Volunteer Overseas with HOPE: Global FAQ: 

1. What does a HOPE: Global mission trip involve?

Many great memories are shared and made within our teams, there are plenty of outings, laughter, tourist activities and shopping sprees yet the bulk of the trip will involve running 2-3 day training conferences, visiting our projects and working with different leaders and communities to train and up skill them in issues relevant to them.

The main purpose of the mission trip is to work alongside teachers and schools and empower them through practical training so they can deliver a higher quality of education to their students. However, we also work with different community groups, church groups and local leaders training and up-skilling them in what they do.

2. What is a typical itinerary for one of these trips?

The length and what is involved in our mission trips vary from country to country and from year to year. However, our Rwanda/East Africa trips are typically the longest, usually taking place for 2 weeks in June/ July and our Cambodia/Asia trips are shorter and usually last approximately 10 days in September/ October.

Visit specific trip page to see trip itineraries. 

3. How much does it cost to volunteer with HOPE: Global?

Volunteers are self-paid and trip costs vary from country to country. Volunteers are responsible for covering international flights, travel insurance any vaccinations recommended by the travel doctor and on the ground costs. 

To assist with some of the upfront costs, our exclusive partnership with Mission Travel enables our team members to access; “mission rates” which do not fluctuate in peak seasons, exclusive discounts on travel insurance and the ability to lay-buy flights with an initial non-refundable deposit of $250. 

All volunteers are also required to commit to fundraising for the projects and work the team will be doing on the ground. We ask volunteers that volunteers have a fundraising target of $1,000 per person. 

Each volunteer going under the banner of HOPE: Global is also required to pay an administration fee of $400. Hope: Global arranges logistics, programs, itinerary and more and this fee assists in covering some of the staff and operational costs. The administration fees will be charged upon approval. Please note this fee is non-refundable. 

A mission trip-taking place in Rwanda or Kenya is typically $3500 - $4200 plus fundraising costs. A trip- taking place to Cambodia or India is typically $2500 - $3400 plus fundraising. Below is a breakdown of the approximate trip costs per person:

4. Are the trip costs tax-deductible?

Trip costs are not tax-deductible. However, upon request, we do offer letter outlining trip dates and the purpose of which you are going. This letter has been sufficient evidence for accountants and tax agents to claim trip costs as tax-deductible, however, we cannot guarantee this.

5. Do I need to be a teacher to volunteer?

Whilst the bulk of what we do is to train teachers, you do not need to be a teacher to join our mission trips. We need people with the following expertise on every trip:
- Teachers (Early Childhood, Primary & Secondary)
- School Leaders/Principals
- Leadership & Management Trainers
- Administrative & IT Trainers
- Special Education Teachers/Trainers
- Health Specialists (optometrists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, counsellors, social workers, etc.)
- Photographers/Videographers
- Tradesmen 
- Storytellers 
- People with hearts and hands to serve

6. Can I tag any other trips before or after my HOPE: Global trip?

Yes, you can! We just require you to let the office and your Team Leader know. Our partners at Mission Travel can arrange these travel plans for you too, however, we do ask that all volunteers either fly in or fly out with the team. This is permissible to international volunteers whose residential country is not Australia.

7. How do I submit an application to volunteer with HOPE: Global?

To apply, simply fill out our online application form here. As well as your personal details, we will need a pastoral and employment reference, a working with children’s check and a copy of your CV. Medical History and current medical conditions must also be disclosed. Once you have submitted your application, our team will be in contact with you to let you know we are processing your application. Please note it can take up to two weeks to process an application.

OTHER Frequently Asked Questions:

Can a HOPE representative speak at my event or place of work?

We would love to. It will depend on the location of your event and the availability of our staff, but please contact us and we will try to accommodate you. HOPE representatives are able to give lectures on related development issues, deliver corporate presentations, or come to speaking engagements at schools, churches, clubs and fundraising events.


Do you pay HOPE volunteers (wages or expenses)?

No. All HOPE volunteers pay or raise the funds for all their travel costs. This is one of the ways we can maximise your donations to projects.


Can I intern or volunteer in the Sydney office? 

Yes. Placements are available and subject to an application process. We also accommodate interns who are studying relevant fields at a tertiary level or Bible College. Please apply online or contact the HOPE Office.


How much of my donation actually goes to the projects? 

We operate on at least 81 cents in every dollar into HOPE Foundation going directly to projects.