We require a $150/person non-refundable deposit to confirm your commitment to this Envision internship or volunteer experience. It does not go towards the final amount you need to raise but goes towards training costs, whether in person or virtual training. Within two weeks of your acceptance, after you’ve prayed and discussed your participation with those who know you well, you’ll need to go to our online giving page* and make your $150 deposit.
*Please follow the support-raising instructions in your offer letter or listed below.
For trips four months or less: You will need to have ALL of your total funds raised by the 10th of the month before you launch. (Example, if your launch date is January 15th, all of your funds need to be in by December 10th).
For trips five months or more: You will need to have at least the first two months of your monthly funds and one time costs raised by the 10th of the month before you launch, as well as 100% of the rest of your funds pledged for the following months. Your supporters can choose to give a recurring gift each month, which is considered a pledge.
There are two costs for your trip. First, is the amount you fundraise for your field expenses. This is the monthly cost, noted on the website, which covers your room, board, food, transportation, ministry experience, etc.—basically all of your expenses on the ground minus souvenirs, sightseeing, and personal extras.
If you are going international, we require every participant has travel insurance. That cost amount will be provided to you as you’re onboarded.
The second expense is your “outgoing costs,” or what it takes for you to get there. This includes your airfare, visa, passport, immunizations, and departure/airport taxes if necessary. As these costs vary so greatly for each person, these are not covered by your monthly amount and extra funds will need to be fundraised to cover these.
Alliance Volunteers: You will receive a customized budget with the above expenses listed out.
Participants will pay for their own plane tickets and outgoing costs using personal funds.
Interns/ GiveBack: Extra funds can be raised on top of the monthly amount seen on the website in order to be reimbursed for some personal costs incurred. Keep your receipts from these costs in order to be reimbursed from your support account, after your field costs are covered. All reimbursements must be submitted, at the latest, within 30 days of you ending your time with Envision.
Alliance Volunteers: Your budgets for the field are created for you – thus the budget will include estimated airfare costs and other outgoing costs. You will not need to raise extra funds in order to be reimbursed for plane tickets. You will still need to submit a reimbursement form though, as you will initially purchase your flights out of pocket. Keep your receipts for your airfare and other travel related expenses (see list below) in order to be reimbursed from your support account after your field costs are covered. All reimbursements must be submitted within 30 days of you ending your time with Envision.
Once you are fully fundraised and pledged, and you have extra funds in your support account (or you are an Alliance Volunteer and are fully funded according to your budget), you can be reimbursed for your travel related expenses (see below). NOTE, you need receipts for all reimbursement requests.
Reimbursement Process: Go to the ‘Intern Folder’, also found in your onboarding documents. Click on the folder titled, “Fundraising,” and then choose the folder titled, “Reimbursements.” Follow the instructions on the document. Reminder, all reimbursement requests must be submitted before or within the month after you arrive home after your trip.
All donations given to Envision are not legally allowed to be returned to supporters in the case that a participant either discontinues with Envision or raises extra funds.
If you choose not to go on your trip or if you raise more than needed and have a leftover amount (even after reimbursements), you may choose to save those funds in your account to utilize with Envision until the end of the next calendar year or they will be donated to Envision to support Envision sites. Details found in your Volunteer Agreement.
Reach out to the Intern Coordinator, we can provide you with a direct giving link for you to send to your donors or utilize the wording below to tell your supporters how to give to you online (preferred) or via check:
Simple instructions for investing in my ministry:
Write a Check
Make payable to “The Christian & Missionary Alliance” with my name (ENV – PARTICIPANT FIRST & LAST NAME) in the memo line and send to:
The Christian & Missionary Alliance
One Alliance Place
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Give Online (preferred)
ALL funds given to your support account will be tax deductible, and your supporters will get a receipt for their records once the funds hit your account.
ALL funds may take 1-2 weeks to process into your account once submitted.
You can’t directly check your balance. Once someone donates to your account, it can take 1-2 weeks for the donation to register in our system.
Every day, if someone has donated to you, an automatic email will be sent to you with an attached list of donors who have contributed (check your spam folder). This report will also show you your total support amount, year to date. Note, you will only receive emails on days a donation hits your account.
PLEASE be very prompt in thanking your supporters—send a card, a text, make a phone call, etc. Acknowledging these gifts is extremely important! Include them in any prayer or update emails before, during, and after your trip.
Yes, you can feel free to set up your own online GoFund Me account (or something similar). Any funds you receive outside of The Christian & Missionary Alliance Give page will NOT be tax deductible for your supporters. You can use those donations as personal funds to purchase your airfare, etc., or you can turn those funds into your Envision support account for field expenses.
As you recieve funds personally (via cash, check or GoFundMe), you have two options:
IMPORTANT—For any money (cash, GoFundMe, check) given to you directly and then submitted to Envision, your donors will NOT get a tax-deductible receipt.
We know that finances can be an obstacle between you and your trip. It is a big leap of faith to ask others to invest in your ministry and because of that, it’s also one of the best ways to build your faith and dependence upon the Lord before you ever even go. Persevere, my friend! Spend time before God saying you are fully relying on Him.
Some other practical suggestions are in this intern folder, including how to make follow up phone calls, fundraiser ideas, theology of fundraising, and sample letters.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more encouragement or ideas!
Every site is different, but your Envision leaders or field contacts will orient you with how you’ll receive needed funds for your time on the field! It may be a monthly or weekly stipend, or you may have most items paid for by the staff separately. Know that your housing, food, and necessities will be covered, and you shouldn’t have to worry.
Reminder, you will be purchasing your own plane tickets or arranging your own travel to the field. We recommend that you have a good start on fundraising prior to purchasing tickets. In addition, you’ll want to confirm with the field before purchasing tickets and finalize dates. However, basic rule of thumb, the sooner the better for cheaper prices.
NOTE: If your launch date changes, due to lack of funding or for any other reason, any costs to changing your flight will be your responsibility to cover. We recommend ensuring your flight has a refundable option or flexibility to change dates, just in case.
To purchase the flights, you can do your own online research, use a travel agent you know, or if you are going international, we recommend checking out Flight Sugar:
Envision partners with Flight Sugar to get all of our volunteers and interns great deals on flights internationally! Although they do have flights throughout the U.S., their best deals can be found if you are going overseas! To utilize Flight Sugar, just go to this link and sign up with an account: https://flightsugar.com/welcome/envision.
Ask your Site or Field contact. Some specific locations require certain immunizations (African countries often need proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination upon arrival), however, in general Envision does not require specific vaccinations. It is up to you to determine with your doctor or a travel clinic what immunizations you may need or want. In many tropical countries, malaria prophylaxis may be highly recommended.
The best place to find information on immunizations is on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. This website will give you a precise health outlook on the country/region you are traveling to. These immunizations may require appointments made weeks in advance.
COVID VACCINE: Some of our Envision Sites or Alliance Field locations do require that you have a COVID vaccination based on local laws and regulations. If you are unsure as to whether or not your field has this requirement, contact the Intern Coordinator.
All volunteers, whether domestic or international, must have primary medical coverage. Typically, if you are under 26, you are on your parents’ plan. If you don’t have primary coverage, then we suggest using a private insurance company or Federal Care through https://www.healthcare.gov.
Utilizing funds you raise in your account, Envision will purchase supplemental travel/emergency coverage for all international volunteers (not necessary for domestic interns).
If going internationally, talk with your Envision Site contact or Alliance Field contact. They will have specific steps for obtaining a visa for their country and will help you know which one to go, if necessary.
A few more visa notes:
Though no amount of training can fully prepare you for everything you’ll encounter on your trip, we want you to arrive equipped.
The best place to prepare for your time with Envision is at one of our in-person trainings held throughout the year.
We’ve also put together different resources in the intern and volunteer folder to help you get your head and heart ready.
Your field contacts or Envision site leaders also may have materials they can send you, so don’t hesitate to ask!
Whether you have questions about your living situation, your day to day schedule, or the type of food you can expect, these are all great questions for your Site or Field contact. While they won’t be able to give you a complete picture of what your time will look like on the field, they can help you get a better understanding of what you can expect.
The best advice we can give you? Prepare to be flexible. We pray that you walk onto the field with open hands and an open heart to serve in whatever way is needed.
Your Site or Field can help you gain a better picture of what to expect once you land on the field. Once you’re there, the team on the ground will help you get acclimated and oriented to wherever you are.
Your Site Leader is experienced in knowing how to address emergencies that may happen on the field, and they will be in immediate contact with our National Office to troubleshoot how to proceed in various types of situations. Know that we will be in touch with your emergency contact and will work quickly to resolve any issue that arises.
Our staff at the Envision National Office is here to help! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Courtney Dahm, Internship Coordinator.
Phone: (719) 265-2180