COST: $1500 (price does not include airfare)
WHAT: We will be working alongside our church partners in northern and southern Italy. The team working in the north (Genoa) will be teaming with our church partner to love the homeless and minister to victims of human trafficking. Those working in the south near Naples will be doing a construction project with our church partner there to build a roof for their prayer house building. Please indicate which team you are interested in serving with.
REGISTER: To get signed up, simply complete the two following tasks: 1. Click the "Apply Now" tab to receive your details, submit it and then 2. Click the "Donate/Payment" tab to leave your non-refundable deposit of $650. There are only 16 spaces available for this Intensive, 8 per service area and we operate on a first come, first serve basis, so the only way to reserve your space is with a paid deposit.
DETAILS: Cost is kept low to make this trip affordable for those who really want to grow and experience service and community. Trip cost includes transportation to/from Rome to Naples or Genoa . In addition, your accomodations and details are coordinated by our leadership team. Enjoy an amazing month serving in Italy with the team, sharing morning devotions, planned daily service projects, evening team time, and weekends off. What the trip cost does NOT include: Flight to/from Italy, meal costs and added optional weekend excursions. Weekends provide a chance for a break and time to connect with the team and people from the church partners.
TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS: Trip participants must make flight arrangements to arrive in Rome, Italy (departing the USA on or before June 5th and arriving no later than the morning of June 7th). Flights home should be booked for a departure date of the 17th of June or earlier. Participants are welcome to arrive early or depart on a later date, however, coordinating extra travel details and dates is up to the individual. There are 3 service teams, so for the central and northern teams the arrival and departure is in Florence. The southern team will use the same dates but travel to/from Naples. You will be assigned a service team before you purchase flights so be sure to ask which team you will be serving on. If participants decide to fly into or out of another major Italian city, or to arrive on a later date, or depart on an earlier date, they will be responsible to take a train, bus or car direct to the designated service area. People coming late or departing early are still responsible for the entire cost of $1500. Once participants have purchased tickets or have redeemed a flight award, they must email us their flight itinerary by May 1, 2019, so we can help coordinate their pick up and drop off for those arriving at the scheduled times listed above..
WEEKENDS: Participants are welcome to coordinate day or weekend trips to Rome or other Italian cities and we can help them make travel plans. However, these costs for trains and buses, etc, are not included in the Intensive fee. In addition, participants must return to the church by Sunday evening and shoud not plan to depart for weekend excursions until we finish work on Friday afternoon. Travel plans can be made while you are in Italy or ahead of time.
WHAT TO BRING: Participants will want to travel light and also bring a camping pad or light weight small air mattress and blanket or sleeping bag so they can sleep comfortably. They will need comfortable modest clothing, one work outfit that can get paint on it, a swim suit, bath towel, toiletries, and universal adapter for Europe (Italy). $500 is plenty of money to cover basic added food costs ($250 per week for meals, although you can go cheaper by shopping at the grocery store - and utilyzing the kitchen). You must have an up to date passport that does not expire on our before December 2019.
EXPECTATIONS: We are there to serve and to work together in a manner that honors Christ. Endurance Leadership reserves the right to send anyone home early at the participant's expense, should they behave in a way that is harmful to the team or to the integrity of the excursion and Biblical values. We will provide more specific examples during the group training and orientation.