The main purpose is to partner and help the orphanages we hope or already have adoption programs with. However, our teams often have opportunities to work with other orphan care organizations and ministries in the foreign country.
Children over the age of 5 years are able to go on all our trips as long as they are accompanied by one or both parents. It’s strongly suggested if the child is under 9 years of age that either both parents accompany them, or one parent and another supervisor. There are many things to consider when traveling with a child and our Storyteller Missions staff are available to talk with prospective team members regarding what this would look like. Teenagers 16-17 years old can travel without a parent as long as someone is assigned as their temporary guardian and can travel with them and with proper consent forms signed.
The purpose of the mission trips is solely for missions. While America World is an adoption agency, the Storyteller Mission Dept is purposed to bring awareness regarding the orphan crisis. We certainly want to promote the option of adoption for families, but in no way will these trips be associated with the adoption process. Each foreign country has their own process by which families are matched with children. Families interested in adopting should contact America World and ask to speak with a Family Coordinator.
The objective for each Storyteller Missions trip is to work with children in America World’s partner orphanages in that respective country. There are many reasons why we choose to do this, but our main goal is to send short term missionaries to help and aid in our long term partnerships. The passionate and personal advocacy of each team member when they return home has directly resulted in an increase in Waiting Child placements in forever families.
Team members are ultimately responsible for the cost of their trip; however, Storyteller Missions is committed to helping teams receive funding to cover as many of the trip expenses as possible. Team activity leading up to the trip will involve a lot of fundraising and promotion. There are two ways to submit payments via the America World website: by team members making their own payments and by others submitting donations. Please see our payment page for more information.
Yes! Your team leader will schedule a weekly team meeting either in person or via conference call for teams with members who live in different areas of the US.
Each team is assigned Storyteller Missions Coordinator who is tasked to book flights, create itineraries, purchase trip insurance and communicate with our foreign country liaisons. Some countries will require visas and where possible Storyteller Missions/America World will assist in this, however, in situations where teams must obtain their own visas Storyteller Missions/America World will provide instructions on how to do so.
There will be a Team Leader training day held each year. Team members will receive regular information and guidelines on how to prepare for the trip from their team leader. There will be at least one team meeting at which a Storyteller Missions coordinator will be present to review all Storyteller Missions/America World policies.
If an individual mission trip participant cancels, but the mission trip still occurs, all funds directly expended by the trip participant shall be non-refundable.If Storyteller Missions/America World cancels the trip, participants shall receive a refund of payments made toward the cancelled trip. However, participants may direct Storyteller Missions/America World to use their payment to fund a future trip or for another charitable purpose.
This will vary by destination and time of year traveling. Your travel guidelines will contain information regarding dress code and preparing for the climate of your travel destination.
Some countries have specific vaccine requirements while others do not. It is important to understand the health risks of and vaccine recommendations for the country in which you will be traveling. Some countries have vaccination requirements for all foreigners entering their borders. Please refer to the CDC for the most current and up-to-date information regarding recommended and required vaccinations. Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (known in some countries as the yellow booklet), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received. This is mandatory for countries that require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry, but it’s a good idea to carry it anyway wherever you travel.