the current cost per person on all Bless Back trips.   Our costs includes airfare, ground transportation, lodging, meals, interpreters, security, supplies, and materials.  The trip leader will have specific financial details for the trip you are considering, including fundraising suggestions.      Each team member is personally responsible for covering the costs of their trip.  Financial support may be raised through family, friends, co-workers, fundraising events or you may choose to self-fund your trip..

Can I purchase my own airfare?

No.  Group travel arrangements will be made by our travel coordinator for all team travel.  A key part of our Bless Back trips are the team and community bond that develops amongst all on a Bless back team.  Current exceptions are interns who travel without a team.  

Is it safe for me to travel to Haiti and Nicaragua?

BlessBack Worldwide has completed many trips abroad without incident.  However, as with any international travel to an underdeveloped country there are inherent risks.   For that reason, we require that each volunteer read updates from the State Department on travel to the country are visiting. For most recent updates, please consult the State Department website.  http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_4632.html

Do I have to be a medical professional to go on a team?

No!  While many of our teams primarily include medical and support personnel, we encourage all people interested in being a part of Bless Back to join our teams! We can use any skill set in ministries such as education, sports, music, children’s programs, building infrastructure & maintenance, information technology, business/economic development and evangelism.  There is a place for everyone to bless back with their God-given gifts and talents!

What happens if I get sick on the trip?

Most teams travel with medical professionals and supplies to treat team member who gets sick.  Medical care is provided as best as possible by our medical volunteers recognizing there are limitations including limited specialty care, limited resources, and limited infrastructure in an underdeveloped country.  Living conditions in an underdeveloped country can be difficult and stressful, both physically and emotionally.  We reserve the right to request written medical clearance from your primary care physician before you are allowed to travel with us.  Those with any medical conditions or diagnoses and those with allergies or taking any medications should consult with their primary care physician before traveling and also make the team leader and medical staff aware of such.  Anyone with a delicate or unstable medical condition and those that require special treatment and/or ongoing care should not travel with the team.  Pregnant women are not allowed to travel overseas with Bless Back Worldwide.

Are trips safe for all ages?

Bless Back rarely allows children under the age of 12 to travel with us overseas.  Children 12 years of age and greater are welcome on some trips, provided they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  In some circumstances, children between the ages of 12 and 18 may travel with an adult chapperone with a signed and notarized permission slip from the parents or legal guardian and a Consent to Treat document.  Please consult with the Bless Back Worldwide leadership team regarding travel for children under 18 years of age. 

Is there the ability to communicate back to the states while the trip is in progress?

Yes.  We ensure that our team leaders are equipped with the technology to provide regular progress reports back to the states while the trip is in progress.    Your friends and family can stay informed by following our regular updates on Facebook.   Individual team members are discouraged from using technology and social media while on a Bless Back trip.   We aim to submerge you into the host country’s culture and provide you a break from the business and constant communication and distractions from home.   We strongly recommend you completely unplug from the technology and enjoy the experience without distractions.  We recognize, however, that some situations require team members to be in touch with family or businesses back in the states.  In those cases, our policy is that in all communications you are sensitive to the words, content and pictures that you share.  Bless Back team members must respect the privacy and confidentiality of other team members and the people we serve in other countries.   Team members should not be cited or referenced without their approval and confidential team trip details should not be shared.   It is the responsibility of the team leader to relay any sensitive trip information that needs to be shared (i.e., a team member becomes ill)  with stateside Bless Back Worldwide leadership.

What do I need to pack?

A suggested packing list will be sent out to your group a few months prior to your departure.

Do I need to bring money with me?

You may want to have a small amount of cash on you for traveling.  You may want additional money for souvenirs but we do not recommend bringing over $100 and suggest it be in new, small bills and kept in more than one location.  

What is the appropriate dress code?

We ask our volunteers to be culturally sensitive to the culture and people we serve by dressing modestly.

How do I sign up for a BlessBack trip?

Simply complete the on-line “Volunteer Information Profile” form expressing your interest in a Bless Back trip and one of our volunteers will get back to you with more information.

How can I help Bless Back Worldwide if I am unable to go on mission trips?

Bless Back Worldwide can use your gifts here at home as well.  You can provide help through prayer, financial assistance, volunteering to help with administrative or logistical tasks, donation of supplies or simply spreading the word to your friends and neighbors.   You can also volunteer to work in the local refugee clinics we serve monthly.    Complete the Volunteer Information Profile to volunteer with our organization.