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How long is the Colombia Journey?
The trip is May 26 - 31, 2017: Friday through Wednesday. Plan to arrive by 5p Friday and stay through noon Weds. (Or come early/stay late.)
I've never built a home: can I still participate?
Not a problem: Our partner NGO has built over 100,000 of these homes, and everyone gets involved and takes a role. Each home assignment has a 'captain' and there's lots of communication. No prior experience needed.
Do I need travel Insurance?
You will need travel medical insurance in order to participate. We recommend general travel insurance as well. Check out Allianz Travel Insurance.
Do I need a travel visa?
US and Canadian citizens do not require a traveler’s visa for Colombia. It is important that you check for yourself what is needed for you to enter the country (travel.state.gov is a good starting place).
Do I need a Passport?
Yes. And as a general rule you must have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
I want to fundraise for a home and secure one of the 10 available fundraising spots. How do I start?
You'll use Journey's fundraising portal, sample page here: fundrazr.com/journeyhomes
and once ready, sign up here to launch your own 3k campaign: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/journeyhomes/register
You'll have until the end of February to raise the funds, with support and guidance from the Journey team along the way. We've built in some suggested donation tiers to help people raise even faster.
What should I pack?
We recommend traveling light, with essentials only. You'll get a complete packing list after you book your trip.
Hat for sun protection
Close toed shoes (comfortable)
Small day backpack
Light clothes for working in
Essential hygiene products
Sleeping bag Yoga mat or sleep pad (many people bring ones they're willing to leave behind for the community)
**We advise not to bring any jewelry or valuables.
Do I need to bring money?
Yes. Most of your meals are covered, but bring additional spending money and/or a credit card (We recommend $200USD, to be comfortable) for food, snacks, alcohol or local souvenirs. We also recommend you change some amount into local currency at your bank before you come.
What are the accommodations?
We begin Friday night in a modern hostel in Cartagena, sleeping in dorm rooms.
Saturday night we'll be "camping" in a municipal building, ie. bedding down in a sleeping bag and yoga mat on the floor of an office or school building, with our partner organization and their staff/volunteers. The area is always vetted by the local team for safety + basic amenities.
For the 3 integration days, we will be in two boutique venues on an island off Cartagena. On an island off the coast of Cartagena in a pair of boutique, brand-new properties: we're in for a treat.
Reach out to the organizers if you require more specific information to plan your trip. Otherwise, get ready for an immersive and unforgettable week with us.
Is it safe on the Build Site?
We work closely with on-the-ground partners to ensure your safety. The communities where we build are vetted and prepared for the build, and mitigate risk by working closely with the community in this specific region for 6+ months. They vet the impact sites and work with communities to prepare them for the visit.
Every area has some degree of crime, but our partners are very familiar with the local landscape. In general, we advise everyone be a conscious and safe traveler, and act wisely by keeping valuables tucked away, earbuds out, and eyes open.
What about dietary restrictions?
Our team does their best to accommodate all special needs. During the impact portion of the trip, our partners will be providing the food and the families will be cooking for us (amazing!). However, if you have strict dietary restrictions we recommend bringing any snack or protein bars for yourself. Afterwards we will be eating at restaurants that can cater to a variety of dietary options.
Do I need any vaccines?
We highly recommend that you check with your doctor and the CDC website prior to traveling to ensure all routine vaccines are up to date, ideally 4-6 weeks prior.
What about ZIKA?
We take the health and well-being of our travelers very seriously. Zika is a developing health threat and requires certain precautions. A full FAQ on Zika can be found here.
Who else is coming on the trip?
The group is being assembled by our friends at Dream Living Project, Summit, and Reality. You'll love this diverse group of conscious thinkers and doers.
When can I book my flight?
Wait to book your flight until you have secured your spot on the Journey, reviewed the recommended arrival times for your trip, and have had all your questions answered by the team.
What's Journey's cancellation policy?
We understand your plans can change. Under certain circumstances we allow changes up to 45 days before a trip. Contact us for more info.
Is Journey a nonprofit?
Journey is a mission-driven for-profit Public Benefit Corp. This is a relatively new legal status that ensures Journey can give equal weight to the mission and the shareholder interests. (Also, Journey only chooses shareholders who are aligned with the mission).
Journey's mission: To create experiences which empower people to become more empathetic, philanthropic, or conscious human beings who address social and environmental challenges.
How does Journey make money?
As a for-profit, we rely on earned revenue, creating trip budgets with a margin that supports our overheard and our growth.
As a PBC, we are committed to investing our profits back into the mission: of funding more projects at scale, and supporting our community in travel experiences that build empathy and create a positive impact.
A typical ticket breakdown looks like this:
10% to Impact Project
30% to Costs on the Ground
15% to Journey Leader or facilitator
45% to Journey as profit, invested back in mission: to build empathy worldwide and create positive social impact at scale.