Broadcast Abroad - FAQ's
What will we do in country?
Our student program revolves around an aftercare facility that was recently built for 25 girls who were rescued from sex trafficking. In country, we 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.
We stay in backpacker 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. This year we will be staying at Kokopelli Hostel, just a few steps away from the main historical plaza in Cusco.
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.
How much does the trip cost & what does it cover?
The cost of the two week trip is currently $3,200 and covers all flights, accommodation, food, the Machu Picchu trip and Sacred Valley trip. It does not cover any extra food/beverages, medications, or souveniers.
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 2.5 days of travel.
How long are the trips?
If i'm accepted, what is expected of me?
After you are accepted, 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 link.
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 mentor throughout the year - despite the deadline. We set a deadline to have an idea of how many participants we will have, but we accept applications as long as we have the room, and as long as the applicant can catch up on their payments.
Any additional questions or concerns can be sent to Ashton Palmer, our International Director, at email@example.com.