Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to pack?

  • Longer Shorts /Lightweight pants*
  • Short-sleeved shirts *
  • Work clothes *
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Socks
  • Work gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Insect repellant
  • Antibacterial gel/wipes
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Toilet paper
  • Small size toiletries
  • Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant
  • Personal Medications
  • Earplugs
  • Light rain jacket or poncho*
  • Swim/shower shoes
  • Bible
  • Pens
  • Flashlight
  • Camera/Battery Charger
  • Travel Snacks
  • Passport
  • Wallet/passport carrier
  • Spending money
  • Converter/adapter (Kenya/Togo)

*No camouflage attire

How much spending money should I bring?

Most trip participants bring $100-$200 for trips to Haiti and $200-$300 for trips to Kenya and Togo. Spending money is needed for food during travel days, extra snacks, and souvenirs of you desire.

 

What is the weather like?

Weather varies depending on what time of the year the trip occurs and which country the trip is visiting. Vapor tries to schedule trips during the non-rainy season of each country, however, this does not guarantee dry weather.

  • Haiti tends to be hot and humid.
  • Kenya is generally warm during the day, but can get cool at night requiring a long-sleeve shirt or light jacket.
  • Togo is always extremely warm.

Weather forecasts will be sent to each participant, as they are available, in order to assist with packing.

 

What is a general itinerary for the trips?

Below are sample itineraries for each trip:

Haiti

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
         
Training Travel to Haiti Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
         
  Visit Market Devotional 2 Devotional 3 Devotional 4
         
  Dinner Visit Dilaire Center Work Project League Day
         
  Debrief & Reflection Community Tour Lunch with Center Staff Lunch
       
    Lunch in Staff Homes Souvenirs, Pack, & Rest Depart Dilaire
         
    Visit Ouanaminthe Center Dilaire League Practice Travel to US
       
    Attend Ouanaminthe League Practice Dinner  
       
    Dinner Debrief & Reflection
         
    Debrief & Reflection    

Kenya:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8
               
Training Training Continue Travel Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
               
  Travel Arrive in Nairobi Devotional 2 Devotional 3 Work project Safari Kawangware League Day
             
       Visit Kawangware Center Visit Gichagi Center Lunch with Center Staff Lunch Sack Lunch
           
      Lunch with Center Staff Lunch in Staff Homes  Continue Work Project Devotional 4 Gichagi League Day
             
      Attend Kawangware League Practice Attend Gichagi League Practice Visit Market Dinner Shower/Change
             
             
      Dinner Dinner Dinner Debrief & Reflection Dinner
      Debrief & Reflection Debrief & Reflection Debrief & Reflection   Travel to US

Togo:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8
               
Training Training Continue Travel Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
               
  Travel Arrive in Lome Devotional 2 Devotional 3 Old Slave House Devotional 4 Togoville League Day
               
       Visit Togoville Center Work Project Sack Lunch Work Project Lunch at Center
               
      Lunch with Center Staff Lunch in Staff Homes  Madiba Beach Lunch at Center Market
               
      Togoville Community Tour Continue Work Project Dinner Attend Togoville League Practice Dinner
               
      Dinner Dinner Debrief & Reflection Dinner Travel to US
               
      Debrief & Reflection Debrief & Reflection Debrief & Reflection Debrief & Reflection  

Will I need any vaccinations before traveling?

Vapor does not require trip participants to receive certain vaccinations in order to participate in Vapor Trips*, and Vapor cannot legally make personal recommendations for trip participants. Vapor does recommend that each participant visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website to learn more about which vaccines and/or medications are recommended in the specific country you will be visiting. We also recommend that you discuss the best options for you with your family doctor.

*Togo
The government of Togo requires proof of Yellow Fever vaccination for all travelers, except infants.

*Kenya/Haiti
The governments of Kenya and Haiti require proof of Yellow Fever vaccination if you are traveling from a country with risk of Yellow Fever (this does not include the US).

Will I need a visa?

Visas are required for entry into all three countries where Vapor serves. Kenya’s Visa process is an online application that must be filled out before arrival in the country. Visas for Haiti and Togo are acquired upon entering the country.

What is the native language for the countries that Vapor serves?

  • Haiti: Haitian Creole
  • Kenya: Swahili
  • Togo: French

Who will be leading the trip?

Each trip will be led by an experienced Vapor trip leader who will be assisted by at least one other member of Vapor staff.

Do I have to know how to play soccer to go?

Absolutely not! While there will be opportunities to play soccer with the youth at the centers, it is not required. There will also be opportunities to interact with the children in the leagues, encourage them, and get to know them. You don’t have to be the least bit athletic to do that!

What is Vapor’s policy for cancelling a trip?

Guest Initiated Cancellation:
If a confirmed guest does not go on their scheduled trip, regardless of the reason, he or she is not guaranteed any refund. However, Vapor will do our best to refund whatever portion has not already been passed on to the various service providers we use. The guest will be responsible to pay all non-refundable deposits and their share of any pre-paid group activities.

Vapor Initiated Cancellation:
Minimum Guest Requirement Not Met
Vapor secures group rates and plans trips based on a minimum of 10 participants per trip. In the rare event that there are fewer than 10 guests three months prior to launch, we may have to cancel the trip. If Vapor cancels a trip for this reason, guests will be given the option of joining a different trip. If a guest is unable to do so, they will receive a refund for all* monies sent to Vapor.

*As of May 2014, Kenya trip guests will receive a refund for all but $50 of their deposits, due to airline policy.

Safety & Security

At Vapor, we do our best to stay on top of world events, weather forecasts, and security concerns in the areas we serve. While each individual on a team is responsible to make his or her own decision about their own personal security, there may be a time when Vapor feels there is too great a risk to proceed with the trip*. If Vapor cancels a trip due to safety concerns, guests will be given the option of joining a different trip. If a guest is unable to do so, they will receive a refund for all money sent to Vapor except any lost in deposits or non-refundable pre-paid items.

*Criteria for this decision are available upon request.