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®.

Whether conducting a vision clinic in Central Asia, helping plant a garden in Zimbabwe, or serving refugees in the Middle East, you will experience the joy of serving others as you help transform lives through a dynamic, hands-on humanitarian trip.

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.

Upcoming Humanitarian Trips

March 7-14, 2020
The Bahamas

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Spring Break Disaster Relief Week 1 (Cru Campus Students)

Join us as we relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal hope to victims of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas.

Cost for the trip is $485. Cost includes lunch and dinner each day, bedding and lodging, transportation on the island, and all work supplies. Cost DOES NOT include transportation to Abaco Island.

Trip Cost: $485

Trip Dates: March 7-14, 2020

Trip Location: The Bahamas

Trip Leader: Ben


TRIP FULL

March 14-21, 2020
The Bahamas

FULL

Spring Break Disaster Relief Week 2 (Cru Campus Students)

Join us as we relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal hope to victims of Hurricane Dorian in Marsh Harbour, The Bahamas.

Cost for the trip is $485. Cost includes lunch and dinner each day, bedding and lodging, transportation on the island, and all work supplies. Cost DOES NOT include transportation to Abaco Island.

Trip Cost: $485

Trip Dates: March 14-21, 2020

Trip Location: The Bahamas

Trip Leader: Ben


TRIP FULL

March 13-21, 2020
Greece

FULL

Spring Break Refugee Care (Cru Campus Students)

img_5052In recent years, news broadcasts have been filled with stories of violence in the Middle East — especially Syria — and of the resulting refugee crisis. Syrian men, women, and children flee from their homes, jobs, and friends, hoping to escape war and poverty. More than 1 million refugees traveled through Turkey, piled into small, overcrowded rubber boats, and faced the dangerous journey across the Aegean Sea to the shores of Greece. They hoped to pass through the islands and continue into Europe.

However, most European countries have closed their borders leaving the refugees trapped in camps — unable to travel to a new destination and powerless to return home.

You can help meet physical needs and show the kindness of Jesus to struggling refugees by traveling with Unto™ to a camp in Greece.

You will serve refugees by distributing aid such as blankets or food or doing chores in the camp. Your presence and help will show refugees that they are loved and cared for.

Participants on this trip must be 18 years or older to serve in the camp and participants must be able to work on their feet eight hours at a time.

 

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: March 13-21, 2020

Trip Location: Greece

Trip Leader: Aby


TRIP FULL

March 13-21, 2020
Central Asia

FULL

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: $2,995 - $3,295 including Airfare

Trip Dates: March 13-21, 2020

Trip Location: Central Asia

Trip Leader: Kimmie and John


TRIP FULL

April 3 - 14, 2020
Middle East

FULL

Refugee 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: April 3 - 14, 2020

Trip Location: Middle East

Trip Leader: MaryBeth


TRIP FULL

April 17-27, 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: $1,725-$2,025 + airfare

Trip Dates: April 17-27, 2020

Trip Location: Zimbabwe

Trip Leader: Roger


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Summer 2020
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Cru Campus Student Summer Missions

This summer we will offer the following vocational summer missions opportunities for students. For more information and applications, please go to:
https://www.cru.org/us/en/opportunities/mission-trips/summer.html

  • Agriculture Summer Mission — Malawi — for students in agriculture, sciences, and related fields
  • Engineering Summer Mission — The Bahamas — for students in engineering
  • Refugee Summer Mission — Greece — open to all students especially those in social work and international relations fields
  • Women’s Health Summer Mission — Guatemala — for nursing students

For questions, contact abigail.klansek@gainusa.org.

Trip Cost: Various

Trip Dates: Summer 2020

Trip Location: Various

Trip Leader: Various


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June 4-15, 2020
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: June 4-15, 2020

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: Roger


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June 3 - 15, 2020
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 - $2,600 plus airfare

Trip Dates: June 3 - 15, 2020

Trip Location: Kenya

Trip Leader: John


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June 4-18, 2020
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: $2200 to $2500 plus airfare

Trip Dates: June 4-18, 2020

Trip Location: Tanzania

Trip Leader: Kim


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July 10-19, 2020
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: $1,500-$1800 +Airfare

Trip Dates: July 10-19, 2020

Trip Location: Zambia

Trip Leader: MaryBeth


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August 6-17, 2020
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 6-17, 2020

Trip Location: Uganda

Trip Leader: Kim


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August 2020
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: TBA

Trip Dates: August 2020

Trip Location: Panama

Trip Leader: Roger


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September 2-13, 2020
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 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 culture.

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

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: September 2-13, 2020

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: MaryBeth


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September 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: September 2020

Trip Location: Zimbabwe

Trip Leader: Kimmie


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Sept 30 to Oct 1, 2020
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: $2450-$2750

Trip Dates: Sept 30 to Oct 1, 2020

Trip Location: Tanzania

Trip Leader: John


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September 2020
Zambia

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Zambia Mobility Clinics

Two million men, women, and children in the southern African nation of Zambia have some type of disability. Most of these people live in rural areas where access to basic services is limited, and families often lack knowledge about how to care for their loved ones or the resources to do so.  In addition, these individuals are often stigmatized because of their disabilities.  Unto wants to partner with local ministries and churches to help meet this need in their communities.  Our work increases the ability of these local partners to build relationships and share the gospel with those around them.

Ministry Opportunity:
We are looking for Physical and Occupational therapists.  They will provide training to local caregivers on how to assess the needs of the disabled and fit them for wheelchairs.  We will also distribute wheelchairs to those who need them.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: September 2020

Trip Location: Zambia

Trip Leader: Barb and Kim


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October 2020
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: October 2020

Trip Location: Central Asia

Trip Leader: Roger


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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.

If you have other questions about trips, contact trips@unto.com.