To many, Alaska stands as America’s final frontier—beautiful, rugged, and wild. It’s known for its abundant wildlife, including moose and bear, as well as its soaring mountain peaks, breath-taking glaciers and national parks with pristine wilderness unlike anything in the continental United States.
With Lifetree Adventures you’ll experience everything Alaska has to offer, as well as help make a difference in the lives of local indigenous people by volunteering a few days with various service projects in Anchorage, Alaska’s culturally-rich largest city.
2018 trip dates and locations coming soon. Call us at 1-800-747-9118 for details.
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*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. If you are traveling alone, you will be paired with another individual traveler of the same gender. Call for pricing and information on single rooms or accommodations for families of 3 or more. Price includes lodging, most meals, project and materials cost, dedicated trip leader, and all transportation to/from the airport and to daily activities. Certain options, excursions, and activities may be an additional fee. Airfare to and from Anchorage is not included.
Day 1: Welcome to Alaska
You’ll arrive at Anchorage International Airport and transfer via complimentary airport shuttle to your hotel, the Townplace Suites Anchorage Midtown. Your trip leader will be at the hotel to welcome you in the lobby and help you get situated. You’ll have a welcome dinner with your group and a brief orientation about the week ahead.
Day 2: Explore Anchorage
After breakfast, the group will attend a local church service in Anchorage. After church, you’ll head out for a historic trolley tour of Anchorage along with a local guide sharing the heart and history of this town. Enjoy an afternoon of choosing from the many cultural options the greater Anchorage area offers, such as learning about the native culture at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Here you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and experience native Alaskan song, dance, and sport performances as well as hands-on art and practical craft demonstrations.
Days 3-6: Service Projects: Make a difference in the lives of local Alaskans
Our partnerships with local churches and non-profits in Anchorage offer a variety of hands-on service projects, where your volunteer work will be part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life for locals in need. You’ll serve in multi-ethnic communities – including Samoan, Hispanic, Native American, Hmong, and African American—where you’ll have the opportunity to build genuine relationships with the locals you’re working with. At the end of each day we’ll gather for dinner together as a team, where we’ll process what we’ve experienced. Your trip leader will guide the group through evening “God Sighting” discussion as we have a chance to share what God is doing in you and through the work that you’re doing.
Day 7: Alaska Adventure Day!
There is so much to see and do in Alaska! Explore the incredible sights just moments outside of Anchorage in the national parks and wilderness areas. From hikes and wildlife, to climbing glaciers, to fishing, river rafting, biking, ATVing and more! Our Lifetree Adventures team will help you coordinate the excursions of your dreams!
Day 8: Last Day Alaskan Adventures
Adventure day continued! Since most flights depart late in the evening on Saturday night, you have Saturday as another day to explore the greater Anchorage area. Our hotel will let us leave our luggage there all day, but we’ll check out of our rooms and head out for the day’s adventure as a group or per individual preference. After your adventure you’ll head back to the hotel and take the complimentary airport shuttle back to the airport to depart for home!
You can book your Lifetree Adventure online under the Dates and Pricing 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 $250 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 email@example.com, 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 the website at groupmissiontrips.com
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