2012/2013 Expedition Dates
Please see the dates listed below for our expeditions. If none of these dates fit your schedule, and you already have a team of 2 people, tell us when you can GO, and we will try to accommodate your dates and work with you on destinations that are available for those dates.
Winter 2013 Expeditions– Expedition Full!
February 16 – March 4, 2013
Deadline for Signup – December 15, 2012
Spring 2013 Expeditions– Expeditions Full!
March 30 – April 14, 2013
Deadline for Signup – February 1, 2013
Summer 2013 Expeditions– Expeditions Full!
June 15 – June 30, 2013
Deadline for Signup – April 15, 2013
Late Summer 2013 Expedition – Physician Needed
August 3 – August 19, 2013
Deadline for Signup – June 1, 2013
Fall 2013 Expeditions – Positions Still Available
September 7 – September 22, 2013
Deadline for Signup – July 1, 2013
To sign up for the expedition please enter your name and email address in the form below and we will contact you concerning your preferences.
On our Christian medical expeditions, medical and non-medical people travel in small, individualized teams to the isolated parts of Russia to places where most do not want or care to go. Every team works with a local church in the region. Each team consists of 4-6 people (2-3 foreigners and 2-3 translators).
Agape needs non-medical people who will GO on these medical teams to share the Love of God with these unreached people. You do not need medical experience. Many people think they could never go on a short-term expedition. We hear people say, “I could never do that.” The truth is you can! Or maybe you are saying, “I can’t stand the cold.” Did you know it is hot in parts of Siberia in the summer? When you obey Jesus, He gives you the desire and the strength to do everything He has called you to do.
What is the benefit to our expedition participants? While on our inter-denominational expeditions, working as a team we encourage and support one another in our journey with Jesus Christ and attempt to reflect what it is to live in communion as sisters and brothers in Christ. It truly can be a life changing event that draws you into a deeper relationship with our Lord.
Travel during Expeditions
The teams travel by Russian trains, airplanes, private cars, and public transportation. In some cases, you may even travel by horse sleigh, snow mobile, reindeer sleigh, 6×6 trucks, or river boat. Russian travel is a fantastic experience.
Once you arrive in your designated area, you will be able to share your medical knowledge and skills. For these people, a simple aspirin often makes the difference between a day of pain or a day without it. Agape will provide Russian medicines, medical instructions (in Russian and English), translators, health kits, and eyeglasses for each team. Non-medical people can now be a part of each team by giving out reading glasses. We can teach you to fit reading glasses in about 30-45 minutes. It is a very rewarding experience to give eyeglasses to a person who has not been able to read or see clearly for years. During your visit, you will have a chance to encourage the church, pray with and share your faith with others. You will have Russian tea in their homes, hear stories about their life in the remote areas, and understand the persecutions of being a Christian among people who know nothing or very little about God. You will probably sympathize with the Apostle Paul as you understand the challenges these people face. The final part of the program is carried out by the local Russian church. Agape does not work with any church that does not agree to do follow up. They must agree to return and offer Bible studies, answer questions, and continue to SHOW God’s love to people. Result: the local church grows!
Agape has many opportunities among different unreached people groups living in the Arctic and Siberia. Some areas are difficult to reach and have extreme temperatures, so we have “graded” our expeditions from easy to difficult. We have easy expeditions that are in or near Moscow, while other expeditions go literally to the “Ends of the Earth.” If you have never been on a difficult expedition with us, you will not be given the opportunity to go on the most difficult until we know you are capable of doing it.
The cost for the two-week expedition from Moscow is $3000. The expedition officially begins on a Saturday and ends on a Saturday. A deposit of $200 is required to reserve your place on the team, and the balance of the trip cost is due 8 weeks before departure.
What is Covered
Your trip fee includes: initial arrival and final departure airport transportation, all accommodations and meals on the expedition and in Moscow during the trip dates, and all other expedition expenses. We will also provide a translator on the weekends before and after the expedition to take you to several locations. The teams usually choose from the following destinations: Red Square, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Ismaylovo market for souvenirs, Mega Mall, underground metro station tours, Arbat Street, and the Botanical Gardens.
Visa / LOI (Letter of Invitation)
A visa is required for travel to Russia, and a LOI is required to apply for your visa. Once we receive your expedition application, and you have been approved, we will begin helping you through this process. Since some of our visitors already have a Russian visa, the costs of these documents are not included in your trip fee. The LOI usually costs $70-$140 depending on the length of your visa. After receiving your LOI, you may apply for your visa. The cost for your Russian visa will usually run $150, but can be as much as $350 for same day processing. To become more familiar with obtaining a visa to Russia, please see the following websites: www.russianembassy.org or www.traveldocs.com (for applicants from the US).
Transportation to Moscow
Because our team members arrive from Europe, Canada, USA, and even the Far East, our fee is based upon arrival in Moscow and does not include air/train tickets to and from Moscow. Don’t forget to take advantage of Frequent Flyer miles as you travel – you can use them to return on another expedition with Agape to the “Ends of the Earth!”
Selected sight-seeing destinations are included in your expedition fee, but other more expensive items such as concerts, the world renown Bolshoi ballet (about $100) , the famous Moscow Circus (about $25), and Kremlin or Armory tours (about $20 each) can be arranged at your expense. If you would like to explore Moscow on your own or visit a nice restaurant, you will need to pick up the tab for you and the translator. Extending your stay with us for a few days following the expedition is possible, providing space and staff are available to accommodate you.
If you are interested in joining us for an expedition, we will be happy to send you additional information and answer any further questions.