Broadcast Abroad - FAQ's
what is a student trip?
Student trips are designed for high school and college students (must be at least 15 yrs. old at time of departure). These trips are two weeks long, and will allow you to work at aftercare facilities throughout the world, with sites changing every year.
What will we do in country? (student trips)
Our student program revolves around facilities that were built for girls who were rescued from sex trafficking. In Peru, we will be working at an aftercare facility for 25 girls. Students will create lesson plans, trade and construction projects, and cultural celebrations for children aged 2-20 and the adult care-takers who live in the facility. We will also be visiting Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, and exploring the Sacred Valley ruins for one day.
In Zambia, we will be tutoring girls in an after school program in the areas of math, English, and technology. When we are not tutoring, we will be working throughout the community on various projects - constructing buildings, beautifying the city, etc. We will also be visiting a local cheetah walk for one afternoon.
what is an adult trip?
Our adult trips are currently offered for those aged 21 and up. The adult trip visits Cusco, Peru, and is a 10 day experience. This trip will include 4 days of working at various orphanages, 2 days touring Machu Picchu and 2 days touring the Sacred Valley.
If you have a group of 12 or more adults wanting to tour the orphanages together, we can put together a private trip for you in Peru. There must be at least 12 people who wish to attend. (Those under 18 will have to be considered on a case-by-case basis).
Inquiries for private trips can be sent to email@example.com
I have a private group that wants to visit- what can I do?
We stay in local hotels right in the heart of Cusco City. We have several connections in the hospitality industry in Cusco who make sure we stay in the safest areas in the city. We will be just a few steps away from the main historical plaza in Cusco.
Our partner organization, I Am Zambia, will be connecting us with our accommodation in Lusaka. We will be safe and comfortable downtown, and will have a very short drive to reach the girls every day to work!
where will we stay in country?
Who will i be traveling with?
Broadcast Abroad accepts high school students in 9th-12th grade, college students, and adult mentors. Each trip allots for 25 students with 5 adult mentors, and one trip leader. This year, we have accepted high school and college students from both Utah and California, but students from any state are welcome to apply.
How much does the trip cost & what does it cover?
The cost of the two week student trip to Peru is currently $3,200 and covers all flights, accommodation, food, transportation, the Machu Picchu trip and Sacred Valley trip. It does not cover any extra food/beverages, medications, or souveniers.
The cost of the two week student trip to Zambia is $4,200. It will cover all flights, accommodation, food, transportation, medical insurance, and a safari tour. It does not cover any extra food/beverages, medications, or souveniers.
The cost for the 10 day adult trip is also $3,200, and covers flights, accommodation, food, Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley trips. It does not cover any extra food/beverages, medications, or souveniers.
The CDC does not recommend any special vaccinations in Cusco. The elevation is an average of 11,200, so mosquitoes are not a problem. It is recommended that you are updated on all routine vaccinations before leaving.
The CDC recommends that travelers to Lusaka receive vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid, as well as updates on all routine vaccinations before traveling. Travelers should also take prescription medications for malaria throughout their trip.
We will be going over vaccinations in more detail during monthly meetings.
WHAT VACcinat-ions will I NEED?
how will i pay for the trip?
There are several ways to pay for the trip. We have set up payment plans due every 4-6 weeks to spread out the amount, as well as holding several group fundraisers throughout the year. During our first meeting, we will talk about different strategies to fundraise your own trip, including setting you up with an online fundraising page, hosting dinners, sending letters, etc.
are there scholarships or financial aid available?
We do offer financial aid on a case-by-case basis. There will be a separate application for those seeking financial aid and scholarship money once accepted into the program.
Each trip is two weeks long in the summer. They will be 14 days total, with about 2 days of travel.
How long are the trips?
If i'm accepted, what is expected of me?
After you are accepted to the student program, Broadcast Abroad participants will be expected to attend mandatory monthly meetings. During these meetings, we will get to know one another, prepare lesson plans, fundraisers, etc. to make sure we are ready to go!
We require that you participate in at least one Backyard Broadcast event/fundraiser throughout the service year. We will have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.
Finally, we require that you attend at least one training that Backyard Broadcast hosts. This will help to educate you on the issue of trafficking, as well as make connections in the fight against child trafficking.
This will be handled on a case-by-case basis with those 18 and under, but for those 18 and older we will be able to work with you to branch off from the group. You will have to either book your own flight completely, or we can book one leg of the flight for you.
can i travel before/ after the trip?
how do i apply?
Our applications are done right here on our website under the Broadcast Abroad - Apply tab.
Each application goes through our team to review each person individually. We choose those who have volunteer experience, have a passion to serve others, and have leadership experience. Our mentors are chosen to cater to the team's needs, and have experience working in foreign countries and/or with students.
how are applicants chosen?
I missed the application deadline - can i still apply?
We accept students and mentors throughout the year depending on how much room we have. If we have room on our trips and the applicant can catch up on payments, we will move to consider the application.
Any additional questions or concerns can be sent to Ashton Palmer, our International Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.