Thunder Bay Local Focus Trip: Application
Thank you for your interest in joining a Local Experience Trip to Thunder Bay from August 11 - August 18, 2019! Please read the details in this form carefully and fill in all sections of the application. When we receive your application, it will be reviewed by our Global Focus Committee and if selected, a $100 deposit (non-refundable) will be required to secure your spot on the team. Again, thank you for your interest and heart to serve others!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JULY 15th, 2019 (Please submit this application as early as possible even if you are still completing the required reference documents). The earlier we receive the application, the better! If you have been a part of a team in the past 2 years with OneChurch.to, you do not need to fill out the application again - contact O'Shaye or Gord directly: oshaye@onechurch.to (Youth) | gord@onechurch.to (Young Adults)

TRIP OVERVIEW INFORMATION:

The purpose of this trip will help support NorthWind Family Ministries (https://www.northwindfm.org/) in their efforts to create a safe place for others to find community and meaningful connections to God & one another. The trip will include 4 day trips to communities where relationships and bridges are being made to NorthWind Family Ministries. The final 3 days, the team will help host a weekend overnight camp for youth who are part of these communities. The team will help facilitate camp activities (i.e. paintball, canoeing, archery, etc...) with the intention of helping youth find a place to belong. The overnight camp will also have gatherings where youth have opportunities to connect with God and each other through small group conversations. Cultural sensitivity is high priority as many of the community members are part of the Indigenous population.

1. PERSONAL INFORMATION

NAME & PASSPORT INFORMATION: Please ensure the name you provide on this application form is the same name and spelling that appears on your passport. A passport is mandatory for participation on an international team. If your passport will expire within 6 months of the departure date of the trip, you will need to get a new passport because the airline will not let you fly if it is within this time period. For local trips (i.e. within Canada) a valid government issued ID with a photo is required.

2. MEDICAL INFORMATION

OVERSEAS MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive medical insurance is mandatory for all team members and a copy of the confirmation will be required. This applies for local trips as well within Canada. The cost of medical insurance is rolled into the cost of the plane ticket - please let your Team Leader know if you have your own insurance.

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: Please indicate all medical conditions that may affect or restrict your activity.

MEDICATIONS: Please list all medications that require a prescription from a doctor and make sure the spelling and dosage are correct.

3. PERSONAL REFERENCES

We ask that you submit two personal references: One from a person you have known for a minimum of two years and a second from a pastor. References should be sent to your Youth or Young Adults pastor by the person who is filling out the reference form. Digital copy preferred - email: oshaye@onechurch.to (Youth) | gord@onechurch.to (Young Adults).

4. TEAM COVENANT & LIABILITY RELEASE

Please read the sections carefully and indicate your acceptance of the Team Covenant & Liability Release. Clear communication and defined expectations are important for a positive cross-cultural experience.

5. PARENTAL CONSENT

If you are under the age of 18, you must have your parent or legal guardian read and sign the Parental Consent Form.

6. PAYMENT INFORMATION

TEAM MEMBER DEPOSIT: A $100 deposit (non-refundable) will be required 1-week after team selections are made

Each team member is encouraged to raise his or her portion of the team's expenses, through personal funds or fundraising efforts (The team will also organize fundraising efforts together; the amount raised will help offset the cost of each team member). Tax receipts for donations of $10 or more are available to all donors.

TRIP COST: The estimated cost for each team member is $500-$550 (not including immunizations). This may fluctuate given variables such as, flight costs etc... Any variation in cost will be clearly communicated with the team in writing as soon as possible.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Please review the payment schedule (Please be aware that team fundraising will help to offset the total cost of the trip).

July 22nd, 2019: $100 Team Member Deposit - cost covers confirmation for the plane ticket and host fees
August 2nd, 2019: $300 Plane Ticket Payment - cost covers the remaining owed for team member plane ticket
August 9th, 2019: $100-$150 Final Payment - cost covers remaining amount for team trip expenses

7. IMMUNIZATIONS

The cost of immunizations are not included in the total trip cost, so if you require immunizations, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for information on Travel Health and Travel Clinics. Vaccinations can be costly and may need to be administered weeks in advance of your departure date. Your team leader(s) may recommend a travel clinic that offers this service, however you are responsible for completing and submitting proof of immunizations. Some health coverage plans cover the cost of immunizations.

Visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website for a list of recommended vaccinations. Proof of your immunization will need to be submitted and verified by team leader(s).

8. TEAM MEETINGS

After committing to the team, you are required to attend ALL team meetings. These meetings are essential for planning trip programs/activities & fundraising initiatives, administration, and team bonding.

Your team leader(s) will schedule the best meeting date possible for all team members (weekend meetings tend to be the best times to meet, so please keep this in mind for the months leading up to the trip).

Praying with everyone considering this trip,
-Global Focus Committee

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