Q: Is NoiseTalks affiliated with a denomination?
A: NoiseTalks is an interdenominational organization and is not directly affiliated with any specific denomination. Participants from all denominations are welcome on our mission trips. We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is authoritative and infallible in the original writings. We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in his atoning death, resurrection, and His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that faith in our Lord Jesus Christ is essential for salvation from sin and reconciliation with Christ. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, in the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and eternal life. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ.
Q: Will we be working with other groups?
A: If your team does not fill the trip to its full capacity, there is a good possibility that you will be working with other teams. Teams should plan to eat together, work together, and have evening programs together while also sharing sleeping quarters and bathroom facilities. There will be corporate debriefing time as part of our daily schedule as well as the opportunity for individual team debriefing if you so choose.
Q: How many people do we need to run a trip?
A: The minimum number of people that we run a trip is normally 15 people. If your team has less than 15 people we will work with you to place you on a trip that is already partially filled. Please contact us for more information.
Q: Who provides supervision of minors?
A: NoiseTalks staff will be on location to take care of logistics and to facilitate your trip. NoiseTalks staff is not responsible for supervision of the minors on your team. Your team is responsible to come to your mission location with appropriate adult supervision to lead your students on the work sites and to provide supervision to them at the housing facilities, including meal times and sleeping arrangements.
Q: What adult to student ratio do you recommend for youth group trips?
A: To ensure that your students have the best possible experience, it is extremely important for them to have the right amount of leadership. For Senior High teams, the recommended minimum student to adult ratio is 7:1. That’s Seven students to each adult leader. You can have more leaders if you desire. For Junior High teams, the required minimum student to adult ratio is 5:1. That’s Five students to each adult leader. You can have more leaders if you desire. For mixed gender teams, both male and female leaders are required.
Q: What type of ministry is a part of every trip?
A: Type of ministry largely depends on the community you choose as the destination for your trip. Typical types of ministry on a NoiseTalks trip include: Light construction, homeless ministry, serving churches, children’s ministry, relationship ministry, prayer, and anything else the Lord brings our way.
Q: Is transportation included?
A: Your teams transportation to, from and while in your community is not covered. You will need your vehicles throughout the entire week to transport your team to various locations for work and ministry.
Q: Can I arrive a day early or stay a day late?
A: We ask that teams limit their time to the dates of their trip. If you would like to stay an additional day in the area for sightseeing or other various activities, the arrangement of lodging & food is up to you. If you have any questions about potential activities in the area, please give us a call and we will be happy to give recommendations.
Q: Who will lead my trip?
A: A NoiseTalks staff team of 1-3 people will be in your community to lead your team. These staff members are normally present in the community throughout most of the summer and often work alongside teams. There are times when NoiseTalks staff will not be with the teams for brief periods of time either at ministry sites or overnight. However, the teams will be well equipped and NoiseTalks staff will never be further than a phone call away.
Q: Are there any additional expenses for my team?
A: All basic necessities such as food, housing, trip t-shirts, major work project materials, curriculum, and nightly speakers are included in your trip fee. You will need to provide your own transportation.
Additional expenses would be…
Tools – Depending on your selected community location, you may be asked to bring minor tools like hammers and paint brushes, paint rollers and paint pans, towels, putty knives, nail aprons, tape measures.
Gas – Teams are expected provide their own transportation. Teams will need to drive their team to and from the work sites as well as to any additional extracurricular locations and should budget extra money for gas. Please note that in some locations things are very spread out and extra gas may be required.
Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: We believe that one of the best gifts a parent can give their children is to teach them how to live out their faith through example. Children may join NoiseTalks Youth trips on a case-by-case basis and are always welcomed on family trips. Children must be accompanied by their parent and their parent must take full responsibility of the child. Children 8 and under will be charged half price for the trip. Children 2 and under are free.