Experience the joy of serving others as you help transform lives

Volunteers with Unto™ humanitarian trips work with partners and churches in countries across the globe to serve people in need and express the kindness of Jesus. For more than 25 years, our expert trip leaders have taken more than 180 groups to 30 countries. Unto is the humanitarian ministry of Cru®.

Reasons to Join a Humanitarian Trip with Unto

  • You share physical aid and the hope of Jesus.
  • You grow closer to God.
  • You forge lasting relationships.
  • You learn to serve in a different culture.
  • You can receive the blessing of blessing others.

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Upcoming Humanitarian Trips

January 7-19, 2021
Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia Vision Clinics

In Southeast Asia, 21 million people live with untreated vision impairment. Without glasses, people are unable to see family members, and they struggle to read and work.

You can help with this need by joining an Unto vision clinic trip to tropical Southeast Asia. Through the clinic, you will help provide glasses to hundreds of people who need simple vision correction. You also will work alongside Unto partners, helping them expand their ministry through serving those in need.

During the clinic, you will meet with local people one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. As you spend time with them, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus.

Time is allotted for visiting local sites and enjoying Southeastern Asian culture.

No medical experience is required. At the beginning of the trip participants will receive training to test vision and fit eyeglasses.

Trip Cost: $1,650+airfare

Trip Dates: January 7-19, 2021

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: MaryBeth


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January 16-24, 2021
Panama

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Panama Vision Clinics

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to go to school or work because of poor vision. Millions of people in Central and South America live with untreated vision impairment, causing them to struggle to work, read, or even see family members clearly. You can help by joining a Unto™ trip to Panama — the southernmost country in Central America and home to the famous Panama Canal — to host a vision clinic that will provide glasses to hundreds of people needing simple vision correction.

You will work alongside Unto™ partners who are building relationships among the people in Panama and serving those in need. During the clinics you will meet with locals one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. As you spend time with them, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus. Time will be allotted for visiting local sites and enjoying Panamanian culture.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning of the trip.

Trip Cost: $1290-$1590 +airfare

Trip Dates: January 16-24, 2021

Trip Location: Panama

Trip Leader: Roger


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March, 2021
El Salvador

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Spring Break Vision Clinics Week 1 for Students

El Salvador — a land of beautiful beaches, sprawling coffee plantations, and lush rainforests — is the most densely populated country in Central America, with 40 percent of its population living in poverty. Be part of a Unto™ volunteer trip that helps relieve suffering by providing eyeglasses to many with impaired vision.

As a student on this trip, you will travel to the nation’s capital, San Salvador. The team will conduct eyeglass clinics in the city as well as in nearby rural areas. In the clinics you will meet with individuals to provide glasses and demonstrate the kindness of Jesus. You also will have the opportunity to talk with students at the local university campus to share the hope of Jesus.

This opportunity is available to students only. No experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

This trip can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: March, 2021

Trip Location: El Salvador

Trip Leader: Kim


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March, 2021
El Salvador

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Spring Break Vision Clinics Week 2 for Students

El Salvador — a land of beautiful beaches, sprawling coffee plantations, and lush rainforests — is the most densely populated country in Central America, with 40 percent of its population living in poverty. Be part of a Unto™ volunteer trip that helps relieve suffering by providing eyeglasses to many with impaired vision.

As a student on this trip, you will travel to the nation’s capital, San Salvador. The team will conduct eyeglass clinics in the city as well as in nearby rural areas. In the clinics you will meet with individuals to provide glasses and demonstrate the kindness of Jesus. You also will have the opportunity to talk with students at the local university campus to share the hope of Jesus.

This opportunity is available to students only. No experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

This trip can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: March, 2021

Trip Location: El Salvador

Trip Leader: Kim


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March, 2021
Middle East

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Middle East Vision Clinics

Refugees in the Middle East left behind families, friends, and homes to seek peace and safety, yet many lack basic necessities and care. Unto™ partners in the Middle East serve local residents and thousands of refugees by supplying items such as clothing, food, and school supplies. Unto humanitarian trip teams help with another serious need — vision impairment.

On this trip, you will travel to the heart of the Middle East to meet with refugees and residents one-to-one to assess vision needs and provide glasses. Through this project, you will have opportunity to show the kindness of Jesus and help Unto field partners build ongoing relationships in the communities.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning of the trip.

 

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: March, 2021

Trip Location: Middle East

Trip Leader: MaryBeth


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April 7-19, 2021
Kenya

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Kenya Vision Clinics

Kenya, known for its abundant wildlife and home to the famous Masai Mara and Amboseli national parks, has a largely rural population. In the more remote areas of Kenya, including where we will serve on this trip, there are significant humanitarian needs to be addressed.

Many people in remote villages lack access to basic necessities. Unto™ partners in Kenya build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as clean water and much-needed food. You too can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

By joining this trip you will travel to village areas in Kajiado District, near Kenya’s border with Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several villages to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.  Trip fee includes a single-day entrance into Amboseli National Park for wildlife viewing.

Trip Cost: $2,300 -$2600 plus Airfare

Trip Dates: April 7-19, 2021

Trip Location: Kenya

Trip Leader: John


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April, 2020
Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe Community Agriculture Project

Last year drought plagued Zimbabwe, making it extremely difficult for many people living in rural villages to grow crops and provide for their families. This year the opposite is true — too much rain created problems with crops. Together with Unto™ field partners, you can work alongside villagers to help them improve their garden yield.

Unto works with local partners to help them serve their communities. By joining this team, you will work in one of these communities to install a bucket drip-irrigation system and create a community garden. This drip-irrigation system will help families grow food and feed their families during drought or other poor conditions. They can sell surplus produce and use the profits to pay school fees, buy clothes, and purchase other necessities. This irrigation project can serve as a model for other gardens in the community.

Join our team as we work to help increase the ability of our local partners to build relationships and share the hope of Jesus with those around them.

No previous agricultural or technical experience is necessary, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty as, together, we create the drip-irrigation system and community garden.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: April, 2020

Trip Location: Zimbabwe

Trip Leader: Roger


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April 13-21, 2021
Middle East

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Middle East Vision Clinics

Refugees have entered this Middle East country in staggering numbers, having left behind families, friends, and homes to seek peace and safety. Many lack basic necessities and care. Unto™ field partners in the Middle East serve the local residents as well as the thousands of refugees by supplying items such as clothing, food, and school supplies. Unto humanitarian trip teams help with another serious need — vision impairment.

 

On this trip, you will travel to a country well known as a tourist travel destination and for its exceptional food. You will meet with refugees and residents one-to-one to assess vision needs and provide glasses. Through this project, you will have an incredible opportunity working with refugees to show the kindness of Jesus and help Unto field partners build ongoing relationships in these communities. In addition to providing glasses through our vision clinics, we will spend a few days in the capital city working to meet the needs of at risk people groups in crisis.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive vision-testing training at the beginning of the trip.

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: April 13-21, 2021

Trip Location: Middle East

Trip Leader: Kimmie


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May, 2021
Central Africa

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Central Africa Vision Clinics

This French-speaking African country sits between the Sahara and the savanna. The hot, dry climate makes resources scarce, resulting in widespread poverty. Local Unto™ partners work in remote areas to provide people with resources such as water wells, irrigation kits, and food. You can help with an additional need by supplying eyeglasses to many who are unable to obtain or afford them on their own.

As a team member, you will travel to a rural village to host an eyeglass clinic. You will meet with people one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses for them. As you spend time with them, you have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: May, 2021

Trip Location: Central Africa

Trip Leader: Kim


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June, 2021
Central Asia

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Central Asia Vision Clinics

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to work because you cannot see well enough to read. In Central Asia more than 1 million people live with untreated vision impairment. You can help solve this problem for many of them by providing a simple pair of glasses, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

By joining Unto™ as a member of this team, you will travel to mountainous Central Asia to host an eyeglass clinic. At the clinic you will meet with local people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. During this time, you will have the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus.

Through this project, our field partners will be able to build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: June, 2021

Trip Location: Central Asia

Trip Leader: Kimmie


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June 9-23, 2021
Tanzania

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Tanzania Vision Clinics

Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources.  Unto™ partners in Tanzania build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as water wells, bucket irrigation kits, food, vegetable seeds, and medical supplies. You too can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

As a member of this team you will travel to the central region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several villages to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.  On this trip our Unto team will also have opportunity to share the gospel directly with those who are interested.

No medical or ministry experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: June 9-23, 2021

Trip Location: Tanzania

Trip Leader: John


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June, 2021
Guatemala

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Guatemala Vision Clinic

Guatemala-

During the 10th century, a complex network of trade routes turned Mayan cities into commercial and spiritual hubs. Guatemala still has that mystique today in historic cities like Antigua. However, in the capital, Guatemala City, the effects of the 36-year-long civil war (1960-1996) still can be felt, causing Guatemala to be one of the poorest countries in Central America.

Be part of an Unto™ volunteer trip that helps relieve suffering by providing eyeglasses to many with impaired vision.

The team will conduct eyeglass clinics in the city, as well as in nearby rural areas. During the clinics, as you will meet with individuals to provide basic vision testing and needed glasses, you will be able to demonstrate the kindness of Jesus. You also will have the opportunity to talk with students at the local university campus to share the hope of Jesus.

This opportunity is available to students only. No experience is required. At the beginning of the trip, participants will receive training for vision testing and fitting eyeglasses.

 

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: June, 2021

Trip Location: Guatemala

Trip Leader: TBA


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July, 2021
Zambia

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Zambia Vision Clinics

Zambia, a beautiful country of great diversity, has more than 70 ethnic groups and languages. It also has one of the world’s fastest growing populations, which contributes to high rates of poverty and unemployment. Unto partners in Zambia help people there by providing necessary supplies such as clothing, food, seeds, and medical equipment. You can help by taking part in vision clinics to provide needed glasses.

During the clinics, you will meet with people one-to-one to assess their vision and fit them with glasses. As you spend time with them, you’ll have the opportunity to show the kindness of Jesus. By providing glasses through these clinics, you also will be helping our partners build stronger relationships in the communities so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

 No medical experience is required. At the beginning of the trip, participants will receive training for vision testing and fitting eyeglasses.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: July, 2021

Trip Location: Zambia

Trip Leader: MaryBeth


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August, 2021
Tanzania

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Tanzania Vision Clinics

Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources.  Unto™ partners in Tanzania build relationships with people in many small villages and provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. You too can help villagers by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

As a member of this team you will travel to the lake region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-to-one with people in several villages to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics you help our partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: August, 2021

Trip Location: Tanzania

Trip Leader: John Douglass


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August, 2021
Uganda

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Uganda Vision Clinics

Called the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is known for its lush landscape and amazing wildlife. It is a beautiful country of beautiful people. Recognized for their resiliency, Ugandans rebuilt their nation after overcoming a history of conflict. Although most live in poverty in rural areas, their spirits remain joyful and hospitable.

By joining Unto™ on this trip, you will host vision clinics alongside our field partners. At the clinic you will meet with local people individually to assess their vision and provide glasses. During this time, you will have the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus.

Through this project, our field partners will be able to build relationships with families and show them the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: August, 2021

Trip Location: Uganda

Trip Leader: Roger


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August, 2021
Southeast Asia

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South East Asia Vision Clinics

In Southeast Asia 21 million people live with untreated vision impairment. Without glasses, people are unable to see family clearly, or they struggle to work or read.

You can help by joining a Unto™ trip to tropical Southeast Asia to host a vision clinic that will provide glasses to hundreds of people needing simple vision correction. You will work alongside Unto™ partners who are building relationships and serving those in need.

During the vision clinic, you will meet with locals one-to-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. As you spend time with them, you will have the opportunity to show them the kindness of Jesus.

Time is allotted for visiting local sites and enjoying Southeast Asian culture.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: August, 2021

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: Kim


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Frequently Asked Questions

Participants from 16 to 80 years old and of all skill levels may take part in Unto trips. Volunteers with a personal relationship with Jesus and with sound health are welcome. Not all trips will be suitable for youth because of the type of work required or the emotional toll they may take. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Some trips may require more specialized skills, such as medical training. If special skills are required, this information will be mentioned in the trip description.

Team size depends on the destination and the trip strategy. Teams can be as small as four people or as large as 40.

The trip cost includes all in-country transportation, shared hotel or dormitory accommodations, three meals a day (plus drinking water), interpreter services, in-country visa fees, emergency evacuation assistance, and all taxes, tips, and fees.

The trip cost does not typically include airfare, pre-trip visa fees (if required), passport costs, immunizations, medications, baggage charges (unless you are asked to carry a bag of Unto aid), trip cancellation insurance, airport meals, or additional gifts or snacks you choose to bring.

No. We will plan travel and provide an airline itinerary for you through our travel agents. Then we will send you the information to contact the agent and purchase your ticket. Through the travel agent, you will be able to arrange both your domestic and international travel. Arranging travel in this way lowers flight costs and allows you to book “through” travel straight from your home airport while still traveling with the team internationally.

Trip participants and their supporters can pay by credit card through the participant’s giving page or by phone. Payments can also be made by check. All payments and donations are tax-deductible and non-refundable.

All contributions to Unto are income tax deductible and are made with the understanding that Unto has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. Should you not go on the trip, or should more funds than needed be raised, we will consult with you to determine if the money will be held in your account for a future trip, be used for other expenses associated with the trip, or be given as a general donation to Unto Humanitarian Trips.

Your trip leader’s primary responsibility is the safety of the team. We are in touch with the U.S. State Department on all trips and are alert to changes in safety and security while overseas. While we do live in a complex world, Unto trips do not include what we consider unnecessary risks, either in locations visited or activities implemented.

We work to make sure all trips are as safe as possible. All Unto trip leaders are experienced in international ministry and trained in crisis management and CPR/first aid. At all times a crisis manager is on call in the states, and contingency plans are in place before all trips begin. Emergency evacuation coverage and supplemental health coverage are included in the cost of your trip.

In most cases the entire team will meet at the international departure airport in the U.S. and fly together to the destination country. Most trips require no pre-trip preparation or meetings as a team. If a trip does require pre-trip preparation, the team leader will provide this information before accepting you for the trip. Some trip leaders may schedule a group call before the trip for team introductions. Your trip leader will be in touch with you on an ongoing basis as you prepare for the trip.

Accommodations will vary depending on the country. Usually teams stay in a hotel or guest house chosen or recommended by our national hosts. Rooms are generally shared by two people of the same gender or by spouses. If you prefer a room to yourself, a single supplement fee will be charged.

In the areas where Unto serves, it is usually not possible to make accommodations for special dietary needs.

All available trips are listed on the website. If you do not see a trip that works for you, you can contact trips@unto.com to receive updates in the future. New trips are added all the time.

You can contact the trips department by emailing trips@unto.com.