Service trip destinations are selected by the Give Back Beyond Cincinnati committee approximately 8 to 14 months in advanced. This selection process is often influenced by feedback from Give Back Cincinnati members. Traditionally the service trip destinations correspond with the location of a Give Back Beyond Cincinnati partner such as Habitat for Humanity or the Fuller Center.
Each service trip is organized by a Trip Lead and a committee. These people are traditional part of the Give Back Beyond Committee and are very passionate about the cause and destination. They oversee every aspect of their service travel trip including planning, preparation, recruitment, fundraising, and execution. If you're interested in being a part of this process, simply Contact Us. Trip participants are also encouraged to play an active part in the service trip.
The cost of the service travel trip consists of four basic items:
- Transportation: We have to get there by somehow and this tends to be a large portion of the trip cost. This is especially true for international trips that require long flights.
- Food/Drink: This is a basic human need.
- Housing: During the service trip we will need shelter.
- Partner Fees: When we travel we partner with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or the Fuller Center to ensure that the location we visit will be safe, is in need, and we will have to tools required to complete the tasks at hand.
All trips are self-funded by the trip participant. The cost of the trip can be offset by Fundraising. In the past domestic trips such as New Orleans have cost around $650 where international trips have ranged from $1500 to $2500.
Approximately six months prior to a service trip applications are advertised to the Give Back Cincinnati member list, social media, and word of mouth. We also hold information sessions to provide some insight on the trips and allow participants to meet Give Back Beyond Cincinnati leadership. Once the application closes the service trip leadership will hold a meeting to provide further details and set exceptions.