Yuda Bands Service Trips

ANNUAL MISSION TRIP ADVENTURES THAT SUPPORT A SUSTAINABLE PROJECT THAT WILL CONTINUE LONG AFTER YOU GO HOME

We’re not in the travel business. We’re in business to end poverty.

Although we take every precaution to make our trips safe, fun and rewarding, Yuda Bands service trips are not our main focus. Rather the main thrust of the Yuda Bands organization is building scholarship funds for educating youth in developing nations, and implementing leadership and character building training to make the most of that education. Our trips SUPPORT that on-going quest. When you volunteer with Yuda Bands on one of our summer service trips you are adding strength to a constantly running program that will continue after you leave. That’s call sustainability.

We’re not in the travel business. We’re in business to end poverty.

Although we take every precaution to make our trips safe, fun and rewarding, Yuda Bands service trips are not our main focus. Rather the main thrust of the Yuda Bands organization is building scholarship funds for educating youth in developing nations, and implementing leadership and character building training to make the most of that education. Our trips SUPPORT that on-going quest. When you volunteer with Yuda Bands on one of our summer service trips you are adding strength to a constantly running program that will continue after you leave. That’s call sustainability.

How do I know my child will be safe?

Yuda Bands has been traveling with youth and adults for 13 years. One of our experienced travel guides supervises all volunteers from the time they arrive at one of our gateway airports, on their international flights, during their travel, and on their return flights home. We also call on the expertise of our local Yuda Bands directors. It’s about being smart and avoiding risky situations. We’ve never had any issues with safety or feeling in danger. Volunteers have access to Internet everyday to communicate with home and parents will be given a phone 24/7 emergency direct line to trip guides.

How do I know my child will be safe?

Yuda Bands has been traveling with youth and adults for 13 years. One of our experienced travel guides supervises all volunteers from the time they arrive at one of our gateway airports, on their international flights, during their travel, and on their return flights home. We also call on the expertise of our local Yuda Bands directors. It’s about being smart and avoiding risky situations. We’ve never had any issues with safety or feeling in danger. Volunteers have access to Internet everyday to communicate with home and parents will be given a phone 24/7 emergency direct line to trip guides.

Fundraising and Scholarships

We realize cost can be the determining factor for our volunteers. That is why we’ve spent 13 years cutting travel costs without cutting impact. Our trips are 30%+ less expensive compared to similar trips.

A member of the Yuda Bands team assists each volunteer in developing a fundraising plan and helps them apply for possible financial scholarships available curtesy of Tiny Homes Vacations.

Fundraising and Scholarships

We realize cost can be the determining factor for our volunteers. That is why we’ve spent 13 years cutting travel costs without cutting impact. Our trips are 30%+ less expensive compared to similar trips.

A member of the Yuda Bands team assists each volunteer in developing a fundraising plan and helps them apply for possible financial scholarships available curtesy of Tiny Homes Vacations.

Creating an Atmosphere of Service and Learning

Yuda Bands service trips are a wonderful way to expand your service reach as we complete multiple service projects and leadership trainings with the International Yuda Bands students. Trip volunteers are self motivated and service oriented students, teachers, and teachers anxious to help other . While service is our focus, our trips also provide unmatched travel and cultural experiences unique to each country we visit. This gives volunteers the chance to see how locals live and build life-long friendships.

Creating an Atmosphere of Service and Learning

Yuda Bands service trips are a wonderful way to expand your service reach as we complete multiple service projects and leadership trainings with the International Yuda Bands students. Trip volunteers are self motivated and service oriented students, teachers, and teachers anxious to help other . While service is our focus, our trips also provide unmatched travel and cultural experiences unique to each country we visit. This gives volunteers the chance to see how locals live and build life-long friendships.

US Based Gateway Airport

One of the biggest concerns that parents have is sending their child off to navigate immigration, customs, or other “unknowns” of landing in a foreign, non-English speaking country. Because of this we will all meet together at a US based gateway airport. This way our trip guide(s) will escort your child from the gateway airport to the final destination.

Parents Welcome

Our groups are primarily made up of youth but family members and teachers are invited to accompany us. Each year since 2007, a handful of mothers and fathers have added a wonderful variety and maturity to the group. Sometimes teachers and students that ran a Yuda Bands project together will travel together to meet their student they worked together to sponsor.

24/7 Communication

International communication has become quite convenient. Most carriers extend service internationally for $9 per 24 hours. However we recommend communicating with home and posting on social media only at night at our hotels and lodges where Wifi will be available. Parents are given a 24/7 number to contact their child’s guide in case of emergency.

US & Local Support

Both US guides and local Yuda Bands directors will help with language and culture. Local directors share valuable insight to culture and traditions while US guides fill a parental role and maintain a high standard of hygiene, safety and behavior in the group.

Our local directors were born and raised in country (Guat or Zim) giving them incomparable understanding of the country. US guides have been involved in guiding Yuda Bands groups for 13 years.

Safe Accommodations

In Zimbabwe and Botswana we stay in safari lodges (a Bed and Breakfast type accommodation). In Guatemala we stay in hotels. Security, location, and comfort are all taken into account when selecting lodging for our trips. A long history with owners and managers of these facilities helps us negotiate pricing, helping us keep our volunteer fees low.

Clean Meals & Water

Where we eat our meals varies by country and even location within each country. Volunteers and guides eat together during specified meal times (itinerary provided a week before departure) either in the homes of trusted locals or in established restaurants. Both take great care to properly clean and prepare the food to avoid any stomach issues. Purified water is provided throughout the trip.

Scared was just one of the many words to describe how we felt when our daughter said she wanted to go to Guatemala with the Yuda Bands organization. This is not something a teenager should be doing. It was too scary and much too risky. The world scared eventually turned into BLESSED. What our daughter experience in going to Guatemala far outweighs anything she could have seen or learned in a textbook. This trip was not just a regular mission trip helping out in areas of need; it was that and so much more. It was about understanding, strength, bravery, confidence, and the start of genuine friendships. When she told us of her amazing stories upon returning home, we could hear in her voice and see in her face that she had truly received more than she had given. We never thought we would say this, but we were very glad she had changed our skeptical minds.

N. Spady, Mother of 2015 Trip Volunteer
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