Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone has questions, here are just a few basic ones. Feel free to send us an email if you have questions that are not answered below. CLICK HERE to ask your question.
I'm interested in going on a trip, how does this work?
Volunteers cover their own expenses, we are a team and everyone will need to help bring tools, supplies and donation items. If you are interested in joining us on a trip, just request a trip application. We will let you know an approximate cost (final cost is determined once airfare is purchased) and when deposits and other payments will be due.
What do I need to go on a trip?
A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S. The U.S. State Department, travel clinics, county health departments or your doctor can provide information about vaccination requirements for travel.
Can my friends and family donate money to help with trip costs?
Yes. Donations for your benefit will be used toward your trip cost first, any donations beyond what your trip cost will be used as determined by BHI
If I raise more money than I need, can I use some of the donations to cover personal expenses, or refund myself or donors?
By law, Building Hope Internatinal is not allowed to refund money because we are a 501c3 Public Charity. The IRS considers passports, immunizations, souvenirs, etc. a personal benefit; therefore, we cannot pay for those expenses or reimburse funds for those expenses.
Is travel insurance required?
We recommend you have travel insurance that has adequate coverage for trip cancellation, lost luggage, emergency evacuation, and accident and sickness medical expenses.
Check your personal insurance policy to determine if it will cover you while you travel, or for added protection you can buy a policy for a specific trip.