What are the age requirements for an AYC North American trip?
AYC North American trips are open to applicants 15-35 years of age. If an applicant is 14 and turning 15 during the same calendar year as the trip, they also qualify.
What are the age requirements for an AYC Global trip?
AYC Global trips are open to applicants 17-35 years of age. If an applicant is 16 and turning 17 during the same calendar year as the trip, they also qualify.
What are the citizenship requirements?
Applicants must have a US or Canadian passport to apply for a Global Trip. An applicant must be a US or Canadian citizen and/or resident to apply for a North American trip. If you are in the US or Canada on a travel/student visa, we are unable to accept your application.
What is needed to complete my application?
Online application, application fee of $200, picture, a completed pastoral reference form. The link to the form is listed under the Apply tab.
How do I make my payments?
All payments must be made through the online payment system. We only accept online payments. Check out the payment schedule for more information. https://apostolicyouthcorps.com/payment-schedule
Can I make partial payment on my account instead of full payments?
Unfortunately, we are only able to accept full payments. If you want to add funds on a weekly basis you might consider opening a separate checking account just for your AYC trip. That way when you have the full funds available you can make the online payment.
Can someone else make a payment on my behalf?
Absolutely! We have multiple people ask about various forms of payment. Keep in mind that if the amount they wish to give is less than a full payment then the amount will need to be sent directly to the AYC attendee. We are only able to accept online full payments. We have another option for multiple forms of payments. Mission Possible is an online fundraising platform uniquely designed to assist in saving for short-term mission work of the UPCI. Accounts can be started by or for a mission participant, and then shared for online gifting by friends, family, or any interested party. You can set up a MI account, have friends, family, and business supporters contribute to the account. Once you have a full payment amount, you can request that be transferred for your AYC payment. More information on a Mission Possible account can be found here: www.missionpossibleupci.com
Can I pay all the money once I have it?
Yes. You can pay all online payments at once as long as you have the full amount.
My debit/credit card won't process my payment. What should I do?
Please check with your bank and verify if you have a withdrawal limit on your account. You will need to use a credit card or raise your withdrawal limit.
After submitting the $200 application fee online, when is the rest of the money due?
All payment amounts and due dates are posted in the "Money Matters" portion of the website. You will also receive detailed information in the emailed AYC acceptance packet.
Does my application fee of $200 go toward the cost of the trip?
When can I apply for AYC 2020 trips?
The online application for 2020 Global and North American trips will go live November 1st!
What if I have a question about the application?
If your question is not answered on the website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the communication process once I apply?
1) If there is a problem with your application, or if you are missing anything, we will contact you as soon as possible by using the email address you provided in your AYC application. 2) New for the AYC 2020 season, you will receive an email from us concerning your approval within 10 working business days of the date your AYC application is complete. (Wait time may increase during the November 1st application-opening week, and over Holidays.) If accepted, this email will include payment details and instructions on what to do next. It will also include a link to your trip-specific AYC Facebook group so you can connect with other approved attendees and chaperones prior to the trip. 3) If accepted, you will receive an emailed Trip Packet around April 1st. This will include all trip details. For example - Flight Instructions, Hotel Information, FAQ's, Trip Schedule, Dress Code, Travel Health Details, etc.
When is the application deadline?
The AYC 2020 application will be closed for all trips on January 15th, 2020. However, since trips fill up very quickly, you should plan on applying as soon as possible. We do not keep waiting lists once a trip is full. (Applications go live on the website November 1st.)
Is airfare included in the price of the AYC Global trips?
International airfare is covered. However, you will need to purchase your airfare to and from the departure city. The departure city is where attendees meet to fly together to the host destination.
Is airfare included in the price of the AYC North America trip?
No. You will need to book and pay for your flight to and from the host destination. There will be hotel information along with preferred flight arrival and departure time details in the trip packet.
Do I have to pay for luggage fees?
Do I need to purchase trip insurance?
No. UPCI Youth Ministries will take care of this for you. It is included in the cost of your trip.
Do I need shots or special medication?
Go to www.cdc.gov and search for your host destination area in the “Travelers’ Health” section. You will be able to read what is suggested and/or required. Print off this list and take it to your doctor at least 1 month prior to your trip to discuss options. We will also include details in your trip packet.
What if I have to cancel after being accepted for a trip?
AYC Cancellation/Refund Policy It is extremely important that you fully understand the AYC cancellation/refund policy prior to applying for a trip since it can be a large investment. In the event that you need to cancel your trip involvement, we will review the amount of money already expensed for your involvement and refund if we are able. This is different for each trip. Prepaid expenses include, but are not limited to: flight expense, hotel expense, prepaid meals, prepaid attractions, insurance, etc. Please note that the application fee is non-refundable no matter the timing on the cancellation. Unfortunately, we cannot make an exception for personal/family emergencies or illness.
I’m interested in being a chaperone for an AYC trip. What should I do next?
The chaperones for AYC trips consist of UPCI YM staff and District Youth Presidents, who are members of the youth committee. All other interested parties are welcome to apply as a participant on the trip.
If I am married can I still attend an AYC trip?
Yes, as long as your spouse applies and attends the same trip with you. Both applicants should be no older than age 35 at the time of the trip.
Can I bring my baby/toddler on the trip with me?
Unfortunately, no children are allowed.
Can I apply if I'm Canadian?
Yes, however all funds must be US dollars. You will need to consider the exchange rate when making your payments.
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