Living Water does not require any training to go on a trip; our field staff are uniquely equipped to train you while you are on the trip. However, training can be an incredible experience and often lends to a more satisfying trip experience. Living Water offers training for drilling, and pump repair; check out the Training Schedule.
If you or your group wants to do a book study prior to the trip, we highly recommend When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert.
While it feels instinctive to want to give material things to those with such great need, it can be very damaging if handled incorrectly. Living Water works in hundreds of communities and we want to be consistent with the gifts and donations we distribute in them. Our community programs have a strong relational focus, so we do have a list of recommended items if you choose to bring donations. Please contact your coordinator for an appropriate list of things you can bring to donate.
Baggage fees and weight and size limitations vary by airline, so check your airline's website before the trip to be sure that your luggage complies. We often book flights through United Airlines, but in certain circumstances we book with Delta or American Airlines.
Living Water will not pay baggage fees unless we ask you to carry a footlocker of supplies to the field staff.
Living Water does not require vaccinations, but we ask participants to check with their family doctor and the CDC's recommendations. Please review the link for your trip country:
The CDC's Traveler's Health Information:
The CDC's Malaria Information:
Yes—Living Water purchases emergency medical insurance for trip participants through International Medical Group (http://www.missiontripinsurance.com/).
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is not required by Living Water; however it is something for US Citizens to consider when planning a trip out of the country.