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

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: $1400 +Airfare

Trip Dates: May 30-June 8, 2023

Trip Location: Honduras

Trip Leader: Kim


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July 7-17, 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: $1650 +Airfare

Trip Dates: July 7-17, 2023

Trip Location: Middle East

Trip Leader: Kim


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August 13-27, 2023
Guatemala

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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 are we creating sustainable communities or dependency problems.
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 people in Guatemala who struggle to make a living as subsistence farmers. The biggest challenges for Guatemalan farmers are changing markets, commercialized competition, and poor practices. By joining the Agriculture Summer Mission with Unto ®, you have the opportunity to teach communities about how they can increase their yield, 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 Guatemala. We will run four-day trainings in villages, teaching families techniques to grow more while restoring soil for future generations.
Applications are open to all Quarter school students!
Contact Robin.Greaves@unto.com for more information.

Trip Cost: 3,000

Trip Dates: August 13-27, 2023

Trip Location: Guatemala

Trip Leader: Robin Greaves


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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. This trip is reserved for people involved in the Family Life Ministry.  

Trip Cost: $1700 plus Airfare

Trip Dates: August, 2023

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: Scott


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July-Aug, 2023
Middle East

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Student Middle East Earthquake Relief Opportunity

This summer the campus ministry and Unto are partnering together to send one or two trips to participate in earthquake relief in the Middle East from mid-July to early August. The trip length will be around 10 days and the cost will be about $2,500.

Staff, students, and volunteers are all welcome, but due to the intensity of the work, a healthy level of mental and emotional maturity is required.

Trip Cost: $2500

Trip Dates: July-Aug, 2023

Trip Location: Middle East

Trip Leader: Candice Siewert


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August 23-September 6, 2023
Tanzania

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Tanzania Vision Clinics

Tanzania, home to abundant African wildlife and beautiful tropical beaches, has a diverse population of over 120 tribal groups. Many people in both rural and urban areas lack access to necessary resources. Unto partners in Tanzania build relationships with people and provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. You, too, can help the local people by providing for another great need — eyeglasses.

As a member of this team you will travel to a strategic ministry region of the country to conduct vision clinics in multiple locations.  You and your teammates will meet one-to-one with local residents to assess vision and provide needed glasses. By providing glasses through these clinics, you help our partners build stronger relationships so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.   The team will have opportunity to view African wildlife and shop for locally made handcrafts.

No previous medical or missions experience is required; just a heart for God and a desire to bring blessing where the needs are great. Training in vision testing is provided when we reach Tanzania.

Trip Cost: $1575 plus Airfare

Trip Dates: August 23-September 6, 2023

Trip Location: Tanzania

Trip Leader: John


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October, 2023
Cuba

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Cuba Vision Clinic

Cuba combines beautiful beaches with colonial cities and historic sites, making it a popular destination for visitors who want a cultural experience in addition to a sun and sand.  It is also home to the historic city of Havana and impressive colonial architecture.  Cuba treasures 253 protected areas, 257 national monuments, 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 7 Natural Biosphere Reserves and 13 Fauna Refuge among other non-tourist zones.

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.

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: October, 2023

Trip Location: Cuba

Trip Leader: Wes


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November 29-December 14, 2023
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: TBA

Trip Dates: November 29-December 14, 2023

Trip Location: North Africa

Trip Leader: John


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January, 2024
Thailand

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Thailand 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: TBA

Trip Dates: January, 2024

Trip Location: Thailand

Trip Leader: John


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February, 2024
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, 2024

Trip Location: Zambia

Trip Leader: Kim


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March, 2024
El Salvador

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El Salvador Spring Break Vision Clinics (Epic Student)

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.

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, 2024

Trip Location: El Salvador

Trip Leader: Scott


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March, 2024
El Salvador

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El Salvador Spring Break Vision Clinics (Destino)

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.

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

Students only. This trip can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: March, 2024

Trip Location: El Salvador

Trip Leader: Wes


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March, 2024
Middle East

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Middle East Refugee Care Vision Clinic

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: TBA

Trip Dates: March, 2024

Trip Location: Middle East

Trip Leader: John


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April, 2024
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.

 

 

 

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: April, 2024

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: Kim


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June, 2024
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. You also will have the opportunity to talk with students at the local university campus to share the hope of the gospel.

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, 2024

Trip Location: Guatemala

Trip Leader: John


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August, 2024
Suriname

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Suriname Vision Clinic

Suriname is the smallest country in South America.  It is covered with beautiful tropical rainforest. Suriname gained it independence the Netherlands in 1975.  It is considered to be culturally caribbean.  Dutch is the official language, however creole based English is also spoken.

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 might also have the opportunity to talk with students at the local university campus to share the hope of Jesus.

Accommodations will be camp style all woman in one dormitory and all men men in another one.

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: August, 2024

Trip Location: Suriname

Trip Leader: Kim


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August, 2024
Southeast Asia

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Summer 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.

 

 

 

Trip Cost: $1500-$1800+Airfare

Trip Dates: August, 2024

Trip Location: Southeast Asia

Trip Leader: Scott


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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.