So you have committed to an international summer mission trip, and you’re excited about planning your time as a volunteer abroad. Things like organizing fundraising, deciding what to pack, getting to know your team members and youth leaders are probably occupying your thoughts right now!

Know who else is thinking about this amazing adventure 24/7? Your parents. It’s understandable, really, when you consider they probably didn’t let you date or drive until very recently, and especially if you want to visit a foreign country for an international mission trip where it’s only natural that you won’t know local customs, languages, or your way around.

It’s important to respect their concerns and prepare some answers to the questions they have about your summer mission trip. Some of the most common queries from parents are:

Where will you stay? Collect as much information as you can about your destination, and provide details such as lodging, proximity to major cities, hospital and clinic contact numbers and of course, if there is an American embassy