FAQ

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions; and if you can’t find your answer here, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Service Trips

+ What vaccines are required for the service trips?

The following are the vaccinations required by Partners In Development for travel with our organization. You may consult with your own physician about other vaccinations he or she may recommend. Please review our health requirements before registering for a trip.

For Guatemala

  • Please note: Our work site is not in a malaria zone, and malaria pills are not needed. Consult with a doctor, if desired.
  • Hep A
  • DPT/Polio up to date
  • Tetanus up to date

For Haiti

  • Hep A
  • DPT/Polio up to date
  • Tetanus up to date
  • Malaria pills

+ Where do your service trips travel to?

Click here for more information: 'Service Trips'.

+ What skills are required to attend a service trip?

Medical volunteers are required to have a medical license or currently be in school pursuing a study in medicine (requires traveling with a licensed provider) to work in the PID clinics. Previous experience/skills are not required to work construction or help with a children’s program; however, house-building or related language skills are helpful.

+ What is the cost to attend a service trip?

Service trips are $800 plus airfare to stay at a location for 7 days and 6 nights. This includes transportation to and from the destination's airport, lodging, clean water, three meals a day, medical travel insurance, and a 1 day cultural excursion. Price does not include:

  • Costs associated with obtaining a passport;
  • Transportation to or from departing airport;
  • Extra food (above the 3 daily meals provided);
  • Medical costs including costs for vaccinations and any medicine you may require;
  • Costs related to delayed or canceled flights.

Visit any of our service trip pages for more information about trip costs.

+ What percentage of trip costs are used to support PID's programs?

A minimum of 50% of each traveler’s base price (excluding airline expenses) is used to fund our building, medical programs and extra children's programs in the country the traveler is visiting.

+ Can I fundraise to help cover my trip costs?

Yes! Travelers may seek donations to help fund their trip from friends, family members and co-workers; however, certain guidelines must be followed. If a traveler raises more than the actual trip cost, the additional funds will be donated to support the project that the individual traveler will be working on while traveling with PID (construction or medical). PID does not carry balances for travelers to use additional funds for future trips with us.

+ What type of accomodations are provided on service trips?

  • In Haiti, teams stay in our bunk house, which is very modest, but has beds, clean drinking water, flush toilets, and showers (cold ones!).
  • In Guatemala, teams stay in a modest hotel, which provides sheets, pillows and towels as well as three meals a day and clean drinking water.
  • In Mississippi, teams stay at the Sunny Boy Bed and Breakfast.
  • In Peru, we stay at a bed and breakfast.

Sponsorship Program

+ How much of my monthly or annually sponsorship money will go to the child, teen or adult I sponsor?

100% will go to providing for the needs of the person you sponsor. PID takes great care to avoid many of the typical administrative costs that drain most organizations' funding. By utilizing volunteers and donated goods/services, we are able to better support our programs and maximize each donated dollar.

+ Can I send a letter to the child, teen, or young adult I'm sponsoring?

Yes, you certainly can. Please read our correspondence guidelines page for more information.

Donations

+ Are donations to PID tax deductible?

Yes, donations are tax-deductible. PID is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Extra gifts to your sponsored child are not tax-deductible.

Other Inquiries

+ Is PID religiously affiliated?

Partners In Development is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian service organization. PID serves anyone falling within PID’s economic guidelines and does not discriminate against individuals of diverse backgrounds and faiths. Likewise, all are welcome to volunteer, intern, join our team and/or participate in our service trips.

+ Where is PID located?

Our U.S. office and mailing address is 174 High Street, Suite 106, Ipswich, MA 01938. Feel free to drop by! We’re open Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm.

+ What if I don't see my question here, can I reach out?

Yes, please see our contact page for more information. We're always here to answer any of your questions.