Mission Trip Itinerary
Sunday, October 15: Fly to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK), arriving by Tuesday, October 17 (flights crossing the International Date Line lose a day)
Tuesday, October 17: Mission team arrival and travel to Prachuap Khin Khan (3 hour drive) for orientation. Introduce cross-cultural mission training; planning, praying, and adjusting to the time change. See temples in the Phetchuburi Province along the way and begin to learn about Thailand's rich cultural and religious history.
Wednesday, October 18: Go to Phraya Nakhon Cave and receive additional cross-cultural mission training. Reflection time at the beach. (Start of Wed.-Sat. mini-evangelistic meetings in Bangkok by the local churches and pastors. Thematic focus: "Restoring the Family.")
Thursday, October 19: Travel to Bangkok in the morning. Settle in at Bangkok hotel. Ministry teams praying and planning.
Friday, October 20: Medical mission to serve Pakistani refugees.
Saturday, October 21: Medical mission to serve refugees and the community around Thailand Adventist Mission.
Sunday, October 22: Medical mission to serve Karen refugees and the Thai poor.
Monday, October 23: Medical mission to serve the Thai poor.
Tuesday, October 24: Fly to Mae Sot.
Tuesday, October 24 - Friday, October 27: Arrive at Sunshine Orchard Learning Center. Set up and prepare for the program. Conduct medical mission work, chilrdren's program, and mini-evangelistic meetings at Sunshine Orchard Learning Center.
Friday, October 27 - Saturday, October 28: Visit local ASAP project sites and refugee camps (if possible).
Sunday, October 29: Return home. (Note: Flights crossing the International Date Line gain a day.)
Note: This itinerary is subject to change.
Ministry & Service Opportunities
- Dental (opportunities for both professionals and laypeople)*
- Vision (opportunities for both professionals and laypeople)*
- Chair/table massage
- Mental health/crisis counseling
- Children's ministry (Vacation Bible School)
- Music ministry
- Ministry mentorship
*Dental and vision ministry opportunities for laypeople will be led by staff from the Oon Jai Foundation.
The $1,400 USD Mission Trip (October 15-29) fee includes the following:
- All ground transportation within Thailand
- Domestic airfare (Bangkok to Mae Sot roundtrip)
- Three vegetarian meals per day
- Bottled water
- Interpreter fees
- Fees for any tourist sites visited
- Travel insurance through Trawick International (estimated $150; exact price varies based on age and policy)
- Supplies and other expenses directly related to the mission trip (e.g., medical supplies, materials for Vacation Bible School, etc.)
- Ministry project support
- Nonrefundable $75 administrative fee
Additional Expenses (Responsibility of the Mission Trip Participant)
- Each participant is responsible for purchasing their own international airfare (prices range widely from $900 - $1,800 per roundtrip flight)
- Background check (approximately $40, unless your church or school is willing to provide the results of a recent background check)
- All Covid-19 testing required by the Thai government and your country of origin (if any)
- Additional spending money for mementos, gifts, emergencies and incidental expenses
Ready to Go? Here's What to Do Next!
- Pray for heart preparation and God’s guidance every step of the way (Prov 3:5-6).
- Submit the Mission Trip Application Form online by July 31, 2023.
- Verify that your passport is current and send a copy to ASAP. Your passport must have an expiration date no earlier than six months after your arrival date in Thailand (in this case, April 15, 2024). A digital scan of your passport may be e-mailed to ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Book airline tickets. Please do not book airline tickets until you receive confirmation that your application has been approved.
You may book your own tickets, but please consider purchasing them through Butler Travel. Their agents will assist with coordinating flights so that, whenever possible, trip participants can travel together on the same airline. You may contact Nathanael via phone at 503-879-5005 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
NOTE: For U.S. citizens, it is possible to receive a tax break on your airfare. If interested, please call the ASAP office with your credit card information. After you have selected your flights, Nathanael will coordinate purchase of the tickets with ASAP Ministries. Then, ASAP Ministries will charge your credit card for the purchase price of the tickets, and this will appear as a tax-deductible donation to the “Mission Trip Fund” on your receipt.
- Need a visa? Starting October 1, 2022, US citizens do not need to apply for a visa to enter Thailand. A tourist visa is only needed for those wishing to remain in Thailand for more than 30 days or longer than 90 days within a six-month period.
- Visit the CDC website or consult with your healthcare provider regarding recommended immunizations.
- Pay your mission trip fee (you will be notified of the deadline upon approval of your application). You may pay by check or by credit card, either online or by calling the ASAP office at 269-471-3026.
- To pay online, go to the Give page on the ASAP Ministries website; in the “Designation” dropdown box, select “Other.” Then, enter “2023 ASAP Thailand Mission Trip” in the field that appears.
- To pay by check, mail the mission trip fee to ASAP Ministries, PO Box 84, Berrien Springs, MI 49103
We want to dress in such a way that the people of Thailand can see Jesus through us and not be distracted in any way by what we wear.
- Men should wear long pants and short- or long-sleeve plain shirts with collars. They may also opt to wear loose fitting scrubs.
- Women should wear loose skirts or dresses at least two inches below the knee and short- or long-sleeve modest, loose-fitting simple shirts. They may also wear capris, dress pants, or loose fitting scrubs.
- During orientation and off-days, shorts may be worn.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Travel to Thailand During Covid-19
What are the entry requirements for Thailand?
Currently, travelers entering Thailand are not required to show Proof of Vaccination or Covid-19 test results. All travelers can freely travel to Thailand without any Covid restrictions. Please visit the U.S. Embassy in Thailand Covid-19 information page to view the Thai Ministry of Health's full Covid-19 guidelines (e.g., masking requirements, etc.) and travel requirements.
Will the travel insurance that ASAP provides for this trip cover Covid treatment and quarantine expenses?
Yes, your medical expense benefit is the same, regardless of your illness. It is a reimbursement policy, meaning you will pay for treatment upfront and request reimbursement later.
Will I get a refund for the mission trip fee if I test positive for Covid or have to cancel my trip?
The mission trip fee is refundable, with the exception of a $75 administrative fee.
Please direct all ASAP mission-trip related questions to Mirna Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local volunteers (i.e., living in Thailand): Please contact Neil Roque at email@example.com for volunteer opportunities in Bangkok and Benjamin Kip at firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer opportunities in Mae Sot.