If I apply, does that mean I am guaranteed a spot on the trip?

Unfortunately we are unable to take everyone who applies in order to give students and the local communities the most meaningful experience. We use the following selection process to prioritize who is accepted: 1. Successful past trip members, 2. Active Manos Unidas club members, 3. Meaningful responses to application questions. 4. Equal representation of grades and genders. 5. Teacher recommendations

I have dietary restrictions. Will there be food I can eat?

Yes! We work closely with the local communities to plan meals and accomodate most dietary restrictions. Just let us know on your information form. It is also recommended to bring snacks if you have a special dietary restriction.

I have required medication. Will that be a problem?

Students will be expected to carry their own medications with them (but always tell a chaperone before taking them).

I've heard that these countries can be dangerous. How safe are the trips?

We take safety extremely seriously and make it our top priority! We only travel to well known and safe areas that we have previously visited and/or scouted prior to bringing any students.

What are the accomodations like?

Since these are service trips, we stay in very basic hotels with only basic amentities. Students will share rooms with 2-3 students per room (gender divided).

What kinds of clothes should I pack?

A detailed packing list will be sent out prior to the trip, but you should expect to bring comfortable clothing for the country we are traveling to. We will be near the equator (or right on it!) in the summer so it can be hot, however long pants and mosquito repellent are highly recommended as a precation. Also keep in mind that some regions are up in the mountains and will be cooler. Students are expected to respect the local dress codes (details to be provided in packing list and at trip meetings).

What are the methods of travel used between locations?

We book safe transportation ahead of time including reliable drivers that will be available 24/7.

Are there local resources available in the event of an emergency?

Yes! We only travel to areas with local hospitals and ambulance/fire department support. We also check in with parents regularly (even when there is no emergency) so we will be able to communicate quickly with parents if needed.

How many chaperones will be on the trip?

Each trip has 3 adult chaperones plus additional adult support at each location.

My passport is expiring soon. Can I still go on a trip?

Passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the return date of the trip.

How can I keep my passport safe during the trip?

Adult chaperones will carry all passports for the duration of the trip. Having a photocopy is always recommended!

Can I travel separately from the group?

No, all students are required to travel with the group.

How can avoid getting sick on the trip?

Always check CDC recommendations before traveling (we will too!) and speak with your personal physican for medical advice.