When mismanaged, they can be! However, Oak Life takes the hosting, management and financial burdens of the trip off of local orphanages, so the children’s home gets all the benefit.
In addition, students taking a trip through Oak Life do not interact with children indiscriminately. Instead, they are first educated in trauma-informed childcare, and guided into appropriate “friendship” settings with children. These interactions, then, rather than cause further trauma, provide healthy occasions for relational and cultural education for the children.
Simply time. Both trips are focused heavily on learning and service. Both trips involve a hands-on project to fulfill a need at a local orphanage. Both include “fun days” hosting games with the kids. In the 14-day trip, however, you will learn, do and see a little more.
The Oak Life team understands the difficulties that COVID-19 is causing internationally, especially regarding future-planning and travel. We are staying up-to-date on all pertinent, Mexican health policies and travel restrictions. If your trip is cancelled by us due to a travel ban or other COVID-19-related cause for concern, your trip will be refunded in its entirety.
We are also aware that each country is making COVID-19 decisions independently, and this may affect you. If your country implements a travel ban that prevents you from coming, your trip will also be refunded in its entirety, provided you inform Oak Life of your cancellation at least 7 days prior to your trip.
Thank you for your understanding!
Summer Learning Missions trips are structured to bring people together from all over. Members of your group may sign up for the same week. If you do not fill up the trip completely, then you may be joined by others.
In order to schedule an exclusive trip for your social work class, church group, family, etc., you must reserve one of the SLM weeks. Your group must be at least 6 members.
To check availability and begin the process of reserving an exclusive trip, email your request and information to:
Yes, there is! To join a Summer Learning Mission, you must be at least 18 years old.
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