Frequenty Asked Questions
- You must be servant hearted, flexible, a team player and culturally aware
- You must be between the ages of 18 and 70.
- You need to be physically fit - you may be asked to walk long distances and sometimes carry heavy loads.
- You must be happy to sign a declaration stating that you will adhere to the security requirements of travelling with Open Doors.
- You must be a UK resident.
We have trips to varied locations throughout the year. Each trip is individual but they all range from between 6 to 14 days. Please have a look at the Travel pages on this website for more detailed information.
The cost of the trips ranges from around £1,000 to around £3,000. Please don't allow money to be a deterrent. Trips are paid for in instalments. For ideas on raising funds for your trip, please email email@example.com for our fundraising pack.
On most of our trips the price includes flights, insurance, visas, good twin accommodation (additional charge for single accommodation), tour guides (for the tourist activities and the time in country where needed), transport within the country, airport pick up, most meals, and tourist admission fees (apart from optional extras). Most trips do not include drinks or tips and some meals may not be included.
We are totally committed to supporting and serving our persecuted brothers and sisters who suffer for their faith. This means that we are careful to ensure that we do not divert unnecessary funds from the field and we are able to provide much needed care for persecuted Christians. By charging a fee we ensure that Open Doors does not subsidise trips. This includes staff costs.
Open Doors charges a flat fee of £200 for each trip. This covers:
- Support from the Open Doors travel team including briefing and de-briefing sessions held by experienced Open Doors staff
- A traveller pack of relevant information to help you prepare prayerfully and physically for your trip
- Expert support from our field team while you are in country
- Comprehensive travel insurance*
- All administration support to cover flight arrangements, visas and travel details while on your trip
- A DVD if appropriate
- Leaders training/briefing for your trip/team where appropriate
- Access to our support and expertise in areas such as health, safety, security, country and project information and development work
* Please note that this package is set and if you decide not to utilise it to the full, i.e. use your own insurance, we still have to cost the fee at the advertised level.
Part of the cost of your trip is a fee that includes comprehensive travel insurance. You are welcome to use your own insurance if you prefer, however we are not able to reduce the cost of your trip.
Open Doors will arrange all your flights and we can arrange visas for you also. If you would like to arrange this yourself, please ask.
Some Travel Teams are made up of people from all around the world and some are for residents of the UK and Ireland only. The Open Doors UK and Ireland office can only accept applications from UK and Ireland residents.
All of our trips require you to attend a briefing prior to your trip. We recommend that you attend the briefing closest to your departure date - by doing this we can try to introduce you to your fellow travellers. By agreeing to travel with Open Doors you also agree to sharing your email address with fellow travellers so that you can communicate together about your trip.
If you are involved in activities and crafts for children, you will need to take along materials for these activities.
Hopefully some fellow believers! However, we cannot guarantee that you will meet believers on all trips as in some countries it is unsafe for them to be seen with Western Christians. Please see the Travel Brochure for more country-specific information.
Each trip is different depending upon the type of trip you are making and the country that you are visiting. We have several different types of trips all of which include the opportunity to visit local sites of interest. This is partly because you are entering the country on a tourist visa and partly because our teams in the field are proud of their heritage and long to show it to you.
You will be given all the information you need in a travel pack and briefing held at our offices. You will also be thoroughly briefed by your guide when you arrive in country. You should expect most of the information for your trip to be with you about four weeks before your planned departure date.
If you want to travel with Open Doors, the next step is to fill out an application form to register your interest. You can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Travel, Open Doors, PO Box 6, Witney OX29 6WG. You will receive an email from us confirming your interest with possible trips options for you, plus additional forms for you to complete.
We want to keep both the persecuted church and our travelers safe during our trips. We work closely with people who live in the countries we are travelling to in order to ensure we have the most up to date information, and we also refer to the FCO for travel advice. We only allow our supporters to travel if completely safe to do so. Team leaders are briefed on our emergency procedures and are able to contact us 24 hours a day.
When you apply, we require you to send in a non-refundable deposit of £200. Deposits are non-refundable because your application and subsequent placement on a team incur costs, such as the cost of processing your application, interviewing you and assigning you to a team. If you change your mind about traveling with us, we believe that these costs should be covered by you the applicant, rather than Open Doors.
If at the time of applying the dates and location of the trip have not been advertised, and subsequently you decide not to travel due to the destination or time of the trip, we will refund your deposit.
If you have any further questions feel free to email email@example.com or call 01993 777300.