2018 Cambodia Mission Trip Information

2018 Cambodia Mission Trip

NOTE: This trip is open to Burman University students and friends only

INFORMATION

Dates:

  • August 15-28, 2018

Location:

  • Cambodia

Itinerary:

  • August 15: Arrive in Phnom Penh.

  • August 16–19: Drive to Siem Reap. Visit Samraong and Takong schools; conduct student interviews and home visitations. Tour Angkor Wat.

  • August 20-23: ASAP teacher training

  • August 24: Drive to Kompong Thom. Visit literacy schools; conduct home visitations and vespers.  

  • August 25: Worship at an ASAP church plant. Conduct home visitations.

  • August 26: Drive to Phnom Penh. Tour the Killing Fields and Toul Sleng Genocide Museum; additional sightseeing and shopping opportunities.

  • August 27: Visit the Vietnamese SDA School and Cham Ruen Phal School. Worship and lead craft activities for students.

  • August 28: Depart Phnom Penh.

Main Goals:

  • To lift Jesus up before the people of Cambodia. “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32).
  • To see firsthand and participate in projects reaching the needs of the poor and unreached.
  • To help all mission participants grow spiritually and understand that “you are either a missionary … or a mission field.”

Mission Trip Fee (the following information does not apply to participants affiliated with Burman University):  Fee amount will be shared with particpants upon approval of their applications

  • Fee includes the following
    • Three meals per day and bottled water
    • Lodging
    • All ground transportation within Cambodia (airfare is not included and must be purchased separately)
    • Travel insurance through Adventist Risk Management
    • Supplies, sightseeing, and other expenses directly related to the mission trip
    • Pre-trip background check (required for all participants eighteen years of age or older)

Preparation:

  • Submit your 2018 Cambodia Mission Trip Application online.  Please do not purchase airline tickets until your application is approved by ASAP Ministries.
     
  • Visit the CDC website and discuss with your health care professional which vaccines are recommended for Cambodia.
     
  • Verify that your passport is current (it must have an expiration date no sooner than six months after your departure from Cambodia), and send a copy of the information (i.e., photo) page to john.press@asapministries.org.
     
  • Pay the mission trip fee by July 15, 2018 to secure your place on this mission trip (does not apply to mission trip participants affiliated with Burman University).  You may pay by check or by credit card via our website or by calling our office at 269-471-3026.  If paying online via the Give Now form, under "Have My Gift Go Towards" select "Split Gift," then enter the amount under "Other" and "2018 Cambodia Mission Trip" under "Description."  Checks may be mailed to: ASAP Ministries, PO Box 84, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

NOTE: If you would like a tax-deductible receipt, please do not write the name of the missionary you are supporting on the check.  Instead, on a sticky note attached to the check, write "2018 Cambodia Mission Trip" and the name of the missionary you are supporting.

 

Personal Expenses (not included in mission trip fee):

  • Airfare.  You are responsible for all airfare.  You may book your own tickets (after ASAP has approved your application), but if possible, we suggest that you purchase your flights through Butler Travel. Nathanael Martin will assist in coordinating all the flights so that trip participants can travel together on the same airline, whenever possible. You may contact Nathanael via phone (503-879-5005) or e-mail: nathan@butlertravel.com. (For U.S. citizens, it is possible to get a tax break on airfare. If interested, please call the ASAP office with your credit card information.  After you have selected your flights, Nathanael will contact the ASAP office. ASAP will purchase the flights and then charge your credit card the same amount, which will appear as a tax-deductible donation to the “Mission Trip Fund” on your receipt).
     
  • Tourist Visa.  A Cambodian tourist visa should be obtained prior to entering the country.  Some airlines require proof of a visa prior to boarding the plane (obtaining a visa at the airport is not recommended, as you may be denied).  Visas must be used within three months of issue, so please time the submission of your visa application accordingly.  You may use an online visa service agency, though the cost may be higher than going through the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation.  If requested, ASAP Ministries can provide assistance with submitting the visa application.
     
  • $100 in case of emergency, plus extra funds for spending

 

What to Bring:

  • A flexible attitude—Be flexible! Be flexible! Be flexible! Be prepared to adjust as needed, including in the areas of working, living, traveling, dietary issues, and interacting with the host organization.
  • A desire for adventure—that is, a willingness to try and experience new things
  • A humble desire to serve rather than be served
  • Enough clothes for one week (refer to dress code below). Clothes can be hand-washed in hotels or washed at local vendors if there are no laundry services available in the hotel.
  • Slip-on type sandals/flip flops (shoes must be removed before entering nearly every building in Asia)
  • Closed-toed shoes that are appropriate for day trips to various sites
  • Travel pouch or money belt that can be hidden to hold your passport and money
  • Bible and a notebook
  • Personal hygiene items, including one roll of toilet paper (just in case)
  • Bath or beach towel
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Airborne® or similar immune-system-boosting supplement
  • Charcoal tablets/capsules for upset stomach
  • Ciprofloxacin in case of "traveler's diarrhea"

NOTE: Please limit your personal belongings to one (1) carry-on and one (1) checked bag.  Mission trip participants may be asked to transport supplies, Bibles and/or other spiritual literature to and from Cambodia in a second checked bag.

 

Additional Items to Bring (Optional):

  • Flashlight
  • Camera
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Battery and/or phone charger
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Small-sized backpack or fanny pack
  • Granola bars or similar non-perishable snacks

NOTE: Electrical service in Cambodia is 220 V, 50 Hz and has a variety of connectors.  Ensure any electrical appliance you bring is rated similarly or is dual-voltage (i.e., 120/240 V, 50/60 Hz). Electrical outlets in hotels may accept U.S.-type non-polarized, two-prong plugs, but if you do not bring a power adapter, they may be available locally.

 

What Not​ to Bring:

  • An ugly, arrogant attitude (the “I-am-superior-because-I-am-from-a-wealthy-country” mentality)
  • A negative outlook and a complaining spirit

 

Dress Code:

  • Modest dress
    • Men: Long pants and short- or long-sleeve plain shirts with collars (unless wearing scrubs during medical/dental outreach)
    • Women: Loose skirts or dresses at least two inches below the knee and short- or long-sleeve, modest, loose-fitting simple shirts (unless wearing scrubs).  Capri pants or dress pants may be worn on off days.
  • We want to dress in such a way that those we have come to serve can see Jesus through us and not be distracted by what we wear

 

Do you have any questions?  Please e-mail john.press@asapministries.org

IS GOD CALLING YOU TO GO ON THIS MISSION TRIP?  IF SO, APPLY NOW!