It’s easy to understand why a trip to Ireland is on many people’s bucket lists, with its rolling green hills, majestic castle ruins, and no language barrier. Now you can combine a visit to this country with the opportunity to shine Jesus’ light through acts of service.
Because Ireland is a first-world country, its needs aren’t always obvious at first glance. But if you look closer, you’ll discover some of Europe’s highest rates of atheism, drug addiction, and suicide. Jesus’ light always shines the brightest in darkness, though. You’ll offer hope by providing meals to the homeless, engaging elderly people in spiritual conversations, helping with after-school programs for children, and taking prayer walks around Dublin.
Throughout the week, you’ll also visit some of the world’s best museums, visit one of Europe’s oldest zoos, and soak in Ireland’s beautiful culture and traditions. You’ll stay in comfortable hotel accommodations and enjoy delicious meals—maybe even some fine Irish pub cuisine!
Take advantage of this opportunity to go on a life-changing trip while serving other people along the way!
We lean on local experts in churches and nonprofits to point us to places we can help most. We work primarily with missionaries whose hearts were touched while spending time in Dublin in 2014. In a short period of time, they saw the strong contrast between the beautiful old churches and the sense of despair among the people walking around them. This challenged their notion of Ireland as a Christian nation, and they heard Jesus calling them to become involved.
Dorine is a mental-health professional with an emphasis on children, families, and addiction. She’s drawn to hopeless, hurting, and overlooked people. Ben is a musician, woodworker, and small-group leader with a heart for God’s Word. The couple have four children—Becca, David, Maya, and Ezekiel.
As you serve alongside this remarkable family, you’ll be helping to address and meet practical needs while building relationships. Some of the ways you might be involved during the week could include preparing and serving food at a homeless center or engaging in outreach with homeless people and addicts and referring them to a Christian rehabilitation program.
You may have the chance to participate in a prayer walk around Dublin, an opportunity to walk past the old churches and pray for new life to come into people’s lives. Or you might spend an afternoon engaging an elderly person in a spiritual conversation while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee together.
Day 1 – Arrive to Ireland. After settling into your hotel, beat jet lag by taking a tour of the city centre and learning more about the history of Dublin. Following the tour, you’ll enjoy your first team dinner and hear an orientation for the week from our missionaries.
Day 2 – Worship at a local church service in Dublin. A team lunch will be followed by an afternoon back in the Dublin city centre and could include a visit to Europe’s oldest zoo and the gardens surrounding. End the day with a team dinner and sharing God-sightings with one another.
Day 3 – Today you will spend the day serving. You may spend the morning preparing lunch at a homeless shelter and then serving the men and women who come for the noonday meal. You may spend your afternoon at a senior center, engaging the men and women living there in spiritual conversations over afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy an authentic Irish pub dinner before returning to your hotel for God-sightings.
Day 4 – After breakfast, you’ll board the bus for a private tour of some of Ireland’s beautiful castle ruins. Following lunch, you’ll visit a world-renowned brewery for a tour and then wrap up the evening with a team dinner.
Day 5 – You’ll once again spend your day in service. This morning you might participate in a prayer walk around Dublin, praying for God to bring new life into the city as you walk past the historic old churches. In the afternoon, you might be part of an after-school program for children of working-class parents. End the day with a special folklore dinner where you’ll hear Ireland’s most famous stories and legends. Back at the hotel, you’ll share God-sightings with your group.
Day 6 – Today you’ll be on your own to explore Dublin and the surrounding area! We’ll provide with some options ahead of time and our missionaries will give some additional tips and suggestions of where to go and what to see.
Day 7 – Today will be your final day of service. You might spend the morning with families who have children with special needs, playing with and encouraging them. After lunch, you might return to the homeless center to spend time in conversation with the men and women gathered there or to prepare dinner. You’ll end your day by embarking on a food trail through Dublin, stopping at different pubs and restaurants for each course. Back at the hotel, you’ll share your final God-sightings as a team.
Day 8 – You’ll return to the Dublin Airport for your flight home.
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You can book your Lifetree Adventure online under the Dates tab for each location. Or, please call Robin Alm, our expert Lifetree Adventure Trip Advisor at 800-747-9118.
Almost everyone! Solo/single travelers, couples, families, students, seniors, and groups! Certain destinations may be more geared toward a particular traveler type, but our international trips accommodate all generations and are family-friendly. In most cases kids as young as 8 can serve along with adults. We’ve also had senior travelers age 80+! Student groups age 13-18 are welcome, but must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. Contact Robin at 800-747-9118 for more location-specific age requirements.
We believe in authentic relationships, and our Lifetree Adventure trips are designed with small group size in mind. Depending on the location, the size of the group can be as small as 6, or as large as 30. The typical size of a group is usually around 10 people, plus a highly experienced multi lingual trip leader who will be with your group for the entire trip.
Prices include: Lodging, most meals, all activities as shown on itinerary (with the exception of optional excursion choices), planned arrival and departure airport transfers, transportation to all itinerary destinations, and an English-speaking trip leader who will accompany your group from the time of arrival through departure. Prices do not include airfare from North America.
Please see the Pricing tab for full details on what your trip includes, as certain trips require an additional fee for project materials and/or flights within the destination country.
Many of our Lifetree Adventure trips offer optional excursions that we’ve pre-arranged in order to provide an array of cultural experiences that meet the unique needs of our travelers’ desires and budgets. Some of these options will be offered within the trip itinerary, and some might be “add-on” days at the end of the trip. Please see the details of your destination location for more information.
To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $100 per person is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please [click here] for complete details of our cancellation policy.
Breakfasts, most lunches, and some dinners are covered as part of your registration. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for more details.
You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well. Most meals are provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. Other meals will be enjoyed at our favorite local restaurants.
Lifetree Adventures is designed to be a balanced combination of enjoyable cultural excursions plus meaningful volunteer service on local projects. We select hotels that are comfortable, clean, and safe—with rooms that offer much more privacy and amenities for our travelers than the typical mission trip accommodations. For most trips rooms are based on double occupancy, with private bathrooms for each room. If you are traveling solo you will likely be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender, although you can upgrade your trip with a request for single room arrangements. If you have any specific accommodation needs, contact Robin at 800-747-9118. Please inform us of any accommodation requests before or when you book your trip.
Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.
Airfare from the US to the destination country is not included in the cost. Trips requiring charter flights to or within the destination country will be reflected in the price break-out details. Please review the pricing section of the specific trips for more details.
Your safety is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we explore and serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you’re as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that is safe and reliable. Robin is glad to answer any further safety questions.
While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most trips will accommodate a broad range of physical ability. Please contact Robin to discuss any questions about limitations, etc.
All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Alaska. Tourist visas are not required for most trips, with the exception of Cuba, which we will arrange for you. For full information, please ask at time of booking.
We strongly recommend that you visit the CDC Travel Health site for the most up-to-date details on what specific vaccines are advised per your destination as well as other important information to stay healthy while you travel internationally.
Four to six weeks before you travel, make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and schedule an appointment with your health care provider or your local health department’s travel clinic to get the recommended vaccines for the countries you plan to visit. This gives the vaccines enough time to start working and time for any vaccines that might require more than one dose.
All participants need to have sufficient personal medical insurance, but as part of the registration fee for your trip, Lifetree Adventures purchases a group travel insurance policy through ACE’s Europ Assistance USA that acts secondary to your personal insurance policy. It will cover up to $25,000 toward medical assistance as a result of accident or sickness while traveling with Lifetree Adventures, and will provide up to a $10,000 hospital admission deposit advance. For a complete list of benefits, please refer to the Travel Insurance document.
If you do not have an existing personal health insurance policy, we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase Travel Medical Insurance for your trip, since Ace's Travel Insurance does not cover medical treatment costs, only costs that ensure you get to a facility where care can be provided.
Please consider the following in your travel and insurance planning:
All of your Lifetree Adventures’ trip fees are non-refundable once you are within 60 days of the trip, unless Lifetree Adventures cancels the trip. It is highly recommended that you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance. Your personal trip cancellation insurance would cover your expenses if you needed to cancel your trip at any time due to your own emergency or a family member’s emergency or any other unforeseen circumstance. If you do not purchase your own trip cancellation insurance, please note that Lifetree Adventures will not reimburse any of your trip fees.
There are many options for trip cancellation insurance. You may want to start with the website www.insuremytrip.com to compare several different plans at once. Remember, you do have international medical insurance with Lifetree Adventures, so you do not need to purchase additional coverage there.
If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we can probably accommodate you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-747-9118 for more information.
Yes! Lifetree Adventures is just one arm of Group Mission Trips! Group Mission Trips offers a variety of international and domestic service trip options that focus more time on the service project and more rustic accommodations, as well as week-long service projects for junior high and high school students! Check out other trip types here.