Each year, hundreds of people come to Eldoret, stay at Open Arms Village, and collaborate to achieve one goal: to provide relief from physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering through medical expertise, education, and Christian ministry.
Join Open Arms International on a mission trip to Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya. You don't need special qualifications, just a willing heart to love and serve.
Prepare to transform lives!
Cost and Duration
Costs vary depending on the time of year and city of departure. For instance, summertime travel is typically more expensive than at other times of the year. Team members are responsible for raising funds to cover their airfare, accommodations, food, and spending money. The average cost for a typical trip is approximately $3,500-$4,000
Types of Teams
A Medical Team will set up a medical camp to provide treatment for acute and chronic illnesses including high blood pressure, diabetes, wound care, stomach ailments, skin diseases, etc. Medical teams require at least 4 medical professions.
A Project Team will do a project that fits the team members’ strengths and skills such as Vacation Bible School, pastor training, tear down/building projects, or teacher training.
What to Expect in Kenya
Guests stay in beautifully furnished guest lodges. They have electricity, modern plumbing, clean water, internet access, and views of the Kenyan Highlands and the Kipkaren River. Every day, you will engage in the life and activities of our children –including school, games, evening devotions, and dining with the families.
2018 Mission Team Calendar
Below are the teams going to Kenya in 2018! You can inquire about a team below by clicking on the image or using the form below!
*You will need to be available for the dates listed below and able to attend three mandatory team meetings prior to leaving the country and one debrief after you return.
Jan 5 - Jan 28
Medical - Closed
REQUIRED TEAM MEETING DATE:
Sign Up Here
Before you jump into the paperwork we would like to get to know you! Please fill out the form below and we will contact you, so we can walk through the process together!
+ What types of skills or experience does a person need to be an effective member of a team?
No specific skills or experience are required, although certain skill sets and experience are helpful. People who don't have specific skill sets or experience can still be very effective on a team and can serve as assistants in both the medical clinics and in the area of children's programs. There are also practical ways for people to assist with the ministry aspects of our trips. Areas where we do have need for specific skill sets and experience are:
- Medical Clinics - We need doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, paramedics, pharmacists, medical technicians, etc.
- Children's Programs - We need workers who have experience working with children as well as teachers.
- Pastors' Conferences - We need Pastors and Bible teachers and those who can teach Christian ministry leadership.
- Ministry Events - We need those gifted in ministry; those who can share their faith through drama, music, speaking and one-on-one counseling.
- Construction - We need experienced contractors and construction workers who can supervise and build new projects and who can oversee the renovation of other projects. We also need individuals experienced in water engineering to assist us in setting up filtration systems, digging wells and building water tanks.
+ How much does a trip cost?
Costs vary depending on the time of year and city of departure. For instance, summertime travel is typically more expensive than at other times of the year. Team members are responsible for raising funds to cover their airfare, accommodations, food, and spending money. The average cost for a typical trip is approximately $3,500-$4,000.
+ How do I sign up for a trip?
The first step is to decide which upcoming OAI trip you want to go on. Once you’ve decided, you can submit an application online. Upon approval, you will also need to apply for a Special Pass ($180) through the Kenyan Embassy. We recommend you submit your application and special pass as soon as possible. We can help you every step of the way - don't hesitate to ask questions.
+ What other requirements are there if I sign up for a trip?
If your application is approved, there are three required team meetings prior to your departure. These meetings are designed to provide important travel and cultural information and develop team relationships. Appropriate vaccinations and visa requirements will also be addressed during these meetings. In addition, your team will have one debriefing meeting after you return from Kenya.
+ Is there a minimum age for team members?
An applicant must be at least 18 years of age to go on an OAI trip without a parent or guardian. Individuals under the age of 18 may be eligible to go on an trip if OAI gives its approval AND if a parent or guardian accompanies the individual on the trip. We address all underage applicants on a case-by-case basis. OAI believes that it is important for teenagers to experience life in other countries, so please don’t hesitate to ask. There is no maximum age limit for prospective team members. If an individual is in good physical and mental health, age is not a concern.
+ What are the accommodations like?
Our guest houses are extremely comfortable with many Western amenities including running filtered water, flush toilets, comfortable beds, hot showers, and washing machines.
+ How long is a trip?
Trips are typically two weeks long. You will most likely spend 11 days in Kenya and 3 days traveling.
+ Can I stay longer than that?
For your first trip, we ask that you only go for two weeks. If you have been to the Village before and would like to stay longer, please contact the office for an extended stay application. You will be asked to share how you plan to spend your extra time.