GAiN humanitarian trips work with partners and churches in countries across the globe to serve those in need and share the love of Jesus Christ.

Whether conducting a vision clinic in Central Asia, helping plant a garden in Zimbabwe, or delivering food to refugee children, you will be blessed as you take part in transforming lives through a dynamic, hands-on humanitarian trip.

Upcoming Humanitarian Trips

Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2017

Rwanda Vision Clinics

Rwanda

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Rwanda Vision Clinics

The people of Rwanda display incredible hospitality and show gratitude for the help we offer. They learned to move forward from their broken past, but many continue to lack necessary resources. GAiN® partners in Rwanda who work with several medical clinics in villages around the country have asked us to help at these clinics. You can join us in relieving the suffering of the wonderful people in this country.

As a team member, you will travel to five villages to hold eyeglass clinics. We will meet with people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses for them. While we spend time with them, we can show them the love of Jesus. Through these clinics we help our partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Training for eyeglass fittings will be provided at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2017

Location: Rwanda

Team Leader: John

Cost:$1,775 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

Dec 28, 2017 – Jan 14, 2018

Greece Refugee Care

Greece

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Greece Refugee Care

For the past couple of years, news broadcasts have been filled with stories of violence in the Middle East — especially Syria — and of the resulting refugee crisis.  Men, women, and children flee from their homes, jobs, and friends hoping to escape war and poverty. More than 1 million refugees traveled through Turkey, piled into small, overcrowded rubber boats, and faced the dangerous journey across the Aegean Sea to the shores of Greece. They hope to pass through the islands and continue on into Europe.

However, most European countries have closed their borders leaving the refugees trapped in camps — unable to continue on and powerless to return home.  These camps face an overwhelming need for volunteers to help and show love to the refugees.

Join GAiN during winter break as we partner with a local organization to serve in a camp on the Greek island which houses the most refugees. We will help meet physical needs and express the love of Jesus Christ through our actions.

Work will include distributing aid such as blankets or food, serving as security guards, or doing manual labor and chores in the camp. As we serve, we will show the refugees that they are loved and cared for.

Participants on this trip must be 18 or older to work in the camp. Work will be physically taxing —participants must be able to work on their feet eight hours at a time.

Dates: Dec 28, 2017 – Jan 14, 2018

Location: Greece

Team Leader: Brittany

Cost:$1,925 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): refugee care

January 5 - 20, 2018

Holy Land Mobility and Vision Clinic

The Holy Land

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Holy Land Mobility and Vision Clinic

In the Holy Land 1.4 million people live with some sort of physical disability, and more than 320,000 people suffer from impaired vision. For the past four years, we and our GAiN® field partners have conducted wheelchair and eyeglass clinics in the Holy Land. By joining this team, you can offer help and hope to each person you meet.

During this trip you will work with people challenged by mobility needs as well as those needing clearer vision. At each clinic you will meet and assess individuals and provide the wheelchair or glasses that meet their requirements.

As we address the huge physical demands, we also can show Christ’s love to each individual and family. Join our team as we work to help open doors for our partners to share the hope of Jesus with members of the majority religion living in the area.

We seek optometrists or ophthalmologists to oversee eyeglass clinics and occupational or physical therapists to fit wheelchairs. We also have volunteer opportunities for wheelchair mechanics, upholstery and sewing specialists, photographers, prayer warriors, and people with great interpersonal skills.

Dates: January 5 - 20, 2018

Location: The Holy Land

Team Leader: Phil

Cost:$2,400 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic, wheelchair clinic

Feb 25 – Mar 8, 2018

Refugee Vision Clinics (Middle East)

Middle East

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Refugee Vision Clinics (Middle East)

Millions of refugees in the Middle East left behind families, friends, and homes to seek peace and safety. Many lack basic necessities and care; all have faced some sort of trauma and loss. GAiN® partners in the Middle East serve local residents and thousands of refugees by providing items such as clothing, food, and school supplies. Join our team as we work to help relieve refugees of some of their suffering and point people to Jesus.

As a member of this team, you will travel to the heart of the Middle East to conduct eyeglass clinics where you will meet with residents and refugees one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. Through this project, you will help our field partners build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Training for eyeglass fittings will be provided at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: Feb 25 – Mar 8, 2018

Location: Middle East

Team Leader: John

Cost:$2,350 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic

March 22 – April 2, 2018

Uganda Spring Outreach

Uganda

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Uganda Spring Outreach

Called the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is known for its lush landscape and amazing wildlife. It is a beautiful country of beautiful people. Recognized for their resiliency, Ugandans rebuilt their nation after overcoming a history of conflict. Although most live in poverty in rural areas, their spirits remain joyful and hospitable. You can join in sharing the love of Jesus to Ugandans living in tough places while providing for some of their basic necessities.

As a member of this team, you will join GAiN® field partners for outreaches in towns and villages in Uganda. During these outreaches you will offer the love of Christ to the people you meet while distributing clothing, food, and other critical aid.

Together with Ugandan partners we will share the hope of Christ through humanitarian kindness.

Dates: March 22 – April 2, 2018

Location: Uganda

Team Leader: Brittany

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): distribution

April 4 - 18, 2018

Central Africa Community Agriculture

Central Africa

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Central Africa Community Agriculture

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This French-speaking African country sits between the Sahara and the savannah. The resulting hot, dry climate makes it difficult to access water for growing crops. GAiN® recently helped install a water tower in the southern region of this country and will drill another well in the coming year. You can be part of a team that helps provide a sustainable food source through gardens, while pointing people to Jesus.

As part of this team, you will work with local partners to install a bucket drip-irrigation system in a community garden. Families will be able to grow food in this garden despite drought or other poor conditions. As you work side by side with local villagers, you will have the opportunity to share with them the hope of Christ.

No previous agricultural or technical experience is necessary, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty as, together, we create the drip-irrigation system and community garden.

Dates: April 4 - 18, 2018

Location: Central Africa

Team Leader: John

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): community agriculture

May 20-29, 2018

Central Asia Vision Clinics

Central Asia

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Central Asia Vision Clinics

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to work because you cannot see well enough to read. In Central Asia more than 1 million people live with untreated vision impairment. You can help solve this problem for many of them by providing a simple pair of glasses, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

By joining GAiN® as a member of this team, you will travel to mountainous Central Asia to host an eyeglass clinic. At the clinic you will meet with local people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. During this time, you will have the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus.

Through this project, our field partners will be able to build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: May 20-29, 2018

Location: Central Asia

Team Leader: Brittany

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic

May 24 – June 8, 2018

Tanzania Vision Clinics

Tanzania

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Tanzania Vision Clinics

Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources.  GAiN® partners in Tanzania work with people in many small villages to provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. You can help villagers by providing eyeglasses through a vision clinic and, at the same time, pointing them to Jesus.

As a member of this team you will travel to the lake region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-on-one with people in several villages to assess their vision and provide the glasses they need. Through these clinics, our field partners can continue to build relationships in the community and to share Christ’s love.

No medical experience is required. Training for the eyeglass fittings will be provided at the beginning of the trip.

Bring your camera! The trip includes a safari excursion to Serengeti National Park.

Dates: May 24 – June 8, 2018

Location: Tanzania

Team Leader: John

Cost:$2,295 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics

August 2018

Zambia Mobility Training

Zambia

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Zambia Mobility Training

Two million men, women, and children in Zambia suffer with disabilities. Most of these people live in rural areas with limited access to services. In addition, they often are stigmatized because of their disabilities. You can help restore dignity to these precious people, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

As a member of this team, you will serve GAiN® partners in Zambia who seek to reach the disabled in their communities. You will participate in sessions that train local men and women to properly fit wheelchairs for people with varying requirements.

After receiving training, these men and women can use their new skills while sharing the love and hope of Christ with disabled people.

Opportunities exist for physical therapists to volunteer with the training.

Dates: August 2018

Location: Zambia

Team Leader: Brittany

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): mobility training

August 2018

Uganda Summer Outreach

Uganda

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Uganda Summer Outreach

Called the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is known for its lush landscape and amazing wildlife. It is a beautiful country of beautiful people. Recognized for their resiliency, Ugandans rebuilt their nation after overcoming a history of conflict. Although most live in poverty in rural areas, their spirits remain joyful and hospitable. You can join in sharing the love of Jesus to Ugandans living in tough places while providing for some of their basic necessities.

As a member of this team, you will join GAiN® field partners for outreaches in towns and villages in Uganda. During these outreaches you will offer the love of Christ to the people you meet while distributing clothing, food, and other critical aid.

Together with Ugandan partners we will share the hope of Christ through humanitarian kindness.

Dates: August 2018

Location: Uganda

Team Leader: Andy

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): distribution


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Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2017

Rwanda Vision Clinics

Rwanda

Rwanda Vision Clinics

The people of Rwanda display incredible hospitality and show gratitude for the help we offer. They learned to move forward from their broken past, but many continue to lack necessary resources. GAiN® partners in Rwanda who work with several medical clinics in villages around the country have asked us to help at these clinics. You can join us in relieving the suffering of the wonderful people in this country.

As a team member, you will travel to five villages to hold eyeglass clinics. We will meet with people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses for them. While we spend time with them, we can show them the love of Jesus. Through these clinics we help our partners build stronger relationships in the villages so they can continue to meet critical needs and share the hope of Jesus.

No medical experience is required. Training for eyeglass fittings will be provided at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: Nov 29 - Dec 10, 2017

Location: Rwanda

Team Leader: John

Cost:$1,775 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics







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Dec 28, 2017 – Jan 14, 2018

Greece Refugee Care

Greece

Greece Refugee Care

For the past couple of years, news broadcasts have been filled with stories of violence in the Middle East — especially Syria — and of the resulting refugee crisis.  Men, women, and children flee from their homes, jobs, and friends hoping to escape war and poverty. More than 1 million refugees traveled through Turkey, piled into small, overcrowded rubber boats, and faced the dangerous journey across the Aegean Sea to the shores of Greece. They hope to pass through the islands and continue on into Europe.

However, most European countries have closed their borders leaving the refugees trapped in camps — unable to continue on and powerless to return home.  These camps face an overwhelming need for volunteers to help and show love to the refugees.

Join GAiN during winter break as we partner with a local organization to serve in a camp on the Greek island which houses the most refugees. We will help meet physical needs and express the love of Jesus Christ through our actions.

Work will include distributing aid such as blankets or food, serving as security guards, or doing manual labor and chores in the camp. As we serve, we will show the refugees that they are loved and cared for.

Participants on this trip must be 18 or older to work in the camp. Work will be physically taxing —participants must be able to work on their feet eight hours at a time.

Dates: Dec 28, 2017 – Jan 14, 2018

Location: Greece

Team Leader: Brittany

Cost:$1,925 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): refugee care







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January 5 - 20, 2018

Holy Land Mobility and Vision Clinic

The Holy Land

Holy Land Mobility and Vision Clinic

In the Holy Land 1.4 million people live with some sort of physical disability, and more than 320,000 people suffer from impaired vision. For the past four years, we and our GAiN® field partners have conducted wheelchair and eyeglass clinics in the Holy Land. By joining this team, you can offer help and hope to each person you meet.

During this trip you will work with people challenged by mobility needs as well as those needing clearer vision. At each clinic you will meet and assess individuals and provide the wheelchair or glasses that meet their requirements.

As we address the huge physical demands, we also can show Christ’s love to each individual and family. Join our team as we work to help open doors for our partners to share the hope of Jesus with members of the majority religion living in the area.

We seek optometrists or ophthalmologists to oversee eyeglass clinics and occupational or physical therapists to fit wheelchairs. We also have volunteer opportunities for wheelchair mechanics, upholstery and sewing specialists, photographers, prayer warriors, and people with great interpersonal skills.

Dates: January 5 - 20, 2018

Location: The Holy Land

Team Leader: Phil

Cost:$2,400 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic, wheelchair clinic







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Feb 25 – Mar 8, 2018

Refugee Vision Clinics (Middle East)

Middle East

Refugee Vision Clinics (Middle East)

Millions of refugees in the Middle East left behind families, friends, and homes to seek peace and safety. Many lack basic necessities and care; all have faced some sort of trauma and loss. GAiN® partners in the Middle East serve local residents and thousands of refugees by providing items such as clothing, food, and school supplies. Join our team as we work to help relieve refugees of some of their suffering and point people to Jesus.

As a member of this team, you will travel to the heart of the Middle East to conduct eyeglass clinics where you will meet with residents and refugees one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. Through this project, you will help our field partners build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Training for eyeglass fittings will be provided at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: Feb 25 – Mar 8, 2018

Location: Middle East

Team Leader: John

Cost:$2,350 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic







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March 22 – April 2, 2018

Uganda Spring Outreach

Uganda

Uganda Spring Outreach

Called the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is known for its lush landscape and amazing wildlife. It is a beautiful country of beautiful people. Recognized for their resiliency, Ugandans rebuilt their nation after overcoming a history of conflict. Although most live in poverty in rural areas, their spirits remain joyful and hospitable. You can join in sharing the love of Jesus to Ugandans living in tough places while providing for some of their basic necessities.

As a member of this team, you will join GAiN® field partners for outreaches in towns and villages in Uganda. During these outreaches you will offer the love of Christ to the people you meet while distributing clothing, food, and other critical aid.

Together with Ugandan partners we will share the hope of Christ through humanitarian kindness.

Dates: March 22 – April 2, 2018

Location: Uganda

Team Leader: Brittany

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): distribution







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April 4 - 18, 2018

Central Africa Community Agriculture

Central Africa

Central Africa Community Agriculture

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This French-speaking African country sits between the Sahara and the savannah. The resulting hot, dry climate makes it difficult to access water for growing crops. GAiN® recently helped install a water tower in the southern region of this country and will drill another well in the coming year. You can be part of a team that helps provide a sustainable food source through gardens, while pointing people to Jesus.

As part of this team, you will work with local partners to install a bucket drip-irrigation system in a community garden. Families will be able to grow food in this garden despite drought or other poor conditions. As you work side by side with local villagers, you will have the opportunity to share with them the hope of Christ.

No previous agricultural or technical experience is necessary, but you must be willing to get your hands dirty as, together, we create the drip-irrigation system and community garden.

Dates: April 4 - 18, 2018

Location: Central Africa

Team Leader: John

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): community agriculture







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May 20-29, 2018

Central Asia Vision Clinics

Central Asia

Central Asia Vision Clinics

Imagine being unable to see the faces of your family or being unable to work because you cannot see well enough to read. In Central Asia more than 1 million people live with untreated vision impairment. You can help solve this problem for many of them by providing a simple pair of glasses, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

By joining GAiN® as a member of this team, you will travel to mountainous Central Asia to host an eyeglass clinic. At the clinic you will meet with local people one-on-one to assess their vision and provide glasses. During this time, you will have the opportunity to show them the love of Jesus.

Through this project, our field partners will be able to build relationships with families and show them Christ’s love and hope.

No medical experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Dates: May 20-29, 2018

Location: Central Asia

Team Leader: Brittany

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): eyeglass clinic







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May 24 – June 8, 2018

Tanzania Vision Clinics

Tanzania

Tanzania Vision Clinics

Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro, has a largely rural population. Many people in remote villages lack access to necessary resources.  GAiN® partners in Tanzania work with people in many small villages to provide resources such as bucket irrigation kits, food, and medical supplies. You can help villagers by providing eyeglasses through a vision clinic and, at the same time, pointing them to Jesus.

As a member of this team you will travel to the lake region of Tanzania. There you and your teammates will meet one-on-one with people in several villages to assess their vision and provide the glasses they need. Through these clinics, our field partners can continue to build relationships in the community and to share Christ’s love.

No medical experience is required. Training for the eyeglass fittings will be provided at the beginning of the trip.

Bring your camera! The trip includes a safari excursion to Serengeti National Park.

Dates: May 24 – June 8, 2018

Location: Tanzania

Team Leader: John

Cost:$2,295 +airfare

GAiN Project(s): vision clinics







MORE

August 2018

Zambia Mobility Training

Zambia

Zambia Mobility Training

Two million men, women, and children in Zambia suffer with disabilities. Most of these people live in rural areas with limited access to services. In addition, they often are stigmatized because of their disabilities. You can help restore dignity to these precious people, and at the same time point them to Jesus.

As a member of this team, you will serve GAiN® partners in Zambia who seek to reach the disabled in their communities. You will participate in sessions that train local men and women to properly fit wheelchairs for people with varying requirements.

After receiving training, these men and women can use their new skills while sharing the love and hope of Christ with disabled people.

Opportunities exist for physical therapists to volunteer with the training.

Dates: August 2018

Location: Zambia

Team Leader: Brittany

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): mobility training







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August 2018

Uganda Summer Outreach

Uganda

Uganda Summer Outreach

Called the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is known for its lush landscape and amazing wildlife. It is a beautiful country of beautiful people. Recognized for their resiliency, Ugandans rebuilt their nation after overcoming a history of conflict. Although most live in poverty in rural areas, their spirits remain joyful and hospitable. You can join in sharing the love of Jesus to Ugandans living in tough places while providing for some of their basic necessities.

As a member of this team, you will join GAiN® field partners for outreaches in towns and villages in Uganda. During these outreaches you will offer the love of Christ to the people you meet while distributing clothing, food, and other critical aid.

Together with Ugandan partners we will share the hope of Christ through humanitarian kindness.

Dates: August 2018

Location: Uganda

Team Leader: Andy

Cost:TBD

GAiN Project(s): distribution






Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in a GAiN humanitarian trip?
Participants from 12 to 80 years old and of all skill levels have taken part in GAiN trips. Volunteers with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with sound health are welcome. However, not all trips will be suitable for children because of the type of work or the emotional toll it may take. Some trips may require more specialized skills, such as medical training. If special skills are required, this information will be mentioned in the trip description.

How many people participate in each trip?
Team size depends on the destination and the trip strategy. Teams can be as small as four people or as large as 40.

What is included in the cost of the trip?
The trip cost includes all in-country transportation, shared hotel or dorm accommodations, three meals daily (plus drinking water), interpreter services, in-country visa fees, emergency evacuation assistance, and all taxes, tips, and fees.

The trip cost does not include airfare, pre-trip visa fees (if required), passport costs, immunizations, medications, baggage charges (unless you are asked to carry a bag of GAiN aid), trip cancellation insurance, airport meals, or additional gifts or snacks you choose to bring.

Airfare is not included in the trip cost. Does this mean I am responsible for arranging my own travel to the destination country?
No. We will plan travel and provide an airline itinerary for you through our travel agents. Then we will send you the information to contact the agent and purchase your ticket. Through the travel agent, you will be able to arrange both your domestic and international travel. Arranging travel in this way lowers flight costs and allows you to book “through” travel straight from your home airport while still traveling with the team internationally.

How can I pay for the trip?
Trip participants and their supporters can pay by credit card through the participant’s giving page or by phone. Payments also can be made by check. All payments and donations are tax-deductible and non-refundable.

If I am unable to go on the trip, what happens to the money I have raised?
All contributions to Global Aid Network are income tax deductible and are made with the understanding that GAiN has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. Should you not go on the trip, or should more funds than needed be raised, we will consult with the with you to determine if the money will be held in your account for a future trip, be used for other expenses associated with this trip, or be given as a general donation to GAiN Humanitarian Trips.

Is the trip safe?
Your trip leader’s primary responsibility is the safety of the team. We are in touch with the U.S. State Department on all of our trips and are alert to changes in safety and security while overseas. While we do live in a complex world, GAiN trips do not include what we consider unnecessary risks, either in locations visited or activities implemented.

We work to make sure all of our trips are as safe as possible. All GAiN trip leaders are experienced in international ministry and trained in crisis management and CPR/first aid. At all times, a crisis manager is on call in the states, and contingency plans are in place before all trips. Emergency evacuation coverage and supplemental health coverage are included in the cost of your trip.

Where will the team meet? Will we meet before the trip?
In most cases the entire team will meet at the international departure airport in the U.S. and fly together to the destination country. Most trips will require no pre-trip preparation or meetings as a team. If a trip does require pre-trip preparation, the team leader will provide this information before accepting you for the trip. Some trip leaders may schedule a group Skype call before the trip for team introductions. Your trip leader will be in touch with you on an ongoing basis as you prepare for the trip.

Where will we stay?
Accommodations will vary depending on the country. Usually teams stay in a hotel or guest house chosen or recommended by our national hosts. Rooms generally will be shared by two people of the same gender or by spouses. If you prefer a room to yourself, a single supplement fee will be charged.

What if I have special dietary requirements?
In the areas where GAiN serves, it usually is not possible to make accommodations for special dietary needs.

Do you have additional trips not listed on the GAiN website?
All available trips are listed on the website. If you do not see a trip that works for you, you can contact trips@gainusa.org to receive updates in the future. New trips are added all the time.

If you have other questions about trips, contact trips@gainusa.org.