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Arusha, Tanzania

Missions Outreach

June 13 - June 28, 2025

$4,525

20% Early Savings Ends July 10, 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details and Itinerary

( Subject to change...A comprehensive itinerary will be sent 30 days prior to the trip.)

 

 

This is a worldwide mission trip developed for the (wannabe) daring types. Crafted for the passionate, spiritually hungry, compassionate, and adventurous, and made to inspire YOU to reach in deeper, and give out bigger...and then even bigger! To the ones who are secretly wondering if they’re missing out on something “more and amazing." To the dreamers and the big risk-takers. To the ones who want MORE. And to the ones who are finally going to get out there and GO...this is the trip for you!

 

Join us as we  partner with an amazing, on-fire, missions-minded local Arushan church, Maranatha Christian Center, their school, and their remote church plants in Tanzania. We will provide much-needed support, encouragement, prayer, outreach, evangelism, and continued advancement of God's work.

 

Much of the ministry for this trip will be: home to home outreaches, singing, playing, sharing, teaching  and doing crafts for the elementary children at the school, VBS, sharing our testimonies, ministry within the church, worship, prayer walks and home outreach, minor maintenance work within the school, leading small group Bible studies, etc

 

You didn’t know the definition of panoramic until now. Or majestic. Or wow-factor, for that matter.

 

Summer of 2025 will be special as we plan to go deeper spiritually and allow God continue to develop the gifts he has placed in each one of us.  Join us as we bring hope to the hopeless on a life-changing trip to Tanzania

 

Our free-time adventures takes us on a 2-day safari excursion to the breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park to spy out the BIG 5! 

 

What’s Included:

• Round-trip international flight from NYC 

• Hilton accommodations during training

• Hotel accommodations in Tanzania

• 2-day Safari excursion 

• All in-country transportation to/from airports and to/from ministry sites throughout the trip

• Daily meals (3 per day) in NYC during training and all in-country meals (3 per day)

• Daily bottled water

• Trip t-shirt

• Medical Emergency Insurance

• All Free Day Excursions

 

What’s Not Included:

• Domestic flight from your hometown to NYC

• Passport - apply for your passport no later than April 1, 2025

• Tanzania Tourist Visa ($50)

• Immunizations (see CDC button)

• Snacks throughout the trip and Souvenirs

 

Visa Requirements *We will be getting our Visa's upon entry. They will be good for a year with multiple entry.

2025 Basic Trip Itinerary

( Subject to change...A comprehensive itinerary will be sent 30 days prior to the trip.

 

June 13: Arrive NYC

When you arrive, our airport greeting team will meet you at the airport. We will enjoy dinner together and then begin our team training. During this time, we will have some team bonding time and go over trip logistics, rules, safety, cultural items, team communication, and schedule...and then we will have a worship service and meeting. *You will be sharing a room with others (same gender) as it helps create team bonding...and is just more fun!

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: La Guardia Hampton Inn (NYC)

 

June 14-15: NYC to Tanzania

Depart for Tanzania (International ticket confirmation will be sent to you 30 days prior to departure.)

 

June 16: Arrive Tanzania

Beginning reception with our ministry partners in Arusha, Tanzania

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

June 17-19: Arusha

Ministry Outreaches with Maranatha Christian School, VBS, home to home ministry and sharing God's word.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

June 20 Arusha Free Day * Materuni waterfalls, coffee tour and Kikuletwa hot springs

And...great milkshakes at Africafe!

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

June 21-24: Arusha: 2-Day VBS community children's school outreach, continued Ministry Outreaches with Maranatha Christian School, Children's Church and village church on Sunday and home to home ministry. Maasai Market shopping for souvinirs.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: TBD

 

June 25-26: Safari

Safari to Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, we’ll head out to Safariland and take in the infamous and breathtaking Ngorongoro Crater. The afternoon drive commences with the 600-meter descent to the crater floor, a magnificent natural amphitheater. The crater supports a year round resident population of a variety of wildlife. You will have no trouble spotting lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo, as well as many species of plain animals such as wildebeest, zebra, reed buck, Thompson gazelle, and many more. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos, and other water birds can usually be seen here.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: Campground. Overnight.

 

Safari to Tarangire National Park

After our breakfast, we will visit Tarangire, one of the more seasonal parks in northern Tanzania with a lot of migratory movement within the greater Tarangire ecosystem. In the dry season, between June and October, there is an incredible concentration of elephants. Herds of up to 300 elephants can be found, looking for underground streams in the dry riverbeds, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, giraffe, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. The park's dominant feature is the Tarangire River, but most memorable are the huge baobab trees dotted around in big numbers.

After our safari, we will return to Arusha for dinner at the lovely Impala Lodge.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: Campground. Overnight.

June 27: Depart for NYC

Arrive NYC. Final team debrief, dinner, worship, and team meeting

BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER. ACCOMMODATIONS: La Guardia Hampton Inn (NYC) 

June 28:  All team members travel home

Talk to your doctor about any prescriptions you are currently taking or should take in case you get sick, and also about the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, & Malaria. Yellow Fever vaccination and Malaria pills are not required or suggested for this trip as there is very low risk.

 

See Center for Disease Control and Prevention requirements for Tanzania.

 

Training:

Training for this trip will take place in NYC. Training consists of specific ministry and outreach information, going over rules and safety regulations, team bonding time, and an evening meeting with worship and small group prayer.

Health & Safety FAQs

 

What vaccinations do I need? We would strongly suggest following the CDC requirements/suggestions. You should consult with your own family physician, but what we always suggest is to make sure that all your Hepatitis A, Tetanus/Diphtheria, and Typhoid/Polio shots are all up to date. It is a personal choice and decision as everyone has their own risk tolerance, vaccination beliefs, and health and safety thresholds.

 

Is the trip insured? Yes! We carry short-term travel insurance for each member of the team that includes medical evacuation, AD&D coverage, and other great travel insurance benefits. However, you will still need to be covered on a health insurance plan or have one purchased for the trip. We use Good Neighbor Insurance (GNI) for our mission trip coverage. For more information, call 480-813-9100 or visit info@gninsurance.com

 

What if an emergency happens and I can’t go? If you have to pull out of a mission trip for whatever reason, we will apply all payments/donations to a future trip, minus costs we may not be able to recover.

 

Health history questionnaire. A few weeks prior to the mission trip, we’ll email you a Health History Questionnaire and a Consent/Release form for you to fill out and email back to us before the mission trip. Most of it is pretty standard and it just gives us an idea of medications being taken, past health issues, allergies, immunizations received, and other items for us to be aware of if there were to be a need for you to go to a doctor or clinic/hospital. Please fill out what you are comfortable with; everything is 100% confidential. 

 

Safety track record. Going overseas is a big deal, and it's totally understandable for individuals, parents, and families to be concerned and want to know what safety precautions are being taken for each trip, especially if they are new to Wide Awake Missions. We've been at this for over 30 years; we have taken thousands of teens and young adults overseas, and over the years of doing mission trips, we have been fortunate to have never had a major safety or medical issue.

 

International safety and travel warnings. We keep in constant contact with all travel warnings concerning each country we go to. Before we leave, we register our group with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) through the U.S. Department of State, and we log our itinerary with the State Departments of each country we  travel to.

 

On being alone. No one is ever allowed to go off by themselves outside of our outreach sites, ministry sites, and hotels. We travel as a team unit, eat as a team, and minister as a team—so no one is ever alone. We rely on our trusted and experienced contacts/translators to guide us each day. Also, each team member pairs up daily with an accountability partner. We always have a first aid kit that travels with us, and our contacts keep us informed on the best doctors, clinics, and hospitals to visit if there are ever any issues or emergencies.

 

Contact information and itinerary. You, your parents, and/or family will have a list of all our emergency numbers and will receive a more updated itinerary before each trip.

 

Leaders. We have a seasoned country director run the mission trip, and our leader/student ratio is usually one college-aged leader (and some parent volunteers) per five (under age 18) students. We allow the team to bring their smartphones, and usually, it's their camera as well. We use the hotel’s wifi; this way students can be in contact with their parents for updates. We also provide you and your parents the phone numbers of the international hotels where we will be staying during the trip.

 

What about theft? Theft is always a possibility when you travel abroad, so please don’t bring anything you cannot afford to lose. Most crime is petty like pick-pocketing—but since we travel as a group and use private, chartered buses and vans with a hired driver who guards our belongings, we’ve rarely had a team member lose anything.

General Mission Trip FAQs

 

As we get within a few months of our mission trip, we will be in more communication to make sure everything goes smoothly, and we are always available to answer any questions you may have. We can’t even begin to express how unbelievable, fun, and adventurous this mission trip is going to be!

 

What about drinking water? Throughout the trip, we will drink plenty of bottled water and/or purified filtered water. 

 

Can I bring items for the outreaches? Yes! Feel free to bring balloons, face paint, stickers, coloring book, crayons, pencils, and Bibles to give away. If your school or church wants to be a part in a financial way, we will be buying food to distribute in villages, supplying some Bibles, and handing out other little things, so you/they can give towards these options if you’d like; just let us know.

 

Are there any additional costs? Pretty much everything is covered! We work with a variety of helpers and translators, and we do take a group "love offering" at the end of the trip for our main contacts as well—it’s the gesture that counts here and not the amount though.

 

Do I need a sleeping bag or towel? No, you will not need a sleeping bag or towel for this trip.

 

Can I use my phone? Definitely! Although wifi can be spotty, it’s nice to keep in touch and share photos with friends and family who are praying for you and have supported you. 

 

How many bags can I bring? You are allowed to bring one personal item like a back pack or day pack (usually a smaller type of school day backpack and not an actual carry on suitcase) and one checked piece of luggage (a suitcase or backpack/duffle bag weighing 48 pounds or less).

 

What’s a typical day like? Each morning, we enjoy breakfast and team devotions, and then we head off to our outreaches for the day. We typically bring lunch with us, and at the end of the day we’ll go out with our contacts/translators and enjoy team meals together at a local restaurant or at the hotel. Later in the evening, we bring everyone together and have some team fun, play some games, and some testimony time from the day of outreaches and ministry. We also love to have worship nights and an occasional inspiring message by one of the leaders or special speakers.

 

Do I have to share my testimony in front of people? Well, as a team, we’d love everyone to get to know each other’s "story.”  As far as sharing in front of a group of people or church, we understand that speaking in front of larger groups can be frightening, so we’ll leave that up to you. You will see though that throughout the trip, you will begin to feel more and more comfortable with it. You will have numerous opportunities to pray for the needs of many people in the outreaches we will do.

 

Sports/skits? We will have some fun opportunities to play some pick-up games of soccer and basketball; and do some fun drama skits (and other games). It’s such a great way to connect and offers lots of opportunities to minister and get to know the people of Arusha better. Please let us know if you have any special talents you’d love to use during the trip or teach others, such as face-painting, making balloon animals, playing musical instruments, dancing, singing, etc.

 

*This list isn’t exhaustive, if you have any additional questions please just let us know!

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