GO Trip FAQclicking here. Do I have to complete my entire on-line application in one sitting?Yes. Please allow 30 minutes to fill out the application as it will not save if you exit the page. If you have a passport, please have it with you as you fill out the application. What must I do after I submit my application?Once you have submitted your application and we have received your reference form, you must go to the Global Outreach Center and sign up for an interview with Dr. Joy Turner. What if my passport is at home and not with me here at school?If you do not have your passport here with you, you need to make arrangements to get us a copy as soon possible. We suggest of one of the following options:
- have someone mail your passport to you
- surprise your family with a visit and pick up your passport while you're there
- invite your family to dinner in Shawnee and ask them to bring your passport when they come
- J-Term trips - passport cannot expire before July of the following year
- Summer trips - passport cannot expire before February of the following year
- $110 application fee; check or money order made payable to "Department of State"
- $25 execution fee; check or money order made payable as instructed by the Acceptance Facility
- Completed DS-11 form (Do NOT sign until instructed to do so at the Acceptance Facility)
- Certified copy of your birth certificate
- A certified birth certificate has a registrar's raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar's signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note that some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes. A photo copy will NOT be accepted.
- Two passport photos
- Current Passport Fees
- You will need TWO checks. One for payment at the Passport Acceptance Facility and one to send in with your application.
- Pottawatomie County Clerk (325 N Broadway Shawnee, OK 74804)
- To contact the County Clerk’s Office about passport questions, call (405)273-3624.
- Social Security Office (909 E Federal St, Shawnee, OK 74804)
- To contact the Social Security Office about passport questions, call (405)273-2325
- Form DS-82 (signed and dated on page 1)
- Your most recent U.S. Passport
- Two Passport Photos
- A marriage certificate or court order (only if your current name is different from what was recorded in your most recent U.S. passport)
- Current Passport Fees
I've completed and submitted my on-line application. What do I do now?ReferenceAlong with the application, you will be asked to submit the information of an OBU professor/staff member or a church staff member. This information will aid us in sending a reference form to the individual whose information you enter. We must receive the reference form before you can continue in the application process. InterviewOnce you have filled out the application, you must have an interview. Please go to the Global Outreach Center in Montgomery Hall to sign up for an interview time. Do not be fearful of interviewing. Your interview will be with two Global Outreach staff members or Campus Ministry and will be no more than 30 minutes long. AcceptanceOnce you have interviewed, the Global Outreach Staff will review your application and contact you to let you know if you have been accepted for a GO Trip. At that time, you will need to come by the Global Outreach Center to pick up a trip packet with appropriate forms that will need to be completed by the contract meeting. Contract MeetingThis meeting is mandatory. When you come to the contract meeting, you will need to bring the following documents which you will have previously received at your interview. You must bring:
- Parent Form (Must have Parent Signature)
- Medical Consent and Hold Harmless Agreement (Must be Notarized)
- Emergency Information
- Global Outreach Trip Contract
- Donor Form (with your $150 deposit)
- List of 75 donors including addresses
- Your passport or copy of your passport application
Note: All documents can also be found on this page. If you do not plan to see your parents before the contract meeting, give them directions to this page so they can fill out the appropriate forms and send it to you through mail before the contract meeting.FundraisingOnce you have been accepted as a Global Outreach team member, you will then send out 50 letters to friends and family using the Sample Support Letter as guide. Your team may also work together to do a separate fundraiser. For example, some teams sell t-shirts, bracelets, etc. Be creative! If you do not have the expected amount in your account by the third deadline, you will then send out 25 additional letters. OrientationAll Global Outreach team members must attend one full semester of orientation prior to their GO Trip. Orientation for the Summer 2013 trips will be offered Monday evening from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. as well as Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Orientation for J-Term 2014 trips will be announced July 2013. Is GO Trip Orientation mandatory?Yes. All GO Trip team members will be required to attend large group training sessions once a week provided by the Global Outreach Center as well as bi-weekly team meetings scheduled by the student team leader the semester prior to their GO Trip.If you are unable to attend GO Trip Training and team meetings for your team, your GO Trip participation will be subject to further review. Sample Support Letter which will aid you in raising funds on your own. It is a requirement that each team member send out 50 support letters to friends, family, or church members. The Global Outreach Center will receive your donations and keep track of your funds raised and record a list of all those who have given towards your trips. This list will aid you in sending thank you letters and communicating details about your trip. Will my team do a fundraiser?We leave this decision to each individual team. There is no requirement that each team do a fundraiser, but if a team decides they want to, it is an option. All proposed fundraisers must be submitted to the Global Outreach Center for approval before promoting and starting the fundraiser. Once approval has been granted, teams may proceed with the fundraiser. The team will need to decide how the money is to be distributed among team members and inform the Global Outreach Center when the funds are turned in for deposit. The funds raised must also be submitted with a donor form. However, since the money is raised, it is not tax-deductible for any team member. Are there any sample support letters I can look at before I write my own?Yes, you will be provided with sample support letters in the packet you receive at your interview. If you misplaced the packet provided to you at the training, please click here for a printable version of all documents. What is the required text that I am supposed to include in my support letters?You must include where you are going, what you will be doing, how much your trip costs, and where your donor can send a check or cash. All checks are made payable to the Global Outreach Center and must be sent to the following address. Global Outreach TripOBU Box 61143500 W. University St.Shawnee, OK 74804 How do I pay for postage?Postage is a cost that you must pay separate from the cost of the trip. However, if you are raising financial support it is best to let close family members know of these specific costs so they can give you cash or write you a personal check for these costs. If friends and family want to give toward my trip, are their donations toward my trip tax-deductible?Yes, donations that meet the criteria can be tax-deductible. Tax-deductible donations must be made payable to Oklahoma Baptist University with the understanding that the Global Outreach Center at Oklahoma Baptist University) has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. Donations in the form of cash or check will be accepted. Checks should be made payable to Oklahoma Baptist University. A donor form with the donor's name, mailing address, student the donor is sponsoring, and amount of donation is required with the donation. The donor must sign the donor form to receive a receipt for tax deductions. Can I charge my GO Trip cost to my student account?No, you may not charge your GO Trip cost to your student account. When is my non-refundable deposit due?The deposit is due at the contract meeting. This deposit is non-refundable regardless of the reason or timing of your withdrawal or removal from the team. We strongly encourage that you personally pay this deposit. We ask that you make personal sacrifices toward the cost of your trip and this is a good place to start. What happens if I'm unable to raise all my money?In our experience, students who have worked hard and prayed hard from the beginning have been able to raise the necessary funds. During the contract meeting we will provide you with important information about raising support as well as offer some ideas on how to do this. We are also available to coach you through the process of raising support. We encourage you to communicate your concerns about finances to the Global Outreach Center and well as to your team leader. The more you communicate with us about your financial situation, the more we are able to help you in the process. We encourage you to talk to us early on about your concerns. The longer you wait, the less we will be able to help you. What happens to the extra money in my account?If you have extra money in your account, the funds will be used as explained below (in this order):
- Excess funds will remain within the individual's team/trip until all team needs have been met.
- Excess funds will be used toward any remaining needs on other GO Trip teams.
What shots do I need to get for my trip?
Visit the Center for Disease Control website to search by country for required and/or recommended vaccinations.CDC divides vaccines for travel into three categories: routine, recommended, and required. While your doctor will tell you which ones you should have, it's best to be aware of them ahead of time.
- Routine Vaccinations: Be sure that you are up to date on your routine vaccinations. These vaccines are necessary for protection from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world even though they rarely occur in the United States. If you are not sure which vaccinations are routine, view the recommended immunization schedule for adults over the age of 18.
- Recommended Vaccinations: These vaccines are recommended to protect travelers from illnesses present in other parts of the world and to prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors including your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, health status, and previous immunizations. See the destinations page and look up the country or countries you will visit.
- Required Vaccinations: The only vaccine required by International Health Regulations is yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. Meningococcal vaccination is required by the government of Saudi Arabia for annual travel during the Hajj. If either of these apply to you, visit the CDC Vaccinations webpage for more information.