Humanitarian Trips

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.

It Is Easy to Join an Unto Humanitarian Trip

Upcoming Humanitarian Trips

Nov 25 - Dec 8, 2022
North Africa

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North Africa Vision Clinic

Imagine being unable to see clearly the faces of your family and friends or being unable to work because you cannot see well enough to read. Millions of residents in North Africa experience impaired vision and struggle with issues such as these. You can help solve this problem for many of them by providing a simple pair of glasses.

By joining Unto® as a member of this mission team, you will travel to a desert nation to host eyeglass clinics. At the clinics you will have opportunity to interact with hundreds of local people one-to-one as you assess their vision and provide glasses. In so doing, you will demonstrate the kindness of Jesus.

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

Time will be allotted for sightseeing and experiencing local culture.

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

Trip Cost: $1,950

Trip Dates: Nov 25 - Dec 8, 2022

Trip Location: North Africa

Trip Leader: John


TRIP FULL

January 20-31, 2023
Southeast Asia

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Winter 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: $1650 +Airfare

Trip Dates: January 20-31, 2023

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: Kim


TRIP FULL

January, 2023
Holy Land

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Holy Land Vision Clinic

In the Holy Land more than 320,000 people suffer from impaired vision. You can help with this need by joining an Unto® vision clinic trip to this ancient and contested area of the world. 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.

Time is allotted for visiting ancient sites and enjoying local culture.

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

As we address the huge physical demands, we also can show kindness to each individual and family. This team will help open doors for our partners to share the hope of Jesus.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: January, 2023

Trip Location: Holy Land

Trip Leader: Scott


TRIP FULL

February 15-28, 2023
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 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: February 15-28, 2023

Trip Location: Zambia

Trip Leader: John


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March 5 - 11, 2023
Lancaster, PA

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Working Together to Reveal Hope (college students serving with Unto and Cru Inner City)

You can spend your Spring Break with other students engaging personally in revealing hope around the world. Join us at the Unto Global Logistics Center in Lancaster, PA, as we prepare humanitarian supplies for shipment to people in need around the globe. Our international partners working in the toughest places on earth use these items to express the kindness of Jesus to people they serve by relieving suffering, restoring dignity, and revealing hope.

You will work in various packing areas, such as:

  • New Clothes
  • Used Clothes
  • New Shoes
  • Other Critical Aid

You will pack critical aid for three days at the logistics center and spend two days serving with Cru Inner City Baltimore, working in the community serving refugees and homeless people.

Rooms will be hotel style, four people per room. An option for 2 person room is available for an additional charge.

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: March 5 - 11, 2023

Trip Location: Lancaster, PA

Trip Leader: Joy


COMING SOON

March 11 - 17, 2023
Louisville, KY

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Becoming People of Welcome (Spring Break Immigrant and Refugee Care)

Join us as we express the kindness of Jesus to immigrants and those who fled violence in their home country.

Unto® and Cru City: Immigrants, Internationals, and Refugees (IIR) invite you to travel with us to Louisville, Kentucky, to serve and learn how to be effective in connecting with our refugee and immigrant neighbors. Cru staff members and other non-profits will join us and help to cultivate a holistic approach to becoming people of welcome. Come ready to learn, serve, and share with others during this multi-ministry and multi-generational opportunity.

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: March 11 - 17, 2023

Trip Location: Louisville, KY

Trip Leader: Bekah


COMING SOON

March 12 - 18, 2023
Lancaster, PA

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Working Together to Reveal Hope (college students serving with Unto and Cru Inner City)

You can spend your Spring Break with other students engaging personally in revealing hope around the world. Join us at the Unto Global Logistics Center in Lancaster, PA, as we prepare humanitarian supplies for shipment to people in need around the globe. Our international partners working in the toughest places on earth use these items to express the kindness of Jesus to people they serve by relieving suffering, restoring dignity, and revealing hope.

You will work in various packing areas, such as:

  • New Clothes
  • Used Clothes
  • New Shoes
  • Other Critical Aid

You will pack critical aid for three days at the logistics center and spend two days serving with Cru Inner City Baltimore, working in the community serving refugees and homeless people.

Rooms will be hotel style, four people per room. An option for 2 person room is available for an additional charge.

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: March 12 - 18, 2023

Trip Location: Lancaster, PA

Trip Leader: Joy


COMING SOON

March 18 - 24, 2023
Denver, CO

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Becoming People of Welcome (Spring Break Immigrant and Refugee Care)

Join us as we express the kindness of Jesus to immigrants and those who fled violence in their home country.

Unto® and Cru City: Immigrants, Internationals, and Refugees (IIR) invite you to travel with us to Denver, Colorado, to serve and learn how to be effective in connecting with our refugee and immigrant neighbors. Cru staff members and other non-profits will join us and help to cultivate a holistic approach to becoming people of welcome. Come ready to learn, serve, and share with others during this multi-ministry and multi-generational opportunity.

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: March 18 - 24, 2023

Trip Location: Denver, CO

Trip Leader: Bekah


COMING SOON

March 11-18, 2023
El Salvador

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El Salvador Spring Break Vision Clinics

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 in partnership with Destino. 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: $1200 +Airfare

Trip Dates: March 11-18, 2023

Trip Location: El Salvador

Trip Leader: Scott


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March 25-April 1, 2023
El Salvador

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El Salvador Spring Break Vision Clinics (Destino 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 in partnership with Destino. 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: $1200 +Airfare

Trip Dates: March 25-April 1, 2023

Trip Location: El Salvador

Trip Leader: Wes


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April, 2023
Guatemala

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Guatemala Vision Clinic

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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 meet with individuals to provide basic vision testing and needed glasses, you will be able to demonstrate the kindness of Jesus.

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: April, 2023

Trip Location: Guatemala

Trip Leader: Kim


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May 2023
Greece

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Student Refugee Care Summer Mission

In 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 fled 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: TBD

Trip Dates: May 2023

Trip Location: Greece

Trip Leader: TBD


COMING SOON

May 25-June 6, 2023
Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe Community Agriculture Project

Drought often plagues Zimbabwe, making it extremely difficult for many people living in rural villages to grow crops and provide for their families.  Together with Unto® field partners, you can work alongside villagers to help them improve their garden yield and provide a sustainable food supply.

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: May 25-June 6, 2023

Trip Location: Zimbabwe

Trip Leader: John


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May, 2023
Southeast Asia

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Spring Southeast Asia Vision Clinics

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The prevalence of blindness and low vision in this Southeast Asian country is relatively high compared to other developing countries. Most of the causes of blindness and low vision are treatable or preventable. Landmines and other war-related injuries are a major cause of ocular injury.

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.

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.

 

Note: Due to this country’s current Covid travel restrictions, participants not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 are required by the country to quarantine for multiple days.  Applicants are encouraged to explore other trip options or check back later for any changes in travel restrictions.

 

 

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: May, 2023

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: Scott


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May 21-June 9, 2023
TBD

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Student Women’s Health Summer Mission

Women around the world face many physical, social, and spiritual challenges. In some cases, women are told little about their health, even to the point of becoming pregnant and giving birth without doctors sharing what is happening to their bodies. Some women do not have education because their family will not allow it, or due to the lack of feminine hygiene products, they miss a week of school every month and eventually drop out.

You can help bring physical and spiritual healing to women in the toughest places by joining the Unto® Women’s Health Summer Mission trip. In partnership with local staff teams and their partners, you will participate in leading health education workshops that provide life saving information, while building relationships that lead to conversations about the eternal hope of Jesus.

The Unto Women’s Health Summer Mission trip is open to female nursing students who have completed approximately two semesters with clinical rotation of nursing school. Female students of other majors may be considered providing they have a medical/science background with some clinical knowledge and experience. We seek ten participants who demonstrate interest in maternal and child health, women’s rights, and women’s ministry.

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: May 21-June 9, 2023

Trip Location: TBD

Trip Leader: TBD


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May 21-June 9, 2023
Tanzania

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Student Agriculture Summer Mission

Are you passionate about the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) as well as natural sciences, community development, and sustainability?

Within the Humanitarian aid world, the concern is whether are we creating sustainable communities or dependency problems.

Unto is the humanitarian branch of Cru, an international ministry that creates movements everywhere, so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus. Unto serves in the toughest places on earth to relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal the hope of Jesus. One of the ways we do this is through agriculture workshops.

We serve farmers from all scales and backgrounds to come alongside them by relieving food insecurity, empowering people through agricultural education, and revealing hope. Our workshops include components such as raised garden beds, composting, nutrition, drip irrigation kits, and pest management. We also adopt our workshops considering what the specific community needs help with.

You can help relieve the suffering of Tanzanians who struggle to make a living as subsistence farmers. The biggest challenges for Tanzanian farmers are degraded lands, harsh drought, and poor practices. By joining the Agriculture Summer Mission with Unto®,  you have the opportunity to teach communities about how they can grow year-round, and farm more sustainably. You will see firsthand the practical and spiritual impact your agriculture, soil science, or natural science passion/education can have on a community.

In addition to participating in workshops, you will explore ways to integrate ministry into your career as you spend time with local Cru®  staff members sharing the hope of Jesus with people in the heart of Tanzania. We will run three-day training in villages, teaching families techniques to grow more while restoring soil for future generations.

The applications are open. To apply, please complete and submit the summer missions application.

The listed trip cost is an estimate and does include airfare.

Contact robin.greaves@unto.com for more information.

Trip Cost: TBD

Trip Dates: May 21-June 9, 2023

Trip Location: Tanzania

Trip Leader: Robin Greaves


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May 30-June 8, 2023
Honduras

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Honduras Vision Clinic

In the past Honduras was developed by the Mayas before Spanish colonization.  It is now a predominantly Spanish speaking and Roman Catholic.  It is in Central America and it is rich in natural resources.  They produce coffee, tropical fruit and sugar cane.

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.

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: May 30-June 8, 2023

Trip Location: Honduras

Trip Leader: Kim


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August, 2023
Southeast Asia

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Summer Southeast 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 an 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, 2023

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: Scott


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August, 2023
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: August, 2023

Trip Location: Middle East

Trip Leader: Kim


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Lives are Changed

Learn the impact you can have on people’s lives when you join an Unto humanitarian trip.

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.