If your phone is eligible for an international sim card it is best to purchase one at the airport. They are very cheap! If you are unable to buy a new sim card, you can put your phone in Airplane Mode and use the wifi at the Village of Hope and the hotels. Or you can check with your cell phone carrier about international phone plans, however this can sometimes be more expensive.
Depending on the specifics of the mission you may be asked to pack supplies such as medicine, crafts, games or clothes for the children. The dress code at the Village of Hope is conservative, so please do not pack tank-tops or shorts that go above the knee. Pants, skirts, dresses, t-shirts, jeans are all fine.
The weather is similar to Florida, but there is not much access to A/C. During the summer months it gets very hot, and during the rainy months there is a lot of mud.
There is a large supermarket (similar to a Walmart) close to the hotel. If you forget to pack something, or need additional supplies, you can likely find it there.
Thai food is a unique blend of flavors and ingredients, that you might not have tried before. It is usually prepared with fish sauce and spicy chilies. There are also some familiar restaurants such as KFC, and you can also find a range of options at the supermarket. Be ready to try something new!
The average cost per person is $1,700. This estimates $1,000 for airfare, and the other $700 will cover travel within country, lodging, food, and travel insurance. Check out the Fundraising page for tips and events you can use to meet your fundraising goals. We suggest that you bring some extra funds for souvenirs or purchases you’d like to make during the trip. It’s a good idea to change cash into Thai Baht at the airport. Exchanging money becomes difficult once we arrive in Northern Thailand. The line at the local bank fills early and they will only accept crisp, perfect 100 dollar bills, without any marks on them. They must be brand new with the reflective stripe.
During our general training sessions we will go into more detail about some of the social norms in Northern Thailand, and provide training on how to greet and address people. The people of Thailand are aware that we are visitors and will give us much grace as we attempt to adapt.
No. The Village of Hope has become their new home. They will not “age-out” of the system.
No. The children’s needs are well covered, and funds are directed to specific homes or dormitories so that no individual child is left out, or made to feel unwanted. Training will be provided on how to give gifts and make lasting connections with the amazing kids that you meet. Let us know if you have interest in sponsoring a home and we will provide you with some next steps through the Compassionate Hope Foundation.
For the safety of the pastors and their families, we cannot post pictures of those who face persecution on any public forum. You can only post pictures on a page that is private/invite-only. We love our brothers and sisters enough to take special care to keep their identities a secret. For the privacy and dignity of the children, please do not publicly post any specifics about their personal stories or backgrounds. Many of these children have come from difficult circumstances and those details need to be handled with care.