Is it Safe? Your Five Biggest Questions About Your Mission Trip


So you’re going on a Venture Trip—that’s exciting! As you begin preparing for your trip to Africa or the Caribbean it’s only natural to have some questions and concerns about the country you will be working in. 

If you haven’t already, you’ll be receiving a Venture Team Manual. In it you’ll find answers to many of your questions. In the meantime, here are answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions:

To help you prepare for the trip, your Venture Team leader will guide you through the Venture Team Manual.

Is the place where I will be staying safe? 
Yes. We take the safety of our teams, staff, and children very seriously. Each ministry center is equipped with secure doors and windows and staffed with 24-hour guards. 

Will I have access to safe, clean drinking water? 
It’s important that you stay healthy and hydrated during your stay. Your team will be provided with plenty of clean drinking water. You should use this water to brush your teeth as well. You should never drink water from the sink or shower.

The in-country COTN staff cares for each team like they are family.
                                     Teams are treated like family when they visit our ministry sites. 


Will the food make me sick? 
Our cooks have been trained to prepare and serve foods that are safe for your consumption. However, you should be cautious of food you eat outside of the COTN property. If you are unsure, ask your team leader for guidance. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
What if I get sick in country? 
If you become sick or injured during your trip, your team leader and COTN staff will make sure you receive medical attention. There are a few things you can do to help keep yourself safe and healthy:
  • Before you leave, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for a list of recommended vaccinations.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss specific medical needs or concerns you might have.
  • Use your Venture Team Manual checklist to help build your personal medical kit.
  • While in-country, use hand sanitizer throughout the day and wash your hands whenever possible.

What if I don’t speak the language? 
Don’t worry, your team will be accompanied at all times by COTN staff and translators. But take some time to study your Venture Manual and learn a few basic words and phrases like “hello” and “my name is….” Learning a few words of their language will mean so much to the people you meet. And remember, a smile is the same in every language!

We want to make sure you have everything you need to make this Venture Trip a positive experience. We pray that this trip will change your life and the lives of the children you will be serving. Bon voyage!

Team mission trip to Africa

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