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GIVE Program

GIVE Program

Program Overview

Global Immersion Volunteer Experience (GIVE) Program seeks to provide service learning opportunities to an array of individuals and groups that desire to make an impact on a global scale. This unique program completely immerses participants into the cultural fabric of different communities.   Program participants that are accepted into the program will travel to East Africa or Central America to volunteer in three distinct service areas. Participants will have the flexibility and option to engage in School Outreach, Community Outreach, and Evangelism Outreach opportunities.   Program participants will rotate throughout each service area to provide a fuller experience within a global Christian context. The option is available to spend more time in a given service area based on the need and desire of each participant.

Please see the GIVE program documentation presented below:

FAQ Crimson Foundation

Is Crimson Foundation associated with a religious organization? We are a Christ-centered, faith-based, nonprofit organization that exists to further the Kingdom of God. You can read more about who we are . No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, you are absolutely welcome to come serve with us

Your Mission Trip Activities

What exactly will I be doing on a mission trip? Great question! Now we’re getting down to business. We completely immerse mission trip participants like you into the local communities where we work. Working hand-in-hand with someone is the best way to build relationships and experience life change. Get ready to work hard and role up your sleeves!

We aim to assist families and communities by meeting their educational, housing, development, and health needs. Our biggest efforts are serving the school by teaching, serving the families by building and remodeling homes, and installing water systems. During your trip you’ll work alongside locals from rural communities to help in a variety of areas.

Is the work I’ll be doing strenuous? Depending on the type of project you agree to participate in, the level of effort varies. For example, the building projects are strenuous and requires a lot of stamina each day. If the project is school based, you will be teaching and playing children, which requires a different type of effort and labor. We encourage rest breaks and require everyone to hydrate a lot. Take it to the bank, you WILL consume more water than you could begin to imagine. We won’t pull you out of the shade and put a shovel back in your hand, but you will be stretched to work and do more than you may have thought possible.

Where is the work site located? We work at various rural communities in Kagina, Rwanda; Mnyingwa, Tanzania; and Chinandega, NIcaragua.

Your Mission Trip Costs

How much does it cost to participate on a mission trip? Crimson charges $500 to cover ground transportation, accommodations, insurance, food, and purified water. Airfare can range from $400 to $1900 depending on your departure city and dates of travel. You will also need about $200 cash for local expenses and souvenirs if you want.

Your Mission Trip Requirements

What should I bring on the trip with me? Once you sign up for a mission trip, we will provide you with a detailed packing list. We encourage you to pack clothing that is comfortable and inexpensive. Many volunteers leave things they don’t need behind as donations.Do I need a passport to go on a mission trip? YES. And make sure it doesn’t expire for 6 months until after your scheduled trip (their rules, not ours). You do not need a visa if you are an American citizen. Other nationalities should check with their consulate regarding visa requirements.

If you don’t have one, you can apply for one at a passport center which are often located in your local post office. When you book your trip make sure you put your exact full name on your airline reservation. Someone in an office somewhere likes that stuff to match up perfectly.

Do I need any shots or prescriptions prior to leaving?  Shots are optional but we highly recommend Hep A and Hep B. You should also be current on your Tetanus shot. Consult your family doctor, county health center or the CDC for more information.

Do you need to know my medical history? Yes. We need to know if you have any special medical needs, and you must complete an emergency medical release form before departure. We want to be able to take care of you while you’re here.

If I am under 18 years of age, do I need permission to go on a mission trip? If you are under 18 years of age, you must submit a notarized “release and waiver of liability” form. In addition, adults will need a witnessed “release and waiver of liability” form. Everyone must agree to the Crimson Foundation “Code of Conduct” in order to make the trip. All paperwork is due at least 30 days prior to departure. All of this is included in our online sign up process.

Can young children go on a mission trip with their parents? There are several family mission trips scheduled each year. We recommend that children be at least 10 years old and have all recommended immunizations before they travel.

Signing up

Are missions always done in groups, or can I go down alone? You will come with a group or join an existing group for your first trip. A certain amount of orientation is required in making the trip, adapting to the surroundings, performing the work, and getting to know everyone on your trip. Once you complete a mission trip, there may be opportunities to travel alone to join our mission.

Other Questions

When are my mission trip fees due, and what if I change my mind? Your room and board fees are due 30 days prior to departure, and once you make a commitment to go, we hope that you will be able to make the mission trip. However, mission trip fees paid to Crimson Foundation are not refundable. As far as your airplane ticket goes, refund policies will vary based on the airline.

Pack List, Tips, and More…

We have put together a “Packing List” with suggestions for the upcoming trip. These suggestions will help prepare you in terms of what items to bring.  In addition, we have put together a Crimson Foundation “Current Needs List” to assist our efforts in meeting the needs of the program for participants and communities abroad.

Latest Trip to Rwanda