A CFCA trip is not a traditional mission trip. You will not be building houses or working in CFCA projects. An awareness trip is an in-depth immersion experience intended to strengthen the bond of friendship that already exists between sponsors and their sponsored friends, and to show sponsors how their contributions are used to support and empower families.
Our local CFCA staff will meet you at the airport and be your hosts for the week as you visit communities served by CFCA. You will be welcomed by CFCA families into their homes and learn about their daily lives. You might hear families served by CFCA describe their challenges and successes, and come to see them as individuals with distinct gifts, abilities and potentials instead of as “poor” people. You will hear presentations about the culture, religion, social and economic conditions in the country. As you travel to CFCA communities, you will observe the country's unique natural beauty. Most days, you will have time for personal or group reflections where you can process what you have seen and learned.
Over the course of the week, we will try to provide you with shopping time as the schedule allows, but this is not guaranteed.
The days begin early and are filled with scheduled activities. The trip can be rigorous, as rest time is limited. You may travel long distances by road, and may be gone all day visiting communities, sometimes in very warm weather. Participants should be able to climb stairs and walk on uneven terrain, such as dirt paths or cobblestones. The amount of walking varies by trip. We suggest you contact a trip coordinator if you have any concerns about your ability to participate.
In general, people enjoy our trips if they are flexible, like meeting new people and trying new foods, and can handle long days with frequent changes in routine.
You will receive a detailed itinerary one to two weeks before departure. The trip itinerary may change to accommodate unexpected circumstances.