Join a Trip
Prepare to transform lives! Join Open Arms International on a missions trip to Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of the poorest of the poor. You don't need any special qualifications, just a willing heart to love and serve! We conduct medical clinics, outreach events and children's programs where you can serve these precious children. During our trips, Open Arms focuses on medical aid, feeding programs for needy children, construction, and work projects. Some trips may also include prison visits and training conferences. Anyone can join a team! Our greatest needs are for doctors, nurses, dentists, dental hygienists, pastors, and experienced children's workers.
2017 Mission Team Calendar *
- May 27 - June 10 | Medical Team
- June 24 - July 8 | Work Team
- July 22 - Aug 5 | Medical Team
- Aug 19 - Sept 2 | Work Team
*You will need to be available for the dates listed above and be able to attend three mandatory team meetings prior to leaving the country and one debrief after you return.
A medical team will set up a medical camp to provide treatment for acute and chronic illnesses including high blood pressure, diabetes, wound care, musculoskeletal pain, stomach ailments, skin diseases, etc.
A work team will do a project fit to the team members' strengths and skills such as Vacation Bible School, pastor training, tear down/building projects, or teacher training.
Team Member Application:
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!
"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Eph. 2:10
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Frequently Asked Questions
+ 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.