Spring 2019 Mission Trip

Frequently Asked Questions
 

Is it safe to travel to Iraq?
Since August, 2014, the Shlama leadership team has rejected opening this opportunity to diaspora volunteers and others until a long period of stability was observed. Shlama volunteers have traveled individually in 2017 and 2018. They will share their experiences with participants. Shlama Foundation will take measures to ensure volunteer safety by limiting regional exploration to the areas considered safe. All volunteers attend at their own risk and will be required to sign liability waivers. If a high security risk is identified, the trip will be cancelled, and all recoverable payments will be refunded. 

Can I see my family's village?

Volunteers will be limited in being able to see any specific villages due to safety and the purpose of our mission. This trip is humanitarian in nature and will be primarily focused on implementing projects through The Shlama Foundation, visiting and seeing the impact of past projects and a deep learning about the humanitarian needs of the people of Nineveh.

What if I'm traveling from...?

The trip cost was calculated based on travel from areas of the United States. If you are traveling from Europe, and your flight cost is significantly lower, we will adjust your trip cost. You will also be required to obtain a visa from the nearest Iraqi Embassy. We will work with each volunteer to help plan their trip.

What if I can't speak the language?

It will be difficult to communicate with the people we are serving if you cannot speak Arabic or Syriac ("Surath"). Some volunteers might be able to get by with a beginners oral proficiency level by relying on fellow volunteers. We may reject applications if not enough participants speak the language. 

What does "humble accommodations" mean?

We will be staying in local hotels or monasteries. Each volunteer will have a room mate. There might be interrupted electricity.

Can I connect to WiFi/Phone Service there?

There is typically public WiFi in more developed areas. Service is spotty in underdeveloped villages. SIM cards are available for purchase.

What if I need to wash my clothes?

Local cleaners are available for volunteers who would like to pack light and wash their clothes.

Wouldn't it be better to donate the cost of my flight?

Great question! We like the straightforward answer from Gret Glyer in this video. You should definitely join us on this trip if you have a serious interest in the rebuilding of Nineveh and would like to learn more about the people and their true needs. 

The Shlama Foundation is based in Ankawa-Erbil, Iraq. It is registered in the KRG as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). It is registered in the United States as a federal nonprofit with 501(c)3 status. EIN No: 47-1942727

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