COVID-19 and International Serve Trips

The questions below are general in relation to all serve trips in 2022. For questions about trips to a specific location, please contact:
Costa Rica, Honduras – Joyce Appel (
Haiti, Malawi, South Africa – Sheree Reece (

How are go/no-go decisions made regarding trips to international locations during COVID-19?

The safety of our trip participants is our top priority. Resurrection staff works to stay current with CDC recommendations as well as the status of public health in the destination country. There are also ongoing discussions with our partners on the ground to determine the level of risk to trip participants and the local community due to COVID-19. If it is determined to be unsafe, the trip will be canceled and Resurrection will work to make you whole.

What policies are in place to keep trip participants safe?

Trip participants must agree to follow current Covid-19 safety protocols such as wearing masks or social distancing whenever possible while in the country (based on CDC recommendations and in-country requirements). However, participants may be in close contact with their teammates when traveling, working, or lodging with or without masks, so ultimately it is the decision of each participant to determine their comfort level with any risk and to visit with their personal physician for guidance.

Am I required to be fully vaccinated before traveling on an international serve trip with Church of the Resurrection?

Yes. Resurrection is requiring all trip participants to be vaccinated. For concerns regarding this requirement, please contact for Honduras and Costa Rica trips or for South Africa, Malawi, or Haiti trips. If in doubt regarding travel, participants should contact their physician.

Trip participants travel to vulnerable populations that may not have access to quality health care. Those who prefer not to be vaccinated will need to delay travel until a later time.

Do I need to be tested for COVID-19 before I go or when I return?

We will follow the guidelines of the CDC and the State Department. We are closely monitoring, and will help you coordinate your tests in the US and our host countries if required.

Will I need to quarantine here before the trip, or in-country when we arrive?

We will follow the guidelines of the CDC and the State Department. We are closely monitoring policies, it is unlikely that trip participants will need to quarantine before they travel or when they arrive in-country. We ask that each trip participant refrain from engaging in high-risk activities for two weeks prior to departure.

What happens if I contract COVID while in-country?

If a trip participant tests positive while in-country, they may be required to quarantine for two weeks in-country. Gallagher Insurance (secondary insurance to your primary healthcare insurance) will be provided on your behalf to cover most, if not all costs incurred due to COVID-19. This is in an effort to do no harm in keeping with our Methodist principles. Any expenses not covered by insurance will be the responsibility of the participant. The country host will help with the logistics of lodging, food, transportation, and medical care, if needed.

Voluntary Travel Summary - Gallagher

If I cancel my trip, what costs would I incur?

If you can no longer go on the trip, Resurrection will issue a refund for any payments made less expenses incurred by the church on your behalf up to 60 days prior to the trip departure date. If you can cancel your trip between 31-59 days prior to departure, you may receive up to a 50% refund dependent on expenses incurred on your behalf by Church of the Resurrection. If you cancel your trip 30 days or less from the departure date, you will receive no refund of any payments made.

If the church cancels the trip due to COVID-19 or any other reason, you have the option to:
• Donate your funds to the partner you would have been serving
• Hold your funds for a future trip
• Receive a refund
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