To ensure a fully immersive experience, each group is required to complete a minimum of five engagement activities with our partner organizations. Other + Wise will coordinate and schedule these events. Groups are also expected to participate in supplemental enrichment that Other + Wise will coordinate as well. This may include visits to festivals, museums, local-flavor restaurants, or other culturally relevant destinations. Click here for a sample itinerary.
We understand that developing cultural competence is a new concept for many people. It can be intimidating for youth and adults alike. To smooth the process, group leaders will receive coaching and reference materials ahead of time to help participants prepare for their journey. Additionally, each group will complete orientation with an Other + Wise team member at the beginning of the week. Someone from the team will also be present throughout the journey to assist with debriefings and discussions as participants process new ideas and experiences.
Other + Wise participants will be hosted by one of several churches in the host area that have graciously agreed to join us on the journey. Accommodations will include restrooms, kitchen facilities, and gathering spaces for group activities. We also work with local organizations to provide showers and larger restrooms for periodic use throughout the week. Participants are responsible for providing their own bedding and other linens. Gender and ability needs are always taken into consideration when coordinating logistics, and we will work closely with group leaders to ensure all needs are met with appropriate care and sensitivity.
Each group is responsible for their own transportation. At times, public transportation may be necessary or recommended. Directions and maps to experiences will be provided to drivers, and an Other + Wise team member may accompany your group to certain destinations. Travel time to and from the experience will be included in the schedule for the day.
Each group is responsible for supplying their own meals throughout the week. Options include going to local restaurants or bringing your own food to prepare and eat at the host church. At times, groups may be required to prepare sack lunches, depending on the itinerary for the day. Other + Wise will coordinate meal times with the group ahead of time. Travel and meal prep will be included in the schedule.
The cost for this invaluable experience is $30 a night per person, with a $500 non-refundable registration deposit for the group.
Groups are also required to give a predetermined monetary gift to each Other + Wise partner organization that provides learning experiences. These gifts serve not only as a token of gratitude, but also as an additional cultural lesson for participants in different ways of giving and receiving. To learn more about monetary gifts for partner organizations, please contact Kinna, our Program Director.