Preparing For Your Trip
Friends Across Borders (FAB) will provide a pre-travel orientation which will include important education regarding cultural norms about which trip participants should be informed. We will do this via conference call with all participants. When possible, a face to face meeting with the FAB Manager and/or one of the guides will take place. Usually, the orientation lasts approximately an hour and a half.
During the Orientation session/meeting we will:
- Pray together so that we become a community on a journey, to share about our sense of being called to participate in that journey.
- Go over some common cross-cultural norms, and provide specific examples of realities in the country we’ll be visiting as well as some of the situations we may encounter.
- Receive input regarding the current economic, political, religious, and cultural realities of the country we’ll be visiting.
- Go over trip logistics and itinerary.
- Have a question & answer session.
FAB will provide the following to participants:
- Specific information on such matters as: immunizations, medical insurance, visas, travel advisories, packing lists, weather information at destination, etc.
- Expert travel recommendations in planning immersion trips. FAB works closely with a travel agent (specializing in international travel) who helps us construct itineraries. This agent will plan your itinerary from the international airport nearest you to the host country. He will try to set it up in such a way that most of the participants travel together or arrive at the same time. If you have frequent flyer miles, he also can help with that.
- Guides who speak English and the language of the host country. They know the local culture and language, and will serve as mentors and translators. Click HERE and get to know our guides.
- A workbook that contains specifics about the trip itinerary, the geography and history of the country we’ll visit, its current issues, the history of Maryknoll in that country, information about Maryknoll Lay Missioners and their ministries there, some basic phrases from the local language, and prayers & songs in that language as well as in English.
Just before leaving for the trip, make sure you have:
- your passport;
- a copy of the itinerary;
- names, addresses and phone numbers of Maryknoll Lay Missioners and the FAB Manager; and
- the address of the place where you’re going to stay.