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Egypt Short Term Ministry


What does “short term” mean?
What do short term teams do?
What does the week look like?
Who can be on a short term team?
What is the cost?
Where does the money go?
How is it financed?
Who makes the travel arrangements?
How can I join?
Can I coordinate a group?
I have more questions. What now?


What does “short term” mean?

Short term means 1-2 weeks of outreach. Our short terms teams are one week long, but some individuals choose to stay for up to two weeks at a time. See our calendar for exact dates.

What do short term teams do?

In Egypt, our short term teams minister outside the garbage city of Cairo. Our teams work inside our ministry building, providing medical, dental, optical, hair care and children’s ministry. Each work day, the team cares for the Zableen, "Garbage collectors," who come from their homes in the garbage to find aid at our clinic.

What does the week look like?

Day 1-2: Arrive in Cairo, Team Welcome Dinner
Day 3: Orientation and visit the Pyramids and Sphinx
Day 4-8: Minister in the clinic inside the garbage city
Day 9: Debriefing and travel home

Who can be on a short term team?

Everyone is needed! Please view our list of volunteers to see where you fit in.

What is the cost?

Application fee - $25
Land fees - $2000
Airfare – Included. Price quote may vary due to airfare cost.

Where does the money go?

Application fee – covers the cost of materials and an OSI team t-shirt
Land fees – cover the cost of hotel, airfare, transportation in Egypt, meals and supplies

How is it financed?

Many teams and individuals send out support letters to family and friends or have fundraisers to help cover the cost. Please contact the home office if you need or have any other suggestions!

Who makes the travel arrangements?

Operation Serve ® makes the travel arrangements for Egypt.

How can I join?

Download an application and pastoral recommendation and mail them in with your application fee. You can also fill out an inquiry if you'd like us to mail you an application. Apply for a passport ASAP, allowing 6-8 weeks for processing.

Can I coordinate a group?

Certainly! If you’d like to coordinate a group, please contact our home office via phone or email. For more info on coordinating a team, click here.

I have more questions. What now?

Just contact our home office or send us an inquiry. We’d be glad to help!

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